Adding an Image from a WMS (Web Map Service)

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You can incorporate web-based raster image data (such as satellite photographs) that have been published to a public web server using the WMS (Web Map Service) open standard developed by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). AutoCAD Map 3D supports WMS versions 1.1.0, 1.1.1, and 1.3.

Data from WMS web services can be used to provide background layers for your map. With WMS data, you take the data as it is; you cannot reproject it.

The number of Web Map Services (WMS) that implement OpenGIS interfaces on the Internet is increasing all the time, as more organizations adopt the open standards.

Once you have located some WMS data, determine the URL of the page that serves the published layers. Often, this is not a standard web page that you can open in a browser, but a page that has been programmed using a scripting language such as CGI, PHP, or ASP. A typical web server address looks like this:

Paste the address into the Data Connect window in AutoCAD Map 3D.


Websites that host web services appear and disappear or are under construction. Not all sites that you find will work perfectly (or at all).

You can also bring in web-based feature data.

Example WMS Image Sources

WMS Image Source Description Weather data Global SRTM and DTED data All types of data for the globe - soils, temperature, land cover, boundaries, etc. USGS orthographic and topographic maps Source of different types of data layers, such as boundaries, terrains, physiography, utilities, SRTM, etc. Various orthographic images for USA cities, for example, San Francisco, Reno, and Chattanooga. Various Canadian features - provincial boundaries, lakes, railroads, and more. Geospatial data from NGA (U.S.), Intevation (Germany) and OGC (U.S.) Geoscience Australia national geoscience datasets

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Adding an Image from a WMS (Web Map Service)