Exercise 1: Create a map

Create a map file using a standard template. Assign a coordinate system. Any data you add to your map is converted to that coordinate system.

To create a map

  1. Before you begin this tutorial, see Lesson 1: Get Ready to Use the Tutorials.
  2. From your desktop or the Start menu, start AutoCAD Map 3D (if it is not already running).
  3. Click and click New Drawing.
  4. In the Select Template dialog box, select map2d.dwt and click Open.

    Select map2d.dwt

    This file is an AutoCAD template that is set up to work with two-dimensional maps in AutoCAD Map 3D.

  5. Assign a coordinate system for your map.
    • In the Task pane, click the Map Explorer tab.
    • In Map Explorer, right-click Current Drawing and click Coordinate System.

      Set the coordinate system from the Task pane.

    • In the Assign Global Coordinate System dialog box, for Code, enter CA-I . (Enter the letters CA, hyphen, letter I.)

      Specify the code for your coordinate system.

      NoteTo find the code for a particular coordinate system, click Select Coordinate System in this dialog box and select a coordinate system by category. Use the Properties button to see information about different coordinate systems until you find the one for your map.
    • Click OK.

View a Demonstration

Click the arrow button in the picture to see how to set the coordinate system for a map: