Failing opening dwg-file from architect in sketchup pro


I am having trouble opening dwg-files from my custumers archictect. When i try to import the file i click “import” - - i change format to "autocad files dwg - and i have also tried to change the configure settings - “preserve drawing origin” on and of. This is the message i get when i open the files:

message : Some imported geometry is extremely far from the
model origin. If you experience any instability with
your SketchUp model, please delete that geometry
from your .dwg/.dxf file and import again.

AutoCAD Entities Imported:

Layers:		17

AutoCAD Entities Simplified:

AutoCAD Entities Ignored:

Anonymous Blocks:		10

I have asked my custumer if the archictect would delete unesesary data, but the new files i received have the same problem as the first ones. Could someone help me out with these files - how should i proceed? : )

Are any of the files ones you could share? If all the info is in anonymous blocks you would need to open the file in AutoCad and use some third party AutoCad extension to un-anonymise them.

Hi! i tried to attach the files but it did not work - so here is a we-transfer link:

Very kind of you to check where the problem is :slight_smile:

The drawing are in Paper space (Layout - dwg file). I copied it into Model space, then imported it into SketchUp

aha! Do you know if i can solve it in scethcup? i do not have model space, only sketchup. All the best,

You could try importing to LayOut. Not at SketchUp now, so I cannot give it a go.

Follow Anssi’s advice and import the dwgs into LayOut, and then export them as DWG for SketchUp. Check that box.

Exporting from LayOut

Imported in SketchUp

Hi! Thank you for your help! :slight_smile: Somehow i only get the 2D-format, and not f.eks the wall heights. Is this also what you see when trying to import the file?

Yes. AutoCad paper space is 2D only.
If the architects have done the design as a 3D model, you could ask them for that. I could not guess from the DWG which software was used to export it (might be Archicad or Vectorworks).

They can send me 3D-files. Which format should the architect save the file in in order for me to open it as 3d? :slight_smile:

So it is Archicad! They can view the project in a 3D window and save it from there directly as a SketchUp file.

Yes :slight_smile: he could only save it as a file-type mentioned in the screenshot i sendt unfortunatly :-/

Because he is looking at the model in plan or elevation view. You need to be in a perspective or iso view. I know as I am a daily user of Archicad.

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Thank you for good help! you really helped me out :slight_smile: now i have the files and can open them