This tutorial will show you how you can display the same geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) in AutoCAD and Google Earth.
Step 1. Georeference the drawing with AutoCAD
Georeference the drawing with AutoCAD using the GEO command (NOT via Plex-Earth). You can see the steps on how to do this here. This way, AutoCAD will recognize the applied georeference. Plex-Earth recognizes the georeference settings defined by AutoCAD's GEO command but not vice versa.
Step 2. Show Lat/Long in AutoCAD
For AutoCAD to show lat/long coordinates, type in the COORDS command and set the variable to 3.
Step 3. Show Lat/Long in Google Earth
Go to Google Earth and change its settings to show Lat/Long. To do so, go to Tools -> Options.
On the next window, go to the 3D View tab -> Show Lat/Long -> select Decimal Degrees and click OK.
You can check the results by looking at the right side of the status bar at the bottom of AutoCAD and Google Earth.
Use the same Geographic Coordinates in AutoCAD and Google Earth
NOTE: To display coordinates on the status bar of AutoCAD, click the Customization button (), located at the bottom, right-most button of AutoCAD's status bar, and then choose Coordinates.
Now that the coordinates match in AutoCAD and Google Earth, you can now confidently continue to the next process of your workflow, whether it be importing imagery or terrain via Plex-Earth.
We hope you have found this tutorial on how to display the same geographic coordinates in AutoCAD and Google Earth helpful. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com for any questions you may still have.
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