Location and Design Working to Address Global Challenges and Opportunities
Growing populations, mass urbanization, and climate change are creating enormous challenges for the world's infrastructure—but also enormous opportunity. It is estimated that by 2050, 68% of the world's population will be living in cities.1 And we will need an estimated 1,000 new structures a year just to keep up.2
This is where GIS (geographic information systems) professionals, and infrastructure designers/engineers can make a difference by taking a holistic approach toward infrastructure.
It’s All about Context
Think about roads, bridges, waste management plants, gas lines, and so on, not just in context of one another and the topology of their natural environment, but in the context of larger environmental factors—air quality, wind resource potential, solar potential, storm impact, flood behavior, fire behavior, aircraft noise, soil quality, and so on.
Understanding this complex interplay of factors in our built and natural world helps drive the planning, design, construction, and operation of more sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
Read more about the vision of bringing location and design together→
Data at the Center
Esri and Autodesk are working to bring together GIS and BIM (building information modeling) across multi-disciplinary teams and project life cycles. The vision is that of an integrated and collaborative workflow that advances understanding of projects in context, and reduces inefficiencies, data loss, and cycle times.
Learn more about GIS and BIM integration →
Autodesk’s InfraWorks Connects to Esri’s ArcGIS Online
Designers and engineers can now bring GIS content from ArcGIS Online into InfraWorks through the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS. Content such as roads, pipelines, and electrical transformers can now be directly imported based on an authoritative, current geographic system of record.
Learn more about Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS →