Managing Object Coding, Lineweights, And Plotstyles In AutoCAD 2000
By Barrie Mathews
From the years of experience using CAD and all of the talk of late in trade media,
the importance of standards is becoming ever more apparent to managers and
business owners. The development of consistent standards and practices enables
power and spawns exponential growth in production and capability. Along with the
development comes more capability and more data, but more standards to be
managed. In order to manage, you must classify. Through classification, you break
down complexity into manageable components. In CAD, classified components
become objects that can be managed effectively. More and more characteristics
(data) can be added to objects making them more manageable. Once
manageable, they can be programmed to interact according to predictable rules of
behaviour using intelligence like a brain does, and hence we have intelligent
objects just like intelligent people.
The trick is to apply the right balance between power and flexibility, and leave open
ways in which less predictable requirements can be addressed when they arise.
Standards must also be dynamic and be allowed to continue evolving. They cannot
become so intrenched that they stifle ingenuity and stop technological advances
from being implemented. Standards must be changed over time and be
maintained in step with technological advance, tempered for local requirements.
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