I am doing my PDC project by hand, and I am a total beginner to this. It's an 8 acre property (dimensions Front: 240', Back 528', Sides: 984' and 863') . I will have more experienced help with the final on the ground design eventually---this is just for my PDC course and to start to learn, but I still want it to be as realistic as possible.
1, What reference maps should I have made and what scale should these reference maps be?
2. What scale should I do my draft sketches and final copies for the mainframe stuff?
3. What size, thickness and type of tracing paper is best for the draft copies of a 8 acre property (I am thinking 24 x 36 for the final copy?? is that too small for 8 acres---should I do the same size for the tracing paper and the final copies) ?
4. What about dealing with trying to view different layers of draft sketches and final copies (to scale) and putting one on top of the other on a desktop---what type of desktop is best for this? I've seen light boxes, will they work for this, or a certain type of drafting table surface (I don't have a big picture window----it seems like a solid surface drafting table wouldn't work for layering)?
5. What size, type, and thickness of paper for the finished product (I am thinking 24 x 36, is that too small for an 8 acre property)?
Any other specific tools, materials, etc anyone might recommend for hand drafting a property this size?
I don't have a lot of answers for you, but keep in mind that this needs to be a .pdf file in the end. The easiest way to get from paper to .pdf would be to do it all on regular, letter-sized paper and scan it on an industrial copier that feeds the paper through and puts it in one file. You could scan a larger size of paper, but then you'll need to be able to merge all the files on your computer.
If you're using tracing paper, I would test scanning it before I put too much effort in.
Even if you're doing this by hand, the easiest way to start might be to use Google maps. I just outlined the property and said how many acres it was. Then, to design, I drew objects (boxes, circles, etc) over all the features, and when done, I deleted the picture from Google maps out from under it. You could try doing the same thing with tracing paper, but, again, I would make sure it scans well.
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