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.
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.
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.
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.