Landscape designers are often required to deliver designs as sets of paper plans. These are usually required on standard size sheets and the layout is often mandated to meet a specification from a local council authority.
We provide a drawing containing a number of drawings sheets that you can modify for your own use. Click on the image below to download the drawing file. Each sheet is a block. We suggest selecting the sheet of interest, right click and edit the title block details (adding your logo) and save the block. Once you are satisfied with the block, select it, copy to the clipboard, start a new drawing and paste the clipboard contents. Explode the block, purge any unwanted blocks and save in an appropriate location in your computer (example C:\user\gCADPlus\Blocks\Details\TitleBlocks)
This page summarizes some of the factors that need to be taken into account in order to do just that.
In the metric environment, the standard designation of paper size in order of decreasing size, is A0, A1, A2, A3 and A4. The table below shows actual cut sheet dimensions of these sheets.
|Standard designation||Cut sheet dimensions (mm)|
|A0||841 x 1189|
|A1||594 x 841|
|A2||420 x 594|
|A3||297 x 420|
|A4||210 x 297|
It is usual to place a border with a reference grid and title block on the sheet. The border is usually offset to allow a margin (if hanging space is required, the border is usually larger on one side).
The figure below shows a typical border on an A2 sheet. The dimensions show the size of the cut sheet (594 mm x 420 mm). The border placed on the sheet it self is 574 mm by 400 mm and set so as to give a 10 mm margin all round.
The line thickness (lineweight) of the majority of the entities has been left set at BYLAYER, but a line thickness of 0.35 mm has been applied to the outer lines of the border for empahsis.
Tip: The value 0.35 mm has been chosen as it provides the appropriate weigh to the border when printed 1:1 on an A2 sheet. That value might be changed to 0.5 mm for an A1 sheet and even to 0.7 mm for a n A0 sheet.
We have to zoom in a little to see the effect of setting a pen weight of 0.35 mm on the border edge.
Next we add title block information in the bottom right corner.
Tip: the title block was made with an insertion point at the bottom right to allow for convenient placement.
Tip: the colored text will be edited when details of the actual site and job number are known.
Here is a view of the completed block in gCADPlus.
This particular title block has been sized such that it can be used on any size sheet. Here is a view showing it in use on an A4 sheet. The title block fills the entire base of an A4 sheet in portrait mode. Clearly this title block will also work in landscape mode.
Using the drawing sheet and title block
Here is a layout view of the sheet and title block described above in use. The design itself appears in a floating viewport in layout.
Managing scale is simple using this system. The floating viewport is selected and the scale fixed at 1:100
The example shown above is versatile, but there are occasions when its often a good idea to make a vertical version of your title block.
The figure below shows an example.