In this part of the AutoCAD Architecture video tutorial series I show you how to create the planning project of the building, fill in the starting data, and also the Levels and the Divisions of the future building will be defined.

At the bottom of this tutorial you can find a video screencast showing you how to start a project in AutoCAD Architecture.

NOTE: For better review the colors of the drawing window were changed from dark grey to white. It can be done on the Options panel, Display tab Colors… button.

Creating a Project and Making it Active

  1. Start the Project Browser. The simplest way is to start it from the Quick Access Toolbar, but you can reach it also from the Application menu, then Open and Project line. If the Project Navigator is open, the start icon of the Project Browser is in its lower icon line.

    AutoCAD Architecture Project Browser NOTE: The Project Browser can be reached also from the Quick Access Toolbar.

  2. AutoCAD Architecture Project Browser Quick Access Toolbar

  3. At the top left side of displaying Project Browser panel position to the Local Disk (C) library, to the root directory of the C:\ drive.
  4. AutoCAD Architecture Project Browser Local Disk

  5. Click on the New Project icon at the lower left corner.
  6. AutoCAD Architecture New Project Icon

  7. On the displaying Add Project panel fill in the following data: Project Number: 000, Project Name: ACA2014-MyFirstProject, Project Description: Two-story house.
  8. AutoCAD Architecture Add Project

  9. Check if the Create from template project: checkbox is turned off.
  10. Press OK and accept the set data.
  11. At the top left corner of the Project Browser panel check if the new project is the current project.
  12. AutoCAD Architecture Project Browser Current Project

  13. Press the CLOSE button, and the Project Browser panel will disappear.
  14. The Project Navigator palette will appear in AutoCAD editing window.
  15. AutoCAD Editing Window

  16. Right-Click on the title bar of the Project Navigator, and then in the drop-up menu turn on the Allow Docking.
  17. Drag the Project Navigator palette to the left side so that it is docked over the Tool Palettes.
  18. Position Project Navigator Palette

  19. Click Ctrl+3 and hide the Tool Palettes for now, and then turn to the Project tab on full height popped Project Navigator palette, if you are not there.
  20. Project Tab

How to Set Necessary Levels

  1. On the Project tab of the Project Navigator palette click on the Edit Levels icon in the title bar of the Levels section.
  2. AutoCAD Architecture Edit Levels Icon

  3. A panel named Levels displays with the following content:
  4. AutoCAD Architecture Levels Panel

  5. Override the data of the only existing level according to the values shown in the figure above.
  6. Make sure if the Auto-Adjust Elevation checkbox is turned on in this panel.
  7. AutoCAD Architecture Levels Panel Aauto-adjust Elevation

  8. Click on the level name with the right mouse button and select from the pop-up menu the Add Level Above option. Then click on the same level with the right button, select the Add Level Below option, and then below the new level insert a new level again.

    NOTE: In all cases a new level can be inserted above the marked level by using the Add Level toggle.

  9. AutoCAD Architecture Insert Levels

  10. Override the data of Levels according to the data shown on the figure above.

    TIP: The Auto-Adjust Elevation is on; it is recommended that you write data from the bottom to the top. First fill the Basement Floor Elevation data, and then fill the Floor to Floor Height. Then the next level can come and so on.

  11. If you’ve finished rewriting your data, click OK to close the panel.
  12. Setting Up Levels Data

  13. After closing the panel, another panel will display, which warns you to the possible effects of modifying levels. Click Yes to accept that it applies the modifications to the drawings needed. (Otherwise such ones not yet exist.)
  14. Regenerate All Views Panel

  15. On the same Project tab, in the title bar of the Divisions section display the Divisions panel by using the Edit Divisions toggle.
  16. AutoCAD Architecture Edit Divisions Toggle

  17. On the Divisions panel override the name and the data of the Division shown in the figure below and then click on the Add Divisions toggle to give a new division to it and rename it as shown in the figure as well.
  18. Exit the panel by pressing OK.
  19. Rename Divisions

That’s it, you’ve just started your two-story building project in AutoCAD Architecture.

I hope you enjoyed this part of the AutoCAD Architecture video tutorials series. In the next article I’ll show you how to create the Column Grid of the Building. If you liked this tutorial make sure you subscribe for more in the upper right corner (where you can also download the first chapters of my AutoCAD Architecture eBook free) and also subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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