MSD: A Good Defense is a Good Offense
GIS and CAD interoperability is similar in a lot of ways where CAD standards and ad-hoc workflows are put in place to be competitive and get the job done. However without constant attention to quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) things can go bad especually when working with outside organizations. This needed attention is often a distraction of resources that could be utilized to do more strategic and profitable work. The introduction of the Mapping Specification for Drawings (MSD) and the new tools being distributed in the next version of ArcGIS for AutoCAD (more about that soon) are designed to provide a huge benefit to the overall GIS and CAD interoperability workflow and free up resources that would otherwise be focused on creating and maintaining ad-hoc workflows back and forth between GIS and CAD. And this is important, it is free and it will not change most people’s existing GIS or CAD workflows.