ESRI Offers Online Class for Working with CAD Data in ArcGIS Desktop

Redlands, California—December 3, 2008—A new class from ESRI will teach geographic information system (GIS) professionals the fundamentals of using computer-aided design (CAD) data in ArcGIS Desktop.

Working with CAD Data in ArcGIS Desktop will be offered January 21–23, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Pacific standard time). To register for the instructor-led Virtual Classroom course, visit

CAD files, which range from simple 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models, can be first-rate sources for geographic information system (GIS) content. Students will learn the concepts of how CAD data can be integrated within ArcGIS, the methods and best practices for working with native CAD data in ArcGIS, and how to convert CAD data to GIS data. They also will be taught options available in ArcGIS Desktop for converting GIS data to CAD formats.

Upon completing the course, students will understand how to

  • Control the visibility of CAD data.
  • Change how CAD data is symbolized in ArcMap.
  • Perform spatial queries to select CAD features in a drawing.
  • Use CAD data within geoprocessing workflows.
  • Georeference a CAD file (create a world file).
  • Define a coordinate system for CAD data.
  • Translate CAD data into ArcGIS data formats.
  • Create CAD drawings (AutoCAD DWG/DXF, Microstation DGN) from ArcGIS data.
  • Update a geometric network with CAD data.
  • Perform basic editing tasks to solve common CAD translation issues.
This course is designed for experienced ArcGIS users who need to integrate CAD data within ArcGIS. Experienced CAD users who have basic ArcGIS skills will also find the course beneficial. Students should have completed the course ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality or Learning ArcGIS Desktop or have equivalent knowledge.

For more information about ESRI Virtual Classroom, visit

About ESRI Educational Services

With more than 190 courses to choose from, ESRI Educational Services is a recognized leader in geographic information system training. Courses cover a variety of topics related to ESRI software, the theory underlying GIS technology, and applying GIS tools to find solutions in particular fields, all while combining hands-on experience, interactivity, and instructional support to create an effective learning environment. Visit for more information.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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