Importing map objects from AutoCAD to geographic maps - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

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You can import map objects from an AutoCAD file to a geographic map if the AutoCAD block definitions have latitude and longitude attributes.

Before you begin

What you should know


  1. Open the Map Designer task and select the geographic map that you want to update.
  2. Click Map > Synchronize entities from AutoCAD.
  3. Click Select file, then select the AutoCAD file you want to import from, and click Open.
    A thumbnail of the AutoCAD image is shown.
  4. Click Next.
    You are presented with an empty list of AutoCAD blocks to import.
  5. If you have saved synchronization settings that you can reuse, click Import and select the XML file you saved.
    If the selected synchronization file refers to block definitions that are not found in the current AutoCAD file, nothing would be imported.
  6. Click Add ().
  7. In the dialog box that opens, associate an AutoCAD block with an entity type.
    Entity type
    Security Center entity type behind the map objects you want to import.
    Block definition to be associated to the selected entity type.
    Name attribute
    Block attribute that holds the block instance name that must match the entity name.
    Latitude attribute
    Block attribute that holds the GPS latitude of the map object.
    Longitude attribute
    Block attribute that holds the GPS longitude of the map object.
  8. If you get a No result found message, change your settings and try again.
  9. Click Synchronize.
    The matches found in the AutoCAD file are listed.
    NOTE: If the mapped latitude and longitude block attributes contain invalid values, no entities will be synchronized.
  10. If necessary, associate more AutoCAD blocks with Security Center entity types.
  11. Export your synchronization settings to an XML file for reuse.
    1. Click Export.
    2. In the file browser that opens, enter a file name and click Save.
    An XML file capturing the AutoCAD blocks to Security Center entity type synchronization settings is created. You can reuse those settings the next time you create an AutoCAD map with the same block definitions.
  12. Click Synchronize.


The map objects you imported are displayed on your map.