Recently, I ran across a problem that I didn’t think should be there – repeated “Out of Memory” messages when trying to import an ESRI SHP file into Civil 3D 2009. The really bad part about the issue was the fact that I could import the same SHP file into Civil 3D 2008, Civil 3D 2007, and Civil 3D 2006 with no problem. For the purposes of this scenario, FDO was not an option as the file had to be available to users in the field with mobile computers. So how was I to get the entire file imported and saved in a drawing without running into the error? Simple – FDO was the answer after all!