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Method 1: Using CAD in SketchUp Without Cleanup
Importing CAD Floor Plan

2.1_Importing CAD Floorplan

0:01 Since we’re making the assumption that you don’t have access to CAD but need to work with a CAD floorplan...

0:08 I’m not even going to open or look at the CAD file we’re using as our reference.

0:13 The next course deals with optimizing your CAD file on the front-end so if that’s the situation you most often find yourself in, then feel free to skip this first method and go straight to Method 2.

0:26 With that said, let’s import our CAD plan that was provided as part of your exercise files.

0:33 With a new blank SketchUp file open, go to ‘File / Import’ and navigate to your exercise files and find ‘Arch_FP01_Original.dwg’.

0:49 Make sure to select 'DWG/DXF' from the drop down if you’re using an older version of SketchUp.

0:56 The latest version allows for leaving ‘All Supported [File] Types’ to be selected which is great as now you don’t have to keep switching back and forth every time you import a different file type.

1:10 Let’s now do a quick review of the options we have to choose from prior to clicking import.

1:16 Usually we’ll leave these as their default. But the one thing here that we definitely want to check is the model units.

1:24 Assuming we don’t have access to CAD...we mght not know what units the drawing was originally drawn in, so we’ll make sure to select ‘Model Units’ for the scale.

1:37 Also, keep in mind that If we have multiple floor plans or files that we know we’ll want to drop in place on top of one another then we may want to check ‘Preserve drawing origin’ as well.

1:49 Since we have just this one floor plan for this demo, let’s leave that unchecked for now.

1:56 When ready, click ‘Import’.

2:04 And after getting a message of what did and did not import, we can click ‘Ok’...and there’s our CAD linework.

2:13 Before moving on, let’s re-orient our view with our camera set to ‘Parallel Projection’ and then to top view so we’re looking straight down – similar to how we’d be drafting it if we were in AutoCAD.

2:28 As to the reference plan that we’re using, in case you’re curious, it’s SketchUp’s current office in Boulder, Colorado.

2:38 As to the reference plan that we’re using, in case you’re curious, it’s SketchUp’s current office in Boulder, Colorado.

2:38 It’s actually a two-story building but for this track, we’re going to focus just on the ground floor, as everything we learn here applies to multiple floors should your project have them.