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importing old dwgs

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Morning all,
I am just trying to figure out the best way to import drawings into my projects. I have some old dwg drawings from '97 of an aged care facility. The drawings are of each sheet separately eg A1 A2 A3 etc. The drama I have with importing cad drawings is that I draw in archicad at 1:1 and most of these drawings are scaled 1:100 or in one case not accurately scaling at all. I have been importing the drawings and then 'exploding them into current view' so i can 'resize' to an accurate scale at 1:1. If i use attach x-ref I can choose scale on screen but I can't see the dimensions in the original drawings until after i have imported it and then it doesn't let me rescale it. I would like to just use these drawings as xrefs as i don't want all the extra layers and file size etc. How does the rest of the world do this? What are you processes. I am the only 'electronic' drafty in my office and sometimes I am not sure if I am doing things the hard way.
Cheers Jo

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