AEC Tech News #174

16 Aug, 2006 By: Michael Dakan

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National Institute for Building Sciences Standards

The National CAD Standard and the National Building Information Model Standard

Did you ever work in an office when a north arrow design competition was underway? I have to confess that I worked in a few such offices when I was an architectural intern. Of course this was in the old manual drafting days, and every once in a while someone would suggest that the office standard north arrow was lame. The next thing you know, a design competition was underway.

We may see a new round of the old north arrow competitions in offices after version 4 of the U.S. NCS (National CAD Standard) is released, because it appears that the new version will make it explicitly clear that the north arrow shown in previous versions of the NCS was intended as an example only, and the north arrow a company uses is strictly user-defined. It seems that many firms have developed a north arrow symbol that is part of their corporate identity, by similarity to a logo graphic or other means, and they are reluctant to give up their own north arrow. So, the sky is the limit. Live it up.Read more>>

First Look Review: Excelize Detail Manager

By Patrick Davis

If you're like many architects, you have details that you reuse from project to project, but lack a system to organize and locate them. Excelize Detail Manager from Excelize offers a way for you to catalog and manage your entire library of AutoCAD drawings in a searchable database. It lets you centralize all your files in a single location and helps you to manage, search and retrieve the details. The interface lets you search files by file name, keyword and other parameters that have meaning to your organization. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

Pictometry FutureView 2006 User Conference and Trade Show
October 29-November 1, 2006
Orlando, Florida
Pictometry user conference features a curriculum that provides a learning and networking experience, highlighting solutions from Pictometry and its business partners. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here >>

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Get the Code! Cadalyst's August code from Hot Tip Harry is now available for download. Theresa Poole earned $100 for this month's top tip, Delete Dimensions, a utility to globally filter, select and delete dimension entities of a specified measurement in a floor plan. Congratulations!

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