Searching For and Selecting Features
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

To search for and select features

  1. Make sure that you are connected to the feature sources for the feature layers you are searching.

    For more information, see Bringing in GIS Features.

  2. Click Home tabData panelSearch. At the Command prompt, enter mapsearch.
  3. In the Search dialog box, click Add Layer to select the layers to search.
  4. If you are creating a location condition, click Zoom Extents to zoom the drawing window to the extents of the selected feature classes.
  5. Create an expression for your search. You can create the following types of expressions:
    • Property Evaluation expressions compare the value of a property to a value you specify. For example, you can find parcels with an area greater than a value you specify, or streets with a particular number of lanes.
    • Location Conditions find data based on its location in the map. For example, you can draw a circle to find all parcels within that circle.

    You can save your expression for reuse.

  6. To create a complex property evaluation, insert an AND or OR operator, and then insert another property, operator, and value combination.

    Every operator must be preceded by a property. For example, to find parcels whose last purchase date is after 1990 and before 2005, the expression must look like this:

    Purchase_Date > 1990 AND Purchase_Date < 2005

  7. Validate your expression.
  8. When the expression is complete and valid, click OK.

    When AutoCAD Map 3D has completed the search, it highlights both the selected rows in the Data Table and the associated features on your map.