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Importing CAD dwg into Arcmap

Question asked by on Jan 22, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 16, 2017 by lnoakes



I'm an intermediate GIS user, but have not yet had the chance to integrate CAD with ArcGIS. Today, I am trying to view a Cad drawing (dwg) format in ArcMap. When I bring the file into arcmap, I can't see anything. However, the dwg file looks fine when I open it in a dwg reader.


Here's what I've tried:

- Adding the CAD file like I would any other layer. It shows up in my table of contents, but I can't see the file in the dataframe at all. If I "zoom to layer," then it zooms way out to 1:40 000 000 scale and I still don't see anything.

- Conversion from CAD to Geodatabase using that tool, and then adding a projection with the "project" tool. Both of these tools run successfully, but the resultant file gives the following error when I try to add it to the map:

I'm using version 10.1 of arcmap, and have a standard license. The cad file was made by an external consultant, so I don't know much about how it was made or what version of autocad was used. I've attached the file here. I do not have AutoCAD on my machine.


Anyone know what's going on here and/or how I can fix it?