We should adopt the awareness that AutoCAD, as well as other software we use regularly, participates in a process. This process can be categorized by a few indicators:
There are various contributors and/or stakeholders involved
The project involves multiple stages
Complex data derived from various issues must be fused into a single project deliverable
Information is updated regularly as the project is both continuous and adaptive (even after it is delivered to the stakeholders)
To be able to meet such complexity, it’s recommended to construct a “common language” that will enable the understanding of all participants to run the process seamlessly.
The answer for tackling the obstacles described above is a spec/ standard. The spec/ standard enables all participants involved in the process to communicate with each other while meeting the requirements of the AutoCAD environment. On one hand, all participants in the process will know how to use this, and on the other, the spec/ standard will provide all the needed requirements of the AutoCAD environment.
In addition, there are many cases where AutoCAD participants contribute their data to a wider implementation such as GIS. GIS requires its data to be structured according to its own specifications. The usage of an AutoCAD Spec creates an effortless integration between the two environments.
Meeting GIS demands or a long run cycled CAD job through the usage of Standards increases project efficiency and helps eliminate stress!
How do we choose standards in AutoCAD?
A basic AutoCAD spec contains a wide range of definitions. We refer to some of them that correlate to the layers' properties as well as the attributes attached to each block. The spec contains the symbology assigned to each layer or block.
These definitions can be saved as a template file for future reuse or to be accessed by other users. There are few disadvantages to this method:
The block may contain a field that is derived from a lookup table which natively is not supported by AutoCAD. This causes the user to assign a numeric value that represents the real value which should be connected to the proper table in the new environment where it is - will be converted to.
A block assigned to define a polyline or a polygon should be placed on the line or in the polygon. To implement it, the user should run the process very delicately.
The end user can insert a wrong block to a specified layer.
GIS-WIZ Spec solution using SmarterCAD
GIS-WIZ offers a holistic solution that provides the capability to construct the Spec(s) including the implementation of the spec in a Spatial SQL Express (as a default free GDB) and as an extension embedded in AutoCAD for its implementation via a dedicated GUI.
SmarterCAD also provides a mechanism for applying topology rules to be imposed on the end user which eliminates frequent inaccuracies in data construction.
Implementing the SmarterCAD methodology leads to:
Constructing DWG files as well as GeoData base
Complying to standards and rules in a user-friendly environment
Maintaining the integrity of the dataGIS capabilities embedded in AutoCAD, which offer a seamless integration between the table containing the layer's attributes and the graphic data (the map). This enables query/filter and more operators
QA enabled via search and sweeping update operation