Overlay 2D AutoCAD DWG on Google Maps with AutoCAD WS

Courtesy of Shaan Hurley

AutoCAD WS is a program that is available for free and only requires a browser such as Safari, IE, Chrome, or Firefox with Flash installed.  It allows users to upload, edit, markup, and share in real-time with DWG files, while also uploading and storing files such as  ZIP, Doc, and PDF files.  It also gives users control over who can download and views drawings that have been uploaded.

First launched in October 2010, it has another useful feature that many users are unfamiliar with which allows users to overlay their AutoCAD DWG files over existing in any of the standard views types:  Street, Satellite, Hybrid and Terrain.    This tool adds context to your plans and gives a more precise reading of your drawings an designs in existing site conditions in real-time.

More after the break.

Courtesy of Shaan Hurley
Courtesy of Shaan Hurley

It is important to remember that Google Maps satellite, aerial, and map data is not exactly the same 64 bit precision as AutoCAD and that satellite or aerial images will have distortion to them due to their viewing angle/tilt, curvature of the Earth, and vertical topography, but you can match them up quite well.

Courtesy of Shaan Hurley

There is also a mobile version of available  free from the Apple iTunes Store, but the overlay feature is not available on this version. With Mobile, you can use the native iOS based Mobile on your IPhone, IPod Touch or IPad to view, markup, and edit DWG files uploaded to your account. You can even view your drawing offline with the 1.1 mobile 1.1 update.

Here are some images of the Autodesk University 2010 layout in the Mandalay Bay conference center by Shaan Hurley.

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Overlay 2D AutoCAD DWG on Google Maps with AutoCAD WS" 13 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=102880>

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    Sounds great. Trying to figure out the steps needed and need a bit more help plse. I have a topological survey (Ground contour lines, a few trees and boundaries) and want to overlay that on a Google Map, so I can see a composite image. It will help with a planning application…..but does this feature exist on the beta Autocad360? The Topological data is a DWG file.

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