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M. To Import a Building Plan

The Building Planner can import plan data from other sources, such as PlanWin files or CAD drawings.

Note: The plan data must be in the correct format in a CAD drawing (.dxf file format). The correct units and scale must used in the drawing.
  • Slab data must be in a layer named "Slab". Only closed polylines or light weight polylines can be imported.
  • Column data must be in a layer named "Column". Use circles of any appropriate radius to mark the columns.
  • Beam data must be in a layer named "Beam". Use lines to mark the beam centerlines.
  1. Select Workspace > New Plan.

    If you have not yet specified project details, the Start dialog opens. Otherwise, the New Plan dialog opens.

    Note: Alternately, you can select Edit >  Import Plan File to replace the current plan with imported plan data using the Import Plan File dialog.
  2. Specify the general details:
    1. Type a Plan name.
    2. (Optional) Select a Floor type
    3. Type the Height of Level Above (floor-to-floor height).
    4. Click the Assign Levels drop-down to assign plan names to each level of the building.
      Note: The number of levels is specified in the Start dialog.
  3. Select either:

    CAD Center line Input (DXF)


    Plan from PlanWin file


    Existing plan from current project

  4. Navigate to and select the file you want to use for either CAD or PlanWin file options and click Open.
  5. If the selected PlanWin file has multiple plans, select the plan name you want to import.
  6. Click OK.