Autodesk Point Layout Basics

May 28, 2021 Heather Volk


**Please note: A license of Autodesk Point Layout is required to use the features below, and it must be assigned to the user in the Autodesk Account. **

When you launch your Autodesk product and go to the Points layout tab you will see the image below:

Click “Get License” and the ribbon will load.

Starting with the “Setup” section of the ribbon, the control points can be imported or set manually.

Manual: Click “Control Pts” and set a minimum of 3 points to triangulate the machine into place. Typically, you want to pull off of columns, known grid intersections or structural walls. If the deck is wide open, you may only need to set up once or twice to get all the shots in. It all depends on the size of the area and visibility of floorplan.

Set your point number start sequence, make sure it says the point role is Control Point and select Place points:

Hit “ESC” when finished and then select “Done.

Adding Points:

The next section on the ribbon is for adding points:

As you can see from the image above, points can be added manually, by curve/ line, selection, marking points, marking blocks and using CADmep points. (Note: CADmep .itms are “smart blocks” and already have points built into them.)

Select Manual:


Select ok. Add the type of points you need, set the number to start from, make sure the point role is set to “Stake Out” and select ok.

Repeat process for other types of points needed.


To export the points you will click on the “Export” button in the coordinate section of the ribbon:

Make sure the items in red are correct, select ok and then tell it where to save.

It will tell you how many points it exported:

Click ok and you are all set.


This post covered the basics of Point Layout. Stay tuned for future articles that will address more advanced features.

About the Author

Heather Volk

Sr. Technical Support Specialist, Building Solutions<br><br>Heather is responsible for responding to customer requests and helping them address technical challenges in a timely manner. She is an experienced Computer Aided Design Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. She has strong arts and design professional skills in AutoCAD, plumbing, computer aided design (CAD), project estimation, and facility management, and a history of providing training and technical support.

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