The Section includes a variety of Technical Data for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and Revit and will continue to expand as time permits.

Hopefully this will be useful to our Clients and Friends alike

AutoCAD Architecture Tips and Tricks

AutoCAD Architecture Tips and Tricks provided courtesy of Autodesk to improve your ACA experience.

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AutoCAD Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks for the AutoCAD User from AutoCAD LT Configuration to Windows advance memory settings to aid your AutoCAD use.

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ACA Videos

AutoCAD Architecture

The following videos provide workflow examples of AutoCAD Architecture 2009 using Oakley CAD Services Ltd content and customised configuration for the software. These are typical of the implementations that we carry out for our Clients and the tools that we provide.

Site Design

Carrying out Site design requirements such as car parking layouts, and defining site coordinates has never been easier. This video shows how AutoCAD dynamics blocks can be used for car parking and how a coordinate block can be tagged and scheduled using AutoCAD Architecture.

Our VBA application for counting car parking spaces and updating the Car space block attribute data are also shown as well as a routine to set a site datum for coordinates that allows the scheduling of both local and OS northing's and easting's.

Concept Design

These 3 Demos go through the range of tools available from basics massing geometry to scheduling of areas and updating these as the design is changed.

Concept Design 1

This presentation introduces some of the basic mass element types such as a gable and how the sizes of mass objects can be changed. We also show the capabilities of AutoCAD solids using the push pull commands along with the dynamic UCS feature.


Concept Design 2

As well as extrude options we will now show how solids can be created using  the loft command with guides. Booleans with solids can be used to subtract one shape from another using the subtract options.  demonstrated.

We will also have a look at using the solid history options and how subtracted objects can still be changed. The fillet command does not only work with line work. but also with solids and how this works is also demonstrated.

Concept Design 3

Having created our solids and turn them into Mass Elements we will then look at the slicing tool. The slice tools from AutoCAD Architecture are used to create specific floor plates and the areas scheduled for each floor. The floor areas can then be immediately assessed as the model is configured.


Revit Tips and Tricks

Revit Tips and Tricks

Revit General Tips

Short Cut Keys

When working on a project you may find you have many different view windows open under the view you have maximised.

Display Light Sources

When setting up lighting within a project for the purposes of rendering, it is useful to be able to see the pattern of the light source in a view, especially when making changes to the properties of a light source.

Copying Materials

You have created materials in a project or template file and would like to use the same materials when creating families

Brick Arch

You have a brick arch over an opening and would like to be able to render it in your visualisations

Arraying Lines for a Brick

When creating a brick arch you want to add some model lines to denote the mortar joints of the arch


When Grids do not display in a plan view of a newly created level what do you do?

Level Symbols

Blue or Black Level symbols?

Revit Family Tips

Parameter Order

When adding parameters to the element properties of an object, Revit, by default, will add them in reverse alphabetical order. But how do you change that?

Removing Family Hosts

What if the family has to be changed to non-hosted?

Family Release Updates

Layer Standards

Oakley CAD Services Ltd have released their Layer Convention Guidance document which provides detailed information on the creation of Layers for compliance with BS1192:2007 and how they can be implemented for use with Autodesk software such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and Revit. The standard is used within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industries and provides conventions that can be implemented for any company or project.

This document is an implementation of the Layer standard defined within BS1192:2007, which is the prevailing document relating to Layer Standards in the UK and using the CPICs Uniclass version 1.4.

A copy of the PDF is available here:

DOWNLOAD BS1192:2007 Uniclass 1.4 Layer Convention PDF.

Revit Export TXT File (Use Right Click on Link and use Save Target as... to download)


AutoCAD Architecture 2012 DWG file in Zip with BS1192:2007 Uniclass 1.4 version Layer Keys Loaded


Plot Styles from BIMuk as both CTB and STB are available and matched to the Layer Standard.


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