CAD & architecture

This post won’t have any images about the project as for this type of customer privacy is key.  So why do I write this then you may ask? I ask that myself as well of course and the answer is twofold:

  • I like to write
  • I like to write about work I hardly ever write about but do a lot; CAD and architecture

For this project, a very large estate, I played (on the background) the role of architectural detective. Based on a few photos, some measures, outdated floorplans and sections I needed to puzzle together the current situation of the many old buildings.

This was actually a lot of fun the moment I began to see myself as a detective rather than, well, I don’t know. The difference was in my attitude towards the problem at hand. Few data points, inconsistent data that varied across the board and I had never been at the location. How to start?

I had various strategies and in the end the one that worked best for this situation was the following.  First I got the width and height of the buildings correct. That was already an adventure due to the lack of data. This step involved a few iterations as some heights, for example one rooftop in relation to another building, could be seen on 1 photo only but was heavily distorted. When I thought that was correct, another photo suggested something else. To solve this I drew a perspective grid and a meter based scale over the length and height of the building.

With that in place it was a matter of seemingly endless drawing of support lines to figure out the distances between doors, windows, roof, drainage and what not. There was a lot of counting bricks actually. Then I went back to the previous drawings and check if everything lined up as intended. The further in the project the more it was about details.

It was fun and it taught me once more that my attitude towards the job at hand determines if I am going to like it or not. The task remained the same…

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