Shapefile Georeference

Discussion created by l3uddha on Apr 25, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 28, 2014 by l3uddha

I am a total newbie in GIS. Learned this software on the job and there are sooo much i still don't understand yet so bare with me guys.

I was given a MDB file with all the layers in it and my job is to make polygons of new construction sites or renovations of structures. I created a new shapefile and went to work.

My next step is to create an offset of the polygons that i have made. I can't really seem to find the offset tool in ArcGIS 9.3, so i figure i'll just make it in AutoCAD  and bring it back into GIS.

When i export the shapefile along with another layer for reference into CAD, the shapefile is scaled differently and the location is waaaaay off compared to the reference layer.

I figure it's a problem with the geospatial data with the shapefile, but being the newbie that i am, I don't even know where to look, to find, compare, and link the data of the shapefile with the MDB file.

I would really appreciate any help to linking the geospatial data of my shapefile to the MDB file.

OR, If you know of a way to offset the shapefile polygons without even having to go into AutoCAD, that would be even better.

I work with ArcGIS 9.3, Thanks in advance.