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Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionAutoCAD Architecture 2015Step-by-Step TutorialMy First Project(Metric Version)by Attila G. Horvath2 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionWhile the Publisher and the Author have used their best efforts in preparing this book, they make no representations orwarranties to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book.Neither Author nor Publisher shall be liable for any result of the use of knowledge.All rights reserved!No part of this work covered by the copyright herein may be reproduced, transmitted, stored, or used in any form or byany means graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including but not limited to photocopying, recording, scanning,digitizing, taping, Web distribution, information networks, or information storage and retrieval systems, except aspermitted under Section 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without the prior written permission of thepublisher.ATTENTION! This book is an own intellectual creation, not part of AutoCAD Architecture program. Attila G. Horvath, 2014ATTENTION! Making sample building of tutorial two drawings are necessary, which can be downloaded ra-materialsweb-site, and located at ACA2015-ExtraMaterials library can be unpacked.The two drawings are Sub-Structure-Metric.dwg and Layout-Metric.dwg.Autodesk, AutoCAD, ObjectARX, AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk logo are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. in theU.S.A and in other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks are the property of their holders. Publisher: George and Steve, LLC2015 STUTTLE AVESARASOTA FL 34239USAE-mail: esponsibility for publishing: Attila G. Horvath3 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionTable of ContentsTable of ContentsAbout the AuthorSome words about the 2015 versionChapter 1 – PrefaceSection 1 - How to Use This BookSection 2 - Needed DrawingsSection 3 - Introduction of SampleSection 4 - Terms Used in the Book and Sign ConventionsChapter 2 – Organizing your workspaceSection 1 - Change the Background of Drawing WindowSection 2 - Setting of the Most Used PalettesSection 3 - View Cube, Navigation Bar and Viewport ControlsSection 4 - Making Special Snaps ActiveSection 5 – To Allow Dynamic InputSection 6 - Setting Used UnitsSection 7 - Right-Click CustomizationSection 8 - Displaying Layout and Model TabsSection 9 - Setting of Application Status Bar TogglesSection 10 - File TabsSection 11 - Command line search — Architecture stylesChapter 3 - Starting Tutorial ProjectSection 1 - Creating Project and Making it ActiveSection 2 - Setting Necessary LevelsChapter 4 – Overview of Planned BuildingChapter 5 - Creating Drawings of Building ModelSection 1 - Create Column Grid of Building4 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionChapter 6 - Creating Ground Floor DrawingSection 1 – Creating Entry Level Construct DrawingSection 2 - Inserting Column Grid to Entry Level DrawingChapter 7 - Creating and Shaping Ground Floor WallsSection 1 - Creating Ground Floor External WallsSection 2 - Creating Internal Walls of Main Building Entry LevelSection 3 - Creating the Final Plan of Ground Floor Internal WallsSection 4 - Creating the Final Layers of Elevation WallsChapter 8 - Inserting Internal DoorsSection 1 - Inserting DoorsSection 2 - Modifying DoorsSection 3 - Inserting Opening Between Living and Dining RoomChapter 9 - Inserting Doors and Windows into Elevation WallSection 1 - Inserting Three Patio Doors in Kitchen-Dining RoomSection 2 - Repositioning Patio Door within WallSection 3 - Editing Opening Endcap – Turning in Brick Component by the OpeningsSection 4 - Modifying Patio DoorsSection 5 - Moving Patio Door along Wall LengthSection 6 - Adding WindowsSection 7 - Moving Windows along Wall ThicknessSection 8 - Inserting Entrance DoorSection 9 - Modifying Entrance DoorChapter 10 - Creating Ground Floor StairSection 1 - Creating Structure of StairSection 2 - Attaching Railing to the StairChapter 11 - Creating Construction Drawing of ChimneySection 1 - Creating Chimney Body from Wall ObjectSection 2 - Creating Chimney Flues with Body ModifierSection 3 - Inserting the Chimney Body to a New Construct Drawing5 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionSection 4 - Dragging the Chimney as Xref to the Entry Level DrawingChapter 12 - Creating Entry Level SpacesSection 1 – Base SettingsSection 2 - Drawing the Missing Space SeparatorSection 3 - Automatic Space GeneratingSection 4 - Finalizing Spaces and Filling in their DataSection 5 - Renumbering Spaces, Adjusting Tag to PlacesChapter 13 - Stretching the Floor Line of Entry Level Walls to the Top of theFloor SlabSection 1 - Usage of Floor Line Modifier for Entry Level WallsSection 2 - Result in Edit in Section ViewChapter 14 - Creating Slab above the Entry LevelSection 1 - Creating SlabSection 2 - Exterior Walls Interference with SlabChapter 15 - Creating RoofSection 1 – Creating Roof for Mud RoomChapter 16 - Creating Upper LevelSection 1 – Creating Upper Level Drawing from Entry LevelChapter 17 – Back to the Entry LevelSection 1 - Continue the Modifying Slab above Entry LevelChapter 18 - Creating Upper Level Construct DrawingSection 1 - Creating Upper Level WallsSection 2 - Creating Upper Level SpacesSection 3 - Creating Upper Level WindowsSection 4 - Inserting Upper Level Internal DoorsSection 5 - Hiding Stair and Railing ModelsSection 6 - Creating RoofSection 7 - Settings of Visualization6 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionChapter 19 - Creating GarageSection 1 - Creating Garage Drawing from Entry LevelSection 2 - Creating Garage WallsSection 3 - Inserting Garage Doors and WindowsSection 4 - Creating Garage SpaceSection 5 - Erasing Entry LevelSection 6 - Creating Garage RoofChapter 20 – Integrating Outside Drawings into the ProjectSection 1 – Integrating Sub-Structure and Layout into the ProjectChapter 21 – Creating View Drawings for VisualizationSection 1 - Creating View DrawingSection 2 - Correcting Overlap of External WallsSection 3 - Removing Footing in Visualization Model DrawingChapter 22 - Creating Section and ElevationSection 1 - Creating View DrawingSection 2 - Generating ElevationsSection 3 - Generating SectionSection 4 - Creating Named Model Space ViewsChapter 23 - Building Model Correction for Section, ElevationSection 1 - Heightening Walls and Interference with Roof SlabsSection 2 - Lowering Wall Below Stairs and Fitting Wall to StairsChapter 24 – Reworking Some Building Elements of Entry LevelSection 1 - Adding New Material to External WallsSection 2 - Creating New Material with Exterior Render Material from Visualization CatalogSection 3 - Completing Model Representation of Windows with 3D Sill ElementSection 4 - Modifying Roof Covering and Edge MaterialChapter 25 – Copying Styles Between Different DrawingsSection 1 - Copying Entry Level Style Changes Into Upper Level and Garage Drawing7 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionChapter 26 - Reworking Visualization of Building ModelSection 1 - Modifying Elements of Sub-Structure DrawingChapter 27 - Creating Visualization ImagesSection 1 - Creating Ground SlabSection 2 - Setting Perspective View with OrbitSection 3 - Setting Lights by Using Sun and SkySection 4 - Geographic LocationSection 5 - Rendering 3D ModelChapter 28 - Finalizing Elevations, SectionsSection 1 - Refreshing Generated Elevations and SectionSection 2 - Dimensioning SectionChapter 29 - FurnishingSection 1 – Furnishing Entry Level PlanChapter 30 - Finishing Plans for PlottingSection 1 - Create Entry Level SheetSection 2 - Dimensioning Entry Level PlanSection 3 - Inserting Layout DrawingSection 4 - Creating Room Schedule SheetSection 5 – Creating Sheets of Elevations and SectionsGlossary8 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionAbout the AuthorAttila G. Horvath is an Architect, Interior Design and Computer Engineer. He has been working withAutoCAD and its architectural version since 1991.During these years he gained widespread experience in 3D processing, visualization, gathering volumes andclash detection, as well as interior designing. These experiences allowed him to participate in design projectsranging from shopping centers, residential complexes, car showrooms, airports, resort hotels to tropicariums.He also followed with attention these projects, which provided him with useful elements for further works.Attila has been an Authorized AutoCAD Architecture Instructor since 2008 and teaching AutoCADArchitecture software to future architects at the Department of Architectural Representation of BudapestUniversity of Technology and Economics in Hungary. He also took part in creating various tutorial materialsfor architecture students. Currently he is working as a CAD Manager; presenting the actual use of CADprograms to his clients, the staff of various design offices.Attila is Author of numerous professional articles and has been writing his own blog for many years. He ismember and Vice President of the Association of Hungarian Architecture Desktop Users. He became anAutodesk Authorized Author in 2012. This abundant professional experience of more than 20 years lead himto write the book "My First Project", presenting the use of AutoCAD Architecture software and operatingsystem via actual, real-life situations. He believes that confident knowledge can be achieved by practicing asmuch as possible - thus his book aiming to be a very strong basic material for anyone who wants to acquirethis practical knowledge with AutoCAD Architecture.9 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionSome words about the 2015 versionThe greatest novelty of the 2015 version is the alteration of the user interface. This is an advantage comparedto the previous versions of the program.AutoCAD 2015 offers a modern dark themed interface that includes the Ribbon, Status Bar, and Pallets.Although we were all used to looking at dark writing on white paper looking at a computer screen is different.The way it is a light source, shining in your eyes. The new dark theme interface combined with the traditionaldark model space helps reduce eye strain by dimming the lights and minimizing the contrast between thedrawing area and surrounding tools.When you start AutoCAD 2015 before you open any drawings, one of the first things you’ll notice is the NewTab. The New Tab contains two sliding content pages: Learn and Create.The Create page is displayed by default and serves as a launch pad where you can access files, product updatesand online community. It’s divided into three columns.The Learn page provides tools to help you learn AutoCAD 2015. It’s divided into three columns: What’s New,Getting Started Videos, and Tips and Online Resources. These are all great resources for getting up to speedon AutoCAD 2015 whether you’re a new user or an AutoCAD veteran.You will start your work from the Create page. After that in the framework of the tutorial I will show you howto use the novelties.I will raise your attention every time you start using any of the 2015 novelties. Not all of them will fit in thetutorial but you may find a description or news about all novelties on my website.Check the novelties of AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD Architecture 2015 on the following architecture-2015/10 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionChapter 1 – PrefaceLearning to use AutoCAD software is similar to learning a new language. Sometimes when you say somethingto somebody in a foreign language, you exactly know and understand it but maybe your partner does not. Theintention was clear but the execution was not. It is the same with AutoCAD. Although learning AutoCAD isnot an easy style, you will have fun learning this exciting technology, even though sometimes you will notunderstand why the program does not run or freeze. Your intention was obvious and clear, only commandprompt was not correct, or the approach was wrong. Please do not give it up in such a situation! I promise youwill sit back satisfied drinking a good glass of cold beer!NOTE: You will find several links in the book. These are short links, referring to the autocad-architectureblog.com website, where you can have further information on the old and new versions of the program.Section 1 - How to Use This BookSection 2 - Needed DrawingsSection 3 - Introduction of SampleSection 4 - Terms Used in the Book and Sign Conventions11 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionSection 1 - How to Use This BookThis book contains a comprehensive introduction to the methods, philosophy and procedures of AutoCADArchitecture 2015. The primary audience for this book are current AutoCAD users, however if beginners dothe exercises and chapters related to each other, they will have an overall picture of program’s operation anduse; and at the end of the book will have sufficient experience to confidently use of the AutoCAD 2015. Usingof the book requires a base AutoCAD and PC knowledge and practice.This book shows the mindset of the program, through a sample from beginning to end, and technique of itsusing. In doing so, however, the book does not attempt to be an entire fledged model in every respect, anddocumentation development. Rather, the intention is to introduce the functions of AutoCAD Architecture 2015software.The desired end result - another order of importance, by other means - in some places it would be easier toproduce, but in this case the book could show less possibilities of the program.The described exercises assume that the reader continuously performs them from the beginning and graduallypractices the handling techniques of the program. After some time the detailed explanation (like which mousebutton to click and where) will decrease.Section 2 - Needed DrawingsATTENTION! Creating sample building of tutorial two drawings are necessary, which can be downloadedfrom aterials web-site, and located at ACA2015ExtraMaterials library can be unpacked.The two drawings are Sub-Structure-Metric.dwg and Layout-Metric.dwg.Section 3 - Introduction of SampleThe exercises are based on a two-storey house plan. The original plans can be found at www.freegreen.com.The exercises - with the consent of the page - sometimes changed, sometimes simplified and do not fully coverthe initial design work.12 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionThe exercises described in this book process a relatively small building, but try to use a wide range of programfeatures. Nevertheless, the AutoCAD Architecture 2015 software has many tools, and objects have a lot ofskills that the sample does not use.The exercises carried out two-three times provide a good basis for confident usage of the software and forknowledge of the logic used by the program.Section 4 - Terms Used in the Book and Sign ConventionsBelow treatments of technical elements are described, which are frequently mentioned in the exercises of theTextbook.1. Basic Mouse TechniquesThe following terms will be used to clarify the instructions for use of the mouse.(Left-)ClickQuickly press and release the left mouse button.Right-ClickQuickly press and release the right mouse button.Double-ClickRapidly click the left mouse button twice.Click inClick inside of any kind of element, object to set something in it.Click onClick anywhere on any kind of element or object to open it.DragPress and hold down the left mouse button while you move the mouse.SelectPosition the mouse pointer/draw cursor over an item and click the left mouse button.In AutoCAD the main management tool is the left mouse button. Thus, clicking always means with the leftmouse button click in or specify a point.If the right mouse button is to click, it is always indicated separately.The right mouse button click - if an object is selected – is a typical way to display the context menu. If thereis no pre-selection of an object, clicking the right mouse button is equal press ENTER. See chapter 2.7.2. . select or choose. (icons, menu items)Selecting or choosing an icon or menu item means clicking with left mouse button on it. It is a typical way ofstarting commands.3. . select. (objects, drawing elements)Selection in AutoCAD could be only one element selection or more elements could be selected at the sametime.Selecting an element is to move cursor above its contour or internal line and click with left mouse button. Moreelements could be selected one by one, but it is better to use the so-called Window selection, means selectedall objects completely inside a rectangle defined by two points.Click the left mouse button on an empty field and the program begins to draw a selection box. Drag the cursorto the left or right, and specify the opposite corner point of the selection window.Dragging the cursor from right to left AutoCAD draws a so-called Crossing selection that has dashed contour,and in AutoCAD 2015 its fill color is light green in default mode. Crossing selection select all objects withinits borders or which are sectioned by the window contour.13 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionDragging cursor from the left to the right, AutoCAD draws a Window Selection with continuous contour, andin AutoCAD 2015 its fill color is light blue in default mode. The Window Selection selects only those objectswhich are fully inside in the window.In most cases selection in AutoCAD is a recursive operation, after a selection operation program will initiatenew selections until you indicate by pressing ENTER to finish selection operation. Then the commands runwill continue.You can take back from the objects already selected if any kind of selections (single, crossing, window) isdone by pressing SHIFT button.2015 New Feature!It is one of the novelties that you can see next to Crosshair what you are actually doing. Move, Copy, Rotate,etc. Same with Selection. You can see that you use either Window selection or Crossing selection.14 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric version2015 New Feature!Another novelty is Lasso selection. Lasso selection is a new way to select objects. You click in a blank areaand drag around objects. Release the mouse button when you’re done. Anything that crosses the lasso boundaryis selected.4. . click with right mouse button . above (icon) object.Typically this mode displays local menus. To show short-cut menus, enter or return, click the right mousebutton.5. . Snap Mode Off/OnAutomatic tracking point, other name Object Snap Mode helps that on object’s special points - typically onthe ENDpoint, INTersection, PERpendicular and NEArest point – we can specify a point, as an insertion point,or as a start or end point for specifying distance. Object Snap Mode can be turned on or off by pressing F3functional tab, even during a command performing. Setting mode of ‘searched’ special points can be foundin the book exercises.6. . ORTHO Mode Off/OnWhen ORTHO MODE is turned on, the cursor can move only horizontally or vertically relative to the UCSand the current grid rotation angle. Horizontal is defined as being parallel to the X axis of the UCS and verticalas being parallel to the Y axis.15 590

Attila G. HorvathAutoCAD Architecture 2015 My First Project Metric versionOrtho Mode is used when you specify an a

Attila has been an Authorized AutoCAD Architecture Instructor since 2008 and teaching AutoCAD Architecture software to future architects at the Department of Architectural Representation of Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. He also took part in creating various tutorial materials for architecture students. Currently he .