July 21, 2014
It was great to meet so many of you at this year's AEC Summit and the 2014 Esri International User's Conference. In my technical presentations the audience helped me map the room that we were in. I created a CAD file using ArcGIS for AutoCAD that I saved to a geodatabase using ArcGIS for Desktop's ArcMap application. I served out that resulting geodatabase in the form of Esri web services. Together with many of the audience members on their phones and tablets we edited that data together. I edited the feature services in AutoCAD using ArcGIS for AutoCAD. I think it was a valuable demonstration of the power of the ArcGIS system and how AutoCAD users can contribute and interact with all of the users of the ArcGIS platform; stand-a-lone consultant, trusted CAD editors, web, mobile and desktop users all using ArcGIS.
I have also uploaded the 4th video in the on going training series for ArcGIS for AutoCAD 350 (10 minutes YouTube: GISCADChannel). This particular session explains not only how to move schema information between drawings, but also how ArcGIS data is technically stored within the .DWG file. Esri calls this form of data the Mapping Specification for CAD or (MSC) data. ArcGIS for AutoCAD, ArcGIS for Desktop, Safe Software's FME, Carlson Surveying Software and the ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension all read and write this form of MSC data.