I've been using xrefs for a few years now, but I'm sure I could be using them more efficiently. For example on how I use them, I usually xref the arch. floor plan into my structural dwg as the background and create my plans from that. My reasoning behind that is all I have to do is replace the arch dwg file with the latest in which then I can see what changed. I see our clients do things all different. Most of them create base dwgs and reference those in to their lettered dwgs (a-1, a-2.. and so on) and some even annotate them on the lettered dwgs (any advantage to this). Is there any structural people out there?? Once in awhile I will create a column grid and insert it into all of my framing plans. Is there something I should be doing for foundation plans and so on....I guess the main goal here is to keep my dwgs as accurate as possible and correct them in a timely matter. Opinions and suggestions much appreciated.
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OP one thing you might want to do is make sure your XREFs are overlays, not attachments. While there will be instances where an attachment is more appropriate, using them as overlays means less "stuff" carries on to other drawings. One way I have used them is to have the architectural XREFd into the structural and vice versa. With overlays, there are no circular references!
Using a grid as an XREF seems to be a fairly common practice. In my current work I often use PDFs as underlays, but what I have taken to doing is inserting them into a separate drawing first, and then using that drawing as an XREF overlay.
Also, you can mix and match XREFs between architectural and civil, just by adjusting the scale of the XREF. In Murrica, that would be a factor of 12
Thanks guys, pretty much I am doing what I thought. The things our clients do are pretty much like make base plans like their walls and things, but then after they xref them they also draw on that dwg too, just curious. Oh and yes that is what I mean, the xref has no text. For the attachement versus overlay, I figured that out a few years ago when my boss was breathing down my throat when the job had to go out.. Thansk for replying fellas!!!
it sounds like your clients are a bit closer to the Uinform Drawing System from CSI that's part of the National CAD Standards. References as bases into model files, and model files referenced into sheet files -- and the sheet files are the only ones that get plotted.
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