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Advice for using a building CAD drawing in Visio

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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."
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Your ability to zoom in and out won't be affected by your choice to insert or convert the CAD drawing. The Visio UI supports zooming in any Visio diagram.

You said you might want to place printers, workstations, etc. in the diagram, If that's the case, you might consider converting the CAD drawing into a Visio space plan using these instructions. The primary advantage of a space plan is that each "space" is a separate entity that Visio can work with, allowing you to do things like run reports that show what is located in each room.
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Your information about zooming eliminates my concerns in that area.  But I'm really thankful for your information and link about Converting a CAD floor plan to a Visio space plan is exactly what I was looking for and is much appreciated.
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