Exporting Drawings to GIS

A drawing contains many more kinds of objects than there are shape types. As a result, TPC must convert its drawing objects to a corresponding shape type. Points and Block References get converted to Point shapes. Lines, Polylines, Traverses, Contours, etc. get converted to Polyline shapes.

When you export a drawing as a shape file, you can choose to export the Point shapes or the Polyline shapes. If you need booth, you will need to export twice; once for each shape.

Exporting Point Shapes

When you export Point shapes from a drawing, each point symbol object creates a Point record in the shape file. End points of lines and vertices of polylines are not exported as points.

Exporting Polyline Shapes

When you export Polyline shapes from a drawing, TPC writes each tagged traverse to its own Polyline record plus any other drawing object than can be represented as a Polyline shape. In the database file, each traverse creates a record that contains the traverse name. Each polyline in the drawing creates a record in the database file that contains the word ‘Polyline'. Only survey objects are exported (paper space objects don't have valid shape file coordinates).

Related Topics

Using Shape Files
What Shapes Are Supported
Exporting Point Shapes
Exporting Traverse Shapes
Exporting Drawings
Importing Shapes into a Survey
Importing Shapes into a Drawing
Shape Export Settings

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