What version do you have?
This suggests that you only need a 'world' (esri_cad.wld) ) file
maybe you can construct one from
I regularly have co-workers generate CAD drawings with a coordinate system in AutoCAD/Civil 3D, the entire drawing can be brought directly into the correct location in ArcGIS as long as the coordinate system in ArcGIS is the same as the one used in AutoCad. The data still will not have a projection however, it will however be based on the same coordinate system and come into the proper locaiton. I usually convert the CAD drawings to a shapefile or GDB by the type (Annotation, Point, Polyline, Polygon, Multipatch) and then define projection for the output files.
You will need to check with whomever created the CAD Drawing to see if it had a coordinate system and if so what is was.
Do you know if other versions of AutoCAD have this capability (to create
drawings with a geographic coordinate system) or is it only possible in
I don't know for sure but the above help seems to indicate it can be done in AutoCAD itself.
Ian (or whomever may be of assistance),
Can the original CAD drawing not be assigned a coordinate system prior to converting to a shapefile? Or do you still have to have an assigned coordinate system for the CAD file prior to converting?
I'm stuck with some old housing/zoning documents and they will not project as is, thus converting and then project could be a solution.