How to find out the required time while completing a drawing in Autocad

Sometimes, it becomes necessary to know the time for completing a drawing in autocad (required by client for billing purpose) or evaluate your skill for completing the drawing with autocad in quickest possible time. All these are possible, if you use the ‘TIME’ command in autocad to find out the required time automatically while working on a drawing.

In order to apply the time command, provide time on the command section, the following records will be visible:-

  • Current time: It will display the present time along with the date
  • Created: The date and time for the creation of the drawing
  • Last updated: The time once the drawing was last saved
  • Total editing time: The accrued time incurred in drawing creation from session to session. AutoCAD does not take in plotting time or working time but quit devoid of saving your alterations
  • Elapsed timer: Also preserve time used in the drawing, but this can be activated or deactivated as well reorganized.
  • Next automatic save in: Notify you when your drawing will be saved automatically. You can set how frequently you save your drawing automatically. Just apply the OPTIONS command and display the Open and Save tab.
  • Next is the Enter option [Display/ON/OFF/Reset]: prompt. Following are the functionalities of these options:

ON and OFF: Turns the elapsed time on and off

Reset: Resets the elapsed time to zero

Display: Updates the listing by present times

So these options are useful to help you in finding out the required time for completing a drawing.

Other option: The Express Tools EDITTIME command (type it on the command line) detects active editing time. It will function in a better way as compared to time command to represent your actual work perfectly. For start tracking, it should be activated. You can reset the time and apply the timeout option to postpone counting after a specific time of inactivity.

How to find out the required time while completing a drawing in Autocad

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The usefulness of revit for landscape architect

s revit really helpful for landscape architects? Basically, the most of the landscape architects are reluctant to use revit for their projects as it lacks sufficient site tools. But Revit is purposely designated for Building Information Modelling (BIM), facilitating building professionals to design, construct and preserve superior and more sustainable buildings.


Revit can provide the following benefits to a landscape architect:-


The most striking factor of Revit is that it’s Central Model’ facilitates various project stakeholders to perform with diversified elements of the model and at the same time gathering all the information under one central model. So a landscape architect will be able to model exterior design components like topography and vegetation whereas the architect will be on the building. With the advancement of the project, the Central Model will be converted into a complete model. One can get rid of providing numerous drawings and continuously sending This would save the need to have multiple drawings, and to be constantly sending restructured plans from side to side.


Revit can be utilized to produce phased drawings. There are several projects which involve numerous phases of building/site construction. Revit empowers the users to efficiently allocate a phase to an object and then sort out the views by phase.


Revit comes with a Toposurface tool that can be used to generate a 3D terrain model. A fundamental Toposurface is generally formed with either positioning spot levels yourself otherwise by importing 3D terrain data from another drawing. One can acquire terrain information from Google Earth and integrate inside a revit model by importing the terrain into SketchUp and exporting it to .dwg.


Revit comprises of smart object and auto scheduling features which can be applied for creating Landscape Plans easily. Sections and schedules are created directly from the model. Areas are scheduled and computed without any difficulties which save huge time as well as probable errors. Details are generally prepared by the drafting views and function like CAD Drawings. The details are much easier to build in Revit with the application of detail components.


One can take superior informed design decisions at initial phase of the project through coordination and clash detection of utilities and drainage (both existing & proposed), trees root zones, levels, attenuation tanks, retaining walls, building interface.


With these above parametric objects, there is a database of information to be applied for detailing, construction estimating, procurement, future maintenance requirements, etc. Besides, as the workflow of Revit is focused on the formation of a virtual 3D model of the design, modifications made to this design can be forwarded across numerous drawings (plans, sections, 3D views), which result in achieving superior work efficiency.


Revit maintains superior graphic quality with its walk-through features and rendering capabilities which are high-class and exceptionally realistic. Revit can also depict extremely precise solar and lighting studies.


The usefulness of revit for landscape architect  



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Arka Roy