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The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard

ISBN: 978-0-471-70378-5
264 pages
March 2015
The Architect


A definitive user's guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard

The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard helps make the National CAD Standard (NCS) more accessible to architects by presenting:
* Clear and succinct explanations of concepts and options in the NCS
* A step-by-step approach to seamlessly implement standardized drawings in any size firm
* Successful strategies design firms can use to best take advantage of the NCS requirements

The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard presents an informative overview of the NCS, including illustrations and frequently asked questions. It shows architects how to minimize immediate costs and downtime, how to reap immediate benefits, and how best to learn the system at an individualized pace. Used side by side with the Standard, this authoritative guide offers helpful insight into how the NCS is likely to be interpreted and presents a variety of available options for meeting the standardization requirements.

Interior designers, construction managers, urban planners, as well as owners, engineers, and facility managers will also find this authoritative reference to be invaluable!
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Table of Contents

About This Book.



1. Drawing Set Organization.

2. Sheet Organization.

3. Schedules.

4. Drafting Conventions.

5. Terms and Abbreviations.

6. Symbols.

7. Notations.

8. Code Conventions.

9. AIA CAD Layer Guidelines.

10. Plotting Guidelines.

11. Implementation.

Appendix A: List of Sheets: Example for Level 1 Discipline Designators.

Appendix B: List of Sheets: Example for Level 2 Discipline Designators.

Appendix C: Sheet Keynote Office Master: Example for Architectural Sheets.

Appendix D: Reference Keynote Office Master: Example for Architectural Sheets.

Appendix E: Sample CAD Layer Names for Architectural Sheets.

Appendix F: Supplement to AIA Document G612-2001: Owner's Instructions to the Architect for Construction Drawing Standards-Part D.




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Author Information

DENNIS J. HALL, FAIA, FCSI, is founder and managing principal of Hall Architects, Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as the chairman of the CSI/CSC MasterFormat Expansion Task Team (a North American effort to expand the industry standard for organizing specifications); past chairman of the Uniform Drawing System (UDS) Program Task Team; and vice president of the Construction Specification Institute. He is a member of the OmniClass Construction Classification System (OCCS) Development Committee, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and vice president of the Specification Consultants in Independent Practice.

CHARLES RICK GREEN, AIA, FCSI, is a senior project architect with Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has more than thirty years of experience in the preparation and supervision of construction documents for numerous facilities and developments. He has served as chairman of the UDS Program Task Team, UDS Modules Task Team, and the NCS Steering Committee.

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