Extracting block references from AutoCAD files and loading them as DIAGRAMS symbols is a semi-automatic process.
DIAGRAMS Project Manager processors automate:
- importing block geometries, and
- importing block attributes into Tables as new Fields, and
- positioning blocks as symbols inside AutoCAD ribbon sections.
- setting DIAGRAMS insertion routines, and
- creating symbol PNG image files user interface
Collectively the results are found under the DIAGRAMS Symbol Library Ribbon groups.
Once imported, users can convert AutoCAD files into DIAGRAMS files.
Design firms are contracted with project work that requires AutoCAD process and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) drawings to be revised. Using DIAGRAM enables the company to quickly and effectively:
- become connected to the Project Database.
- modify drawing using DIAGRAMS insertion and numerous drafting utilities.
- data drive visible attribute values from outside AutoCAD using the Windows Project Manager.
- extract lists of attribute values as Excel reports and extend the dataset with custom columns.
- track visible attribute changes by color.
- colorize Routes & Symbols by property or by modified date for change control.
This article is a step-by-step guide on how DIAGRAMS extracts, loads, and transforms block references from AutoCAD Drawings into DIAGRAMS Symbol Libraries so users can draft with them and help satisfy project reporting and change control requirements.
STEP 1 – Creating a new project
STEP 2 – Import symbols from legacy drawings
STEP 3 – Populating symbol properties & Ribbon Sections
STEP 4 – Importing symbol data, the smarts
STEP 5 – Add newly added fields to user interfaces and reports
STEP 6 – Draft with imported symbols and routes.