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    Does CAD drawing mean CAD drawing?

    After initial application, utility requests "CAD drawing" for a project. I draw the site and appropriate features in autocad and send them the drawing. They respond and ask if I can send a PDF. Am I off base?
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    To me, their spec is not clear. Did you send them the DWG file or a printout of it? I'm pretty sure they'd want the electronic form and also probably don't have even CAD viewer software. IME it's safest to send a PDF. (But if they'd wanted a PDF, they should have just asked for it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zbang View Post
    To me, their spec is not clear. Did you send them the DWG file or a printout of it? I'm pretty sure they'd want the electronic form and also probably don't have even CAD viewer software. IME it's safest to send a PDF. (But if they'd wanted a PDF, they should have just asked for it.)
    I sent them the DWG file. I wouldn't default to sending a DWG file with an initial application, but this had just been sent from applications to engineering. IMO if you don't want a CAD drawing, you ask for a "drawing" or "sketch".
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrofelon View Post
    I sent them the DWG file. I wouldn't default to sending a DWG file with an initial application, but this had just been sent from applications to engineering. IMO if you don't want a CAD drawing, you ask for a "drawing" or "sketch".
    They may be asking for a CAD drawing so there is some minimal level of readability vs. someone's atrocious hand sketch. I'm sure there are guys out there that draw free hand like Rembrandt, but like Rembrandt, they're not that common.

    If you are using AutoCAD of almost any recent vintage it will have a "Print to PDF" feature built in. That way you can draw on an 11 x 17 or 22 x 34 "paper" size and it will preserve that in the PDF. Let them worry about how it prints on their end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    They may be asking for a CAD drawing so there is some minimal level of readability vs. someone's atrocious hand sketch. I'm sure there are guys out there that draw free hand like Rembrandt, but like Rembrandt, they're not that common.

    If you are using AutoCAD of almost any recent vintage it will have a "Print to PDF" feature built in. That way you can draw on an 11 x 17 or 22 x 34 "paper" size and it will preserve that in the PDF. Let them worry about how it prints on their end.
    Yeah Ill do that. Its just annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrofelon View Post
    Yeah Ill do that. Its just annoying.
    But it's a great opportunity to play with the built-in paper title blocks. Makes 'em think you know what you're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    If you are using AutoCAD of almost any recent vintage it will have a "Print to PDF" feature built in. That way you can draw on an 11 x 17 or 22 x 34 "paper" size and it will preserve that in the PDF. Let them worry about how it prints on their end.
    Or even A3 or A4..........for the rest of the world........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Besoeker View Post
    Or even A3 or A4..........for the rest of the world........
    ...who will eventually catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    ...who will eventually catch up.
    In ancient times when I was at school (i.e before the Dead Sea reported in sick) we had quarto, folio, and octavo as I recall.
    You are surely not suggesting that we revert to such an antiquated impractical system????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Besoeker View Post
    In ancient times when I was at school (i.e before the Dead Sea reported in sick) we had quarto, folio, and octavo as I recall.
    You are surely not suggesting that we revert to such an antiquated impractical system????
    It was good enough for Shakespeare...

    P.S. When I was in school, we sent the Dead Sea a get well card.

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