Measuring Irregular Areas in AutoCAD

AutoCAD offers a variety of ways to find the area of drawn shapes. September 1, 2010

How can I measure the area of an irregular work piece in AutoCAD 2007?

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From contributor D:
Area is a property of AcDbPolyline. If you convert your entities to polylines, then join them using the pedit command, you can retrieve the area by using the list command or via lisp.

(defun c:getarea ()
(vla-get-area (vlax-ename->vla-object (car (entsel))))

From contributor S:
You don't even have to join them. Just type "area" at the command line and start picking points, but you need to close the area or it won't be accurate. If you are close, it will be close.

From contributor K:
Make polyline, then click on it to select, then open properties box and under geometry tab, look at area line - it displays right there.

From the original questioner:
Thanks - the properties menu was great.

From contributro J:
We did shop drawings for a project that required us to track total sq. ft. of various acrylic materials and solid surface materials. We used hatch to calculate each area as well as total areas of each material type.

Just hatch each area type with a different hatch pattern. From there you can select each area or even groups and use the properties tool to get the square inches, etc. This thread reminded me of drafting that project.

From contributro V:
The best trick is to use the "bpoly" command. Once you do this with a closed area, it automatically creates a polyline that you then use the area command on.

From contributro M:
1. Open AutoCAD program and make sure all toggle buttons on bottom of screen are not selected.

2. Drag the .pdf file of the site plan into AutoCADís Model viewing page.

3. For the following prompts use:
a. 1 for page number
b. 0 for intersection point
c. # of feet per inch complimenting scale on plan (example: type 20 for 1Ē=20í)
d. 0 for rotation

4. Right click on the screen, select Zoom.

5. Right click again on the screen, select Zoom Extents. Press Esc.

6. Zoom in and out of the site plan with the scroll up/down on the mouse. Pan around site plan by holding down scroll button on mouse and moving mouse to desired direction.

7. Under Home tab on top of screen, select Polyline tool under Draw section.

8. Starting at a corner, go around the edge of either the earth disturbance line or site limit line and left click on the mouse to make a point. If you plot a point you didnít mean to, just hit control + z to go back one point.

9. When getting close to the end of completing the enclosed object, type c or close to finish and press Esc.

10. By selecting the object just created you can move the points around to be more exact.

11. Type area in the command window, enter o for object, and select enclosed object. Area and perimeter reading will appear in command output box.