How to generate, customize, print and export drawing models with a BIM software for architectural design

One of the great advantages of 3D Architectural design is to be able to obtain drawings and project documentation (area plans, floor plans, cross-sections, elevation views, isometric-views, perspectives, project reports, comparison tables, tables and schedules) automatically.
You can in fact create, personalize, print, and export all of these construction documents with great ease and compose the working drawings in absolute freedom, thanks to simple Drag & Drop operations from the project navigator to the Project layout.

Export all graphical content in the DXF/DWG CAD file formats as well as the project reports in the RTF text file format.
The BIM methodology also provides specific procedures for importing and exporting in the standard IFC format. A very important aspect when having to satisfy the need of exchanging information and model data, regardless of the software used.

All working drawings are automatically composed by the software with the General Data and further detailing can be achieved by adding custom graphics and text elements.
Working drawings are then saved within the project and can always be re-used.

Let’s start off by simply creating the various project views, such as, cross-sections and elevation views of an Edificius project.
After completing the modelling process, adding 2D Graphical objects, available in the online catalogue, we can easily generate the relating project drawing models.

These drawings are automatically generated by simply placing the relating “Drawing Model” object in the various Levels that form the building. Adding a Floor Plan, Cross-section view or Elevation view simply adds a new Drawing Node under the relating section in the Program’s Project Navigator. No need to worry about anything else. Edificius does it all for you allowing you to simply choose between various illustration styles, shadow settings or add construction details for extra professionalism.

Let’s see how.

Floor Plans

Selecting the Floor plan object from the Architectural objects menu

Selecting the Floor plan object from the Architectural objects menu

 

Generating the Project floor plan with Edificius

Generating the Project floor plan with Edificius

Cross-sections

Selecting the cross-section object type

Selecting the cross-section object type

 

Generating cross-sections and Views with Edificius

Generating cross-sections and Views with Edificius

Elevation views

Selecting the elevation view

Selecting the elevation view

 

Generating the elevation view

Generating the elevation view

Edificius, for extra flexibility, even allows the user to edit the BIM model directly from the cross-section view.

Editing the BIM Model from a Drawing Model view

Editing the BIM Model from a Drawing Model view

And modify the illustration styles too.

Editing and customising a Drawing model style in Edificius

Editing and customising a Drawing model style in Edificius

To export or print the drawng models, simply select the “Print” button, from the program’s quick access toolbar, to see a print preview, make the necessary adjustments and proceed with printing.

Printing management

Print management

Customising documents and prints in Edificius

Customising documents and prints in Edificius

Other types of project exports can be used when accessing the Export section of the Edificius Home page

Exporting to DXF and DWG CAD file formats

Exporting to DXF and DWG CAD file formats

To compose a project report simply add a new report node in the project navigator.

Composing the Architectural reports

Composing the Architectural reports

Or view tables and schedules.

Viewing Tables and Schedules

Viewing Tables and Schedules

Choose the appropriate title block and compose as many Working Drawings as you need. The wide range of ready-made templates can be easily edited according to the user’s needs.

Selecting a Title Block in Edificius

Selecting a Title Block in Edificius

You can customize as many Working Drawing layout as you like by simply dragging and dropping the individual Drawing Models from the project navigator to the working drawing layout.

Composing working drawings with drag and drop

Composing working drawings with drag and drop

 

Example of a working drawing layout with Edificius

Example of a working drawing layout with Edificius

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