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Chapter 18. Laying Out Floor and Site Pl... > Starting from an Existing Floor Plan

Starting from an Existing Floor Plan

If you already have a building shell in the form of an existing CAD drawing or Visio drawing file, you can use it in a new floor, home, office, plant, or site layout. The way you use the existing building shell depends on its file format as follows:

  • Use a CAD drawing If the existing floor plan is a CAD drawing, you can insert it into a Visio drawing. Your best bet is to insert it on a background page and then assign fore-ground pages to that background so that you can see the drawing while you add other shapes.

  • Use a Visio drawing If the existing floor plan is a Visio drawing, you can copy it and then paste the drawing into your drawing. You can paste the floor plan on a background page so that it appears on every foreground page or use its built-in layers to lock the shapes in the floor plan against editing.


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