[QGIS-pt] Crowd funding project for reading CAD documents in ‪QGIS‬

Giovanni Manghi giovanni.manghi at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 11:19:29 PST 2015


Local governments on the municipality or provincial level often have to
deal with DXF/DWG/DGN documents delivered from architects, urban planners
or engineering companies. As an example, cadastral or utility offices or
companies often have to import CAD documents to either check deliveries
about correctness or import selected objects into their central database.
Another requirement is being able to visualize planned objects, such as
buildings or bridges alongside with the cadastral data.

QGIS lacks proper import of CAD data so far – DXF files can only be
imported on very basic levels (without styling and labelling), DWG files
can’t be imported at all.

A requirements document has been written to implement import of DXF/DWG
(and potentially also DGN) files into QGIS, while maintaining styling,
labeling, 3D, curves and blocks.

The company Norbit, with Jürgen Fischer, submitted an offer. Jürgen is a
long-term QGIS developer and QGIS.ORG board member. Norbit has extensive
experience with bridging GIS and CAD.

The plan is to use the Teigha library of the OpenDesign Alliance (ODA) to
read the CAD documents. Either QGIS.ORG or OSGeo would become a member of
the ODA, to get access to the source code and for distributing the Teigha
libraries with QGIS binaries.

At this time we are looking for organisations or companies that help
funding the effort. The offer from Norbit is over 32k €. *We are looking
for institutional crowd funders with minimum contributions of 1k Euros. If
you are interested in contributing, please contact by mail at andreas (at)
qgis (dot) org.*

Giovanni Manghi
giovanni.manghi at naturalgis.pt
* WebGIS development
* QGIS/PostGIS Training
* QGIS Support and Consulting
* QGIS development
Google+/Hangouts: giovanni.manghi at gmail.com
Giovanni is QGIS main tester and active member of its development team
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