Working with DXF Design Files
Upload a DXF file to your site
- To upload a file, select the Designs Tab → Import a Layer.
- Drag and drop the file into the window. The Propeller Platform accepts DXF, TTM, KML, KMZ, or CZML file formats.
- The file appears in the Designs menu and can be toggled on and off.
Working with DXF files
Once imported, a number of features are available to help customize, visualize, and compare your site against the design file:
- Archive and rename individual layers within a DXF file.
- Clamp linework to the ground.
- Use Volume Compare to measure the volume between your latest survey data and the design surface.
- Enable overlay of terrain against a 3D surface.
- Enable snapping to vertices to measure against linework.
- Convert your DXF to measurements
There are two ways to do this:
- Convert the entire DXF surface at once
When you upload a DXF surface we auto-generate a polygon boundary that outlines your DXF surface. To convert this to a measurement simply right-click on the dashed yellow line.
2. Convert single or multiple elements within the DXF file
To convert a single element within the DXF simply right-click and select Convert to Measurement.
If you wish to convert multiple elements at once, for example, if you want to convert several cross-sections at stations or chainage positions along your road alignment, then simply hold down the shift key to bulk select elements you wish to convert.
Export a measurement as DXF
Measurements created on your site can also be exported in DXF format:
- Export the outline of a polygon or polyline measurement.
- Extract a section of your surface as a TIN surface model (3DFACE).
Learn more about custom exports here