I am completely new to Softplan. As a current (hopefully soon to be former) user of AutoCad I am trying to wrap my head around softplan. I design a lot of pier & beam houses. I know that this style isn't used very often so I am trying to get some pointers on how to approach it. Should the footings, piers, beams, & walls, all be on separate drawings? Should the piers be on the foundation plan? The softplan sales rep said he wasn't sure, but assumed I would create a 'wall type' with my beams under the walls, then draw the footings and piers on a separate drawing.
The local permit office requires me to submit:
- foundation plan showing the footing detail and locations
- pier layout with dims
- beam layout
- floor joist layout
I usually combine these into only 2 drawings (footings / piers ; beams / joists)