I must say, my absolute least favorite part about design work is doing field measurements. I used to think I had a pretty good sense of direction, until I started doing field measurements. I’ve never felt so lost and turned around in a space. Ideally, I’d love it if we could just lift the roof off a place and view it from the top down to sketch it out and then measure it. Obviously, this is a ridiculous request. So, I often find myself looking at a scribbled mess of a drawing, with measurements all over the place and usually I run out of paper. Frustration knows no end here. It just gets that much worse when I get back to my computer and try to put that mess into AutoCAD.
Recently, I went on the hunt for an iPad app that would be helpful. I’ve used the MagicPlan app and it wasn’t very user friendly or fast to say the least. What I needed was an endless size piece of paper and the ability to erase. That is when I found the Sketch Pad app.
The drawing space is unlimited, so I’m not stuck trying to stick a sketch on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper. It has the eraser option as well, so when I get all turned around I can erase and go again. I also invested in a good fine point stylus to use. I don’t know about you but using those rubber tipped styluses to draw fine lines doesn’t work for me. I got the Musemee Notier V2 Precision Stylus.
The tiny tip is perfect, and the conductive disc makes it write as if I were using a ball point pen.
So, even though I still cringe at the thought of doing field measurements, I am now better equipped to do them. What tools do you use?