New MOOC Explores the Intersection of GIS, CAD, and BIM

Esri has developed a new massive open online course (MOOC) called Transform AEC Projects with GIS and BIM. The first offering will run from September 14 through October 12, 2022. The course will give participants firsthand experience integrating CAD, BIM, and GIS data to help reduce costs, streamline workflows, and increase sustainability throughout a project’s life-span.

GIS data has been used for a long time in the planning and operation of buildings, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure projects. CAD and BIM data are also key for the design and construction of these structures. Bringing GIS, CAD, and BIM data together offers many benefits.

This course is for GIS and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals and anyone else who wants to improve project decision-making, gain critical insights, and deliver more sustainable infrastructure, more efficiently. GIS visualization and spatial analysis capabilities enhance each phase of the project life cycle—from planning and design to construction and ongoing operations.

During this course, participants will create highly realistic project visualizations using a building information model, 3D mesh, and scene layer and see how the design of these projects is informed and optimized by analyzing place-based factors. Learn how to monitor job progress using drone-captured imagery and dashboards and collaborate through sharing project data and visualizations using the cloud. Familiarity with GIS concepts and ArcGIS Pro is helpful but not required.
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