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AutoCAD Architecture 2013

Design & AutoCAD - Diploma

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About this course
  • Course Length - 20 Hours
  • Award Received - UK Distance Learning and Publishing Diploma
  • Course Code: ADC06
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About this course

CADLearning for AutoCAD Architecture 2013 teaches you to create a building design from scratch and work with 2D and 3D models. Lessons cover basic and advanced topics including building geometry, sections and elevations, components, and the drawing management system.

Course Description

Our AutoCAD Architecture 2013 training course puts the control in your hands. Use when wanted or you need to answer a question, and watch again and again as often as you need.

A full-featured training course DVD-ROM covering beginner to advanced concepts, and everything in between.

For instant technical support use our powerful search function to quickly locate and view short 'how-to' lessons. Get answers to all of your first level technical support issues 'instantly' with this in-house resource.

As a flexible CAD training solution, you can sort the lessons and progress from beginner to advanced topics; or just review seldom used commands and added functionality of new releases.

  • No Internet connection is needed because you install and authorize CADLearning directly on your PC.
  • No CAD software required.
  • Train at home, at the office or on the road.
  • Easy-to-use, visual interface for following step-by-step tutorials while listening to an actual instructor.
  • Built-in Help Desk with powerful keyword search functionality that easily and quickly answers CAD questions and addresses unique needs as they occur.
  • Intelligent History that tracks completed lessons allows users to resume where they left off and easily view and manage individual professional development.
  • Datasets and drawing files are included.
Course Content

Introduction to AutoCAD Architecture

  • Introduction to CADLearning for AutoCAD Architecture 2013
  • Installing AutoCAD Architecture
  • Launching the Application for the First Time
  • Introducing the AutoCAD Architecture Interface
  • Introducing the Application Menu
  • Understanding the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar and InfoCenter
  • Terminology and Helper Tools
  • Understanding Status Bars
  • Introducing the Display System
  • Managing Layers
  • Understanding the Differences Between Color and Style-Based Template Files
  • Displaying Objects and Their Materials
  • Introducing the Project Navigator
  • AutoCAD Architecture Specific Tabs in the Options Dialog Box
  • Autodesk Exchange for AutoCAD Architecture
  • Entering your Activation Code

Quick Start

  • Introduction to Quick Start
  • Creating a Small Building
  • Creating Our Building Mass, Slicing Levels, and Creating a New Project
  • Creating the Exterior Shell
  • Creating the Ground Floor
  • Creating the Column Grid
  • Creating the Core
  • Creating Views
  • Creating Plan and Elevation Sheet Files
  • Creating Section and Enlarged Plan Sheet Files

Productivity Tools

  • Introduction to Productivity Tools
  • Configuring Your Personal Workspace
  • Learning to Use Dynamic Input
  • Using Right-Click Menus
  • Using Grips in AutoCAD Architecture in Plan Views
  • Using Grips in AutoCAD Architecture in Elevation and Isometric Views
  • Using Edit in Plan, Section and Elevation with AEC Objects
  • Edit Objects in Place
  • Using Isolate Objects To Simplify Your Views
  • Using Live Sections
  • Navigating in 3D
  • Using Object Viewer
  • Creating User-Defined Palettes and Tools

Introduction to Content

  • Introduction to Content
  • Using AutoCAD Architecture Templates
  • Task-Based Palettes
  • Using Design Center
  • Using Content Browser
  • Using the Properties Palette
  • Using Style Manager
  • Using Display Manager
  • Using Autodesk Seek

Conceptual Design Tools

  • Introduction to Conceptual Design Tools
  • Massing Studies
  • Using Mass Groups and Slices
  • Space Planning
  • Analyzing Designs
  • Moving the Design Forward

Building Geometry

  • Introduction to Building Geometry
  • Creating Walls Accurately
  • Wall Justification
  • Wall Justification and Object Snaps
  • Changing Wall Justification
  • Using Wall Cleanup Tools
  • Using AutoCAD Modify Commands
  • Wall Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Understanding Wall Cleanup Radius
  • Understanding Wall Component Priorities
  • Overriding Wall Component Priorities
  • Understanding Wall Cleanup Groups
  • Understanding Walls Location Elevations
  • Modifying Wall Justification, Reversing Direction and Offsetting
  • Using the Wall Offset Tools
  • Using AEC Modify tools to Trim and Extend Walls
  • Modifying Wall Style Assignment
  • Adding and Modifying Interior Walls
  • Converting Linework to Walls
  • Using Renovation Mode to Create Phased Wall Styles
  • Using Walls Styles to Create Phased Projects
  • Creating Interior Walls in Our Project
  • Using Geometric and Dimensional Constraints with Walls
  • Creating Doors
  • Modifying Doors
  • Doors Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Creating Windows
  • Modifying Windows
  • Windows Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Creating and Modifying Openings
  • Where to Find Additional Window and Door Styles
  • Multiple and Relative Placement Methods for Doors and Windows
  • Creating Doors and Windows in Our Project
  • Creating Rectangular Column Grids
  • Creating Radial Column Grids
  • Modifying Column Grids
  • Annotating Column Grids
  • Adding Columns to a Column Grid
  • Creating Irregular Column Grids
  • Using the Enhanced Custom Tool
  • Understanding Structural Members and the Display System
  • Creating Column Grids in Our Project
  • Structural Member Catalog
  • Structural Styles from Content Browser
  • Structural Member Wizard
  • Creating Custom Columns
  • Adding and Modifying Columns
  • Adding Beams
  • Modifying Beams
  • Adding Beam Layouts
  • Creating Structure in Our Project
  • Representing Bracing
  • Creating Spaces
  • Automatically Generating Spaces
  • Modifying Spaces
  • Spaces Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Dividing Spaces
  • Creating Spaces in Our Project
  • Calculating Room Quantities
  • Roombook Calculation Settings, Surface Materials

More Geometry

  • Introduction to More Geometry
  • Curtain Walls - Creating
  • Curtain Walls - Modifying
  • Curtain Walls Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Curtain Walls - Convert from Other Objects
  • Creating Curtain Walls in Our Project
  • Curtain Walls - Edit In Place
  • Door and Window Assemblies - Creating
  • Door and Window Assemblies - Modifying
  • Door and Window Assemblies Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Door and Window Assemblies - Converting from Other Objects
  • Creating Door and Window Assemblies in Our Project
  • Creating Slabs
  • Modifying Slabs
  • Slabs Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Slabs - Applying Edge Styles
  • Slab Edge Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Creating Slabs in Our Project
  • Creating Straight Run Stairs
  • Creating U-Shaped and Multi-Landing Stairs
  • Creating Spiral Stairs
  • Creating Custom Stairs
  • Modifying Stairs
  • Stairs Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Creating Ramps
  • Creating Railings
  • Modifying Railings
  • Railings Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Adding Stairs and Railings in Our Project
  • Creating Ceiling Grids
  • Modifying Ceiling Grids
  • Ceiling Properties of Spaces
  • Ceiling Materials
  • Creating Ceilings in Our Project
  • Creating Roofs
  • Modifying Roofs with Grips
  • Modifying Roofs Properties
  • Creating Roof Slabs
  • Roof Slabs - Converting from Other Objects and Adding Holes
  • Roof Slab Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Applying Edge Styles to Roof Slabs
  • Creating the Roof in Our Project

Adding Components

  • Introduction to Adding Components
  • Understanding and Using Multi-View Blocks
  • Multi-View Blocks - Finding Content
  • Placing Multi-View Blocks
  • Placing Multi-View Blocks Accurately
  • Multi-View Blocks - Using Layout Curves and Anchors
  • Ceiling Objects - Adding Fixtures
  • Representing Soffits with Wall Objects
  • Creating and Using Object Profiles
  • Adding Components to Our Model

Sections and Elevations

  • Introduction to Sections and Elevations
  • Assembling the Building Model
  • Setting Your Building on a Site
  • Creating Elevations
  • Modifying Elevations
  • Creating Sections from the Sections and Elevation Panel
  • Creating Sections from the Callouts Palette
  • Modifying Sections
  • Sections and Elevations - Updating Changes
  • Sections and Elevations - Adding Visual Depth
  • Sections and Elevations Styles - An In-Depth Look
  • Sections and Elevations - Using Component and Design Rules
  • Sections and Elevations - Working with Materials
  • Creating Sections and Elevations from Our Model


  • Introduction to Annotation
  • Annotation - Using Edit Scale List
  • Annotation - The Drawing Setup Dialog Box
  • Annotation Scale with AEC Objects
  • Annotation Scale and Wall Hatch Patterns
  • Annotation Scale Within Viewports
  • Text Placement
  • Placing Multi-Leaders
  • MText and Multi-Leaders - Setting Default Behavior
  • Using Layer Key Overrides
  • Modifying Layer Key Overrides
  • Placing AEC Dimensions and AEC Dimension Styles
  • Modifying AEC Dimensions
  • Dimensioning - Other Tools
  • Callouts - Creating for Annotation Only
  • Applying Tags to Doors and Windows
  • Applying Tags to Walls
  • Applying Room Tags to Spaces
  • Applying Tags to Objects
  • Applying Labels to Column Grids
  • Creating Schedules
  • Modifying Schedules
  • Using Schedules to Find Items in Your Project
  • Using Schedule Grouping and Subtotaling
  • Placing Keynotes
  • Sheet Versus Reference Keynotes
  • Modifying Keynotes
  • Placing Keynote Legend


  • Creating a Detail View Using Callouts
  • Using the Detail Component Manager
  • Adding Detail Components
  • Modifying Details
  • Using AEC Modify Tools
  • Annotating a Detail

Understanding the Display System

  • Introduction to Understanding the Display System
  • Using the Display Manager
  • Modifying Drawing Default Display Representations
  • Modifying Style Display Representation
  • Modifying Object Display Representation
  • Understanding the Properties Palette Display Tab
  • Understanding Display Sets
  • Understanding Display Configurations
  • Display Control and Multi-View Blocks
  • Using Materials to Affect Display Representations

Using AutoCAD Architecture Layer Tools

  • Introduction to Using AutoCAD Architecture Layer Tools
  • Layer Management
  • Understanding Layer Standards
  • Understanding Layer Key Styles
  • Layer Filters
  • Layer States
  • Loading Layer Key Styles
  • Creating a Layer Standards

Layout Design Objects

  • Introduction to Using Layout Design Objects
  • Using AEC Modify Tools
  • Layout Grids
  • Using Layout Curves
  • Using Anchors

Organizing Projects with the Drawing Management System

  • Introduction to Organizing Projects with the Drawing Management System
  • Unique Benefits of Project Management with Project Browser and Project Navigator
  • Project Browser
  • Options for AEC Project Defaults
  • Create a New Project
  • Understanding Project Navigator
  • The Project Tab
  • The Constructs, Views and Sheets Tabs
  • Adding Existing Drawings to Project Navigator
  • Creating Constructs from Objects in Existing Drawings
  • Creating Constructs from Other Constructs
  • Creating Elements
  • Creating Plan Views
  • Creating Elevation Views
  • Creating Section Views
  • Annotating Views
  • Creating Schedule Views
  • Manage Sheet Set Properties
  • Creating Sheet Subsets
  • Creating Sheets
  • Create Named Model Space Views and Link to Sheets
  • Using Callouts to Create Named Model Space Views and Linking to Sheets
  • Insert Sheet List Table

Advanced Building Geometry

  • Introduction to Advanced Building Geometry
  • Using Advanced Wall Tools
  • Interference Conditions and Walls
  • Interference Condition - Stairs and Slabs
  • Varying Roof Plate Heights
  • Roofs - Trimming and Mitering Edges

Publishing from the Project Navigator

  • Introduction to Publishing from the Project Navigator
  • Publish Your Project
  • Publish with Subsets
  • Publishing Sheet Selections
  • Publish with Overrides

Creating Custom Styles and Components

  • Introduction to Creating Custom Styles and Components
  • Editing Wall Styles
  • Creating Walls Using Walls Style Browser
  • Understanding Wall Endcaps
  • Endcap Styles for Wall Openings
  • Edit In Place Wall and Wall Opening Endcaps
  • Door and Window Styles - Design Rules
  • Door and Window Styles - Adjusting Dimensions
  • Door and Window Styles - Creating Custom Shapes
  • Door and Window Styles - Adding Muntins
  • Door and Window Assembly and Curtain Wall Design Rules and Terminology - Primary Grids and Element Definitions
  • Door and Window Assembly and Curtain Wall Design Rules and Terminology - Nested Grids
  • Door and Window Assemblies - Creating a Custom Door and Window Assembly
  • Door and Window Assembly and Curtain Walls - Modify the Frames and Mullions
  • Creating a Custom Curtain Wall Unit
  • Creating a Custom Curtain Wall
  • Door and Window Assembly and Curtain Walls - Creating Style Overrides
  • Creating a Custom Curtain Wall in Our Project
  • Creating Components for a Multi-View Block
  • Multi-View Blocks - Assigning Component Visibilit
  • Annotation Scaling with Multi-View Blocks

Graphic Presentation and Visualization

  • Introduction to Graphic Presentation and Visualization
  • Visual Styles
  • Adding a Camera
  • Slicing the Model
  • Using Napkin Sketch
  • Using Display Themes
  • Rendering with AutoCAD Architecture
  • Sun and Location Settings
  • Adding Lights
  • Adding a Camera and a Background
  • Rendering Settings
  • Using Materials on AEC Objects
  • Fine-Tuning Curved Objects

Working with Others

  • Introduction to Working with Others
  • Importing Geometry and Data from Other Programs
  • Exporting Geometry and Data


  • Introduction to Troubleshooting
  • Why Are Walls Not Cleaning Up?
  • Why Are There Question Marks in My Schedule?
  • How Do I Restore Panels and Tabs to the Ribbon?
  • How Do I Restore Hidden Messages and Tool Tips?
Qualification Information

UK Distance Learning and Publishing Diploma.

Method Of Study

AutoCAD Architecture 2013 Training Package Includes

  • AutoCAD Architecture 2013 Beginner to Advanced Training on DVD
  • 19 Hours of training by a Certified Autodesk Instructor
  • Exercise Files


  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit), Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • 8 GB of Disk Space for installation
  • DVD-ROM Drive to load media
  • Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Adobe Flash Plugin
  • 512 MB Ram
  • 1 GHz Processor or faster
  • 1024x768 color display
  • Mouse (or other pointing device) needed for navigation
  • Sound Card and Speakers
Method of Assessment

Self Assessed.

Course Length Information

20 Hours approximately.

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Built-in Help Desk with powerful keyword search functionality that easily and quickly answers CAD questions and addresses unique needs as they occur.

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