You can draw a floor plan in minutes with Microsoft Visio. Create high-quality 2D to scale for print and web. In this post we will review how to create simple floor plan using Microsoft Visio.
What is Microsoft Visio
Microsoft Visio is software for drawing diagrams. These include floor plans, electrical diagrams, flowcharts, org charts, building plans, floor plans, data flow diagrams, process flow diagrams, business process modeling, swimlane diagrams, 3D maps, and many more.
If appropriate for your needs, Visio can produce extremely helpful, slick, useful diagrams of all types, and these can provide the professional look you want for presentations, reports, audits, building plans, floor plans, documentation, and modeling better ways to do things. Visio includes a big library of shapes/symbols used in dozens of diagram types. These symbols represent specialized pieces of diagrams such as process flow diagrams, business process modeling, data flow diagrams, and many more. These are used widely in various fields for various purposes.
Where Microsoft Visio Can Be Used
Microsoft Visio can be used in all below settings and more:
In Architecture: Create Floor plans, plumbing and electrical diagrams
General use of Visio: A flowchart, which can take various forms, can be used to document and analyze a process; standardize a process for efficiency and quality; communicate a process for training or understanding by other parts of the organization; and identify bottlenecks, redundancies and unnecessary steps in a process and improve it.
Visio In Software Engineering: UML Diagrams, Software Architecture Diagrams and Design diagrams
Visio In Business analysis: Data flow diagrams (DFDs) can provide a focused approach to technical development, in which more research is done upfront to get to coding. Business analysts use DFDs to analyze existing systems and find efficiencies. Diagramming the process can uncover steps that might otherwise be missed or not fully understood.
Visio In Business: Business Process Modeling and Notation (BPMN) is targeted at participants and other stakeholders in a business process to gain understanding through an easy-to-understand visual representation of the steps. At a more involved level, it’s targeted at the people who will implement the process, giving sufficient detail to enable precise implementation
Visio In Process Engineering: A Process Flow Diagram (PFD) is a type of flowchart that illustrates the relationships between major components at an industrial plant. Diagrams can serve to document, analyze, audit, or model a better way.
How to Draw Floor Plan in Visio
Create new Diagram
- Select Floor Plan as Diagram Type
Using room shapes
- Review available Stencils, relevant for Floor Plan Diagrams.
- From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag one of the room shapes onto the drawing page.
- Resize the room shape by dragging the control and selection handles on individual walls.
Using wall shapes
- From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag Exterior wall shapes onto the drawing page.
- Continue to draw the exterior by using these options:
- Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.
- Right-click wall shapes to set options.
- Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.
The endpoints are highlighted when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.
Add doors and windows
- Doors and windows automatically rotate to align with and glue to the wall. They also acquire the wall’s thickness and move with walls when you reposition them.
Add other structural elements
Watch below video to learn how to draw floor plans using Microsoft Visio:
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