I recently had a conversation about configuring CI where I was asked, what exactly does a mapping record do? So I thought I would try to answer that here.
A CAD Mapping record is setup in IBM TRIRIGA to retrieve information from a drawing using CAD Integrator (CI). This information is the basic information used to create a draft record, as well as area values for specific spaces and floor areas. Easiest way I can explain this is, the mapping record is used by CI to capture the drawing data and use that information to either create or update a record in IBM TRIRIGA.
For example, in a Floor Mapping record it asks for Name, Gross, and Measured Gross values. The floor record typically, or most of the time, will have already been created in the Application already. So with this scenario in mind:
The CAD Floor Mapping record will tell CAD Integrator what information is used for the Name of the record (which is pulled from the Floor Selection), for the Gross Area of the record (pulled from the Gross boundary polyline) and for the Measured Gross (also pulled from a boundary polyline). These are the 3 elements needed to update the Floor record with the current information from the drawing. CI then passes this information to the database, and updates the Floor record with these three values, and if selected, a published graphic as well.
Hope this helps some.