Combine Geospatial Features and Drawing Objects

AutoCAD Map 3D software integrates computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) data. After working with the data, you can maintain it in a DWG™ file, convert it to an external file, or move it into a spatial database.

DWG Data

Maps are saved in DWG format. Open an AutoCAD drawing directly, or attach drawings and query in just the objects you want.

  • Combine feature data from a spatial database with objects from CAD drawings, raw geometry from a spreadsheet, and raster images.
  • Features and objects are automatically transformed to the coordinate system used in the map.

Spatial Data

Connect to the data to include.

  • Directly access and edit spatial data in files and databases.
  • Without data translations, data integrity is ensured.
  • Connect to publicly available web services such as Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS).

Raster Images

Add aerial photos, contour maps, and DEM surfaces.

  • Georeferenced images are displayed in the correct location.
  • Surface rasters are draped over your elevations.

Connect to the data from the Task pane.

  • Select the data source.
  • Select the feature classes to add to your map.
  • Each feature class you add becomes a layer in the Display Manager.

The layers in Display Manager represent the data sources to which this map is connected. The Data Table lets you edit the information for individual items in a layer.

Import Data

You can import data, rather than connecting to it. Importing breaks the connection to the source and adds a “snapshot” of the data to your map. If the data changes after that, you will not see any changes in your map unless you import the data again. There is no way to update imported data in its source. Similarly, when you export data, you export the current data only. The connection to the live data is lost.

When you import data, you can structure it in your map. Assign data to layers or object classes. Add attribute data to object data tables. Assign a coordinate system. Specify that points come in as points, text, or blocks.

You can read, write, and convert data between standard formats. For a list of supported formats, see the following topics:

Integrate Database Information

Join CAD objects to commonly used databases using link templates. Join geospatial data to ODBC data stores and databases using joins.

When you join a database to a feature layer, the properties from both data stores are available to that layer for theming and other purposes.

Add Survey Data

Bring in points you exported from Autodesk Civil 3D (LandXML) or ASCII data from a GPS device.

Use the Survey tab to import and organize survey data

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