I am setting up a mapping server and I wondered if there is anyway to get AutoCAD to access WMS/WFS layers.

I am aware of the fact that AutoCAD Map can do this, but we just have AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT here and could not really justify buying lots of AutoCAD Map licenses.

Is it possible for us to have one copy of AutoCAD Map to set up drawings with WMS layers in the background and then view these drawings in normal AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT?

Are there any third party add ons that enable this functionality?

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unfortunately, it is not possible to view saved WMS layer in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT, because it is functionality of AutoCAD Map/Civil3D and FDO. Also I'm not aware of any plugin for WMS in standard AutoCAD/LT.


I have not tested this yet But planned to. You could download the OE for Civil3d (object enabler), But you would need at least one seat of map, to set up the dwg with FDO, save the dwg and then open that dwg in autocad standard with the OE installed. As stated I have not tried this but it could potentially work. This is essentially how I worked around using georeferenced Sid and ECW images in Autocad standard and it did work. Post back results if you are able to. If I get the chance in the next few days I will attempt it. My only problem will be getting ahold of autocad standard. If I can't I may send a dwg for you to try.

  • not sure how to contact privately, maybe moderator can help? I have a dwg posted to my skydrive, I may just post url here if mod doesn't intervene.
    – Brad Nesom
    Oct 21, 2010 at 16:07
  • Public url cid-c754c68262a316dc.skydrive.live.com/…
    – Brad Nesom
    Oct 21, 2010 at 16:25
  • I got one of our CAD technicians to test this out. We installed the OE for Civil3D, and we opened the drawing in AutoCAD. All we get is two polylines. Is there supposed to be a background layers?
    – James S
    Oct 22, 2010 at 15:46
  • Too bad, That should have been an image of washington dc. The wms is found at this url wms.lizardtech.com/lizardtech/iserv/ows?version=1.3.0
    – Brad Nesom
    Oct 25, 2010 at 13:55
  • Let me try again. I selected the cache wms this time. See if that helps dwg with _2
    – Brad Nesom
    Oct 25, 2010 at 14:09

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