Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

AutoCAD – Shortcuts Guide

Because it’s all in the fingertips: Handy shortcuts for PDF-download at the Autodesk website.

Source: AutoCAD Shortcuts Guide

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Working life – AutoCAD commands I can’t live without

Fact of the day – when it comes to AutoCAD, the best way to get around the ribbon or button placement changing every other update is to learn the commands by heart. Granted, there’s a ton of them, some frequently used, some rarely – and some can be counted as hidden gems. Some of the following you might have encountered through the studies, some may have been introduced to you by chance or at the office while working on a specific task, but in any case these are a few commands I can’t live without.  Read the rest of this entry »

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AutoCAD – Setting the correct layout scale, once and for all


Cartoon by Roger Penwill

When working with AutoCAD, there are some common issues people run into. One that keeps coming up is how to set the proper layout scale when plotting. Depending on which template was used to create the drawing, the attached scales might look different from file to file.

In AutoCAD, we draw in 1:1 in model space with our (pre)defined units. The paper space where we create layouts is set to millimeters, and the scale used in the paper space is calculated based on a factoring number between the model and paper space. Basically, we don’t need to worry about custom scales, we can just zoom to scale in the drawing. Read the rest of this entry »

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AutoCAD – Placing roads in sloping terrain

For a landscape architect it is fundamental to know how to place roads and pathways in sloping terrain correctly. Last year we learned a quick and easy way to do this in AutoCAD.

In your map, you select your starting point from a contour, and draw a circle (C) with a radius of your chosen road slope – i.e., if the road should be sloping at 1 by 11, set the radius to 11 meters. From the point this circle crosses the next contour, in the preferred direction, continue this process.


This is also a great visual reminder that the gentler your slope is, the longer your road will be.

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