AutoCAD 2 - Advanced 2D

Hours: 64 / Access Length: 3 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $835.00

Course Overview:

In this 64 hour, online CAD training course, students will learn productivity-enhancing drawing techniques and team-based drawing features. New concepts include: presentation drawing using fills and color, advanced detailing methods using multiple views and layouts, blocks and symbol libraries, and advanced annotation techniques including tables, attributes, and fields. Students will also learn how to add colour images to their drawings and work with external references on large scale projects in a team environment. Students will master these skills through the creation of increasingly complex two-dimensional drawings culminating in a 12 part, multi-file building project containing external references, satellite photographs and hybrid raster images.

Course Outline:

  • Discussion on advanced techniques for creating and working with floating viewports, creating multiple layouts, and using the Maximize Viewport toggle. Introduction to the concept of Paper Space detailing.
  • Students will be introduced to advanced dimension concepts including tolerances, ordinate dimensioning, and alternate unit dimensions. Students will also learn how to properly create a single dimension style for use in multi-scale drawings.
  • Introduction to methods for adding and modifying hatching patterns, gradient fills, and solid fills to a drawing. Students will learn the Hatch and Wipeout commands.
  • Inquiry II – Areas and drawing properties.  Students will learn how to use the Area and Boundary commands to calculate complex areas. Techniques for using the QuickCalc calculator and the command line, geometric calculator will also be discussed.
  • Introduction to tables and table styles.  Students will learn how to create and modify tables, control the appearance of tables with styles, and add text and formulas to tables.
  • Advanced selection sets. Defining Selection filters and using Quick Select. Defining Layer filters and working with Layer states.
  • Introduction to Blocks. Applying the block, insert, explode, rename, and purge, commands. Using REFEDIT for in-place editing of blocks. Creating a library drawing of block symbols. Using the Wblock command to write blocks to the hard drive.
  • Attributes. Students will learn how to create and work with simple attributes to assign information to blocks. Attribute extraction methods will also be discussed.
  • Discussion on how to use the AutoCAD Design Centre to import named entities such as blocks, dimension styles, text styles, layers, layouts, etc, from existing drawings into a current drawing. Block tool palettes.
  • Dynamic blocks. Students will be introduced to the concept of Dynamic Blocks and explore methods for adding intelligent parameters and actions to blocks.
  • Xrefs I Introduction to methods for working with externally referenced drawings. Students will learn how to attach and overlay external references, use the Xref manager, and edit and update external references.
  • Xrefs II Students will learn how to resolve external reference errors, clip external references, increase xref performance with demand loading, layer and spatial indexes, and archive drawings with external references with the Bind and Xbind commands. 
  • Introduction to Raster Images. Students will learn how to attach, scale, and work with raster images. Techniques for managing raster images and tuning raster image performance will also be discussed.
  • Fields and Drawing properties. Students will learn how to define custom properties for a drawing and how to define fields of text that will automatically update as the drawing properties change.
  • Introduction to the Sheet Set Manager. Students will learn how to organize drawing layouts into named sheet sets.
  • Introduction to Publishing. Students will learn how to publish a sheet set from the Sheet Set Manager as a set of paper drawings as well as a single, electronic, multisheet Design Web Format (DWF) file.


All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **