How To: Georeference CAD data


Georeferencing CAD data involves assigning a coordinate system and applying a transformation to the CAD data. The instructions provided describe how to georeference CAD data in ArcMap.


Before georeferencing the CAD data, assign the desired projection. For more information, refer to the following KB article: How to define the projection for ArcGIS data.
  1. In ArcMap, add the CAD data to the map.
  2. Load the Georeferencing toolbar, navigate to Customize > Toolbars > Georeferencing.
  3. On the toolbar, select the desire CAD feature layer from the dataset.
  1. Zoom to the desired destination area, and navigate to Georeferencing > Fit To Display.
  1. To create the first link, click the Add Control Points tool, and snap to the endpoint of the desired parcel feature.
  1. To save the updates, click Georeferencing > Update Georeferencing.
The CAD World File window displays. 
  1. In the CAD World File window, save the desired file name and file type as World.
  2. Click Save.

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Last Published: 8/4/2016

Article ID: 000012808

Software: ArcMap 10.1