I work at a utility coordination company and although I have a background in coding and computers I'm brand new to ArcMap and GIS so I apologize if I come across as a little oblivious.

Basically, I am trying to import lot of of CADD data (around 2 GB) into ArcMap and hopefully turn it into a geodatabase or shapefile. But, when I try to import all this data into ArcMap, it just freezes up and lags very badly.

This is an issue I have been having in general with ArcMap and I suspect updating the company computer to Windows 10 will update some of the drivers and potentially help with this, but I am curious if there is a better way?

This is a lot of data, but I am sure this has been done before successfully.

  • Though 2Gb is quite beyond 90's shapefile format (in a single table), it is a drop in the bucket for large geodatabases. It is your conversion procedure which must be reviewed, so you need to focus the question on the conversion of a single data table. – Vince Jul 8 '19 at 17:20
  • Your mention of "updating to Windows 10" makes me suspect that you have an old computer, which might not be up to the minimum spec for ArcGIS. If your work computer doesn't meed the hardware requirements for the software you're using, you won't be able to do your work. It's up to you to make the case to your employer to provide you a better computer. – csk Jul 8 '19 at 17:28
  • @Vince, as it stands I am just loading a basemap and then trying to import the data from there. I wrote a python script that converts the cad file to a feature and then loads it on to the map as another layer. The result is a couple hundred layers. How do I streamline this process so that it isn't so sloppy? I don't expect a full answer but if you could provide resources I would be very thankful. – timeserall Jul 8 '19 at 17:34
  • A basemap shouldn't have anything to do with a bulk load, nor should anything to do with a map. The primary difference between CAD and GIS is that maps are just drawing rules for data. We'd need the relevant code for your conversion effort to be able to evaluate, along with the specs of the system and whether the target file geodatabase is local or network-mounted (hint: it should never be network-mounted). – Vince Jul 8 '19 at 17:41
  • @csk I agree. I ran a diagnostic test through esri to see if I had the minimum requirements and I have them all except for the processing speed. The cpu I'm on has 2.00 Ghz and the recommended is 2.2 Ghz – timeserall Jul 8 '19 at 17:42

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.