Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS | GIS Integration with Civil 3D 2020

Our Consulting and Services Manager, Shawn Herring, wrote an article for this month's issue of AUGI World. Below is a portion of the article:

For an overview of GIS data basics, click here.

The latest version of Civil 3D takes working with GIS data to the next level!  From the Insert tab of the ribbon, you will see an ArcGIS pane with a new command called “Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS”.

Now, you first have to have an ArcGIS Online account.  Go to and sign up for an account.

The Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS uses your ESRI ArcGIS login information to connect to your ArcGIS data. Once you've signed in, use the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS to browse available datasets and add ArcGIS data layers into your map drawing.

You can create maps and upload content to ArcGIS online, for future use in your Autodesk products.  This article won’t go into depth about loading content, but feel free to reach out to me if you need more information.

Select the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS icon.  Once logged in with your ESRI account, you can select an area of interest and it will automatically find the data under My Content (among others) and import directly into your file! All this without having to constantly search, download and import.

Select the data you wish to import, tell it what layer type to import into Civil 3D (or Infraworks) and select ADD TO MY DESIGN PROJECT.  Give it a moment, as it is performing many tasks, then see as the data you selected has created a basemap for you!

For more about GIS data integration with Civil 3D 2020, click here.