Computer-aided design (CAD),also known as computer-aided drafting (CAD) or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

12
votes
5answers
2k views

How much CAD experience for the GIS Professional?

As a GIS Professional, one is often expected to have experience with CAD (i.e. AutoCAD, Microstation) to the extent that they can integrate CAD data into GIS workflows and datasets. However, I often ...
10
votes
6answers
2k views

Open source CAD software

Does anyone know open source CAD software (like edit, update cad files and attach external information, create topology etc.) Researching on internet also (Going through Kosmo Desktop,DraftSight ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

How to compute parameters for QGIS Affine transformation?

I have a vector floorplan (DXF) that I've added to a blank project in QGIS using the Dxf2Shp plugin. I've been reading tutorials and StackExchange threads, but I can't seem to find out how to ...
8
votes
2answers
641 views

Python script to read CAD data to find polygon extents

I have Civil 3D 2012 with ArcGIS for AutoCAD 300. I want to read the extents of a polygon in the drawing. Feature Class in A4A300 = Boundaries, the CAD layer is PROP-BNDY, there is only one polygon on ...
6
votes
4answers
5k views

Ways to transform from DWG/DXF to GIS (Experiences are welcome)

I've got tons of DWG/DXF files with information (in several layers) dealing with: Contour lines and elevation (lines) positions of antennas (points) protection areas (polygons) administrative ...
5
votes
2answers
688 views

Data security for GIS Data (shapefiles,AutoCAD files)

This is regarding security for GIS Data (in Esri & open source) (Esri shapefiles, AutoCAD files etc.) Does anyone know how to assign a password to or encrypt shapefiles OR CAD Data? I have found ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

I exported a DXF from QGIS, but it won't open in AutoCAD

I'm new in QGIS and here is my problem: I exported a DXf from QGIS by right-clicking on the layer. Then tried to open in AutoCAD 2000. That did not work. AutoCAD gave a failure-message: Unknown ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Converting a CAD/DXF file to a SHP file

I need your ideas and suggestions about a problem.... I have a dxf file which was converted from a CAD file. I used QGIS to convert it to a shp file... This is when I realized that the text ...
4
votes
3answers
153 views

Geometric Operations in GIS Systems

I have worked with 2D geometry for CAD - My questions are general and relate to understanding operations on geometric entities (lines). Should geometric operations such as line-line intersection be ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How do you import a .SHP into Sketch-Up?

Does anyone know how to use a .SHP in Trimble Sketch-Up? I have tried exporting to KML and CAD from QGIS, but the KML file doesn't read in Sketch-Up. Thanks! -m
4
votes
5answers
834 views

Intersection of two lines tool

Is there any way to make intersection of two lines tool with extending lines option, so the result would be a point. the hardest part is when the lines have to be extended to intersect. the tool will ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

Import Cad to ArcGis

I'm trying to import some CAD files from microstation (dgn) v7 to ArcGis 9.3.1 and i need to access the User Data Linkage from it but i have not the Data Interoperability License. Is there any ...
4
votes
0answers
754 views

Does QGIS have these CAD editing functions? [closed]

I tried QGIS for the fist time today and it seems quite capable for the task that I have in mind. However, I really miss some basic editing functionality from another GIS software that I have to use ...
4
votes
0answers
318 views

How to convert a set of points to a solid object?

I have a data generated as the output of some numerical processes. I need them to be converted into 3D solid objects (as CAD solid format) to make them importable for some particular numerical ...
3
votes
4answers
440 views

Migrating from GIS to CAD

There seem to plenty of resources out there to help users of CAD software move to using desktop GIS but is the reverse also true.
3
votes
4answers
422 views

Tools for planning a building

I'm planning to build a cabin, and I'd like to combine all the GIS data available from my home country with my own measurements for placing and the cabin layout. That is, I need a tool which can: ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Workflow to convert a DWG CAD file to a shapefile

I'm trying to develop a workflow where I can convert a .dwg file to .shp. I don't have a good understanding of which tools I should be using. My preference is to use software that runs on OSX, is ...
3
votes
1answer
611 views

cad and geoserver

Hi Guys i have geoserver and openalyers running quite nicely and now need to overlay a cad drawing. I have looked at the geographic location part of cad and set the long / lat to the appropriate ...
3
votes
2answers
202 views

Is it possible to create CAD file from shapefile and also create CAD blocks from the database fields

I am trying to find out if there is any software or plugin/code that I can bundle that will take a shapefile and export it to a CAD file with CAD blocks generated so our CAD mappers can just move the ...
3
votes
0answers
28 views

How can ASTER elevation data be converted to a CAD model

I am trying to convert ASTER elevation data to a 3D CAD model using only opensource software. I have tried using different file formats but I have been unsuccessful. I use QGIS for my GIS work and ...
3
votes
1answer
830 views

How to preserve dgn cad file attributes when exporting from microstation and importing into Arcmap?

I'm trying to import water utility lines from Microstation into ArcMap. The water utility lines are symbolized by size in Microstation, but when I try to view the attribute table in ArcMap the ...
2
votes
2answers
108 views

All CAD drawing is one layer and few merged features, and no annotation when opened in ArcGIS

I have a CAD drawing wich openes normally in AutoCAD. Hoevwer when it is opened in ArcGIS to import some data from it all the lines are on the same layer (insert) and all faetures of the similar ...
2
votes
2answers
193 views

How to fix undershoots in data converted from Microstation using ArcMap 10.0?

I have converted data from Microstation to ArcGIS. The converted data has undershoots at intersections, so I tried to snap lines using Spatial Adjusment. I've added some control points but ArcMap ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Can anyone help with an image attachment problem in Civil 3D?

I have a recurring problem in Civil 3D 2011. From time-to-time, I have to attach to an image file (ie - survey plan) and draft on top of it. In the case of the current work I'm doing, I am making ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

Export multiple FC's to cad in arcobjects C#

I am currently trying to export multiple feature classes to a single .dxf via the QuickExport function in the DataInteroperability extension. However this function only converts one FC to one .dxf, ...
2
votes
1answer
405 views

Could you suggest software to draw a cross section, companion to QGIS?

If you use GIS systems, what software do you turn to when there is a requirement to draw a cross section? Ideally a workflow that includes QGIS. Typically there are some points which will coexist in ...
2
votes
1answer
728 views

qgis, autocad and google layers

Ive downloaded qgis and loaded the google layers plugin. I have imported a dxf cad drawing. Question is how do i place the shapefile in the correct place on the map? Also how do i tell google ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

cad drawing overlay

I want to overlay a cad drawing on a google map using geoserver. Any tips on how i can do this. Do i need to convert to cad file to a shapefile. Im presuming i do. If so what tools are available ...
2
votes
1answer
126 views

How to select lines/polygons in QGIS CAD tool?

I'm intending to create parallel and orthogonal lines by using the CAD tool in QGIS. For each tool there is a button to select the feature before executing the tool. But though I fixed all the ...
2
votes
1answer
101 views

Georeferencing CAD Causing Close Out/Shut Down of ArcMap?

I am currently running ArcGIS 10.2.2 for Desktop. I have no other georeferencing issues regarding TIFFs shapefiles, or otherwise. However, when I introduce a CAD (or DWG) file into the map and ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How to convert a CAD 2D section into PolylineM(Z)?

Good morning, How do I convert a 2D section drawn in CAD into 3D polyline in ArcGIS. By 3D polyline I mean PolylineM(Z). I have 300 sections. Drafting it manually seems a bit laborious. Any Ideas? ...
2
votes
0answers
76 views

Importing ArcGIS and/or CAD template into QGIS print composer…Can it be done?

ArcGIS is used very widely in Environmental consultancy and the print/map templates used for reports are usually passed around in an MXD or CAD file format. Unfortunately we cannot afford ArcGIS and ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

Landform design/3D in ArcMap 10.2

Im a self taught ArcMap user working in a small business, so no one to bounce problems off. My aim is this: I would like to be overlay different surfaces, manipulate them, and display them. The ...
2
votes
1answer
351 views

Align and georeference GIS layers exported from CAD

I have two separate CAD files of the same locale. The first one has surface data like street curbs, building footprints, etc. It is not georeferenced, but when I add it to other items in a projected ...
2
votes
0answers
246 views

exporting DWG from ArcMap need to unify segments to polylines

I am a green ArcGIS user so please bear with my poor nomenclature and rudimentary understanding of the software........ I am attempting to export to CAD a contour shapefile I have derived from LIDAR ...
2
votes
0answers
353 views

How to create polygon “stamps” and extend lines by fixed distance? in QGIS

This is related to Does QGIS have these CAD editing functions? Cadtools have solved a lot of the issues I had but I need the ability to see how long a line is while I am drawing an orthoganal ...
2
votes
0answers
134 views

How to configure various client applications to display AVL data?

Given x number of GPS units transmitting NMEA formatted strings back to a server (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:xxxxx) is there a way to listen in on the traffic and parse NMEA formatted strings for display on a ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

Tracking which LiDAR data tiles have been delivered

My company works with LiDAR data for large electrical transmissions systems (thousands of miles in one project). We model the transmission lines and do analysis using CAD and GIS workflows. We break ...
1
vote
1answer
189 views

QGIS - WGS84 to BC Albers reprojection no curved lines, any idea why? How to snap a line to a point?

I am trying to learn a bit about QGIS. So I thought I would drop in some layers of my Province and then recreate some points representing the BC Albers Central Meridian, and the two standard ...
1
vote
2answers
428 views

Export to CAD - preparing the DWG seed file

I'm preparing a seed file in order to export to CAD and maintain all the attributes at all fileds. after creating the block definition I've export to CAD (Right click) using the seed file I made ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Maintaining CAD drawings and Esri Geodatabase simultaneously?

I'm wondering if there is a best practice for maintaining both CAD and ESRI GDB sytems simultaneously? I work for my local municipality and as it is now the Eng Techs update reference drawings in CAD ...
1
vote
3answers
156 views

Using QGIS2Leaf plugin to export into leaflet but output results into browser crash?

Amateur GIS technician here, Just tried to export my converted cad cities pipelines into a shape files and then export it into leaflet using QGIS2Leaf but the browser crashes before the displaying the ...
1
vote
2answers
40 views

Shifting .dwg file to align with a shapefile

I'm trying to integrate data in a .dwg file collected by surveyors into an ArcView 10.2 project I have projected as NAD83 UTM Zone 10 N. The survey data is in an undefined coordinate system but I ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

Losing elevation values converting to CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop?

This is complex and my first question. I'm using 10.3 and need to export a lot of contour files to CAD. When I do this individually, they convert fine and retain the elevation values. Having hundreds, ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

Converting ArcSDE to CAD using FME when blockreference involved?

I try to convert some lines from ArcSDE to cad by FME and I have set autocad_original_entity_type=autocad_lwpolyline and autocad_entity=autocad_line,I suppose they will be line but they have been ...
1
vote
1answer
99 views

CAD line drawing to GIS polygons

I'm a (reasonably) proficient GIS user (mostly QGIS, but some Arc GIS) who has been thrown the conundrum of converting/importing CAD urban planning drawings (2D drawings produce in AutoCAD 2014) to ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

Georeferencing a CAD file and converting to SHP in ArcGIS without distance distortion

i have a land parcels dwg file in an unknown co-ordinate system and i want to georeference the file in ArcMAp and convert it to shapefile but the problem is that whenever i georef the cad drawings ...
1
vote
2answers
325 views

Creating a DEM from CAD contour polylines

Is it at all possible generate a digital elevation model raster from CAD contour polylines with elevations? I am using straight AutoCAD 2014, not Map3D or Civil3D. I was able to bring the dxf of ...
1
vote
1answer
168 views

Shifting a CAD file from ATS77 MTM 5 to NAD83 CSRS UTM 20

Looking to make the coordinate system shift in ArcMAP (for Nova Scotia) between ATS77 MTM 5 and NAD83 CSRS...NTv2 file?
1
vote
1answer
186 views

autocad-map of real estates with own coordinate system and information to be converted to use it in QGIS

I have a question regarding CAD and QGIS, but unfortunately I don't have a clue of CAD. Here it goes: Real estates data has been mapped. There are several reference points surrounding the area. So ...