Creating implementation plans

After completing planning, it must be possible to issue the relevant documents. An adjustment of the display in the graphic may be necessary for this. For better legibility of the documents,

and for further processing on site,

Adding a label

Labels can be created for attaching to objects created during a planning process. The corresponding layers must be loaded in the display model and adjusted accordingly. Label properties can be edited in the Map 3D Infrastructure Administrator under Data model. There, you can also specify whether labels should be created automatically—with the creation of the object—or manually.

Automatic label creation

Start the project in Map 3D Administrator and open the properties of a specific label in the data model with the context menu.


The automatic creation of a label during object creation can be activated.


Adjusting a label in the display model

The display of the text in the graphic is controlled in the display model.


Text properties such as font, text height, rotation, color and orientation can be adjusted.

Creating new label definitions

If the label definitions are missing for individual attributes, these must be created in the Map 3D Infrastructure Administrator. You can find out more here.
Select the required feature class under Data model in the corresponding topic. Right-click to open the context menu, where a new label definition can be created.


Edit the label properties in the form and confirm with OK.


1. Specify a name for the label.
2. Option for automatically creating the label.
3. SQL query for label content.
4. Open SQL wizard to create a query.
5. Select statement for entering the higher-layer geometry.
6. Positioning of the text in relation to the object.
7. The position of the text insertion mark relative to the text box can be defined in the orientation.

Connection between new label and display model

The connection to the new label can now be created in the display model.
1. Click on Data and select “Connect to data”.


2. Select the industry model.
3. Select the appropriate feature class. All label feature classes have the suffix “_TBL”.


4. Clicking the “Add to map” button adds the layers to the display model. The stylization of the layers can be specified.

Adjusting the display model

There are several options in the display model for displaying planned and existing databases.
On the one hand, separate display models can be stored and loaded accordingly.
On the other hand, layers can be loaded multiple times within a display model and can be displayed differently according to certain attributes, e.g., status = planning.
These methods have the advantage that planned and existing objects can be displayed independently of one another.
In addition, the display can be stylized via different thematic rules for a layer. The layer can then be displayed or not independently of these rules.

You can find out more about this under “General principles” > “Display model”.

Creating plans

Before plans can be output to a printer/plotter, a template file (DWG or DWT format) should be created in which the desired layouts with the required paper formats and text fields are stored.
Open this template in Map 3D. You can now switch to the prepared layouts and print the planned areas. Output is possible to a printer/plotter as well as in PDF format.

Creating a template

Open a new drawing file.


Create blocks for the legend and the text field. Enter the required lines, texts and attributes in corresponding, separate layers. Add images if necessary.



Define the text style using the DDSTYLE or _STYLE command in the dialog that opens.


You have the option of editing existing text styles or creating new ones.
Insert texts using the TEXT command. There are 2 choices:

  • Select the text style you want to use with S or the default text style will be used.
  • Specify the position of the text in the graphic.
  • Enter the text height.
  • Enter the angle of rotation.
  • Enter the content of the text.


Define a new attribute with the “ATTDEF” command.


1. Select the options in Mode.
2. Specify an insertion point using coordinates or define it in the graphic.
3. Define the designation, input prompt and, if applicable, select a default from the list.
4. Select the text options of the attribute.

If the “Define on screen” option has been selected for insertion point, the insertion point of the attribute must be defined in the graphic after closing the dialog.


Digitize the lines on the corresponding layer with the required colors, line types and widths.

Pay attention to the selected object snap (switch on and off with F3 or with CTRL + right mouse button).

Work in the ortho mode (switch on and off using F8).


Using the MAPIINSERT command or clicking the “Insert image” button in the Insert tab in the Image group opens the dialog for inserting an image.


Selecting the image file:


Input values for the image correlation:

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Make sure that the units for the image are the same as in the drawings where the image is to be used.
2a. Specify an insertion point using coordinates, enter an angle of rotation and a scale
2b. define the insertion point in the graphic. If the insertion point has been selected in the graphic, the angle of rotation and the scaling must then be specified.
A color for the image frame can be selected.
With the IMAGEFRAME command, the display of the frame is controlled by 3 values:

0 The image frame is not displayed or plotted. The image cannot be selected via the frame!
1 The image frame is displayed and plotted.
2 The picture frame is displayed but not plotted.


Creating a block

Start creating a block using the BLOCK command or the “Create” button on the “Insert” tab in the AutoCAD block group.


This will open the dialog for the block definition:


1. Enter a name for the block.
2. Specify an insertion point using coordinates or define it in the graphic.
3. Select the objects in the graphic or select them via filter options.
4. Specify what is to happen to the block components.
5. Define the behavior of the block.
6. Select the units set in the drawings where the block is to be used.
7. You can enter a description for the block.
8. The block created can then be opened and edited in the Block editor.
9. Click OK to create the block.

Design a layout

Specify the paper size for the layout.


New layouts can be created, existing layouts can be edited and layouts of other files can be imported.


The page-setup manager will open for you to make changes.


1. Select a printer/plotter.
2. The plotter-configuration dialog opens.
3. Select the paper format from the list.
4. The plot area can be selected, but should be set to Layout.
5. The orientation of the drawing can be selected.

Additional settings can be used. Click OK to create the layout accordingly.


The dashed lines indicate the area that can be plotted.

Creating a viewport

A new viewport can be created using the MANSFEN command or in the Layout tools tab in the Viewports group.


Digitize the viewport within the printable area. Ensure that the Ortho mode is activated. Do not include the legend and the text field in the preview window.


Double-click within the viewport to zoom in on the area to be printed.


The objects are displayed according to the display model.

Creating plans (PDF/plot)

After importing or creating the desired layout, you can print the planned areas.
With a double-click within the viewport, the scale can be set in a drop-down list or via the Zoom command and, for example, Window, Borders or 1xp (for 1:1000). However, the scale can also be selected from a list of scales in the bottom of Map 3D (below the command bar).


If the area has been selected and the display model has possibly been adjusted, you must switch back to the layout mode. This is done by double-clicking outside the page or by clicking on the model at the bottom edge of Map 3D:


This switches to the paper pane immediately:


Open the plot manager:


The settings can be adjusted:


Click “OK” to print the layout.

Creating splice and occupancy plans

Different reports and splice plans/overviews can be created for planned closures and terminators.

Creating reports

Start creating a report with the button in the lower area of the form.
Select the desired report from the list:


The reports can be created for the selected record or all records in the filter.


Creating splice plans and overviews

The following plans and overviews can be created in the Overviews/Reports menu.

FO Terminator FO Closure
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The grouped splice plan is opened in a new drawing:


The detailed splice plan is opened in a new drawing:


The grouped splice overview is opened in an overview:


The detailed splice overview is opened in the FO splice overview:


The splice illustration is created in the graphic as a separate feature class according to the display model:


CO Overview

If you want to check and output the network path from the head end to the connected building, open the CO Overview / tabular fiber-path overview.

Start the “Create CO overview” workflow under the Planning workflows. Select a switching point or an FO terminator in the graphic.
The tabular fiber-path overview opens with all the information about the objects of a network path:





Different filters with variable placeholders can be used.
The CO overview can be exported to an Excel table via a button.

Documentation Pack can be used for an automated output of diagrams and overviews. More information on this can be found in “General principles” > “DocPack”.