As Estimator/QS I often have the need for quick and accurate measurements. The main tools I use are AutoCAD and MS Excel.
As it is well known Autodesk stopped selling AutoCAD as a program and it charges it as a service. That means that every year you have to pay an amount to Autodesk to use its service. It is a trend the latest years and the result is that the user doesn’t own the program if he/she decides to stop paying for the service.
That led me to search for an AutoCAD aternative that could be user friendly to an AutoCAD user, would have the same commands and the almost the same interface. Also, I was searching for a program that supported native DWG files to be sure that I would not have any conflict with files produced from 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 →
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.
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 →