CAD Controversy: Do you really need CAD standards?

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  • CAD Standards have been developed to improve productivity and interchange of CAD data between different offices and CAD programs. In theory, everyone agrees that CAD standards are a good thing to have, but why is it so hard to get people to adhere to them?

    In a survey conducted by Axiom, out of 155 MicroStation users surveyed, 43.2% felt that the biggest barrier to using CAD standards is getting users to adhere to them. Also, in an article published in, the author clearly states that the attitude towards standards at his shop is summarized by the following statement, “Who gives a flying BLEEP about standards?!” This sentiment seems to resound throughout the MicroStation community. What do you think?

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