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FLOOR PLAN SOFTWARE

Great design in architecture and civil engineering starts with a floor plan. Autodesk provides leading floor plan software for innovative projects.

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About Floor Plans

Learn about what they are and how they are used for architectural projects.

What is a floor plan?

A floor plan is a technical drawing of a room, residence or commercial building, such as an office or restaurant. The drawing which can be represented in 2D or 3D, showcases the spatial relationship between rooms, spaces and elements such as windows, doors and furniture. Floor plans are critical for any architectural project. Architects, engineers and builders use floor plan software to create plans for their upcoming projects.

What is a floor plan used for?

A floor plan provides a preview of the architectural project. It shows how the space is divided and indicates the dimensions and measurements of the various elements such as window and doors. Those involved with the project will be able to suggest changes and move to the next stages, such as electrical, plumbing, structural, landscaping and others.

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The difference between blueprints and floor plans

Blueprints are detailed drawings referenced to build something. They can include many types of drawings and diagrams such as floor plans, elevations and details. A floor plan shows a bird’s-eye view of the interior of structure including the location of walls, fixtures and furniture.

Types of floor plans

There are various types of floor plans to be used for different purposes.

  • Rendering of a virtual interior

    3D FLOOR PLAN

    A 3D floor plan is a view of an architectural space in three dimensions. By viewing a 3D floor plan one can get a better understanding of the size, layout and proportions of a space.

  • Close-up view of an architect working on blueprints.

    TECHNICAL FLOOR PLAN

    Technical floor plans offer specific details and measurements showing the relationships between rooms and other spaces in an architectural or building engineering project. They’re drawn to scale and typically show only one level of a structure per drawing.

  • Kitchen interior designed, modelled and rendered using AutoCAD

    HUMANISED FLOOR PLAN

    More realistic than other types of plans, humanised floor plans are best suited for presentation settings. In architecture and building engineering use cases, they show how an environment will look once the space is complete, including furniture, sinks and other objects.

Floor plan software

How to create a floor plan

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Create a floor plan using AutoCAD LT

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Learn how to create realistic floor plans with layering techniques in Revit.

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Floor plan resources

Learn how to use AutoCAD to develop floor plans.

Frequently asked questions on floor plans

A floor plan shows an overhead view of the interior of a structure including the location of walls, fixtures and furniture. Technical floor plans offer specific details and measurements showing the relationships between rooms and other spaces in an architectural or building engineering project. Floor plans are drawn to scale and typically show only one level of a structure per drawing.

AutoCAD and Revit are among several of the software programs that architects and other professionals create realistic floor plans in 2D and 3D with accuracy and precision. While both are purpose-built tools, AutoCAD is more of a general drawing tool used for a wide variety of applications. Revit, however, is more specific in its use as a design and documentation solution to support the various phases of a building project. Both can be used together to create floor plans and collaborate throughout the process.

AutoCAD and Revit software from Autodesk make it possible to easily create floor plans online and share them in real time with clients and collaborators. Both AutoCAD and Revit can be integrated into the cloud to view and edit floor plans in a web browser on any computer. Cloud functionality helps to centralise design information and be sure you and others have access to the most recent draught of a floor plan.

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