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    Question:

    Can you open an AutoCAD DWG into QGIS?

    Answer:

    Yes, QGIS has an importing tool so that you can import an AutoCAD DWG into a GeoPackage GIS Layer. Follow the steps below to give this a go yourself:

    In AutoCAD save your DWG file. Note different versions of QGIS are compatible with different versions of AutoCAD.

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    In QGIS, choose Project > Import/Export > Import Layers from DWG/DXF.

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    Choose > Target Package, and then choose a location and specify a name for the new GeoPackage file that will be created to store the AutoCAD layers.

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    Next, choose the coordinate reference systems (CRS) that is applicable to the DWG data that you are importing. If you are unsure, then choose a world projection e.g.  – 4326

    Then in the Source Drawing, select the AutoCAD DWG file.

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    Finally, choose the Layers from the source DWG that you wish to import. You can choose one, many or all the source layers.

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    Remember to provide a Group Name. This is used to group the AutoCAD layers into a Group folder within your GeoPackage file. In this example we have called the group – Civils.

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    Choose OK and the AutoCAD layers are then imported into the GeoPackage file and opened into QGIS.

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    Compare the AutoCAD source DWG Layers and the QGIS GeoPackage Layer.

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