What is nanoCAD Construction?
nanoCAD Construction is a standalone 2D drafting and design application
with a large library of standard parts and tools designed to help
automate design tasks of building and construction engineers and for
AEC drawings creation. nanoCAD Construction as well can be used by
Facilities Management engineers. It is based on MuliCAD engine,
available for members of the nanoCAD Developers Club via MulitiCAD API
and MuliCAD.NET API.
nanoCAD Construction looks like a nanoCAD accompanied with a large
toolset squeezed into one menu 'Construction'. Don't fool yourself, the
product is really big and powerful. When you install it take a look on
the User's Guide and take it serious. You will need to use the User's
Guide and help to understand how to work with the product.
In the heart of nanoCAD Construction is an industry accepted parametric
design engine working on top of a nanoCAD CAD platform. nanoCAD
Construction offers automation of routine work while strictly adhering
to corporate and market standards; thus leaving the construction
engineers to concentrate on the creative part of new designs and
nanoCAD Construction will help you create innovative designs, reduce
errors and save time.
Who can use nanoCAD Construction?
nanoCAD Construction is developed especially for construction engineers
and drafters, providing them with opportunities in the field of
automation of design as well as construction work in various areas of
the AEC industry. When designers using nanoCAD Construction, they avoid
tedious routines and repetitive manual tasks normally required to get
the job done.
Support of *.dwg format
nanoCAD Construction enables support of all versions of *.dwg format.
Users can save data in all versions of dwg format compatible with
AutoCAD, including AutoCAD LT. DWG is an native format of nanoCAD
Construction and all files are saved in it.
2D drafting functions
nanoCAD platform includes all necessary functions for 2D drafting. The
nanoCAD Construction software is designed for final preparation of
drawings in compliance to drafting standards, but as well can be used
to creating engineering drawings from scratch. Common instruments will
allow you to create an engineering drawing of any complexity, to edit
it, to add dimensions, to work with multi- or single-line texts, raster
inserts, external references and many other objects. There is a variety
of settings including layers, dimension and text styles, linetypes,
units and drawing limits. Object snap, orthographic and polar tracking
and other regimes ensure comfort drafting environment. Plotting can be
made from model or layout space.
Drawing design elements
The main purpose of nanoCAD Construction is preparation of construction
documentation in accordance with local drafting standards. The software
includes vast number of features based on the technology of
intellectual drawing elements. These features automate most routine
operations of creation of façade, plan, sections and detail views. Main
groups of functions include:
- Drawing borders and title blocks;
- Coordinate axes, orthogonal and polar arrays of coordinate axes;
- Drawing and editing walls on the plan;
- Drawing and creation of windows, doors and database with
- Working with spaces, preparation of explication, calculation of
- Level marks;
- Views and section designations;
- Technical requirements editor;
- Designation of breaks that hides underlying geometry;
- Ground border;
- Designation of permanent joints;
- Database of parametric elements.
Architecture module of nanoCAD Construction software allows you to draw
plans using special instruments and objects, including:
- Linear and arc shaped walls that automatically join;
- Customized templates of walls (geometry, attributes, multi-layer
- Wall edit tools (trim, break, join) using platform commands or
- Insertion of windows and doors using database of templates;
- Drawing of rooms and spaces on the plan, customization of space
attributes and decoration;
- Automatic calculation and creation of Explication of rooms and
List of decorations;
- Insertion of interior elements using database of templates.
Drawing design utilities
Drawing design utilities help architect or engineer:
- To create user-defined hatch pattern in *.pat file;
- To create and calculate plate array;
- To make a fully-customized array of objects;
- To design a hole chart;
- To make static beam calculation;
- To calculate numbers using internal calculator;
- To calculate geometrical characteristics of user-defined section.
Parametric in drawing design elements
nanoCAD Construction objects use their intellectual features that can
be seen in interaction between objects on the drawing while editing.
Objects include a number of graphical primitives that work as a whole.
Special grips allow you to stretch, rotate, move and rotate object or
alter its geometry and start object-related commands. The commands can
as well be executed using context menu. For example, you can add
extension lines, align text, mirror object or change arrow form using
nanoCAD Construction objects use strict rules based on drafting
requirements for the design element of a particular type. These rules
are called object’s behavior and it automates routine operations of
object editing and drawing correction, as well as enhances entire
Every nanoCAD Construction object is fully parametric. That means
that all primitives (like notches, lines, text) that make up drawing
design object have their parameters influencing their view and
geometric configuration. These parameters could influence all design
elements or specific instances.
nanoCAD Construction is a perfect tool to ensure accordance of
drawing for organization’s internal drafting standard. For example it
can enforce using of preferred layer names, text styles, dimension
Scaling of objects
Construction drawings often have many views of a different scale.
nanoCAD Construction uses symbol scale property to change the scale of
particular fragment in just two clicks. It also allows you to avoid
creating a set of text and dimension styles. nanoCAD Construction
symbol scale also can change platform primitives such as texts,
linetype scale or dimensions.
The scaling strategy can be set up for drafting entirely in model space
or on layouts using viewports.
Drawing borders and title blocks
nanoCAD Construction have instruments of placement of drawing borders
and title blocks in accordance with ISO, DIN, IS standards. Drawing
borders and title blocks’ templates are stored in database and can be
easily edited or re-drawn using primitives.
Tables and reports
Standard-defined table forms are included in nanoCAD Construction
database, but internal table editor is a very powerful tool to create
tables of any complexity. Table design features include:
- Cell style (text style and alignment, lineweight, number value
- Table headers and footers;
- Using of table calculations;
- Clipboard and direct interaction with MS Excel or Open Office
- Pencil drawing of cells;
- In-place table edit on the drawing.
nanoCAD Construction can convert AutoCAD tables or even recognize table
made from primitives.
Table reports are used to create lists and specifications from the
drawing objects’ data. For example, an explication can directly be
created using rooms placed on the drawing. Table report can use data
obtained from primitives, architectural objects, drawing design
elements, nanoCAD Construction’ library objects, or blocks with
The main advantage of reports is that it is automatically updated if
object’s attributes are changed, so you don’t have to worry about
updating your reports. Furthermore, you can save your table report as a
template and use it on different drawing later to obtain
automatically-generated list or explication. These functions are fully
available to user without any programming.
Library of parametric objects
Library of parametric objects is preinstalled with nanoCAD
Construction. It includes standard parts and templates:
- Concrete foundations, beams and columns;
- Steel profiles (ISO, IS, DIN, GOST);
- Fasteners (ISO, DIN, IS, CSN, PN/M, GOST);
- Wall, windows, doors templates;
- Drawing borders and title blocks.
Every parametric object have its table of type-sizes, graphics and
behavior on the drawing. The database is open and can be edited with an
internal tool called MechWizard. This tool is used to create or modify
Any organization can install an MS SQL Server database engine to
provide access for all users to a central-managed database.
Localization of nanoCAD Construction
nanoCAD Construction is highly customizable and can meet needs of every
standard. Things that can be customized in the software:
- Dimension style;
- Text style and fonts;
- Drawing borders and title block templates;
- Colors and parameters of drawing design elements;
- Table and report templates;
Templates for architectural objects (multilayer constructions, window
templates, door templates, interior objects);
MechWizard technology allows to create parametric standard parts like
steel profiles, reinforced concrete structures and may other. In fact
MechWizard can be used to create highly efficient behavior-driven
parametric objects that can be used in vertical applications. If that
is not enough, nanoCAD Construction includes .Net, C++, Lisp API and
can be extended with user-defined applications.
Advantages of using nanoCAD Construction
nanoCAD Construction is an excellent for preparation of construction
drawings in accordance with norms and regulations.
nanoCAD is intuitively simple and doesn’t require additional time for
training. You can start working once you’ve installed the software.
An engineer using nanoCAD Construction is fully focused on design tasks
rather than control of different primitives and enforcement of standard