How to deal with a long processing DXF import
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DWG files can be indirectly imported into a Project, by first converting them to a DXF file (the open-standard equivalent). DXF files can then be imported directly through the Geo Data Wizard, as either features in the Current Situation, or in the Future Design. A DXF contains features assigned to layers. Some layers can contain many line-geometry features that can make the Lines to Multi-Polygons process very long. This how-to describes how to select which layers to import in case certain layers take too long to process.
Editor → Current Situation (Ribbon tab) → Geo import (Ribbon bar)
How to import a DWG/DXF as a future plan, disabling specific features layers:
- If the filetype is currently DWG, use an AutoDesk application to open it and save/export it as DXF.
- Open the Geo Data Wizard, which will assist with importing data.
- When importing for the Current Situation, opt to import Buildings.
When importing for the Future Design, opt to import Measures.
- Select the DXF file, either as a local file on your computer or on the Geo Share.
- Select the layers in the DXF file to import. You can inspect the amount of features next to the layer name.
- Press next to view the features that are identified from the DXF. If this process takes too long, press Previous.
- Disable the feature layers that you expect take too long. Press Next.
- Confirm that the process now completes faster. If not, go to the previous step and disable an other layer.
- Once satisfied, follow the remaining steps in the Geo Data Wizard to select and import the features as desired.
- Finish the Geo Data Wizard to finalize the data import process.
- Layers do not need to be visible to include them in the import.