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Placing DWGs as Drawings

Craig Boyer
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
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.


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.


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


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





Linking to an Updated Drawing

1. Select the placed DWG.

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


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


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