AutoCAD Map 3D General Discussion

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bjzjt
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how to import kml?

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12-17-2007 05:12 PM
How to import kml file generated by google earth into map 3d 2008? Thanks.
*Dave Drahn
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Re: how to import kml?

12-18-2007 05:27 PM in reply to: bjzjt
I don't think you can. You can import a georeferenced, black and white
image of your current Google Earth view (straight up plan view) into Civil3D
though; also the current GE views DEM. And you can export a kmz from
objects in C3D to GE - but I don't think Map does these things on it's own
(and even C3D doesn't import a kml per se).




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How to import kml file generated by google earth into map 3d 2008? Thanks.
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AndyHall6491
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Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 07:44 AM in reply to: bjzjt
Actually, It is possible to import KML to Autocad, although it requires a short translation step. You will need a copy of GPS Utility from GPS Utility Ltd at www.gpsu.co.uk. The freeware version is limited to 100 waypoints, but the registered version is not expensive and is a near-must for anyone who owns a GPS receiver of any type.

Use GPSU to read the KML/KMX file, then use SAVEAS to save the file as a DXF. Open the DXF file in AutoCAD, set the coordinate system to LL83 or LL84, and save as a dwg file. Coordinates will be in lat/lon. If you need to re-project the elements to another coordinate system / datum, then open your destination file, attach the new file and query the desired elements into your drawing.

You can also create a KML file from your AutoCAD Map files -- requires a bit more translation but if anyone has any interest, post a reply and I will prepare an attachment giving instructions.
*Dave Drahn
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Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 10:06 AM in reply to: bjzjt
So the dxf you create is an image? I though kml was a GE image, not just a
set of coordinates.



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Actually, It is possible to import KML to Autocad, although it requires a
short translation step. You will need a copy of GPS Utility from GPS
Utility Ltd at www.gpsu.co.uk. The freeware version is limited to 100
waypoints, but the registered version is not expensive and is a near-must
for anyone who owns a GPS receiver of any type.

Use GPSU to read the KML/KMX file, then use SAVEAS to save the file as a
DXF. Open the DXF file in AutoCAD, set the coordinate system to LL83 or
LL84, and save as a dwg file. Coordinates will be in lat/lon. If you need
to re-project the elements to another coordinate system / datum, then open
your destination file, attach the new file and query the desired elements
into your drawing.

You can also create a KML file from your AutoCAD Map files -- requires a bit
more translation but if anyone has any interest, post a reply and I will
prepare an attachment giving instructions.
*James Murphy
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Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 10:39 AM in reply to: bjzjt
A KML file is just a xml based file, nothing to them that makes it hard to
understand how they work. A few years back, when kml & GE were the hottest
thing I wrote a lisp routine that took some of my maps with Object Data
attached to lines and created kml files that you could open in GE and see
the lines with the OD in the description dialog. Trouble is a good size map
with 1000+ objects with large OD tables makes one BIG KML file that takes a
while to open.

--

Murph
The world is not FLAT so why is your GIS data?
http://map3d.wordpress.com


"Dave Drahn" wrote in message
news:5807034@discussion.autodesk.com...
So the dxf you create is an image? I though kml was a GE image, not just a
set of coordinates.



wrote in message news:5806916@discussion.autodesk.com...
Actually, It is possible to import KML to Autocad, although it requires a
short translation step. You will need a copy of GPS Utility from GPS
Utility Ltd at www.gpsu.co.uk. The freeware version is limited to 100
waypoints, but the registered version is not expensive and is a near-must
for anyone who owns a GPS receiver of any type.

Use GPSU to read the KML/KMX file, then use SAVEAS to save the file as a
DXF. Open the DXF file in AutoCAD, set the coordinate system to LL83 or
LL84, and save as a dwg file. Coordinates will be in lat/lon. If you need
to re-project the elements to another coordinate system / datum, then open
your destination file, attach the new file and query the desired elements
into your drawing.

You can also create a KML file from your AutoCAD Map files -- requires a bit
more translation but if anyone has any interest, post a reply and I will
prepare an attachment giving instructions.
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AndyHall6491
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-21-2007
Message 6 of 9 (3,970 Views)

Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 12:22 PM in reply to: bjzjt
No, the dxf is not an image, and does not contain the image background from GE. But neither does the KML file, the KML file contains only line and point data, and is quite a simple format XML file. Create a small KML file (NOT KMX), and open it in a text editor, you can see it is fairly straightforward, and fairly verbose. With a large number of objects, KML files become large as well.
*Dave Drahn
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Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 01:10 PM in reply to: bjzjt
Thanks both for the info. I haven't ever looked at kml files.

"Dave Drahn" wrote in message
news:5807034@discussion.autodesk.com...
So the dxf you create is an image? I though kml was a GE image, not just a
set of coordinates.



wrote in message news:5806916@discussion.autodesk.com...
Actually, It is possible to import KML to Autocad, although it requires a
short translation step. You will need a copy of GPS Utility from GPS
Utility Ltd at www.gpsu.co.uk. The freeware version is limited to 100
waypoints, but the registered version is not expensive and is a near-must
for anyone who owns a GPS receiver of any type.

Use GPSU to read the KML/KMX file, then use SAVEAS to save the file as a
DXF. Open the DXF file in AutoCAD, set the coordinate system to LL83 or
LL84, and save as a dwg file. Coordinates will be in lat/lon. If you need
to re-project the elements to another coordinate system / datum, then open
your destination file, attach the new file and query the desired elements
into your drawing.

You can also create a KML file from your AutoCAD Map files -- requires a bit
more translation but if anyone has any interest, post a reply and I will
prepare an attachment giving instructions.
*James Murphy
Message 8 of 9 (3,970 Views)

Re: how to import kml?

12-21-2007 01:57 PM in reply to: bjzjt
If you want to play with them there is a free extension for AutoCAD on the
labs.AutoDesk.com site
http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/google_earth_extension_beta/

--

Murph
The world is not FLAT so why is your GIS data?
http://map3d.wordpress.com
"Dave Drahn" wrote in message
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Thanks both for the info. I haven't ever looked at kml files.

"Dave Drahn" wrote in message
news:5807034@discussion.autodesk.com...
So the dxf you create is an image? I though kml was a GE image, not just a
set of coordinates.



wrote in message news:5806916@discussion.autodesk.com...
Actually, It is possible to import KML to Autocad, although it requires a
short translation step. You will need a copy of GPS Utility from GPS
Utility Ltd at www.gpsu.co.uk. The freeware version is limited to 100
waypoints, but the registered version is not expensive and is a near-must
for anyone who owns a GPS receiver of any type.

Use GPSU to read the KML/KMX file, then use SAVEAS to save the file as a
DXF. Open the DXF file in AutoCAD, set the coordinate system to LL83 or
LL84, and save as a dwg file. Coordinates will be in lat/lon. If you need
to re-project the elements to another coordinate system / datum, then open
your destination file, attach the new file and query the desired elements
into your drawing.

You can also create a KML file from your AutoCAD Map files -- requires a bit
more translation but if anyone has any interest, post a reply and I will
prepare an attachment giving instructions.
*kipshas
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Re: how to import kml?

12-27-2007 05:15 AM in reply to: bjzjt
I'm using GPS / CAD Converter from:
http://www.cadopolis.com/autocad_addons/InfoEra_GpsCad.shtml

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How to import kml file generated by google earth into map 3d 2008? Thanks.
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