AutoCAD Map/FDO – Spatial Query with displayMngr plugin

Spatial QueryGenerally GIS-data is available on a complete other scale than CAD-users need for their projects.

Importing that GIS-dataset into a CAD-environment gives an overkill of data. It would be very useful to add connections to the feature layers in GIS, limited to the area needed for the project.

This is possible by using AutoCAD Map/FDO Data Connect and a Spatial Query. But this is not very user friendly. That is why vdPConsulting has developed a displayMngr plugin.

This is the workflow:

  • Make sure that the desirable feature layers are connected, by using a pre-defined template or so called .layer files.
  • Load the displayMngr plugin.
  • Start the command “filterWindow” or “filterCrossing”.
  • Indicate the desirable area by picking two points on the map.
  • The plugin creates the SQL filter statements and “inject” these into the definitions of the connected feature layers.

If you want more information about using AutoCAD Map/FDO and GIS-databases or the displayMngr plugin, please contact me.

LandXplorer Studio Professional 2011 & LandXplorer Server 2011 – released!

seen on Chris & Lynda’s blog – At Land’s End

Autodesk has announced the release of LandXplorer Studio Professional 2011 and LandXplorer Server 2011. The focus of the release is the integration of data from geospatial, engineering including BIM, and 3D visualization applications such as Civil 3D, Map 3D, Topobase, Revit, and 3ds Max to create city-scale infrastructure models.

This release includes features such as:

  • LandXML import for Civil 3D compatibility
  • Fully configurable FDO interfaces
  • gbXML export to achieve sun shadow /heat studies of parts of city models using Autodesk Ecotect
  • FBX 1.x import and export
  • Improved terrain and city model import workflows, including terrain refinement
  • Improved measuring tools
  • 3D stylization
  • Vector to raster conversion
  • 3D dynamic web viewer client
  • Network license and license transfer utility

Checking Your AutoCAD Graphics

seen on Tom’s blog – Without a Net

Every year AutoCAD configurations get more complex.
For example, one large jump in complexity happened in AutoCAD 2007 when we introduced Hardware acceleration.
Prior to AutoCAD 2007 we only had a dependency on the operating system, but since then we have also become more dependent on graphics cards and drivers. Each new level of dependency brings new potential for interoperability issues.

AutoCAD Crashes Caused by Old Adobe Flash Player

seen on Tom’s blog – Without a Net

Autodesk has been receiving reports of crashes in a variety of Autodesk products ( and versions ) while using the help system or while viewing videos ( such as in the New Feature Workshop ). Audesk has traced the source of these crashes and found them to be caused by having an older version (or corrupted installation) of the Adobe Flash Player on user systems.

In these cases, uninstalling the older version of Flash and then reinstalling a current version from the Adobe website should address the problem.