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AutoCAD drawing does not align with ArcGIS Pro location

Question asked by NatiNati1186 on Nov 12, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 1, 2019 by DReeves-esristaff



When I import an already georeferenced AutoCAD drawing into ArcGIS Pro, it does not land on the correct location. 


I have used the following different ways to georeference my drawing in AutoCAD:


1. On AutoCAD 2018 there is a Geolocation tool in where I choose the geographic coordinate system and then start to draw. In ArcGIS I add the drawing and define the projection with the CAD Layer Tools Georeference tool to make sure its coordinate system is the same as the one I choose in AutoCAD but the drawing falls in another location way far. (To Set Geographic Location from a Map | AutoCAD 2018 | Autodesk Knowledge Network )


2. I also tried using these directions in AutoCAD using the Arcgis for AutoCAD extension and then added the drawing in ArcGIS and it did not work either

Dropbox - Tutorial Manual.pdf 


I know how to manually scale and move the drawing to its correct location once it has been added into ArcGIS Pro using control points but I need the drawing to fall where I need it without me having to do it manually.


I keep on reading about world files but I don't understand if I still need one even if the drawing has been georeferenced in AutoCAD using the tools they provide. If I need a world file how do I create one? 


I don't understand what I am doing wrong since both AutoCAD and GIS have the same coordinate system.


I would really appreciate some help.


Thank you,

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