AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Drag & Drop Shapefiles

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911


In this AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 series article is available to all site members beginning at the Associate Member level. Some names have been changed to protect the inquisitive. Submit your AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 request using the form at the end of this article.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911: AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Drag & Drop Shapefiles

In this AutoCAD Civil 3D 911, I want to show you something that I accidentally stumbled on last week, which is that in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, at least, you can simply drag and drop GIS  shapefiles into your Civil 3D drawings.

There's also a bonus video for members beginning at the Associate Member level.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Drag & Drop Shapefiles Video & Bonus Video, too!

I was working on a site analysis plan for a client last week and I was using a few GIS datasets that I had never used before. To see if each GIS shapefile was of any use to me, I inserted them using the standard Map Import commands (see the bonus video). Most of the shapefiles I was testing out did not have any useful data near my site (but not all!), which frustrated me because of the amount of time each import process - and then the undoing - took.

So I got to thinking, why can't I just drag and drop the shapefiles directly into the drawing? Well, it turns out that you can!

Here's my video showing you how to drag & drop shapefiles into AutoCAD Civil 3D:

Bonus video:

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Eric D. Colburn, PLS, "The Geo-Business Innovator", helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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