Importing and Exporting point files to AutoCAD

There is often the need to import and export points in AutoCAD. Despite the fact that Civil 3D has an integrated tool for this kind of work, AutoCAD doesn’t. But, don’t be disappointed or try doing this thing manually. There are some ways to import and export points from AutoCAD too, even if we have to use some DIY stuff. Continue reading

AutoCAD 2017

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Recently, I updated my AutoCAD from 2014 edition to 2017. Although there were other great versions in between 2014 and 2017 I decided to skip them for many reasons. But, with 2017 I was amazed.

It’s not that I use the most of AutoCAD. I don’t know yet how it performs in rendering (I think that Autodesk changed the rendering machine in a previous version) and it is something that I will find out. It is that the new version is polished and it comes with some upgrades that every drafter would appreciate. Continue reading

The most essential AutoCAD commands and their shortcuts that will save you many working hours

Using AutoCAD with only the mouse is a NO NO. No professional does this for many obvious reasons. First of all, using only the mouse and not the keyboard makes you spend more time on a command that could be done with the press of one or two buttons. Continue reading

Use break command In order to split objects in AutoCAD.

This apply to objects that we want to split (and break on the split points) so at the end we get different objects. (NOTE: This does NOT apply to circle breaking due to the fact that you’ll get an error that says: Cannot create 360 degree arc)

By  typing the command BR (Break) and first pressing somewhere on the object and then pressing somewhere for a second time the section between the first press (where you selected the object) and the second one, will be deleted. This is a better command for this and it is called TRIM.

What you want to do here is this: Continue reading

New job demo

My role at my new job is to create the “as built” designs of the new optical fiber cables that are being placed all over the northern Greece. This includes the collection of information that I have to put on the drawings, the land surveying work on the field and finally the design itself. All the job is being done by me except the surveying fieldwork (land surveying renderings also done by me).

So take a look: Continue reading

Earthworks Volume Calculation (Demo work)

Being a site engineer always gets you involved with earthwork calculations. If you have a pc and a total station, things can be done easily and with high precision. The programs I use are AutoCAD Civil 3D (or Anadelta Tessera, I prefer Anadelta because of its better looking outcome), AutoCAD (if not using Civil 3D, for final retouching) and ofcourse Microsoft Excel. Continue reading

5 Great AutoLISP Scripts

I decided to post my favorite AutoLISP programs that I use extensively hoping that someone will find them useful. The two of them (as you can see in the code that I am providing) are written by me and their coding is very easy to understand and changed/tweaked (if someone has a bit of knowledge about AutoLISP). There are other two without their code provided by their authors but they are great (.vlx extension). Scripts can also be downloaded all together from here. Continue reading