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Automatically build diagrams from external data in AutoCAD???

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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hello, I have AutoCAD 2010 and I am proficient enough with its general use but fall short of VBS, Lisp, or any type of customizing or programming.  I am up to speed linking tables with Excel spreadsheets and exporting attribute block data to text files and then importing back into AutoCAD.  But I am curious if the following is possible?

I need to make very simple block diagrams to indicate how cable television trunks are routed.  I have some blocks with attribute data that depict what each block is and I have cable identification blocks with attributes depicting what equipment each end of the cable is connected to, what the ID is of the cable, and its length.  This diagram visually is nothing more than rectangles representing equipment with labeling text and lines linking the rectangles together representing trunk cables – pretty standard for a block diagram.

Anyway, to my question, I can manually build these diagrams with ease – I just grab the block I need, place it and then draw the cable connection between the blocks and update the attributes.  My question is this; can I automate the building of these diagrams?  Can I make a spreadsheet or text file that can be imported, or uploaded into AutoCAD that will tell it where to place the blocks and how to connect the lines – is something like this possible?

Thanks for any help you all can provide, -blake
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