Exercise 4: Use Data Connect

Use Data Connect to connect your map to a file containing parcel data.

Use the Data Connect window to attach any non-DWG data source:

Data Connect displays information about all attached non-DWG data sources, even if you did not use Data Connect to attach them. For example, the SDF file you dragged and dropped into your map is listed in the Data Connect window.

NoteThis exercise uses the BuildMap1.dwg map you created and modified in the previous exercises.

To use Data Connect

  1. If you have not already done so, copy the \Program Files\AutoCAD Map 3D 2010\Help\Map 3D Tutorials folder to My Documents.
    NoteThe location of My Documents varies, depending on your operating system. For Microsoft Windows XP, it is usually C:\MyDocuments. For Microsoft Vista, it might be C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\Map 3D Tutorials.
  2. In the BuildMap1.dwg file, in Display Manager, click Data Connect to Data.
  3. Under Data Connections By Provider, select Add SDF Connection.
  4. Click the file icon next to Source File.
  5. Navigate to the folder in My Documents where you copied the sample files and select PARCELS.SDF. Click Open.
  6. Click Connect to add the parcel data file as a data source.

    Under Add Data To Map, Parcels is selected.

    The coordinate system for this feature class is displayed next to its name. If this information was incorrect, you could click the current coordinate system listing to see a down arrow and select a different coordinate system.

    NoteChange the incoming coordinate system only if you know the original coordinate system for the feature—do not change the coordinate system to match your map. AutoCAD Map 3D automatically converts each feature from its own coordinate system into the coordinate system for the current map. If you change the coordinate system, the conversion might not be correct.
  7. Click Add To Map.

    In the Data Connect window, connect to a data provider and then select the feature class you want.

    When you click Add To Map, a layer called Parcels is displayed in the list in the Display Manager. A layer can be styled, saved, displayed, or hidden, independent of other layers in your map.

  8. Save your work. Click Save.

To continue this tutorial, go to Exercise 5: Add a raster image.