The AEC Associates Architectural CAD conversion Services perform an important role in the success of the design process today, especially in case of an extension, addition or alteration job in an existing structure. Architectural CAD conversion services provide quality drawings of these existing buildings through conversion of their available PDF documents into readable and editable CAD files. This provides a sound starting platform for the future design process. The two file formats used in the conversion process are discussed below along with the reasons for employing them.
- PDF (Portable document format):
One of the file formats used for the process by Architectural CAD conversion services is PDF. There may be one or more pages in a PDF file, one can view these pages in sequence. The advantage is that the viewed pages in these files are exactly as they would look in print.
You can obtain a PDF document from a variety of sources like word processing or page layout programs, print drivers, document scanners etc. PDF is a universally used file format since Adobe reader used to view these files is pre-installed in virtually every computer these days. You can also conveniently view these files in almost all web browsers as well.
- CAD files:
All the design and drafting work in this cyber age is done using CAD (computer aided design) software now. Most modern CAD software use DWG or DXF files, both binary file formats. These files are used in architectural, civil engineering, interior designing and many such fields in AEC industry where heavy 2D and 3D drawings are created. These files are very versatile and can be modified and edited easily.
There are basically two reasons for CAD conversion. One, DWG and DXF files can sometimes become too heavy to be emailed, so they are converted into lighter PDF files for the purpose. Later Architectural CAD conversion services reconvert them into CAD files in order to be viewed, modified and edited conveniently.
CAD conversion is done for another reason of protecting the professional and financial rights of AEC industry professionals. PDF files cannot be edited or tampered with easily, so professionals choose to issue drawings in this format. They are just like the erstwhile paper prints.