IFA Essentials - Drawing templates and layouts

Last modified by MattiasLilja on 2018/02/05 12:07

Drawing templates

Drawing templates are used when generating shop drawings. The template dictates where in model space different drawing entities are drawn, such as an elements elevation, plan and section view. It also dictates which panels and drawing heads are used. It's possible to specify layouts which automatically inserts tables and drawing head, panel and specifications. Additinally, viewports with automatic content scaling and alignment can be used. Templates can be exported/imported between projects.

New Template

Right-click the templates node in the project browser tree. Select a standard definition to build the template on. These standard templates are "drawing-less" definitions in Standard Admin. They carry information such as default panel and header block, default drawing view positions etc. You can choose definitions from the current project, which essentially copies that template. The next dialogue enables you to enter default information. This is mostly left blank. A drawing template should be given a logical name, such as SW_LAYOUT for a sandwich template with drawing layouts.



Click ok. You may now specify default attributes for that template.


You should now see the new template in the grid next to the project browser. If not, double-click on the templates node and refresh the project. Right-click the new template drawing to reveal more options.


1. Drawing properties
Reveals the same properties dialogues you filled in upon creation of the template above.

Access the drawing views. These are coordinates where different sections of elements etc. are drawn in model space when shop drawings are generated.


3. Layouts
Add layouts and specify what to include in each layout

Drawing properties

Drawings head

The drawing head, usually located in the upper right, can be customized and changed. You create, edit and specify block files for drawing heads in standard admin.


To use a different head block, go to model space and delete the current drawing head. Use the insert drawing head command to insert a new drawing head.



Information will automatically be fild in when the template is used to generate shop drawings.

Drawing panel

The drawing panel, usually located in the bottom right, can be customized and changed.  You create, edit and specify block files for drawing heads in standard admin or project manager.


To use a different panel, go to model space and delete the current panel. Use the insert drawing panel command to insert a new panel.



Use the edit drawing panel, found next to insert drawing panel, to edit the panels values.


Drawing specification

The drawing specification, usually located under the drawing head, can be customized and changed. You create, edit and specify block files for drawing specifications in standard admin.


To use a different specification block, go to model space and delete the current specification. Use the insert drawing specification command to insert a new specification.



Use the edit specification command, found next to insert specification, to change the specifications values.


Drawing Views

Drawing views are markers where element details, such as sections, are drawn. You can add and remove views by starting the Drawing Views command.




There are many views to choose from. The most common ones are 1, 2 and 3. Place the views far apart as so no dimensioning lines will collide with each other.


Do not forget to save the views! When you save, you send the positions of the markers to the database.


When using the drawing template, it will look like this (an example of a solid wall):


Drawing Layouts and Viewports

The drawing views are used together with the layout and viewport system. The idea is that a layout has any number of relevant drawing viewports (drawing views and drawing viewports are two different things). These viewports lock on to a drawing view in model space. When something is drawn on that view marker, the viewport scans the area and capture the extents of drawn details, such as element elevation view. A template can have several layouts with any number of viewports in each. It's not uncommon to separate reinforcement information into a separate layout. As an analogy, you could say that the model space create LEGO bricks, which layouts with viewports use to build a drawing.

You create, edit and remove layouts from the Layouts dialogue.


Each layout can copy the revision, drawing head and drawing specification blocks to the layout. You may also specify which tables to include, as well as a mesh view. Right-click to add new layouts to the tempate. Select a layout and right-click to edit it. Press OK to save.



The drawing panel, head and specification blocks are automatically scaled. Here is what the ELEMENT layout (to the left) and REINFORCEMENT  (to the right) layouts would look like if the settings above were used: You can change the positioning and column order of the blocks in Standard Admin.


Each layout can have any number of viewports that automatically capture drawings views (the markers spoken of above).


You can draw the viewports manually or enter specific coordinates. Opening the viewports dialogue revels settings for the layout you are currently looking at. It's possible to align content and specify a custom scale. You must untick scale to fit to use a custom scale. Viewports are drawn in the layouts.


You can see that the views automatically centres on the drawing view (if you don't, us the regen command).


The results when using the template looks something like this (an example of a solid wall, usin):

Created by MattiasLilja on 2018/01/30 09:52
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