There are two kinds of offices.Â Those who don’t know what the purge command does, and those who run the purge command every time they leave AutoCAD to check their email.
The difficult thing for me to teach people is that a few extra layers in your drawing (say, items from your standard layer list that aren’t in use right now) are OK, but a heap of last year’s inserted wblocks need to go.Â There is a fine balance between keeping your drawing cleaning, and wiping out your template.
Click more to find out a trick to keep your important elements from being purged….
Civil 3D helps here, because if a linetype or layer is referenced in a style, it cannot be purged.Â But even the most style-compulsive person (like me) cannot make a style for everything.
Or can you?
This tip comes from John Mayo over at Conklin Associates in Ramsey, NJ.Â John has the unfortunate privledge of putting up with my presence for about three days a month (or perhaps it is the other way around?)
Turn your standard template (the one with your cogo blocks, linetypes, layers, etc. loaded into it) into a dwg.Â Clean out all of the styles and remove any layers, block, etc that are already “locked” into the template.Â You don’t want an entire duplication of your template, just the things that could be accidentially purged.Â Better yet, create a new drawing from the acad.dwt and use the design center to bring those things in.Â Make sure this drawing is clean (audit, etc.)
Insert this dwg into your template as a block into a point style.
Name the Point Style something so that you don’t confuse it with a real point style.
Purge your heart out every 3 minutes and you’ll never blow anything important away.