AutoCAD Map 3D supports up
to ArcView version 3.2 and 8.x.
About SHP Files
ESRI SHP files store
both geometry and attributes (data) for features. A single shape
can have as many as five physical files with the same filename,
but different file extensions:
- .shp— Geometric
data. Data for multiple points, polylines, and polygons can be stored
in one SHP file, but each SHP file can store only one type of geometry.
For example, a line SHP file can contain data for rivers, roads, and
- .shx — A
geometric index to the map features, which can be used by some applications
to find features in disparate sections of a large map.
- .dbf— Attribute
data associated with the map features.
and coordinate system data. This file is created only if your map
has an assigned coordinate system.
the index field for the related SHP file, which is the unique identifier
for each entity in the SHP file.
By default, AutoCAD Map 3D considers
SHP files a multi-select, file-based format, that is, you select
one or more individual .shp files
during a single import process. You can change the default in the mapimport.ini file so that AutoCAD Map 3D considers
SHP files a folder-based format (all files in the folder are included
in the import) or a single-select format (only one file can be selected
When importing SHP files,
it is important that you have the complete set of .shp, .shx, and .dbf in the same folder. The import
operation will work if you have only the .shp file,
but only the geometries will be imported. To import data with its
geometry, you need the full set of files.
The link to the data
stored in the .dbf file
can be maintained during the import operation, or the data can be
imported into object data in the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing.
You can import TEXTSTRING
information from SHP classes you bring back into AutoCAD Map 3D by importing
points as text.
SHP files do not include
color information. Imported objects have the same color as the AutoCAD Map 3D layer.
Point symbols, line styles,
and fill styles are not maintained when importing from SHP files.
Before the translation, put these items into one or more fields in
the associated database so you can reassign the display properties
of the graphical objects using these values in the drawing file.
SHP does not have import