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Can we fix it? Yes, we can!

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Thursday, April 13, 2017, In : CAD 
This is an email we recently received:

"Dear HH CAD Plans
We are in the process of renewing various licences at the above premises and I have suggested we get some proper plans done that can be shaded as necessary going forward. I have some A1 drawings for you to work from and there have only been some very minor changes which I can mark on the plan for you. Can you do this?"

This is just the sort of job we love: taking an out of date hard copy plan and drawing it up on CAD so that it can be...

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Christmas Fun

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Thursday, December 1, 2016, In : CAD 
December has arrived, and we're having a bit of Christmas fun on Twitter with a unique HH CAD Plans Advent calendar. Every day a new festive cad drawing will appear on our Twitter page (@hhcadplans). Here's the first one. Hope you enjoy looking.

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New Testimonial

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Saturday, February 6, 2016, In : CAD 
A new testimonial has been added to our website. Many thanks to Paul Taylor of Integrated Network Solutions for this.

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Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : CAD 

No words needed I don't think!

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Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Monday, March 23, 2015, In : CAD 
CAD users, this is a really useful command and it works in AutoCAD and DraftSight.
The OOPS command brings back the last item(s) that you erased - simple. It doesn't matter how many operations you have performed in the meantime, it brings back those deleted entities back from the dead. Of course the Undo command will do the same thing, but it will also undo all the changes you have made since you performed the Erase - and that might not be what you want.
Give it a try.

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CAD is Best

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Saturday, August 16, 2014, In : CAD 
There are quite a few companies providing floor plan software to estate agents now and I thought it would be interesting to compare them with using CAD to draw floor plans.
Having looked at two or three now, I can see the appeal for estate agents who do not have staff with CAD skills. They all seem to be very clever systems which use generic blocks to create a basic floor plan. For the average residential property it produces a pretty good floor plan which most estate agents will be happy with...
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PDFs converted to CAD drawings

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : CAD 

If you have a PDF version of a plan, HH CAD Plans can convert it to CAD format to enable it to be modified/updated. However, the quality of the resulting CAD plan will depend upon the type of PDF.

There are two different methods of creating PDF files:
1. Vector PDF files - these are usually PDF files which were created as DWG files and then converted to PDF format. These can be converted to crystal clear and editable DWG files.
2. Raster PDF- typically scanned PDF files which are only bit...

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Plans for Facilities Management

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Thursday, April 3, 2014, In : CAD 
A set of minutely detailed architects plans can be simplified and amended so that they can be much more easily used by those who are responsible for ongoing Facilites Management. A set of architectural dwg files can be stripped down to the basic floor plans, which will be a lot easier to use. Onto this basic plan, a number of different layers can be added, for example to show furniture layout, fire evacuation routes, fire protection equipment, electrical layout, plumbing layout etc etc.
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Paper to CAD

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, In : CAD 
I've had some plans of an unusual shaped building to draw this week. It was a building which had some old hard copy plans which needed to be updated. Making great use of the Polar button, set to the angle required, the plans could be drawn very accurately indeed. It is an old building, with varying wall thicknesses and lots of window detail. It was good to work on something a bit different to the norm. The plans have been added to my gallery.

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Restoring Order

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : CAD 
I have been working on some plans for an office building in London this week. My client had some CAD plans which were very disorganised in terms of the layers and they needed a complete tidy up and update. I received very specific instructions about how the drawings should be restructured and a tight timescale to do the work, but I am pleased to say I met the deadline and really enjoyed creating order out of some pretty chaotic drawings.

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Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : CAD 

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What Is CAD?

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Sunday, November 10, 2013, In : CAD 
CAD is normally said to stand for Computer-Aided Design. However, I prefer the alternative of Computer-Aided Drafting, which describes what I do more accurately, i.e. "the process of creating a technical drawing with the use of computer software" (Wikipedia)

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CAD Expert Ease

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : CAD 
When working on a CAD drawing it is essential to be disciplined about setting the drawing up correctly and also as you go through the drawing you must be meticulous about using layers correctly.
I have recently had some drawings sent which had been worked on by an architect, but the architect was clearly not a CAD expert, as the layers within the drawing needed to be completely reviewed and re-organised before I could start my work. Once the layers had been sorted out I could work on my plans ...
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A Good Layer Day

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : CAD 
Spent some time tidying up some drawings brought in from other users. All the layers are correctly used now and redundant layers removed. Top Tip ...... if you have a stubborn layer which you can't delete, use the Delete Layer command to name the specific layer you want to delete.

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Updates to your CAD documents

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Monday, August 12, 2013, In : CAD 
As well as drawing plans from scratch, HH CAD Plans can update your existing drawings in DWG format. You may want additions or deletions to be made on the plans for example, or specific properties or areas red-lining. The drawing may require a clean up or consolidation of complicated layers which have been built up. One common requirement is for extremely detailed architects plans to be simplified so that they can be used as floor plans for another purpose. Just email the DWG file to us and w...
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Makes a Change

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : CAD 
Been drawing something a bit different recently!

Drawn from a text book, to be used in an electronic presentation.

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Calculation of Areas

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : CAD 
One of the great things about CAD plans is the ability to calculate the area of a property extremely easily. Whether it's the NIA, GIA, or just the area of a part of the building, all you have to do is draw a polyline around the part of the plan you need, then click on the area icon in the toolbars. It saves lots of time doing lengthy calculations for example on a building with a slightly unusual shape. It also eliminates the risk of making an error in doing the calculations.

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Bespoke Colour Plans

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : CAD 
When using Floor Plans as a marketing tool, it is a great idea to have them done in your company colours. This allows them to fit in with your company style whilst at the same time making the plans look much more professional than plain old black and white. When drafting the plans in CAD there are lots of options on how to use colours, for example if you have two bold colours in your company logo one can be used as a border and the other used for the actual plan itself. Alternatively, if you ...
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