An architectural drawing is a technical drawing of a building (or building project).
Architectural drawings are used by architects for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea into a coherent proposal, to communicate ideas and concepts, to enable construction by a building contractor and to make a record of a building that already exists.
Architectural drawing software is most commonly referred to as CAD (computer-aided design) software. Architects can use this software to produce the technical drawing of a building containing specifications that are used by a contractor to construct the final architectural building. Prior to computers, architects drew these plans manually.
Simplified 3D BIM tools for architectural drawing
AutoCAD Revit LT Suite
Building Information Modelling helps firms design and collaborate using an intelligent 3D model across the planning, design and construction of buildings. Getting started with BIM doesn’t have to be costly. The AutoCAD Revit LT Suite is an affordable way to get started with creating high-quality 3D models, and includes both Revit LT and AutoCAD LT software.
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