Overlays are one of the most widely used and important tools within Site Scan. In order to make this tool even more powerful, we're constantly validating what other file types we should support.
We're excited to announce that DXF (Drawing eXchange Format) files are now supported in beta mode in Site Scan, which we hope will help improve your engineering and design teams' workflow.
How to upload DXF files in Site Scan Manager
DXF files can be uploaded like any other Site Scan supported files.
Navigate to your upload button (+ symbol) on the bottom left corner of your map view and select Overlays.
The overlay pop up modal will allow you to select any DXF files on your computer. You'll need to have beta mode enabled. If you don't, any DXF files stored on your computer will be greyed out and not available for upload.
You'll also be able to upload any DXF files stored in your BIM 360 account, as long as it's connected to Site Scan.
Once you upload a DXF, you'll need to enter the coordinate system (CRS) being used by that DXF and save it.
Georeferencing DXF files
If your project uses a custom coordinate system, you'll be able to georeference your DXF by right clicking on the DXF layer and selecting Georeference.
This is the same workflow currently implemented for PDF overlays. First, you'll need to select a point on your map and match it with a point on the DXF. You'll also need to choose the correct horizontal units from the top right dropdown (Meters, Standard Foot, U.S. Survey Foot). Then click Next.
You'll repeat the same process for a second point and click Finish.
Once completed, you'll be redirected to the files section of your flight. You can toggle on any DXF files uploaded. If you want to reposition theDXF, you can click on the location icon next to the DXF Layers section.
Site Scan imports all of the layers, with the same colors and names, of your original DXF file. You can visualize them by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to DXF Layers.
You can turn on and off individual layers to better visualize different sections by clicking on the toggle next to each of the layers.