AutoCAD: Extracting Data from Drawings

Get the most from your AutoCAD DWG files by learning to extract the data within. Learn to create tables linked to data, export to other file formats, and even combine drawing data with Excel.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 25, 2018
Duration
1h 21m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 25, 2018
Duration
1h 21m
Description

Have you ever spent a lot of time designing in AutoCAD, only to turn around and have to manually create some sort of report containing the same data you put into your CAD drawing? In this course, AutoCAD: Extracting Data from Drawings, you'll learn how to tap into the often ignored data already embedded in your CAD files, allowing you to create reports easily, accurately, and save time in the process. First, you'll explore valuable best practices for CAD design, which will help you make the most of Data Extraction. Next, you'll delve into using the Data Extraction command to create tables linked directly to design data, which are easily updateable as your project evolves. Then, you'll discover how to manipulate the extracted data by adding formats, sorting and filtering data, and even adding formula columns. Finally, you'll learn about different file formats you can export data to for use outside of AutoCAD. When you're finished with this course, you'll not only know how to make the most out of the Data Extraction and Data Linking features, but you'll know how to make your designs do the talking for you. Software required: AutoCAD 2008 or higher (AutoCAD LT does not have the required functionality).

About the author
About the author

Ben Rand has been using Autodesk software since AutoCAD Release 12. He learned to program using LISP in AutoCAD and worked his way up through VBA, VB6, and VB.NET. Now he spends most of his days programming in C#.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hey everyone, my name is Ben Rand, and welcome to my course: AutoCAD: Extracting Data from Drawings. I'm a director of IT and CAD manager at Job industrial services in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been an Autodesk certified instructor, and have been a presenter at Autodesk University since 2015. In 1998, Autodesk, the maker of the world-renowned AutoCAD design software, estimated there were over 2 billion DWG files in existence. Together with the billions of DWG files that have been created since, there is an awful lot of design data out there. This course provides an in-depth review of the Data Extraction and data linking features provided in AutoCAD. Some of the major topics that we will cover include: review of best CAD design practices, creating reports based on block data, reporting on data stored in multiple DWG files, extracting geometric data, and linking AutoCAD data with Microsoft Excel. By the end of this course, you'll know how to use Data Extraction to mine all sorts of information out of your AutoCAD DWG files. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic drawing tasks in AutoCAD, how to create and use blocks, and some familiarity with modelspace, layouts, and viewports. A little bit of Excel knowledge will also be helpful, but is not required. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into AutoCAD with courses on Utilizing Dynamic Blocks and Data Extraction for BIM in AutoCAD, or Designing Impressive Architectural Plans in AutoCAD. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Data Extraction with the AutoCAD: Extracting Data from Drawings course, at Pluralsight.