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Unit 23: Creating Maps with CAD

  • Author(s): Unit 23, CCTP
  • Schaeffer, John
  • Editor(s): Palladino, Steve
  • et al.

This unit discusses the difference between computer-aided drafting (CAD) and GIS, and how data generated in CAD software can be used in GIS software. It describes the process of registering CAD data, how CAD entities relate to GIS features, CAD file types and how CAD data is organized thematically. Several example applications are outlined that illustrate these concepts.

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