An Introduction to Australian Architecture

By |July 21st, 2017

Through the British colonization of Australia back in the 18th century which largely displaced the native aborigines of the world’s smallest continent, Australia has burgeoned into a commonwealth that is at par with the western world’s advancements, particularly in its architecture. One mention of Australian architecture and it is nigh impossible to avoid the proverbial Sydney Opera House, which is one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings that defined the Sydney skyline.

The Challenges of Life and Construction Jargon

By |July 10th, 2017

For any architect, designer, or engineer, construction and design terms are sort of a secondary language. As with any profession or hobby, it is very easy to get lost in technical jargon that is unfamiliar and intimidating to any outsider. And as it is commonplace for someone to dream of having his or her own home, it is highly likely that one will have to have an encounter with the unfamiliar language of design and construction. The challenge that lies in the discovery and learning of anything new is daunting, and learning technical jargon is no different. So whether you’re someone on the verge of realizing a dream or just someone who wants to learn something new, is here to help. It can be intimidating and almost impossible to learn all the construction and design terms in one sitting, but to help you start, here are a few terminologies to learn so you can at least be armed against the unfamiliar world of design and construction.

CAD’s Influence in the Industry

By |June 21st, 2017

CAD, which stands for Computer Aided Design, has been around for half a century now. By the evolution of computing power through the development of microprocessors and semiconductors, CAD was pushed into the limelight as a system that brought it from its humble beginnings as simple attempts to automate drafting, to the industry leading standard in which entire industries are reliant upon up to this day. CAD meets the demands of every architect, engineer, draftsman, artist, or basically anyone that is involved in design and construction. It could be individual freelancers, big conglomerates, to anyone in the field, CAD software has always been used as a swiss-knife, a tool that’s used for basically every stage of the puzzle that is construction.

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017

By |June 19th, 2017

Ask any professional in the construction and design field and they will tell you how AutoCAD has shaped the industry that they work on today. And with the myriad of competitor software that has somehow filled the market with some not-so-reliable clones, it is important for Autodesk to not only keep up with the demand, but also to be forerunners in innovation within the CAD industry. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few things that we think are the best features and applications that are included in the new AutoCAD 2017 ecosystem.

Hidden Costs of “Addition” Projects

By |June 1st, 2017

An addition, within the context of the construction industry, is basically an extension project for buildings and houses. Additions literally come in all shapes and sizes.  It could be a new wing to revive an old building or a new floor for an existing bungalow. And while the term may be new to most people, the concept of it isn’t. For residential neighborhoods, additions are often a sign of fruitful times for homeowners. And with corporate buildings, additions can also be considered as an indication that business is doing well. Additions can often be a good way to make any available space that you have more functional, plus they can add to the overall value of your building or home, which is always good to have. However, with any project of this sort, there are hidden costs that can cripple your finances if you’re not careful with your budget management. Thus, in anything related to construction, big or small, it is important to consult industry professionals before pushing through with addition projects. Professionals can ensure that you won’t be getting ripped off with hidden charges and expenses, and they will ultimately save you your precious time and money.

Top Services for Your Projects That You Can Outsource

By |May 31st, 2017

It is ruthlessly fast paced within the design and construction industry. Days pass by in the blink of an eye. Everything is a race against time, with almost every decision based on deadlines and schedule constraints. This sort of pressure is what forces innovation and thinking outside the box to get solutions — and what better way to think outside the box than to literally think of what’s outside. Hence, outsourcing. Outsourcing is defined in the dictionary as a process of obtaining goods or services from an outside or foreign supplier. In layman terms, it is simply contracting someone else to do your work for you. It is a term familiar to professionals, whether it be in construction or engineering, or even in finance and computer programming. It isn’t really general knowledge though, that outsourcing can also be taken advantage of by anyone else other than professionals. But in truth, basically, anyone with related projects can take advantage of outsourcing. As such, let us give you best tasks for your projects that you can outsource, so you can be confident that you will finish that project in time.

5 Things you could be doing right now instead of Drafting

By |May 16th, 2017

The construction industry and anything related to it can be the most demanding of all industries. From countless design proposals to hours upon hours of renderings, endless sheets of blueprints to round-the-clock construction shifts, ours is an industry that is under constant pressure from the myriad of tasks that we need to accomplish each day. One of the more notoriously time-consuming undertakings within the industry, aside from actual construction, is drafting working-drawings. Those who have design and/or engineering degrees can attest to this; working-drawings are hard work. And they are almost always looked down upon by people who aren’t within the industry. These sort of predispositions result in unbelievably short timelines from clients that ultimately add to the pressures of providing accurate output. In reality, anything that can relieve this pressure is welcomed with open arms. Recent trends are drawing the industry towards outsourcing tasks, let’s face it, imagine what you could be doing right now instead of drafting those time-consuming blueprints

Converting PDF to CAD File

By |May 15th, 2017

PDF, or portable document format, is a basic file format that anyone can easily view, navigate and print in any platform. It is usually used for reading purposes and serves as a “reference” or guide. But, as accessible as it seems, a PDF file cannot be easily converted to a CAD file and you’ll find it risky to attain accurate and precise dimensions as opposed to a true CAD. Meanwhile CAD files or computer aided design files, are basically accurate, computerized drawings that aid professionals and amateurs alike in the planning phases of any related project. It is one of the most necessary tools in any project development that involves design and construction.

Revolutionizing the Construction Industry through AutoCAD

By |May 8th, 2017

  The construction industry becomes more dynamic as time goes by. From the high-technology heavy equipment, prefabrication of building components, and up to automating architectural designs, the industry is now paving its way towards becoming more cost and time-efficient in terms of production. There is no wonder that AutoCAD is one of the most popular Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs available worldwide that can produce comprehensive blueprints and plans for production of a building or structural models. These blueprints are very vital for engineers, architects, construction experts, and the workers themselves on developing various structures. AutoCAD has more effective custom object features that are built with the C++ superior programming interface. This program has more advanced 3D tools that can provide better 3D modeling and analysis of models topped up with fast-phase and high-quality renderings. With the surging demand for a more efficient technology or software for this matter, Autodesk has now released more project-specific and exclusive programs such as AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical. Aside from being the best CAD software and leader of the CAD community for its 2D/3D optimum rendering capabilities, it also incorporates the industry standards in product design and animation.

CAD-Hacks: Converting AutoCAD Drawing to PDF

By |April 24th, 2017

In this age of collaborative working environment, there’s always a need for the production teams to make their files accessible and viewable to project owners. In this way, there can be a real-time collaboration to accomplish the project on time. And if in case you, a part of the drafting team, are new in doing CAD (Computer-Assisted Design) draft, you will find it hard to make your output viewable and accessible to people who do not have AutoCAD in their unit. To give you a little workaround on how to make conversions of CAD drawings bearable, here are the steps on how to convert your CAD Drawing to a PDF File.
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