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How architectural drawing software is helping us to build a better future

The process of constructing any building or structure starts with an idea. Transforming this initial spark of creativity into a workable construction plan requires the use of powerful computer aided design (CAD) drafting programs.

Modern architectural drawing software enables architects, engineers, and construction professionals to create highly detailed, incredibly precise architectural drawings. These drawings are the foundations of the buildings that we live and work in and the structures that we use every day.

What is Architectural Drawing?

An architectural drawing can be defined as a plan, diagram, or sketch that conveys technical information about a building or structure. Professionals such as architects, construction experts, and engineers create precise architectural drawings to provide workers with information on how a building or structure should be built.

 

In the past, architectural drawings were done by hand. This was an intensely laborious process that could take even the most skilled drafter days, weeks, or even months of painstaking work to complete. Advances in technology have resulted in sophisticated architectural drawing software that is now used by construction professionals at all levels across the globe.

 

2D drafting software and 3D drafting software are now the industry-standard and have almost completely replaced the slow and tedious process of manual drafting. CAD drafting and design programs enable architects to fully explore their ideas and develop new and innovative ways to construct more functional, more efficient, and more sustainable buildings.

 

 

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What are the main aims of architectural drawings?

The main purpose of architectural drawings is to convey information that facilitates the development of a construction project from its initial concept to its final realization. Because they can contain either highly technical information or general visualizations, architectural drawings enable direct collaborations between architects, clients, and contractors.
 
During the ideation phase, architects use drawings to explore ideas, refine building concepts, and find solutions to construction problems. As the actual work begins, contractors use architectural drawings as a set of instructions that detail how all the elements of a building should be constructed.
 

What are the different types of architectural drawings ?

Architectural drawings are used for a wide variety of purposes. Draftspeople, architects, and engineers all use CAD drafting software in different ways. Every stage of the construction process of a building, from the concept to the actual construction work, requires a certain set of architectural drawings.
 

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What are the components of a set of architectural plans?

As part of the building process, an architect will complete a set of plans that act as a foundation for the actual construction work and provide details and guidelines for contractors to follow.  
 
Typically, a set of architectural drawings will contain the following plans:
 

Floor plan

A floor plan is a bird's eye view of a building's structure that details how the rooms will be laid out and where elements such as stairs, windows, and doors will be located. This helps architects and builders to visualize the building's layout, and understand how the different spaces will be used.

Site plan

A site plan is an overview of how the building will be positioned in relation to its environment. It details all elements on the site, such as roads, trees, other buildings or structures, and so on. This helps architects and builders to understand the context of the building, and how it will interact with its surroundings.

Elevation

An elevation plan is a depiction of the outside of the building from the vertical plane. It usually shows the front, rear, and sides of a building, providing architects and builders with a detailed view of the building's exterior.

Section

A section plan shows the different levels of a multi-storey building and how they interconnect with each other. This helps architects and builders to understand the building's vertical layout, and how the different levels relate to each other.

Perspective

A perspective is a three-dimensional depiction of the building, often used to provide clients with a visualization of how the finished construction will look. It gives an idea of how the building will look in the real world, from different angles and perspectives.

Detailed view

A detailed view plan shows the intricate details of a building, such as the colors, textures, materials, and components that will be used. It can also depict customized design elements, or complex engineering aspects, such as structural systems, that will be used in the building, providing architects and builders with a detailed understanding of the building's design.

What kinds of architectural drawing software are there?

There are two main types of architectural drawing software: 2D drafting software and 3D drafting software.
 

2D CAD drafting software is commonly used to create technical drawings that show the dimensioning and layout of a building. Initial concepts, floor plans, engineering drawings, and technical drawings are often made using 2D CAD drafting programs.

Those software often includes advanced tools such as dimensioning, annotation, and layer management, which make it easier for users to create clear and accurate drawings that can be easily understood by others.

3D CAD drafting software is used to create highly realistic models that can be viewed from any angle or plane. Architects can edit their designs and make changes to the geometry of a building without the need to continuously redraw the plans completely. Because 3D drafting software can render incredibly detailed and complex models, it enables architects to provide clients and contractors with a perfect visualization of how a building should look when completed.
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What are the benefits of using an architectural drawing software?

CAD software is a game changer for architecture, as it simplifies, speeds up, and makes the process of constructing a building more economical and accurate. Cloud-based technology, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, redefines collaboration between stakeholders, making it smoother and more secure.

A game changer for architecture

There is simply no comparison between the old method of creating architectural drawings by hand and modern 3D and 2D CAD software. The entire process of constructing a building is made simpler, faster, more economical, and more accurate with the use of the latest architectural drawing software.
 

Cloud-based technology in construction

CAD software eliminates the need to spend hours drawing complicated plans manually. It enables architects and engineers to quickly and easily test new ideas and refine their concepts. Smoother and more secure collaboration between stakeholders is possible with cloud-based technology such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes.

Transforming construction planning

2D and 3D CAD drafting has changed how construction projects are planned and carried out. The project development process can be accelerated and more innovative methods of designing and constructing a building can be found. Issues can be identified, and solutions developed before work commences, thus avoiding cost overruns caused by delays.

Building design and efficiency

Architects and engineers can calculate the exact amount of building materials they need and simulate how these materials will stand up to real-world conditions. How a building will sit and interact with its immediate environment can be mapped out using 3D modeling. The most economical and effective methods of installing heating, lighting, and plumbing can be planned out.

Building the future with architectural drawing software

2D and 3D CAD architectural drawing software is now an indispensable tool for architects, engineers, and construction experts. Using the latest architectural drawing technology, we can design buildings that are more energy efficient, use fewer resources, take less time to build, and are made using sustainable materials
 
Continuing innovations by industry leaders such as Dassault Systèmes are sure to further expand the capabilities of CAD architectural drawing software. The combination of creative minds and Dassault Systèmes powerful CAD tools opens up endless possibilities for the future of architecture.
 

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