Ground to Grid Problems No More

This time saving tip comes to you from Brett Morlok, a project engineer in our Water Resources practice, to which I’ve added some additional details.   Do you want an easy way to manage features that in that are in ground coordinates when everything else in ArcGIS is in grid? If you are new to the idea…

10 Revelations at the 2015 Esri User Conference

  While there were so many amazing moments (such as being surrounded by about 15,000 other GIS people seeing myself in a LiDAR point cloud, meeting #gistribe people in person, learning how to juggle at the Thursday evening party, and being humbled by maps and thinkers), here are what I consider the best parts of my…

Bringing AutoCAD Surfaces into ArcGIS

Let’s just say you’ve done a lot of manipulation of a surface in AutoCAD, and you would now like to see it in ArcGIS. Jon Lefers at AE2S is a pretty good resource to turn to when it comes to working between AutoCAD and ArcGIS. And he is nice enough to share his methodology. This…

Interoperability of GIS and CAD using Google Earth

Did you know that you can easily clean up Google Earth linework in ArcGIS? Google Earth is a good tool for engineers and non-GIS users to draw linework, but is limited in snapping and splitting functionality. For example, the Western Area Water Supply Project in North Dakota was created to increase the supply to rural…

CAD into GIS to Go Beyond

As the GIS and Engineering industry technologies mature, we are starting to see a merge of the two industries. This is Engineering CAD data being converted or built to be used in a GIS system. This merge has happened because of the ever-present search for efficient workflows and accurate representation. I’m sure many in the…

Go Between CAD and ArcGIS Through Use of Shapefiles

Just like there are many ways to accomplish tasks in ArcGIS, there are many ways to accomplish tasks in CAD.  In addition, there are many ways to accomplish tasks that involve going back and forth between the programs.  This is a quick guide to the basics. From CAD to ArcGIS: Open an .mxd, and go…