ArcGIS for AutoCAD

What’s new in the 420 release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD

ArcGIS for AutoCAD simplifies the consumption, creation, and sharing of GIS content for CAD professionals. Several new features and enhancements are available in version 420. The current release also advances integration of geospatial data into increasingly broad sets of established CAD workflows. For example, newly added capabilities extend beyond geometric entities in AutoCAD and encompass Civil 3D COGO points. Additionally, processes native to Autodesk products for setting geographic location can now be used. These and other key features included in version 420 of ArcGIS for AutoCAD are highlighted in the video and listings below.

Download the latest version here; it installs as a plug-in to AutoCAD and Civil 3D.


COGO Points

The primary enhancement in this release is the added support for Civil 3D COGO points as GIS features when using ArcGIS for AutoCAD within Civil 3D.

Create and alter the display of GIS point features with standard COGO point styles, standard AutoCAD points symbols, or block references.


ArcGIS for AutoCAD supports web features with attachments. These attachments often include photos and other file-based documents that you can attach to stored assets. Surveyors working in the field using ArcGIS Field Maps, CAD designers in the office, and GIS professionals managing those assets in ArcGIS Pro can all contribute and share this valuable information.

Set Esri coordinate system from Autodesk coordinate system

Autodesk and Esri use different methods for storing and defining coordinate systems. However, you can now easily import standard coordinate system definitions by their EPSG coordinate system code from existing Autodesk geodata definitions in DWG files.

Online product resources

The online product resources pages are updated to provide better access to the help system and other resources for working with ArcGIS for AutoCAD.

Easy symbolization of points

New user interface controls complement the implementation for COGO points in ArcGIS for AutoCAD.

ArcGIS for AutoCAD AutoLISP functions and commands

For those who are automating CAD workflows using AutoLISP, a host of new routines have been added to the ArcGIS for AutoCAD API to support all the new capabilities above.


Download version 420 of ArcGIS for AutoCAD

About the authors

Michael Davidson

As a Product Manager, Michael pushes the boundaries of interoperability across GIS/CAD/BIM and ArcGIS for AutoCAD. Michael possesses 10 years of experience in civil engineering software development, including past focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for bridges and geostatistics. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is a licensed PE in Florida.


Christian Tait

Christian is the Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS for AutoCAD, ArcGIS Utility Network, and ArcGIS Parcel Fabric. He has a background in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from University of Redlands. Outside of Esri, Christian enjoys watching Laker's basketball, cars, writing haiku poetry, and drinking way too much coffee.

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