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ahmerjaved
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Registered: ‎01-23-2013
Message 1 of 9 (1,416 Views)

Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

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01-23-2013 07:04 AM

Hello all,

 

I work in a manufacturing facility and we are trying to come up with a way to extract data from an AutoCAD file in to a .KML or .CSV file which gives coordinate points, etc.

 

This will be used in a mapping-type software to display/highlight areas of the plant with zooming capabilities and information shown on the left-side. We are trying to make it look something like Google Maps, so it can used to determine areas of the plant undergoing work, lighting zones, etc.

 

We are in the preliminary stages of this project and I could use some help/advice on how you guys would approach this. I have intermediate AutoCAD knowledge, hence I am reaching out to the community. 

 

In a nutshell, I want to be able to extract coordinate data from our layout(s) which can used to pinpoint locations on the map and highlight regions, etc. Perhaps it could export data in to Excel with attributes assigned to the coordinates which give Area, Bay Location, etc. The initial thought was to somehow export this to a .KML file and use that as a starting point.

 

Let me know what you guys think, and how to best approach this. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

 

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Patchy
Posts: 6,235
Registered: ‎09-16-2009
Message 2 of 9 (1,410 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 07:10 AM in reply to: ahmerjaved

Attach part of your drawing here. Let's see what type of data is in there.

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ahmerjaved
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Message 3 of 9 (1,404 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 07:52 AM in reply to: Patchy

I'm trying to attach the smallest possible file, after exploding and purging most of the data. The file is still about 2.5MB and it won't let me attach more than 1.5MB. I could attach a PDF or JPG, unless you can tell me where to send the file and I'll do that! Thanks for your reply.

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Patchy
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Registered: ‎09-16-2009
Message 4 of 9 (1,393 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 08:00 AM in reply to: ahmerjaved

In your Mailbox, send it to me.

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dgorsman
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Message 5 of 9 (1,391 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 08:03 AM in reply to: ahmerjaved

You could use Navisworks, which can both view model data and export objects to KML.  You can also export to 3D PDF via some third-party plug-ins.  Navisworks and 3D PDF viewers can be embedded in web pages as well.

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ahmerjaved
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Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 08:28 AM in reply to: dgorsman

Thanks! I am looking in to Naviworks and seeing what its all about and how it may help me.

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Patchy
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Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 08:35 AM in reply to: ahmerjaved

That maybe the answer because I don't see any points in the drawing at all.

Sorry I'm lost.

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ahmerjaved
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Message 8 of 9 (1,377 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 08:43 AM in reply to: Patchy

No problem, thanks anyway. I will look more in to Naviworks and keep you guys updated on the solution I find.

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TerryDotson
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Registered: ‎06-06-2010
Message 9 of 9 (1,369 Views)

Re: Extract coordinate data from AutoCAD

01-23-2013 10:13 AM in reply to: ahmerjaved

Take a look at MapWorks, a low cost AutoCAD add-on that will export KML files and allow you to quickly place points on your drawing objects that can be exported to CSV.

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