#computer_aided_design, #CAD, #drawings_automation

Project description

The project aims to automate the collection of information from an AutoCAD drawing, transform the data, and generate Excel files depending on the type of data obtained. The software also performs various kinds of calculations based on the received data from the drawing before generating an Excel file from it.

Project summary

Business goal:
to automate the collection of information from an AutoCAD drawing
1 developer, 1 project manager
Applied technologies:
C#, .NET WPF, .NET AutoCAD API, Windows Forms

Business Challenge

In industries reliant on AutoCAD drawings, extracting relevant information for analysis and reporting purposes often involves manual processes that are time-consuming and prone to errors. Engineers and designers spend significant time extracting data from drawings, performing calculations, and organizing information into usable formats such as Excel spreadsheets.

These manual tasks not only hinder productivity but also increase the risk of inaccuracies in data interpretation. Recognizing these challenges, the Dwg2ExcelExporter project aimed to develop a solution to automate the extraction, transformation, and generation of Excel files from AutoCAD drawings, streamlining processes and enhancing data accuracy.


The Dwg2ExcelExporter project offers a sophisticated software solution designed to automate the collection of information from AutoCAD drawings and generate Excel files tailored to specific data types. The software leverages advanced algorithms to extract data from drawings, transform it as necessary, and perform calculations to derive meaningful insights before exporting to Excel.

Key features of the Dwg2ExcelExporter software include:

  • Automated Data Extraction: The software systematically scans AutoCAD drawings, extracting relevant information based on predefined criteria. This automation eliminates the need for manual data extraction, saving time and reducing the risk of errors.
  • Data Transformation: Upon extraction, the software transforms the raw data as required, ensuring compatibility with Excel formatting standards. This transformation process may include converting units, formatting data structures, or applying predefined rules to enhance data clarity and usability.
  • Calculation Engine: The software incorporates a powerful calculation engine capable of performing various types of calculations based on the extracted data. These calculations may include geometric measurements, material quantities, cost estimations, or other relevant analyses, providing valuable insights for decision-making.
  • Excel File Generation: Once the data extraction, transformation, and calculations are complete, the software generates Excel files customized to the type of data obtained. The Excel files are structured and formatted for easy interpretation, allowing users to visualize and analyze the information efficiently.

CAD software, computer-aided design, cad optimisation

Delivered Results

The implementation of the Dwg2ExcelExporter software has yielded significant benefits for industries reliant on AutoCAD drawings:

  • Increased Efficiency: Automation of data extraction and Excel file generation has streamlined processes, significantly reducing the time and effort required for manual tasks. Engineers and designers can now focus their time on higher-value activities, enhancing overall productivity.
  • Enhanced Data Accuracy: By eliminating manual data entry and reducing human intervention, the software has minimized the risk of errors in data extraction and calculations. This enhanced accuracy improves the reliability of reports and analyses derived from AutoCAD drawings.
  • Improved Decision-Making: The software’s ability to perform complex calculations and generate customized Excel files empowers stakeholders with valuable insights for decision-making. Engineers, project managers, and other stakeholders can access comprehensive data analyses efficiently, enabling informed decisions and optimized outcomes.

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