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.

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How much CAD experience for the GIS Professional? [closed]

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 ...
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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 "...
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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 etc....
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Transforming from DWG/DXF to GIS?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 associated ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to use more than two control point links when georeferencing CAD files in ArcMap?

I'm trying to georeference CAD to a building footprint in ArcMap 10 (although I've had this same problem in earlier versions). The problem is, it won't let me use more than two control point links, so ...
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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 ...
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Python script to implement a batch import of CAD files into Geodatabase?

Does anyone know where I can get a python script that can do a batch import of CAD files into a Geodatabase. I have one I wrote here, but it is only able to import one CAD file at a time. It imports ...
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Importing 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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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: ...
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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 open-...
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Using findAndReplaceWorkspacePaths to change datasource for CAD files- ArcPy

I try to use "findAndReplaceWorkspacePaths" in order to change datasource for CAD files. This code works fine but when there no cad layers to work with, despite this the code will print '...
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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 ...
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What is the CAD equivalent of OGC?

The GIS industry has the OGC. What standards does CAD software have?
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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 ...
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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, ie....
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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 ...
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Problem Importing CAD features using arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management?

When importing multiple CAD drawings using "arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management" and "arcpy.Merge_management" I encountered a problem. Drawings that have line weights and elevation values assigned to ...
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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 ...
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.DWG and .DGN will not drop in to ArcMap 10.2.2

I am attempting to bring in Microstation data (.DGN) into a working ArcMap file. Every time I attempt to drop the data in the map I get the following error message... (Error could not open the ...
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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 ...
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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 didn'...
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Attaching image 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 ...
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Does this DXF file contain geolocation data?

I'm new to autocad and have been sent a file with polylines which I need to plot on a map. However I cannot see that the file contains any geolocation data to plot it accurately. The GeoLocation tab ...
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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 ...
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Converting CAD 2D section into PolylineM(Z) using ArcGIS Desktop?

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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to assign annotations to polylines

I imported polylines and annotations from DGN file. Polylines are pipelines. Annotation layer contains pipe diameters. There is no common ID's. The goal is to assign diameters from annotation to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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 polygon?...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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Export to CAD from Arcgis while preserving the symbology

Is there a way or tool that you can export layers (feature classes - points, lines and polygons) from Arcgis desktop 10.1 into a DWG/DXF, while still preserving the symbol (basic symbol - colours and ...