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Transformation – Part 7

June 27, 2017

Transformation-Part 6 discussed the idea of the communication process that takes place between the CAD drafter and the AutoCAD software.  In Transformation-Part 7, you will accompany us as we march through the CAD development years and watch some of our CAD team skills’ enhancement. Let’s go…

A Smart Move towards Great Improvement

Congratulations to the readers who made it this far.  From this point on, you will start witnessing the process of our CAD Department transformation over the past few years.

The time has finally come for us to introduce our promised topics on development.  Such a precious time!

As we may still recall from our previous posts, Quad Plus’s management’s support and encouragement of the CAD team, had a great effect on its development.  This support assured the CAD team that significant changes would take place and continuous improvement would be noticed.  

In order to achieve that goal, the CAD team researched innovative ways to enhance proficiency in the department within the shortest amount of time.

How did the CAD team start and what has the department accomplished so far?  This question seems short and easy to answer, where in fact, it may take several posts to cover.  But so what?  We are having fun sharing our learning experience about this great development.

At this point, we have interesting CAD work to tell you about!  Who knows… you may end up joining our team at the end of this development story.  Imagine this actually happening.  That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

To guarantee that you will enjoy our story, we must provide you with an overview of our electrical projects’ work process.  It may also help to know about our projects’ sizes, contents, and the average time it takes to complete an electrical project.  If this sounds interesting to you, then let’s begin:

As some of you may already know, electrical project’s drawings may reach 600 sheets or more, depending on the project’s size.  Each sheet in the project is usually given a unique number that tells about its category in terms of the project’s requirements.  Along with the sheet number, a project sheet also has a dedicated description that describes its content and the part of the project it covers.

The project sheet number, description, and many other aspects are displayed on the drawing’s title block, which is a standard item that displays project information.  The title block must appear on every drawing in the project.  As a project is approved by Quad Plus’s management to move forward, the CAD team begins developing the project’s drawings.

Let’s first take a look at the standard project templates.  This is a set of drawing templates with title blocks that the CAD team created to use as a starting point for all Quad Plus’s electrical projects.   

A drawing’s title block includes sheet numbers and drawing descriptions that apply similarly to most electrical projects.  Modifications usually take place based on the project’s requirements and other factors.

Speaking of title blocks, you might be interested in taking a look at a title block example to see how it looks and what information it includes.  Here is an example that shows the general information that are usually displayed on each sheet in the project – Electrical Project Drawing Template .  The preparation of the project’s drawing templates is the initial step of any electrical project.  Filling out the title block information was a long and time consuming process before the development came into play.

Transformation-Part 8 will explain the process of the title block update feature as it moves from the old long process to the enhanced method that saved time and eliminated confusion and frustration.

We will look forward to seeing you in Transformation-Part 8.