Legacy Duct CADDuct BIM Connect

This process will allow you to import a single zone or an entire job without having to do any manual takeoff. After importing, you can create reports for the information as if you had taken off the items manually.


  1. QuoteSoft Duct version 3.14 or newer
  2. Purchase CAD Connect Module for CADDuct
  3. TXT file from CADDuct
  4. CSVEXPORT unlocked in CADDuct

Export Process from CADDuct

  1. Copy IEX file to appropriate location
    1. CADDuct's exporter gives users full control over what and how a duct's information is exported.
    2. These options are contained in an IEX file. You should have been provided with a QEOut.IEX to use for exporting. If you do not have this file please contact chrisblair@quotesoft.com.
    3. Copy QEOut.IEX to \MAPSoftware\PMShared\Reports. This will be located in the server folder you have setup for your CADDuct program. If you have CAMDuct or ESTDuct they can use this same file to read in our required export options; the file only needs to be located in this one place for all 3 programs to read it.
  2. Command: CSVEXPORT
    1. Open CADDuct, select some ductwork, and type CSVEXPORT into the command line to start the export process.
    2. If you have followed step 1 correctly you will see QEOut as an option in the export window.
    3. Select QEOut as your desired export style and hit Next until you are prompted to save the file export and it will create a comma delimited TXT file that contains the duct data.

Mapping Accessory Items

Prior to actually importing a file you will want to "scan" a file and map accessory items to ensure all items are imported. By default all stock duct and fitting items we are currently aware of in the CADDuct program are mapped to our stock items. This "stock" mapping is based on the CID coming from CADDuct. If you are importing an item with a CID not in our list of stock items the importer will consider it an accessory item (you can contact chrisblair@quotesoft.com for this list of stock items currently mapped); if this accessory item is not mapped to a QuoteSoft Duct accessory item then it will not be imported. The steps to map accessory items are below:

  1. Create a temporary job
  2. Create a temporary zone with the accessory file you would like to use
    1. Any pressure class file can be used
  3. Inside the zone go to BIM->Cad-Connect
  4. Click the Scan Map Cad File button and select the TXT file you would like to scan.
    1. You will then see a dialog box if there are items that need to be mapped.
    2. The left column shows you the items from CADDuct that do not have a corresponding QuoteSoft Duct item.
    3. Simply select an item in the left column and then select the accessory item from the green section you would like to map.
    4. It is not necessary to map every item. There could be CADDuct items that do not have a corresponding QuoteSoft Duct item. This is based on the particular accessory file being used.
    5. Once you have finished mapping the items click the Save and Close button; the program will remember the specified mapping in the future and will only need to be updated should the user desire it.
  5. It is a good idea to scan every CADDuct file you are importing to ensure all items are mapped.

File Import Process

  1. Create a Job named CADDuct Import Tutorial
    1. The rest of the job fields do not matter to this tutorial and can be ignored
  2. Create a Zone named CADDuct1
    1. The rest of the zone fields do not matter to this tutorial and can be ignored
    2. Use your standard setup
  3. Go to BIM->Cad-Connect
  4. Click "Scan Map Cad File" button and follow the Mapping Accessory Items steps above
  5. Click "Import Map Cad File" button
  6. Browse to location of your TXT file and import the file
  7. You will now be prompted to either import All items or Specific items
    1. Choosing Specific items will all you to narrow your import down to shape and type. For example, to import only Rectangular Duct click Specific, then Rectangular Only, then Duct Only.
  8. You will need to map the pressure class files.
  9. QuoteSoft Duct will now import the items
    1. If there are errors with the import you will be prompted to view the exception list at the end which will show any item that did not import correctly and the reason for the error.
  10. At this point the import process is complete. Items listed in the Exception List will need to be hand input or mapped to an accessory item and reimported. To map an item to an accessory follow the Mapping Accessory Items steps above.

For more information on this process please call 800-813-7020 and speak with Chris Blair, or email him at chrisblair@quotesoft.com.

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