December 17, 2009

Carrying GIS Data in AutoCAD

Just watched a movie, the Carriers, one of those hmmm-never-heard-of-that-movie-before –wonder-if-it-is-any-good?, type of movies. Can't say that I'd recomend it. Often watching this kind of movie is like when your spouse hands you something from the refrigerator and asks you… “honey, could you smell this?” You are seldom ever glad you did!

This story didn’t have a compelling setting, or interesting conflict or really anything except an oppressive global plague where everyone dies except for two of the minor characters. Not sure if the movie was designed to help promote euthanasia or swine flu vaccination, but it is probably not going to win any feel good movie of the year awards.
Act 1: Most everyone is already dead, and the sick are going to die.
Act 2: Most of the survivors get sick.
Act 3: The sick people die and the two people that remain are lonely and still might die. …roll credits.

In my mind a good story has a conflict that needs to get solved, some interesting solutions to that conflict that is inspiring, or clever, and then a happy ending or at least an important lesson learned.

Today’s story:

The conflict: I want to create some GIS data with AutoCAD. Do I need to create Shapefiles, or buy more software... what will I ever do? (insert perilous music here…pass the popcorn).

The solution: download the free ArcGIS for AutoCAD and use it to create GIS data using plain AutoCAD.

The happing ending: The AutoCAD file you create will contain GIS data that ArcGIS can directly use.

Lessons learned: Use AutoCAD to carry GIS data rather than deadly infectious diseases.


Blogger the beast said...

is there an updated version for AutoCAD 2010?

1:18 PM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...

The plan now is that the next release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD due out in July will include support for AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 of AutoCAD.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Renato said...

Don, How's this version coming along? any update.

Working for the Land GIS department of a utility in Georgia, we have this huge gap on how our CAD drafters, mappers, and engineers can use GIS data.

Yesterday we had some Autodesk folks showing us FDO tools in Map and Civil 3d 2011 and how GIS data can be used for design and drawing purposes. Our CAD users got excited by it.

We have this need to build GIS SDE (Easements/ROW corridors) data from the CAD designs that they build but we have this disconnect.

Will Build 300 provide this editing feature or do you still discourage this based on your previous blog, regarding editing SDE using FDO? Does AutoCAD ofr ArcGIS use the same FDO data providers?

7:04 AM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...

My understanding it that FDO is still based on the ArcSDE simple feature API and as such will inherit the limitations I spoke of earlier. The central focus of build 300 will be to address an editing workflow that will not have these limitations. We will have access to technology from the ArcGIS System that includes the feature service, which is geodatabase-aware.
Build 250 is really close to release!

9:22 AM  

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