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These instructions apply to Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D 2016 and above, and describe how to load georeferenced Nearmap imagery using Web Map Service (WMS).

Rather than import a single image of a small area, WMS allows AutoCAD to request the imagery directly from the Nearmap server in a variety of map projections.

Please note that only certain versions of AutoCAD (Map 3D and Civil 3D) support this functionality.

In addition to this document, you can view our video on How to add a WMS connection in Autodesk.


To consume Nearmap imagery via WMS, you must authenticate using API Key Authentication.

The WMS URL you enter into your application must include your API Key. The WMS Links section of the the WMS Integration documentation describes how to copy the correct WMS URL, including your API Key, to the clipboard of your computer. Once you have done that, you can conveniently paste it into your application as required (see below).

Loading Imagery

  1. From the Task Pane, click the Data icon.

  2. Click Connect to Data.

  3. In the Data Connect window, click Add WMS Connection.

  4. In the Add a New Connection panel, at Connection Name, enter Nearmap.

    At Server name or URL, enter the WMS URL including your API Key:


    Australia & New Zealand

  5. Click Connect.

  6. Do not enter anything in the User Name and Password fields. Click Login

  7. The Add Data to Map panel appears in the connection window. Expand the NearMap node and configure a layer:

    • Check a layer to select it.

    • Change the Image Format to jpeg. This step improves performance by using compression at a usually imperceptible cost in image quality.

    • Change the Server CS Code to NAD83 UTM and your zone. For example 26910, and if you hover over it you will see it's NAD83 / UTM zone 10

  8. Check Combine into one layer, and give the layer a name. Then click Add to Map.

  9. Your layer will display. To configure a different coordinate reference system, click the CRS icon at the bottom of the map display window.

  10. Search for an appropriate coordinate reference system, select it, and click Assign.(Please refer to Natively Supported Coordinate Systems)

  11. The imagery is reprojected into your chosen CRS.

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