Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD - FAQs: Geo-Coding ("Professional" edition only)

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Notes:

  • Some components in the images on this page (providers, names, windows look, etc.) may be slightly different from those that will appear on your computer
  • Some application functions need to access the Internet from the application itself. If you experiment problems in any process, ask your network administrator if there is a Proxy server installed on your network. You can configure the Proxy settings through the application options
  • Some geographic data providers (Geocode, image Maps, etc.) may need a user account, which you can configure in the Service Provider API Keys settings through the application options


Introduction

  • Objective of this section
    • To learn how to create points in the drawings from a postal addresses list (Direct Geocoding)
    • To learn how to collect a postal addresses list form the selected drawing objects (Reverse Geocoding)
  • Topics in this section
    • Direct Geocoding
      • Select the addresses file, fields, fields order and the Geocode provider
      • Draw the geocoded Points and set draw parameters (Layer, Data table and Fields)
      • Export the geocoded results to a CSV file
    • Reverse Geocoding
      • Select objects for collecting postal addresses and the Geocode provider
      • Create postal addresses table in the drawing
      • Export the geocoded results to a CSV file



How can I insert drawing Points from a geographic data table?

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD includes the 'SPMGEOCODING_DIRECT' command that allows you to compose addresses from a geographic data file (CSV, TXT, etc.) and geocoding these addresses through a Geocode provider (Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap). Once you load the geographic file, you can preview the resulting table, configure some file parameters (such as the Fields delimiter, etc.), select (add or remove) and sort the appropriate fields, and select the provider to Geocode from the list


'SPMGEOCODING_DIRECT' command in the Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD ribbon


Direct geocoding file preview and geocoding parameters


Notes:

  • Certain Geocoding providers (such as Google or Bing) may require special terms of use for the users of this service. You can configure any special setting for such providers through the "Service Provider API Keys" in the application Options ('SPMOPTIONS')
  • If you select a large number of addresses to Geocode, the application will warn you that this operation may involve a high data consumption depending on the Geocoding provider chosen


Once the direct Geocoding process is finished, you will get a results table including all the fields returned by the chosen geocoding service. Those addresses that could not be geocoded (may be due to insufficient or inconclusive data) are shown in a different color).


Direct geocoding results and draw parameters


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'SPMGEOCODING_REVERSE' command in the Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD ribbon


Reverse geocoding objects selection and geocoding parameters


Notes:

  • Certain Geocoding providers (such as Google or Bing) may require special terms of use for the users of this service. You can configure any special setting for such providers through the "Service Provider API Keys" in the application Options ('SPMOPTIONS')
  • If you select a large number of objects to Geocode, the application will warn you that this operation may involve a high data consumption depending on the Geocoding provider chosen
  • Note that if you select non-point objects to Geocode (such as Polygons, Polylines, etc.) the results may be inaccurate depending on the shapes of these objects. For example, for polygonal objects (such as Parcels, Zones, etc.) the centroid of the objects will be chosen to calculate their postal address, which may be inaccurate if the shape of these polygons causes the centroid to be outside the polygon or away from the appropriate postal address


Reverse geocoding results and data parameters


Need to have some reference in the drawing in order to use Geocoding commands?

If the drawing is not empty when 'SPMGEOCODING_DIRECT' or 'SPMGEOCODING_REVERSE' are executed, it is necessary that the drawing has been assigned a Coordinate Reference System (CRS) in order that the application "knows how-to" insert the selected geometries. If this is not the case, you can assign a CRS to the drawing (and modify it) using the command 'SPMSETCRS' of Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD. By executing this command, you will access the CRS catalog of the application where you can:

  • Filter the CRSs by type (Geocentric, Projected, etc.). The type "Projected" will be selected by default because is the most common choice
  • Choose a CRS by clicking on its row in the table
  • Search CRSs by typing the search criteria in the "Search" box. You can type here as many words as you like separated by blanks. The application will find all the rows including all these words in any column of the table
  • Unassign (undefine) the Coordinate System of the drawing, by choosing "Undefined CRS" (EPSG 0)

If the drawing is empty and has no coordinate system assigned to it, when 'SPMGEOCODING_DIRECT' or 'SPMGEOCODING_REVERSE' are executed Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD will assign the CRS Code:3857 (WGS84 / Pseudo-Mercator) to the drawing. This CRS is valid for any Earth area, but may be inaccurate for measurements in some areas. If you want to configure any other known local CRS, use the 'SPMSETCRS' command as explained above


'SPMSETCRS' command in the Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD ribbon


CRS catalog of the application

CRS catalog of the application


See also the 'Search for Locations' chapter


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