ArcGIS 4 AutoCAD and our Port GIS Services

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ArcGIS 4 AutoCAD is a free tool which allows AutoCAD users to view ArcGIS Services within AutoCAD. This software creates a bridge between the GIS world and the CAD world. AutoCAD users are drawn to this tool because it gives them a window into GIS data, while still allowing them to work in the familiar AutoCAD environment. As a GIS professional, I think it is useful because it will lead CAD users to implement GIS spatial standards (coordinate system, projection and scale) without much effort. The short-term selling point for this product is that it is easier to access our in-house aerials using ArcGIS for AutoCAD than the current process. Below is a video showing how to connect to our in-house GIS services. I am not sure why my cursor is shown as a timer icon- please ignore.

I reviewed ArcGIS for AutoCAD a few months back. Since then ESRI has released the new version (build 110) which is used in the video. It seems much more stable and we are now getting real functionality we can integrate into our daily workflow.

The current release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD makes great strides in bringing GIS data into AutoCAD. The next release will streamline the process of creating GIS data within AutoCAD. We will update this blog as new functionality becomes available. If you would like to learn more about this I suggest you also read Don Kuehne’s GIS CAD Interoperability blog at http://giscadblog.blogspot.com/. We certainly will.

Our AutoCAD users manage much of our spatial data. For example; a storm drain is moved based on new construction. Not only will these changes effect Engineering data. These changes will also be reflected throughout the rest of the system. Environmental Services and General Services seem most likely to utilize this data. How does your department utilize data produced (or owned) by AutoCAD users? Would it be useful for this data to be displayed in an interactive web-based map?

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3 Responses to “ArcGIS 4 AutoCAD and our Port GIS Services”

  1. K2Karen Says:

    Thanks for sharing the video–nice work!

  2. GIS services Says:

    Nice informative post. keep on posting.regards
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  3. Ari Isaak Says:

    I forgot to mention that ArcGIS 4 AutoCAD can be downloaded from the link at the end of this comment. ESRI has also posted that “ArcGIS for AutoCAD Build 200 will be available February 2009.”

    http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-autocad/download.html

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