How can I convert (export?) a DWG block into a GIS shapefile so that the block's insertion point will become a point in the shapefile and the block's text attribute will carry over as an attribute in the shapefile?

  • Online conversion is not an option. – Bay Dec 1 '17 at 15:33
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    shapefile can only have one type (point, polyline, polygon) you will need to export to these different types. I know software (FME, GDAL) can manipulate your data to do this. It that an option? – Mapperz Dec 1 '17 at 15:53
  • If you drag and drop the block (saved as dwg) from Catalog, the types(points, polylines etc) will be separated. If you take a look at the attribute tables, you will see how fields and attributes are translated. May give you other ideas to get what you are after. – ZrSiO4 Dec 1 '17 at 16:02
  • I would try to export the Block info from AutoCad to a txt or csv, then import into QGIS as Points. – klewis Dec 1 '17 at 16:15
  • I am sorry that I don't have any experience with GIS and my Cad skills may not be advanced. Some details: layers to be exported to QGIS have lines that represent pipes, blocks that include both plain text (not a CAD attribute) W plus symbol (like valve). – Bay Dec 1 '17 at 16:17

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