How to Use Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 to Manage Spatial Data
Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 is a powerful plug-in that allows AutoCAD users to import, export, transform and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way. It includes many functionalities that are not seen in AutoCAD, such as background maps, thematic maps, data management, spatial analysis, location tools, Google Street View integration, terrains and more. In this article, we will show you how to use some of the main features of Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 to enhance your drawings with spatial data.
Importing Spatial Data into AutoCAD
One of the most useful features of Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 is the ability to import spatial data from various sources into new or existing AutoCAD drawings. You can import data from geospatial files, data servers or data stores, such as Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON, PostGIS, SQL Server, etc. The imported data will be converted into AutoCAD objects and extended entity data (EED/XDATA), which can be used for further editing or analysis.
To import spatial data into AutoCAD, you need to follow these steps:
Open a new or existing drawing in AutoCAD.
Go to the Spatial Manager tab and click on the Import button.
Select the source of the spatial data from the drop-down list. You can choose from files, servers or stores.
Browse or enter the path of the source file or server/store connection parameters.
Select the layer or table that contains the spatial data you want to import.
Optionally, you can apply filters, transformations, schemas or styles to the imported data.
Click on OK to start the import process.
Once the import is completed, you will see the imported objects and data in your drawing. You can use standard AutoCAD tools to modify them as needed.
Displaying Background Maps
Another great feature of Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 is the ability to display dynamic background maps from various providers such as Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, etc. You can also configure your own maps from TMS, WMS or WMTS servers. The background maps will help you to georeference your drawings and add context to your spatial data.
To display background maps in AutoCAD, you need to follow these steps:
Open a georeferenced drawing in AutoCAD.
Go to the Spatial Manager tab and click on the Background Maps button.
Select the provider and type of map you want to display from the drop-down list. You can also add or edit custom maps from the Manage option.
The selected map will be displayed as a raster image behind your drawing objects. You can adjust its transparency, brightness and contrast from the Background Maps palette.
You can also use the Location tools to search for places or coordinates on the map, or use the Google Street View tool to view dynamic images of any location on the map.
Creating Thematic Maps
A thematic map is a map that shows the spatial distribution of one or more attributes or variables using colors, symbols or patterns. Spatial Manager for AutoCAD 15 allows you to create thematic maps based on the alphanumeric data attached to your objects. You can use thematic maps to visualize patterns, trends or relationships in your spatial data.
To create a thematic map in AutoCAD, you need to follow these steps:
Select one or more objects that have alphanumeric data attached to them.
Go to the Spatial Manager tab and click on the Thematic button.
Select the field or expression that you want to use as the basis for your thematic map.
Select the type of thematic map you want to create: by ranges (quantitative), by values (qualitative) or by expressions (custom).
Adjust the parameters of your thematic map: number of classes, colors, symbols, labels, etc.
Click on OK to apply the thematic map to your objects. 061ffe29dd