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nanoCAD’s Construction Module extends the nanoCAD platform with AEC drafting utilities and a library of standard parametric elements. It is designed to automate the preparation of construction drawings and documentation.nanoCAD platform provides you with a full set of basic and advanced design tools for creating and editing 2D/3D objects. It offers multiple drawing and editing methods for most geometric elements. nanoCAD platform is the base on which you build a more powerful CAD system to your specifications.

Smart drawing elements

The Construction module includes a massive number of smart drawing elements to automate routine operations like layout generation, sectioning, and detailing of buildings

  • Database of parametric elements
  • Technical specifications editor
  • Breaks for hiding underlying geometry
  • Designation of permanent joints
  • Ground borders
  • Level marks

Construction Features

Smart drawing and editing utilities

The Construction module turns entities that look like tables (lines and text) into table objects. It offers utilities for automatically numbering drawing objects, increasing and decreasing selected areas, and creating custom objects with parametric properties.

  • Define custom hatch patterns in *.pat files
  • Draw fully customized arrays of objects
  • Create and calculate plate arrays
  • Design hole charts
  • Perform advanced calculations using the built-in calculator

Powerful table editor

The Construction module features a very powerful built-in table editor that generates tables of any complexity. Users can convert tables imported from other CAD programs to nanoCAD’s own format. As well, it recognizes tables made from primitives. Tables offer the following functions:

  • In-place editing of tables
  • Pencil sketching in cells
  • Cell styles that specify text styles, alignments, line weights, value rounding
  • Table headers and footers
  • Calculations between cells

Automatic reports

The Construction module creates reports from lists, specifications, and object data in drawings. Reports access data extracted from objects, architectural components, design elements, blocks with attributes, and the Construction module’s library of parts. There is no need to worry that reports might be not up to date.

  • Generate analyses directly from rooms in drawings
  • Automatically update reports as properties of objects change
  • Save reports as templates for use in other drawings to generate the same kinds of reports and analyses
  • Functions are available to all users, with no programming needed

Architectural layouts

The Construction module lays out building plans using discipline-specific tools and objects:

  • Straight and arc-shaped walls that join automatically
  • Custom templates for walls that define geometry, attributes, and multi-layer (ply) construction properties
  • Walls edited with trim, break, and join commands, or by using grips
  • Insertion of windows and doors using the built-in database of components

Create custom parametric objects

Parametric objects are an improvement over dynamic blocks as they contain not just grips for changing blocks, but also offer dialog boxes with choices of options. The Master of Objects allows you to edit library items and create parametric objects to your needs.

Parametric design elements

The Construction module employs objects that follow preset rules based on design requirements of building projects. All drawing elements that make up AEC objects (such as notches, lines, and text) contain parameters that control their display and geometric configurations.