Anyone know of a way to bring linework in from a DWG? The IMX option states "there are no valid data sources".
REALLY??? Not even a "no, you can't do that?"!!
For basic 2D DWG, you can use the the import functionality. Data Source Widget, select AutoCAD DWG.
If you use Civil you can export your DWG as IMX and bring that in. You will have more options doing that.
I ran into the same issue and ended up creating a shape file from my linework. It's a horrible work around but for some reason the DWG connection is counter-intuitive.
I plot the linework to pdf, then convert that to jpg.
Then line up in acad and make world file.
Then pull that image into AIM.
It sounds junky, but the cool thing is you can pull in just the area needed by limiting the area you plot.
Not a good answer though I know.
Strange how users around the World end up trying the same processes at more-or-less the same time. This week is quiet for me so I left C3D for a while and focused on AIM (for the second time, first time was May last year).
I have hit this same problem. I was expecting AIM to simply read 2D polylines from a DWG and use as Coverage draped on the Terrain. For now I opted for Barrier, not pretty. I think I will need to export to SHP then use that in AIM.
I needed the linework from a DWG to layout out where the actual parking lot is going to be. Here is what I did to get a desired result...
BTW Autodesk, you need to put curbs and linework in AIM!!!
I exported my lines out to a .shp file. I attached the shapefile in AIM as pipes. I set the pipes at a 0 elevation. This gave the "illusion" that they were curbs. Actually worked out pretty good. Below is a screen shot of the result...
Dwg import is a little finicky. You must remember that you are limited to 2d linework, with no text, hatching, dimensions, etc. That stuff will confuse the import. For spatial entities like boundaries, lot lines, parking lots, building outlines, water outlines, it works just fine. Here are some tips to remember:
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Scott, I don't think you are understanding what is happening here. If you "attach" an AutoCAD DWG from the Data Sources dialog, you still have to configure it. When you are in the Configure dialog box, the program MAKES you choose a type...
There is not an option for just linework. My DWG is nothing but polylines. The program MAKES you specify a type. If you don't, the Close and Refresh button will stay grayed out. That's why my solution to bring in pipes was the only option for actually "seeing" the linework that I need for laying out the parking lot. Otherwise I would not be able to draw a coverage area where the parking lot islands are to be placed.
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