Geographic Projection In AutoCAD

Hello all, I am new to AutoCAD but have backround in GIS-MapInfo. I
have a bunch of AutoCAD drawings (a local fiber network) that I need
to convert to GIS format, and that part I know how to do. My problem
is that I am trying to determine a co-ordinate system the CAD files
were done in. I dont know how to accomplish this. I have AC-2008,
and I tried looking in, "View-Render-Light-Geographic Location" I
cant seem to find any other place where I can view the existing, if
any, settings.
Thanks in advance for answering My questions
thanks much
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Acad dresses up generic Cartesian coordinates to look like other units. The drawing's author sets this up when they start a drawing, but it can also subsequently be changed by anyone, creating all sorts of havoc, since a unit is a unit. A 'unit' van be an inch, a foot, millimeter, meter, mile, etc., so if you change them without scaling the model up or down, you've just changed the real-world size of everything in it.
Unless someone keyed their coordinate system to some other 'real world' location and orientation, I'm afraid you will have to devise a way to do so.
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Michael Bulatovich
"Michael Bulatovich" wrote in news:
How 'local' are the networks? Buildings, city blocks or larger regions? Maybe start by looking for an object in the drawings which has a known dimension in the real world and do a 'dist' on it? Might be difficult with fibre optics ... One of my sons did fibre-optic drafting work using ACAD for Telstra in Oz - I'll ask if there are any conventions.
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Wouldn't be surprised if they weren't to linear scale.
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Michael Bulatovich
Save As dxf and drag the dxf file into a text editor to read what units are being used. You can corelate what you read with what is in the dwg file and take it from there.
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