ICON System AutoCAD Integration
Autodesk produces some of the most widely used CAD software such as AutoCAD, Revit and 3ds Max. Many companies use these applications as key parts of their design process.
With all of these applications it is possible to create libraries of standard details and CAD models. These are often stored on shared network drives which makes it difficult to share them with remote offices or other companies. Consistent drafting standards can also be difficult to manage, as can creating accurate cost schedules from proposed layouts.
Using its Autodesk Registered Developer status, ICON has closely integrated AutoCAD into the ICON System. With the system's web-based AutoCAD Library it is possible to easily share standard drawings and models with many remote users ensuring that there is only one master set information.
The solution also allows scheduling from an AutoCAD drawing to a web-based specification.
CAD Library Creation & Management
When creating or importing an existing library
into the ICON System, ICON can help you agree and introduce industry
recognised CAD drafting standards such as:
naming and layering
text and dimension styles
insertion points & rotation angles
to equipment specifications
process of updating existing drawings with the new library and
ideal room, department or complete property layouts.
Once imported into the ICON System, those responsible
for managing the library can:
Add new equipment
Supersede old items,
keeping a full version history
'ideal' room, department or complete property layouts.
Users can drag and drop equipment and layouts
directly into an AutoCAD drawing (Revit project or
3ds Max model) using Autodesk's i-drop® technology.
Hyperlinks can be set to link back from an AutoCAD block to the corresponding equipment specification on the ICON System
allowing users to see an item’s photograph, cost, specification,
With Revit, the specification information held in the ICON System can be linked into the Revit project for scheduling and reporting.
Additional functionality can be provided, such
to assign the likes of:
shelving profiles (planograms)
bay and run numbering
Work with standard
layers, text sizes, dimension styles, title sheets etc.
Using ICON's AutoCAD scheduling functionality
it is possible to match a list of equipment found in a CAD drawing
or model with the corresponding items on the website. This can then
be used to check a proposed layout against the brief, comparing
quantities and costs as required.
from AutoCAD to Excel or back to the ICON System
as needed, buy supplier, manufacturer for example
specific cost schedules and directly compare to the specification
Once a drawing is ready to issue to the other
members of the project team ICON’s ‘Project
Collaboration’ solution comes into play.
ICON’s CAD integration is compatible with all
versions of AutoCAD from 2000i to 2011. All versions of AutoCAD
LT are also supported, but with limited functionality.
I-drop® functionality requires Internet Explorer.
Drag and drop straight into
Apply shelving profiles
Schedule from CAD to the
corresponding web-based specification.
||When importing an existing library into the ICON System, ICON will help you agree and introduce industry recognised CAD drafting standards.
Chris Lovelock, ICON