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Placing DWGs as Drawings

Craig Boyer
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Many consultants, including civil engineers and landscape architects, collaborate using DWGs. Referencing this content is a great way to selectively bring this data into a project file.

Benefits to Using a DWG as a Reference

  • Prevents unwanted attributes (line types and layers) from being added the project file.
  • Layers can be controlled within the drawing itself.
  • The current drawing can be updated by linking to a newer version.
  • Reduces the file size.

Placing the Drawing

1. Create a worksheet dedicated to the consultant DWG.

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2. Drag the DWG file directly onto the worksheet.

3. Turn on a Trace Reference of the building and position the DWG accordingly. The drawing may need to be moved, rotated or scaled.

Customizing Content by Turning On or Off Embedded Layers

Method 1

1. Select the drawing and open its settings.

2. Under the Size and Appearance tab, click the Drawing's own Layers button.

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3. In the Embedded Layers dialogue box, turn off unneeded layers and click OK.

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4. Click OK to finalize the changes.

Method 2

1. Right clicking on an element in the placed DWG and select Layers > Hide Embedded Layer

 

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Linking to an Updated Drawing

1. Select the placed DWG.

2. Right click and select Link Drawing to...

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3. Select the updated version of the DWG and click Open.

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