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What is the Esri & Autodesk alliance about?

Announced in November 2017, the alliance between Esri and Autodesk is focused on tightly integrating Business Information Modelling (BIM) and GIS workflows, to enhance how infrastructure assets are planned, designed, built, and operated.

Both companies are committed to the development of more seamless exchange of spatial and attribute data typically captured in Esri’s GIS systems and the information from 3D BIM models in Autodesk’s design software.

Who will benefit from this alliance?

The alliance of Esri and Autodesk is aimed at improving efficiency and collaboration for owner/operators, such as city and regional government planners and executives, and AEC firms who plan, design, and carry out capital projects for the owner/operators.

What is BIM?

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Technology is transforming the way that buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed, and operated. It’s also helping to improve decision making and performance across the building and infrastructure lifecycle.

What is GIS?

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of geographical data. This data is typically associated with spatial characteristics, in that it has some reference to a specific location.

With GIS technology, location data is usually coupled with attribute data – providing users with information about “where” as well as “what” for a given geographical area. The combination of these data types makes GIS a highly effective planning and problem-solving tool, allowing users to use location as a key index in interactive queries to better understand relationships, patterns, and trends between places and things.

Why connect GIS and BIM?

By integrating GIS and BIM technologies, infrastructure – such houses, schools, roads, transport facilities, water and energy networks, for example – are no longer planned, designed and built in isolation. Infrastructure assets can be better viewed in relation to how that asset fits and interacts with the surrounding ecosystem.

More tightly connected GIS and BIM workflows aid stakeholders involved in planning and design to better understand how the natural and existing built environment connects with the new assets to be built.

This empowers AEC firms and project owners to focus not only on what to design and build, but also helps them better understand the ‘where’ and ‘why’, so they can deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure through more economical, social, and environmentally responsible practices.

Ultimately, the collaboration enables a broad range of industries to gain better context by visualising data of the man-made world, the environment, citizens and the networks that weave it all together.

Where can I find more information?

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