In 2016, 12d Solutions joined the IPWEAQ and the major councils of South East
Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Toowoomba) to
work on providing a common CAD standard. This is crucial to solve the issue of
the many different standards for projects that span across multiple Council
By giving Consultants one standard to
adhere to, program customisation for all Councils and consultants can be
minimised. This is especially important for small firms that don’t have the
man-power or budget to designate workers to this onerous task.
This process of creating a common standard began with meetings of the Survey
and Design leads of these Councils to create standard naming codes, therefore
creating a standard name, linestyle and symbols file that would be shipped with
12d Model software. 12d is currently also developing standard plotting files for
long and cross sections and also for drainage outputs. Other standard files
under consideration include design mapping, ACAD mapping, and drawing templates.
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In the future, 12d Solutions (with IPWEAQ) will be looking at developing
standard files for ADAC, field files and other items such as profiles for
templates using Snippets. It is hoped that this standardisation will assist
workflows across the board, and that other regions may follow suit.