This 15 minute lesson continues from part 2, and shows how to import a survey PDF file and scale and orient it properly.
When placing a PDF file using the File menu > External Content > Place External Drawing (or simply by using the Drawing tool), the PDF will initially be dropped in at 100% size based on its standard paper dimensions. This means that if you set the Scale of the current window to match the PDF scale (which you can often read from the drawing) then it will come in exactly at the right size.
If the PDF is not at the proper size, then it can be resized easily using the Edit menu > Reshape > Resize command. Select the PDF, activate that command and select the “graphic” resize option, then click two points in the PDF that have a dimension reference, then in the Tracker, type in the proper distance based on that reference. The PDF will resize so that the two clicked points are exactly that distance apart. If you do this carefully, you should be able to get within a fraction of one percent of the proper scaling. (NOTE: you will not be able to snap to these points in the PDF, so zoom in close to be as precise as possible.)
The North orientation may be indicated by placing a North Arrow object from the standard ArchiCAD library. Click the checkbox to make this object follow the North orientation that you set in the Options > Project Preferences > Levels & Project North command.
NOTE: In ArchiCAD 12 and earlier, to adjust the North Angle for the project, use the View menu > 3D View Mode > 3D Projection Settings > More Sun… dialog.
If you wish to reorient the site to make the building fit the X and Y axes better, there are two main options. You may rotate the site survey PDF along with the property lines you’ve drafted, or you may rotate the Trace Reference of the survey that is seen on the Plan. Be sure to coordinate this rotation with the Project North setting.
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