nanoCAD construction- a construction drawing software

nanoCAD’s Construction module extends the nanoCAD platform with AEC drafting utilities and a library of standard parametric elements. It is designed to automate the preparation of construction drawings and documentation.

New in Construction

  • Import large IFC
    files (1 Gb+)
  • BCF
  • Quick Selection of frozen
    & hidden layers
  • Setting the object
    coordinate system by UCS
  • Conversion of AutoCAD
    tables into
  • Construction tables with
    the current scale
About nanoCAD Construction

Key features

Smart drawing elements

The Construction module includes a massive number of smart drawing elements to automate routine operations like layout generation, sectioning, and detailing of buildings.


  • Database of parametric elements
  • Technical specifications editor
  • Breaks for hiding underlying geometry
  • Designation of permanent joints
  • Ground borders
  • Level marks
  • View and section designations
  • Notes
Smart drawing and editing utilities

Smart drawing and editing utilities

The Construction module turns entities that look like tables (lines and text) into table objects. It offers utilities for automatically numbering drawing objects, increasing and decreasing selected areas, and creating custom objects with parametric properties.


  • Define custom hatch patterns in *.pat files
  • Draw fully customized arrays of objects
  • Create and calculate plate arrays
  • Design hole charts
  • Perform advanced calculations using the built-in calculator
  • Carry out static beam calculations
  • Calculate geometric properties of user-defined sections
Powerful table editor

Powerful table editor


The Construction module features a very powerful built-in table editor that generates tables of any complexity. Users can convert tables imported from other CAD programs to nanoCAD’s own format. As well, it recognizes tables made from primitives. Tables offer the following functions:

  • In-place editing of tables
  • Pencil sketching in cells
  • Cell styles that specify text styles, alignments, line weights, value rounding
  • Table headers and footers
  • Calculations between cells
  • Direct interaction with Clipboard, Excel, and Open Office
Automatic reports

Automatic reports


The Construction module creates reports from lists, specifications, and object data in drawings. Reports access data extracted from objects, architectural components, design elements, blocks with attributes, and the Construction module’s library of parts. There is no need to worry that reports might be not up to date.

  • Generate analyses directly from rooms in drawings
  • Automatically update reports as properties of objects change
  • Save reports as templates for use in other drawings to generate the same kinds of reports and analyses
  • Functions are available to all users, with no programming needed
Architectural layouts

Architectural layouts


The Construction module lays out building plans using discipline-specific tools and objects:

  • Straight and arc-shaped walls that join automatically
  • Custom templates for walls that define geometry, attributes, and multi-layer (ply) construction properties
  • Walls edited with trim, break, and join commands, or by using grips
  • Insertion of windows and doors using the built-in database of components
  • Lay out rooms and spaces on plans, with customized space attributes and composition
  • Automatic calculation and creation of room analyses and lists of compositions
  • Insertion of interior elements using a database of templates
  • Generating 3D models and IFC-format documentation with the Project Manager
Engineering networks

Engineering networks


The Construction module includes a set of tools for engineering networks, such as internal communications, HVAC, and gas supplies, with templates for traces, equipment, and connectors.

Parametric borders and title blocks

Parametric borders and title blocks


The Construction module provides drawing borders and title blocks that are parametric. This save you time when completing drawings:

  • Multi-view drawing borders use dedicated grips and switches to change their size, format, and orientation
  • Special grips change aspects of title blocks
  • Stamps dialog box fills in reusable text in title blocks

In addition to the collection of pre-made drawing borders and title blocks, you can create your own parametric borders and stamps using the Format and Stamp Wizard.

Parametric parts library

Parametric parts library


The Construction Module comes with a built-in library that contains a vast number of parametric parts and templates. Each parametric object has its own set of size tables, display modes, and behaviors. As it is an open database, parametric objects can be edited with the MechWizard tool.

The parametric parts library contains the following components:

  • Wall, window, door templates
  • Concrete foundations, beams, columns
  • Steel profiles in ISO, IS, DIN, GOST standards
  • Fasteners in ISO, DIN, IS, CSN, PN/M, GOST standards
Customized settings

Customized settings


The Construction module takes a flexible approach to object settings. All pre-configured elements provided the module can be redefined using the object settings window, as required by design firms, and then copied to all workstations.

Objects scaling

Objects scaling


The Construction module supports drawings with many views at different scales. With just two clicks, you can adjust the scale of drawings, both for specific objects and for entire drawings. The symbol scale adjusts the sizes of text, dimensions, and linetypes automatically in model space and in layouts using viewports.

Create custom parametric objects

Create custom parametric objects


Parametric objects are an improvement over dynamic blocks as they contain not just grips for changing blocks, but also offer dialog boxes with choices of options. The Master of Objects allows you to edit library items and create parametric objects to your needs.

Create custom dialog boxes

Create custom dialog boxes


It can be easier to manipulate objects with dialog boxes. The Form designer allows you to create dialog boxes for leaders, blocks, nanoCAD tables, and custom objects. Auxiliary variables for objects can be entered into a form, and arranged in an order convenient to you.

Parametric-design-elements

Parametric design elements


The Construction module employs objects that follow preset rules based on design requirements of building projects. All drawing elements that make up AEC objects (such as notches, lines, and text) contain parameters that control their display and geometric configurations.

Tutorials

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