Category: Map 3D

AutoCAD® Map 3D mapping software is the leading engineering platform for creating and managing spatial data. AutoCAD Map 3D geospatial software bridges CAD and GIS by providing direct access to data and enables the use of AutoCAD® software tools for maintaining a broad variety of design and geospatial information.

Georeferenced DWF Files

I have come to rely on my power users.  Just the other day one of my power users (Michael Elander) came to me asking about georeferenced DWF’s.  To be frankly honest my knowledge of georeferenced DWF’s really extended no further than a flier I picked up

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Converting a Drawings Coordinate System

For one reason or another drawings sometimes need to be moved from one coordinate system (datum) to another.  A classic example may be moving from a NAD 27 datum to a NAD 83.  Whatever the case may be, how might one perform this translation as accurately

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Finding the 3D in Map 3D: Surface Visualization

The September / October issue of AUGIWorld is now available for download.  The cover story for this issue is “A First Good Impression”.  Impression is a brand new program that Autodesk released this year which allows you to give your CAD drawings a hand sketched look. 

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Importing & Elevating GIS Contours – Part 2

In my last post titled “Importing & Elevating GIS Contours – Part 1” I discussed a way for us to import GIS Data into an AutoCAD Drawing as AutoCAD entities.  While I spoke in context of using it to import GIS contours, truth be known, the

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Importing & Elevating GIS Contours – Part 1

Perhaps one of the most common GIS related tasks I am asked to help with is how to import and then elevate GIS contour data.  Oftentimes this data is provided as an ESRI Shapefile, and when imported has no elevation.  While GIS contour data isn’t accurate

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Map 3D Drawing Status Bar in Civil 3D

Civil 3D users – did you know that Map 3D has a specialized drawing status bar? It seems the typical Civil 3D user knows little to nothing about the abilities of Map 3D. As those who do use it know, Map 3D is an incredibly powerful

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Thematic Mapping for Engineers

Since I know everyone out there has joined AUGI (Autodesk User Group International) this is likely old news. Just in case you haven’t checked it out already, the latest issue of AUGIWorld (July/August) has a number of great articles in it including one from yours truly.

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Isolating Individual Objects

Hidden for some time now in the lower right-hand corner of AutoCAD is a little light bulb. If you are like most, you have simply let this little light bulb burn –wasting electricity. At first glance it may seem a little out of place. After all

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Geospatial Data in a DWF file

In observance of the “National Orange Effect Day” The CAD Geek Blog is proudly displaying the colors of Virginia Tech – Orange and Maroon. Those of us who work with geospatial data (aka GIS Data) know how incredibly valuable the data can be. Living in the digital

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Linear Quantities Made Quick

As Published in the March/April 2007 AUGI World Magazine Somewhere in the lifecycle of nearly every project there will come a time where quantities must be calculated. Regardless if they are a part of a review agencies requirements, or in-house needs insuring your project isn’t over

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Autodesk AutoCAD 2008 Release Dates

After taking a look through some reader feedback it seems a fair number of you have reached my blog looking for the release dates for the 2008 civil product line. In light of that response I went out and did some searching of my own to

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