I'm looking for some assistance and like many here, I am pretty much a GIS novice.
I'm working on a project to map our local cemetery (about 40 acres), locating sections, lots, and graves, etc.
I was able to obtain an aerial photo of the cemetery and, using a series of about 6 reasonably accurate GPS waypoints, create a georeferenced TIFF using QGIS and GDAL. This seems to have worked fairly well. Imported as a layer into QGIS, it overlays the Google imagery from the Open Layers plugin well enough for my current use.
Since I have a little more drawing control, I've been trying to use AutoCAD map for creating the features (call this the “master.dwg”). I imported the TIFF file and drew a few features based on the TIFF image. Exported them to shapefiles, opened in QGIS and this looked pretty good as well (with the previous TIFF and OpenLayers shown).
My next step was to create a layout of one of the sections in AutoCAD map. I created a drawing using architectural units so I could enter values as 25’ 6”, etc. Once I completed the layout, I tried inserting the section into the master.dwg. For some reason, the scales seem to be massively out of whack. Basically, the inserted section is probably hundreds of times larger than the georeferenced TIFF. The large dimension of the section is only about 200 feet, yet when zoomed to extents, the TIFF file doesn't even appear. It is necessary to zoom in quite a bit before it even appears as point in the drawing.
Using the measure tool in AutoCAD, measuring the distance between two known points on the TIFF literally registers a Zero (I would have expected it to be about 200 ft). In QGIS, it measures about as expected.
Any thoughts as to what is happening here? I'm at a loss right now.
I've made a little progress. Today, I was able to get some shapefiles from our local GIS dept. of the area around the cemetery. I've tried MAPCONNECT and MAPIMPORT with the same results... I create a new drawing, assign the projection (MI83-SIF) and then attach / import the shapefiles. Units for the drawing are standard decimal. Using the MEASUREGEOM, I measure between two points and get 204 (which is what I would expect in feet). When I change the units to Architectural, then MEASUREGEOM returns just over 17'. So, it appears that, while "204" in the shapefile should be feet, AutoCAD Map is interpreting it as inches.