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:
- Database formats, such as ArcSDE, Oracle,
or SQL Server
- An ODBC source, such as Microsoft Access
- A raster file
- Web-based sources such as WMS or WFS
- Spatial data files, such as SDF and SHP
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.
exercise uses the BuildMap1.dwg map
you created and modified in the previous exercises.
To use Data Connect
- If you have not already done so, copy
the \Program Files\AutoCAD Map 3D 2010\Help\Map
3D Tutorials folder to My
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.
- In the BuildMap1.dwg file,
in Display Manager,
click Data Connect
- Under Data Connections By
Provider, select Add SDF Connection.
- Click the file icon next to Source
- Navigate to the folder in My Documents where you copied the
sample files and select PARCELS.SDF. Click Open.
- Click Connect to
add the parcel data file as a data source.
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.
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
- 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.
- Save your work. Click Save.
To continue this tutorial,
go to Exercise 5: Add a raster image.