1.1.1 Drawing Overlay - Align & Position

Align & Position tool for Drawing Overlay

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Available for the Following Roles: All Roles

Use the Align & Position tool to scale and position your drawings or images, which can then be used as a reference point for everything else in your site plan.2024-06-03_10-21-30.png

The Align & Position feature allows you to precisely place your drawing onto a map or scene by matching anchor points. To use this feature, you need to identify two distinct matching objects/points on both your drawing and the map/scene as reference anchors. Here's how to do it:

  1. Select anchor points on your drawing: Choose two distinct points on your drawing that you can also identify on your map or scene.

  2. Match points on the map/site plan: Identify and select the same two points on your map or site plan.

How Align and Position Works

  • Upload a drawing
    • Click "Project Setup" → click "Drawing overlay" → click "Upload File" and your drawing will load in the scene with side sheet open.
    • If you already have a drawing uploaded, right click on the drawing and click "Edit" and side sheet will appear.
  • Accessing Align & Position:
    • Click on the "Align & Position" option from the toolbar.

    • 💡TIP: Temporary hide all surrounding buildings from the map to make it easy to see the image on your map.

  • Entering the Interface:
    • Upon clicking, a split-screen interface appears.
    • The left side displays the map, while the right side shows the drawing.
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  • Identify and place alignment points:
    • To begin, you need to pick two locations where your map and drawing have matching identifiable shapes/points to reference.
    • As you add the anchor points to the map and drawing the drawing will begin to locate itself on the map (position, rotation, and scale).
    • Once placed, you can drag the points around to adjust their location, and the drawing will update accordingly.
    • To confirm that your drawing is properly placed, you can drag the opacity slider back and forth while looking at the map view.


  • For the 1st step, you can place the first anchor point (D1) on either the drawing side or or move your cursor on the left map side to place the 1st map point M1 (1).
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  • Placing just D1 and M1 will still position your drawing, but it will not rotate or scale the drawing  and it will generally be less accurate than using all four points.

  • Slide the opacity control back and forth to check how accurately it aligns with the map.
  • When the "Lock Scale" checkbox is selected, your drawing will maintain its original scale. This allows you to use other tools to adjust the scale and then use the Align & Position tool to fine-tune the position and rotation.

  • Confirmation:
    • Once all four points (D1, M1, D2, M2) are placed, the drawing aligns and positions itself on the map. Press the "Confirm" button to complete the process and return to the drawing sheet.

Repositioning Points:

  • To reposition any point, locate the "Reposition" icon on the respective point card. 

  • Click the icon to activate the marker, and it will allow you to edit your placement of that marker. 

Updating Map Point Coordinates

Use this option if you prefer to use coordinates to scale and position your drawing.

  • Under the "Map Point Coordinates" section, you can update the coordinates for your points. Once M1 and M2 are set, the field becomes enabled, allowing you to enter coordinates. This lets you geolocate your drawing if you know the coordinate systems of two points on the map.

Initially, this field is disabled until the map points (M1 and M2) are defined.

Adjusting Split Screen

You can adjust your split screen to customize the screen sizes based on your preference and workflow needs.

  • Within the split-screen interface, locate the icon button at the center for adjusting screen alignment.
  • Click on the button, initiating the adjustment mode.
  • By sliding left or right, you can expand or shrink the respective screens accordingly.




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