To import AutoCAD blocks as map objects, you must first enable the AutoCAD block import
What you should know
In AutoCAD, a block is a collection of geometric shapes that are combined into a single
named object that you can use repeatedly. Like Security Center
entities, AutoCAD blocks can represent real
world objects such as cameras, doors, readers, and so on.
If you synchronize an AutoCAD
block definition with a Security Center entity type,
you can import the block instances as map objects during the map creation process, or after
the map is created.
To import an AutoCAD block instance, the block instance name must
match an existing Security Center
entity name. To
import AutoCAD blocks to a geographic map, the block definition must have latitude and
IMPORTANT: To import door readers, the block instance name
must follow the format "DoorName (DoorSide)", where DoorName is the name of the
door entity, and DoorSide is the name of the door side where the reader is
installed. Door sides are named "In" and "Out" by default in the
Hardware page of the door.
A new command, Synchronize entities from AutoCAD
, is added to the
menu of the Map designer
task. The next time
you create a map from an AutoCAD file, the step, Synchronize entities from AutoCAD
, will follow the step Choose your background
the map creation process.