Besides learning new features of AutoCAD and small steps you can use to begin using the software, users often don't know where to begin in setting up either program.
- Try as many out-of-the-box (OOTB) settings as you can for the pilot project. After the pilot project is complete you can lay the plotted set of plans on the table next to an old set and see what you absolutely can't live with. Be open-minded about this!
- Start with a template specific to the product you are using. The OOTB templates that begin with AEC are for AutoCAD Architecture and the templates beginning with ABS are for AutoCAD MEP. See this post.
- Define Styles and for MEP define System Definitions. For MEP also create MEP Preferences.
- Set Layer Key Style.
- Set Tool Palettes.