Architectural Desktop 3.3: The broad powerful base for building design!

If you are an engineer or contractor in the building mechanical or electrical field, you owe it to yourself to come to


Autodesk Building Systems:

Mechanical and Electrical Seminar

at Designers' Cadd Company on October 5 or October 17    

Architectural Desktop is not just for architects anymore!

Building Mechanical and Building Electrical have just been released, with Building Plumbing coming very soon and they all are powered by Architectural Desktop 3.3.

Regardless whether or not you ever plan to draw architectural doors, walls, etc. ADT technology allows you to design complex systems and then produce clear one line or two line drawings (your choice), or full 3D models which allow piping and ductwork to be placed precisely in tight quarters, even alerting the designer to collision or interference problems with other elements.

For schematics, both Building Electrical and Building Mechanical offer a schematic drawing utility with intelligent parts which automatically break lines and connect properly. The catalogs of parts are huge and open-ended so you can add parts of your own design with their own smart connectors.

Construction drawings still need to look as they have for generations, but they now become the products of a smart design process that understands how elements behave as they connect to each other. The fixture or diffuser schedule is constantly linked to items in the drawing, automatically updating as the design changes. Few limits exist to the types of items or equipment that can be listed in schedules and it is a cinch to ship this data into a spreadsheet or database.

At the core of this technology is the smart object which behaves as its counterpart in the real world. As you lay out a run of piping, conduit or ductwork, fittings are automatically inserted based on the type and size. Where multiple choices exist, a catalog pops up with the available choices. Mitered or radius, slip joint or flanged, round, oval, rectangular or flexed are just some of the possibilities. While a single line can be drawn anywhere, expect to have the drawing tell you when you try to turn a corner too sharply for a standard fitting.

Perhaps the best thing about the new Building products from Autodesk is that they are easy to use and do not require you to make using the software a career choice.

We could go on, but the best way to experience this technology is to get your hands on it at Designers' Cadd Company, Inc. and come to one of our seminars to see how it works! Call us, sign up on-line for one of our seminars, or call 617 868-1921 to schedule a one-on-one demo.


Features at-a-glance:

Building Electrical: Building Mechanical
Schematic diagrams

"intelligent" schematic symbols catalog, plus build your own smart symbols.

Smart Electrical Equipment: Industry specific equipment as MvParts

Equipment Builder: Build your own custom equipment catalogs

Linked Labeling Routines

Bldg. Systems Anchors

Intelligent wiring: perform circuit analysis, generate schedules

Electrical Devices


Circuit analysis tools

Cable trays and Conduits

Interference Detection

Building Systems Object Snaps

Smart Connectors

Display Management: See your designs as 1 line, 2 line, 3D.

Schematic diagrams: Intelligent lines and symbols for fast schematics

Smart Mechanical Equipment: Industry specific equipment as MvParts

Equipment Builder: MvPart Builder for creating custom equipment catalogs

System Definitions: Assign system preferences

Navigational Tool: Compass aids with routing of ductwork and piping 2D, 3D.

Linked Labeling Routines

Bldg. Systems Anchors

Ducts: - Single line, 2D, 3D

Flexible Ducts

Pipes: - Single Line, 2D, 3D

Flexible Pipe

Intelligent Modification Tools: Modify any Bldg. Systems object

Custom Duct and Pipe fittings

Interference Detection

Auto Insertion of Duct and Fittings

Building Systems Object Snaps

Smart Connectors