Instantly Publish your DWG from AutoCAD Map 3D to AIMS (MapGuide) but why would you?

Alright, I love the ability to push my DWG from AutoCAD Map 3D into MapGuide – I almost never need to open MapGuide/AIMS Studio.

So what is the issue?

AutoCAD Map 3D has had a great tool for creating custom properties for every object in your AutoCAD drawing: it’s called “Object Data”.   For example, if you have a polyline, text or block that you want to add your own information to, such as diameter or data installed.

So what happens to this amazing custom Property called Object Data when you publish it to MapGuide aka Autodesk Infrastruture Map Server 2012?

Watch this video to find out:

13 Responses to “Instantly Publish your DWG from AutoCAD Map 3D to AIMS (MapGuide) but why would you?”

  1. 1 Dave Monroe
    December 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    So what’s the solution? We just installed AIMS (30 day trial), using the .NET option and see that it is using Fusion as the viewer, after publishing from AutoCAD map 3D. Are there options on the 3D side or the Studio side to make the objects selectable? Thanks.

  2. December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Good Question,
    Currently the best way to go is to export your map to SDF or SHP or some other FDO supported format.

    If you want to do it automatically the only way would be to use Safe Software’s FME.

  3. 3 Dave Monroe
    December 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Roger that. Figured FDO was only alternative, until Autodesk takes the next step with ‘seamless’, instead of zipper integration. Thanks for the recommendations.

  4. 4 Dave Monroe
    December 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Was able to export the SHP files and added the basemap DWF as a layer in Web Layout Studio, with 100% transparancy. The selectable objects were thus overlayed on the DWF and worked that way.

  5. December 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Great example of using FDO based data (Shapefile) for Attributes and DWF as “dumb” background.

    It would be great to get the attributes (i.e. Object Data, Link Template and Block Attributes) out of the DWG without resorting to SHP etc.

  6. 6 Ashutosh
    March 1, 2012 at 7:47 am

    A ma working on a web project where we need to overlay DWG files over base layer in opensource mapguide. Can we directly overlay it or some changes need to do.

    Looking for the solution.

  7. March 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    no problem, as long as you don’t have Object Data or Link Template attributes that you want to see in MapGuide.

  8. 8 imilicevic
    May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m deeply dissapointed. Honestly i thought that ADSK finally “opened” DWG as a readable format trough FDO provder. Instead of that, they converted DWG to DWF and showed as a base layer. My vote for disappointing of the year.

  9. May 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Ah, but I haven’t updated for AIMS 2013/MapGuide, there is now an FDO for DWG! And although it does not read Link Templates, it definitely reads Object Data directly from the DWG. AND it can be “unmanaged” meaning you can put the DWG on the network live and read it directly. So, things are actually looking up!

  10. 10 Tecatito
    February 3, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Is there any update on the FDO for DWG regarding reading Link Templates?
    In my case, I already have a DataBase and I’m linking its records to the drawing objects, so I want to publish the DWG without losing the Link Templates attached data. What would be the best way to achieve my goal?

  11. February 3, 2016 at 4:54 am

    No. And AutoCAD Map does not even have a Link Template to Object Data conversion. Link Templates are completely overlooked.

    So you will have to either export the data and associated data from the Link Template to an SDF.
    Or export only the LINK TEMPLATE column to the SDF and use Infrastructure Map Server to do a JOIN to the database from the Link Column to the database (SDF “joined” to Database)

  12. 12 Tecatito
    February 4, 2016 at 3:38 am

    “…export only the LINK TEMPLATE column to the SDF and use Infrastructure Map Server to do a JOIN to the database from the Link Column to the database (SDF “joined” to Database)”

    Do you have any documentation on how to join the SDF to Database from AIMS 2014?
    Or at least could you please briefly explain the steps to do so?

    Thank you.

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