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Is it possible to convert GIS data to CAD data in ArcGIS Pro

Last Published: October 6, 2021


Yes, it is possible to convert GIS data to CAD data in ArcGIS Pro. Computer-aided design (CAD) is a hardware and software technology used by designers to create and document real-world objects. Two frequently used general-purpose CAD systems are AutoCAD and MicroStation. These systems work with a variety of applications. The process of geographically modifying a CAD drawing without changing the original source data is known as georeferencing. This is accomplished in ArcGIS Pro by connecting points in the CAD drawing to known geographic coordinates. Once a CAD dataset is georeferenced, it is converted in memory while the original data stays intact on disk.

The workflow below describes how to convert GIS data to CAD data in ArcGIS Pro.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and open the project.
  2. In the ArcGIS Pro ribbon, click Analysis > Tools to open the Geoprocessing pane.
ArcGIS Pro Analysis ribbon
  1. In the Geoprocessing pane, search for Export to CAD in the search bar, and click Export to CAD (Conversion Tools).
ArcGIS Pro Geoprocessing pane
  1. In the Export to CAD pane, configure the following parameters.
    1. For Input Features, select the feature layer.
    2. For Output Type, select the output file's CAD platform and file version.
    3. For Output File, specify the output CAD drawing file's path.
Refer to ArcGIS Pro: Export to CAD (Conversion) for further information on the parameters in the Export to CAD pane.
  1. Click Run.
ArcGIS Pro Export to CAD pane

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