Overview of Converting Geospatial Data to Drawing Objects
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

To import data from other formats

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Import data from an Oracle or ArcSDE data source. Click Insert tabImport panelMap Import. At the Command prompt, enter mapimportfdo.

      You cannot use the rest of this procedure. Instead, see Importing From Oracle or Importing From ESRI ArcSDE.

    • Import an SDF file. Click Insert tabImport panelMap Import .
    • If you are importing an Autodesk SDF 2 file, click Insert tabImport panelSDF2.

      Do not follow the rest of this procedure. Instead, see Importing Autodesk SDF 2.

    • Import a DXF file. Click Open Drawing. Change Files of Type to DXF.

      Select the file you want and click Open. Do not follow the rest of this procedure.

    • Import any other file type. Click Insert tabImport panelMap Import .

      Continue with the following steps.

  2. In the Import Location dialog box, under Files Of Type, select the format of the map to import.
  3. Select the file or folder to import. Click OK.
  4. For formats with additional options, in the Import dialog box, click Driver Options.

    For more information about the formats with additional options and their associated driver options, see one of the following:

    NoteChange any driver options before you modify other settings in the Import options dialog box. Changing driver options can invalidate other changes you have made in this dialog box.
  5. In the Import dialog box, under Spatial Filter, specify whether to limit the area where data will be imported:
    • None — Place no area limits on the incoming file.
    • Current Display — Limit the import to the current drawing area.
    • Define Window — Limit the import to an area you define. To use this option, click Select. Respond to the prompts to define the area.
  6. Specify the import settings for each input layer (sometimes called a theme, level, or file).
    • Drawing Layer— Select a target layer for each layer in the incoming file.
    • Object Class— Assign incoming objects to an existing object class and map incoming attribute data to the data fields in the object class. The Object Class fields are available only if you have object classes defined in your map. For more information about setting up object classes, see Setting Up Object Classification.
    • Input Coordinate System— Specify the coordinate system of the incoming file. If the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing has a coordinate system assigned to it, incoming objects are converted to the coordinate system of the drawing.
    • Data— For each layer, specify how to import data.
    • Points— For each layer, specify how to treat incoming point objects.
    Note If you import points that you assigned to an object class with a creation method of Blocks, use the Points column to convert the points to blocks so the objects can be classified. Object classification does not automatically convert points to blocks.
  7. By default, polygons are imported as polygon objects. To import them as closed polylines, select Import Polygons As Closed Polylines.
  8. If you assigned incoming objects to object classes and want to use the object class defaults for any incoming data that is out of the defined object class range, select Use Class Defaults For Out Of Range Values.

    If you do not select this option, incoming data will be imported as is, which may include some out of range values. If you later view the data on the Object Class tab of the Properties palette, AutoCAD Map 3D automatically modifies the data, using defaults as needed, so that the data is in range and properly classified.

  9. To save your settings as a profile, click Save. Saved profiles can be loaded when you import other files, and they can be used to automate command-line scripts.
  10. Click OK to begin the import process.

If you cancel the Import operation, all objects imported prior to canceling will remain in the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing. You can delete these objects and any associated data.

Notes and Warnings