Advice for using a building CAD drawing in Visio
Posted on 2013-06-01
I'm a very unsophisticated user of Visio. I have an Autocad dwg of the buildings and floors of our site in which I've removed all the layers I don't need (pipes, electrical, etc.) and just have the interior and exterior walls. My goal is to use this drawing and pull out the different buildings and the different floors of each building and put each into a tab in Visio and then use visio to mark the location of network drops and phone drops at a minimum and then maybe later add workstations, printers etc.
The areas I'm working with are such that I won't be able to just put the drawing on a page and then put in the drops. There are enough drops that they'd be all clumped together. I think I'll have to be able to zoom in significantly to the different areas of the vsd to be able put the network and phone drop IDs.
I know my choices are to insert the dwg or convert it but don't know what's best for being able to zoom in and out. I'd really like to get some ideas on how to do this. I'm hoping to cash in on someone else's experience that might have done something like this. As Admiral Rickover said "You have to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself."