Overview of Bringing In GIS Features
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

To access data through FDO

  1. Make sure that your feature source is set up correctly. If you have questions, refer to the Readme file.
  2. Find out your user name and password, if required.

    Your CAD Manager or Database Administrator can help you with this.

  3. Open or create the map that will include the data from this feature source.
  4. If you are working with data from various coordinate systems, assign a coordinate system to the current map. See Assigning a Coordinate System to the Current Drawing.

    AutoCAD Map 3D converts all the data you bring into this map to the assigned coordinate system. If you edit the data and save it back to its source, AutoCAD Map 3D converts it back to the original coordinate system.

  5. In Display Manager, click DataConnect To Data.
  6. In the left pane of the Data Connect window, select the feature source.
  7. In the right pane, enter a name for this connection and specify the information required to connect to the feature source. Click Connect.
  8. In the Add Data To Map section, under Schema, select the feature classes to include in your map.

    If this feature source contains only a single feature class, that feature class is selected automatically. If it contains multiple feature classes, you can right-click any of them and select Select All or Select None.

  9. If necessary, click Edit Coordinate Systems to specify the coordinate system for the incoming data.
  10. Click Add To Map.

    To bring in a subset of the data, click the down arrow and select Add To Map With Query. See Filtering Features When You Add Them to a Map. To filter data after you’ve added the data to your map, see Filtering Feature Layers.

Features from the selected feature classes appear in your map. You can style, theme, and edit the features.

If you need additional properties related to this data, you can connect additional data to a feature source layer using a join.