Closing the gap between engineering and GIS technology, a partnership between global leaders in 3D building information modeling (BIM) and geospatial information systems (GIS) will enable the direct flow of information between project owners and architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms, empowering them to build anything, anywhere.

The announcement between Autodesk and Esri is intended to build the bridge between BIM infrastructure design tools and GIS mapping technologies, to create more sustainable and resilient design through enhanced project insight, and improve end-to-end flow of materials, resource availability and scheduling during construction.

Tightly connected GIS and BIM workflows can help stakeholders better understand how natural and existing environments connect with future assets.

Managing Director of Esri Australia Brett Bundock said the new partnership will help AEC firms and project owners to deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

“The two technology platforms will seamlessly integrate, giving designers and planners the ability to intuitively connect information across a projects’ lifecycle.

“It’s a significant development which provides the AEC community with the world’s most advanced BIM/GIS capabilities – enabling infrastructure to be designed in a truly accurate ‘real-world’ context,” he said.

Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost said the partnership supports opportunities to secure sustainable resources for the growing population, which will be the biggest draw for government.

“Our vision is to combine the power of BIM and GIS to provide industry and city planners the ability to design in the context of the real world - to build more connected, resilient cities, and infrastructure with a focused eye on sustainability.” 

By bridging the flow of data between GIS and BIM, information is at the centre of infrastructure projects, such as roads, transportation, energy networks, waste management, hospitals and schools, ensuring assets are no longer planned, designed and built in isolation. Instead, planners and designers can better view infrastructure projects in relation to how the assets fit and interact with the surrounding environment.

For more information visit esriaustralia.com.au/autodesk

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