Skip to Content

BrianZ's Golf Course Design Resource

DXF Tool

First put the DXF file in the correct folder:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\CustomPortal\Resources\DXF
Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\CustomPortal\Resources\DXF

DXF Tool Dialog Box

  1. From the main menu go to Options > Game and set the units of measurement to match what your DEM uses. Use metric if the DEM resolution is in meters. You can change it back to your preferred units after the DXF mesh import is complete.
  2. Open up a new plot in CPG.
  3. Go to Tools > DXF. The dialog box above opens.
  4. Click on Open DXF.
  5. Open the DXF folder, find your DXF file, and click OK. The mesh is now displayed.
  6. Drag the corners of the plot to approximately fit the mesh. You can move the dialog box out of the way if needed by clicking on its top bar and dragging it. If you are not using a satellite image that is matched in size with your plot then this is close enough and you can skip to step 12.
  7. Right click on one of the corners of the plot, go to View, and select Zoom To.
  8. Click and hold the mouse button on the corner of the plot. While still holding the mouse button, move the view with the Q, A, and arrow keys until the corner of the mesh is centered on the screen.
    DXF Mesh Corner
  9. Move the corner point of the plot on top of the corner of the mesh and release the mouse button.
  10. Right click on the plot, go to View and select Zoom To.
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 with the other 3 corners of the plot. Your plot now matches the DXF mesh exactly.
  12. Under Meshes select your mesh and click Import Mesh.
  13. Importing takes as much as 10-15 minutes depending on your computer and the size of the mesh.
  14. When import is complete close the dialog box.

If you go to Layers > Height you now see the elevations. You may have rough edges on the plot but this is easily fixed by moving the corners of the plot in. However do not do this yet if you have an image you want to use with the Blueprint Tool that is exactly the same size as the plot.

Back to CPG Importing Tutorial Main Page