How to deal with a long processing DXF import

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DWG files can be indirectly imported into a Project, by first converting them to a DXF file (the open-standard equivalent). DXF files can then be imported directly through the Geo Data Wizard, as either features in the Current Situation, or in the Future Design. A DXF contains features assigned to layers. Some layers can contain many line-geometry features that can make the Lines to Multi-Polygons process very long. This how-to describes how to select which layers to import in case certain layers take too long to process.

Editor → Current Situation (Ribbon tab) → Geo import (Ribbon bar)
How to import a DWG/DXF as a future plan, disabling specific features layers:
  1. If the filetype is currently DWG, use an AutoDesk application to open it and save/export it as DXF.
  2. Open the Geo Data Wizard, which will assist with importing data.
  3. When importing for the Current Situation, opt to import Buildings.
    When importing for the Future Design, opt to import Measures.
  4. Select the DXF file, either as a local file on your computer or on the Geo Share.
  5. Select the layers in the DXF file to import. You can inspect the amount of features next to the layer name.
  6. Press next to view the features that are identified from the DXF. If this process takes too long, press Previous.
  7. Disable the feature layers that you expect take too long. Press Next.
  8. Confirm that the process now completes faster. If not, go to the previous step and disable an other layer.
  9. Once satisfied, follow the remaining steps in the Geo Data Wizard to select and import the features as desired.
  10. Finish the Geo Data Wizard to finalize the data import process.


  • Layers do not need to be visible to include them in the import.