Matching an imported AutoCAD layer to other GIS shapefile layers

01-22-2021 05:42 PM
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I was finally able to figure out how to add an AutoCAD file to ArcMap. The AutoCAD data has a projection that is based on a specific near by point which I got from the NGS Data Sheet for that point. 

I now have the False_Northing value, False_Easting and Scale Factor too. However, it is WAY off from any .shp I add for that region. When I try to change the projection the data disappears on my map. 

I'd like to change the projection to WGS_1984_UTM_Zone_5N.

Can someone help! 

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MVP Notable Contributor

Hi, dealing with coordinate systems and CAD data can be very tricky. Do you know a defined coordinate system for your CAD data? Or is it kind of arbitrary? If it is somewhat based off of a point, you can georeference the entire CAD drawing to fit on that point. Here is an article explaining how to do that in ArcMap