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Chapter 24. Introduction to Architectura... > Transitioning to Architectural Deskt...

Transitioning to Architectural Desktop

One of the most difficult tasks people face in the building design industry is progressing from traditional design techniques, where CAD is treated much like an electronic pencil, to using a software product like AutoCAD Architectural Desktop. Using built-in design features such as model-based design, the thought process of working with standard 2D drawings shifts to working with three-dimensional models. After you are accustomed to this transition, great leaps in productivity are made possible using ADT because it cuts the degree of effort on many levels.

One such level is the ability to create complex wall styles that can be represented in both two and three dimensions, depending on the angle from which they are being viewed. If the components that make up a wall style changes for a project, all walls created with this style are automatically updated throughout the drawing. Without the wall style functionality, you would need to manually update each wall segment, which is a tedious task regardless of building size.


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