How to create a new template from scratch

Last modified by Oskar Kristinsson on 2022/08/16 13:56

Do you need to set up a drawing template?

Here is how you do that.

If you are wondering how you can create a new drawing type then you can find a link here

Standard Admin

To create a template you have to have a drawing type in Standard admin.

In this case, there is a drawing type and we are going to create a template for Sandwich walls.

We start by creating the template


Select the desired drawing type and press ok, sandwich wall in this case.


Start by giving the template a name, leave most of the fields blank.

Set the drawing status as required. 

Sheet and panel only add it to the model space and do not have any influence on the layouts.

Set the scale as required, i will set it to 30.


Press OK.


The next window is the standard setup of the specifications for the given drawing type, here you can set the standard specifications for the given template.

I will leave it as is and press ok.

Project manager

We start with creating a template based on the template we created in Standard admin.


Press new and select project standard, which will unfold a dropdown menu, and from there select standard.


Under the standard, you can find all of the templated listed in Standard admin, select the one that we created earlier.


Press ok

In the next window give the template a name, all of the other fields are taken from the standard admin that we set before.


Press ok and ok again.

Select the template you just created and then right-click on it and select open.



First of all, we want to lay out all of the views that we want to have in the template.


I will be using the following views

View 01
View 02
View 03
View 06
View 07
View 09

I start with creating the layout of how I want the views to be laid out, this is how I do it but you are free to place the views as it fits you and your company.

Under base, you can find the drawing views button, press that one, select add and select the view you want to insert, I prefer to start with the elevation since it usually evolves around that one


and here are my views laid out in the drawing


If you are wondering about the difference in the reinforcement views, layout 1 is a half-scale and layout 2 is full-scale. That means that views 04 and 05 are a pair and 06 and 07 are a pair.

Only one pair can be active in a drawing.

When all of the drawing views are laid out you should save the views


For miner adjustment select properties, I like to have my values end with 0


When you are happy with the results select every line and right-click in the gray area and select copy to a common template.


Scroll to the template you made in standard admin, mark it and press ok, then ok again and then exit.


Now all of the views are saved in the standard admin.

Next in line are the layouts, also placed in base tab press layouts.

First of all, we are going to have 2 layouts, one for the element and one for reinforcement.

Both are A2 and have the panel "landscape", the layout for the element is just called Element and does not have a prefix and the layout for the reinforcement is called reinf. and have the prefix R.

Under base, press layouts button.


In the pop-up window right-click in the gray field and select new, fill in the information.


This is my end result for layouts. Once you are happy press OK.


Now you have 2 new layouts in your drawing, select the first one and we start placing viewports.

Before we start to layout the viewports it is good to mention that we have a variable for the endcap stack up, that can help with the placement of the viewports

You can read about the variable DWGENDCAPVIEWMAXROWS here, I have it set to 1 in my case.

Under base select new viewport


Place the viewport and when you have done that you will get a pop-up window to define what drawing views you want to associate with and how you want to have it set up.

I will start with endcaps. Note that i have marked scale to fit and that is because if there are many endcaps i can have all of them in the viewport.


For plan, elevation, and section viewports I will select Align and scale to fit, then I can have all of the viewports align up.

This is how my layout ends up for the main element drawing.


For the reinforcement layout, I will also alight and scale to fit for these viewports, and here is my reinforcement layout


When you are happy with the placement of the viewports select the button Layouts


Select both layouts configurations and right-click in the gray area and select Copy to common template, 


And same as before scroll till you see the template you want to copy it to, mark it, and press ok twice.

Now you have created a template from scratch and it is time to test it.