One of the new features to take advantage of in AutoCAD 2014 is the new Live Map based on Bing map. AutoCAD geographic location setting allows you to find the exact location of your project and project a map into your drawing. This is how it works.

Why is setting geographic location useful?

Part of the engineering structures have fixed geographic location, and this geographical position is the defined characteristics of the object, as well.

Using AutoCAD 2014 and Autodesk 360 application live geographic reference, data (Live Map data) can be connected to our drawings. Since the identification of the geographical position is made using the coordinate system, AutoCAD 2014 includes most of the coordinate systems used worldwide. The library of the coordinate system is the same as the library of AutoCAD Map 3D library. It is a very useful function not only for cartographers but also for those who design buildings.

AutoCAD Geographic Location Setting Tutorial

You can assign Geographic Location information to a drawing file. Inserting geographic information to a drawing mixed points within the drawing correspond to actual geographic locations on the surface of the Earth.

You do this by placing geographic marker within the drawing. To set the geographic location in the drawing on the Insert ribbon in the Location panel, expand the Set Location tool.

AutoCAD Geographic Location Menu

If you already have a file that contains GIS data you can choose the From File tool, and then open a KML or KMZ file.

Setting geographic location from file in AutoCAD

To set the geographic location by specifying the Latitude and Longitude or to set the location from a map, choose the From Map tool.

Setting Geographic Location From Map in AutoCAD

The program asks: Do you want to use Live Map Data? Click: Yes.

Use Live Map Data in AutoCAD

In order to use Live Map Data you must be signed into your Autodesk 360 account. Since you have not yet signed into your Autodesk 360 account, the program displays an Autodesk Sign in dialogue, where you can sign in your Autodesk 360 account. If you do not have this account, you can create one by clicking on the Need Autodesk ID dialogue.

Sign in to Autodesk Account

When you sign into your Autodesk 360 account the program displays the Geographic Location dialogue. Initially this dialogue shows the entire world. You could click to specify a location on the map but it’s much easier to search for an address, or a Latitude and Longitude. In this case type in a place and press Enter. Notice that multiple results are found. When you start typing a place all kinds of possibility concerning this place will appear in a list and you can choose the right one from it. The map immediately updates and notices that you can display the map as either Road or Aerial data.

NOTE: If the map doesn’t update, use the Zoom in or the Zoom out icons.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting From Address

You can also enter an actual address. Type the actual address and press Enter. The map zeros into the location you specified. Now that you found the correct location you click Drop Marker Here. Appearance placed on the map and the corresponding Latitude, Longitude and Time Zone are automatically applied.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting - Drop Marker

Then you can zoom into the map and move the Pin or modify the location properties as needed. But it’s even easier to Right-Click and choose the Move Marker Here. Then you move the Pin to the right place on the map, e. g.: at one of the corner of the building.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting - Elevation

Notice that at present the Elevation is zero. You can click on the icon to the right of the Elevation to unlock the Latitude, Longitude and Elevation fields so that those values can be edited. You can change the Elevation and then click the check mark to save the changes.Autocad Geographic Location Setting - Latitude/Longitude

Note that the current drawing unit is automatically displayed in the Geographic Location dialog or you can choose from a list of standard units.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting - Drawing Unit

The inserted map is automatically scaled appropriately for the specified drawing units.
Note that the program assigns WORLD MERCATOR as the default Coordinate System. You can also expand the GIS Coordinate System dropdown and choose from a library of coordinate systems. This is important since the coordinate system defines the scale of the map.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting - Cordinate Sysytem

Choose one and then click Continue. The program prompts you to select a point for the location. Click on the corresponding point in your drawings. Next the program prompts you to specify the north direction or you could specify an angle.

Autocad Geographic Location Setting - North Direction

As soon as you do that the command ends and you can see the map image as a background within your drawing. When a map is applied to a drawing it is always displayed below the drawing geometry. Now that you have applied a geographic location a Geolocation Marker displayed in the drawing at the point you specified and a new Geolocation tab is added to the Ribbon.

Autocad Geolocation Menu

This tab includes tools for modifying the Geolocation and map display.

Under the drawing windows, in the status line two icons appear. Using one of these you can turn on or off the Geographic Marker Visibility, the other shows the actual GIS Coordinate System.

Autocad Geolocation Icons