Esri & Autodesk
Location and design working together to address global challenges
Growing populations, mass urbanization, and climate change are creating enormous challenges for the world's infrastructure—but also enormous opportunities. It is estimated that by 2050, 68% of the world's population will be living in cities and we will need an estimated 1,000 new structures a year just to keep up.
It’s all about context
Think about roads, bridges, waste management plants, gas lines, and so on, not just in relation to one another and their location but in the context of larger environmental factors—air quality, wind power, solar potential, storm impact, flood risks, fire behavior, aircraft noise, soil quality, and more.
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.
Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS
Designers and engineers can now work with Autodesk Civil 3D and InfraWorks directly though the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS. Simply connect to ArcGIS Online to streamline the population of rich GIS data directly into your project to help make decisions earlier in the design process. Content such as points, terrain, roads, pipelines, and other utilities can now be imported into ArcGIS Online. Or for a more up-to-date geographic system of records, Autodesk Civil 3D can now Save Back into ArcGIS Online.
Innovative and strategic
I’m thrilled to learn of the Autodesk and Esri strategic partnership. I’m optimistic this will produce dynamic software synergies. The combined technology sets has potential to benefit our clients.
Global Director, Project Technologies, AECOM
What is the Esri and Autodesk alliance about?
Announced on November 15, 2017, the alliance between Esri and Autodesk helps to connect “Make Anything” with “The Science of Where” through more tightly integrated BIM and GIS workflows, enhancing how infrastructure assets are planned, designed, built, and operated. This alliance enables Esri and Autodesk to better deliver on the promise of helping customers imagine, design and create a sustainable, more resilient future.
Esri and Autodesk are committed to the development of a 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 Modeling) 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. And it’s helping to improve decision making and performance across the building and infrastructure lifecycle.
What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data. This data is typically associated with spatial characteristics; i.e., having some reference to specific location information.
In GIS, geospatial location data is usually coupled with attribute data – this provides 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?
With the integration of GIS and BIM at the center of infrastructure projects – houses, schools, roads, inter-modal transit facilities, drainage and energy networks, etc. – are no longer planned, designed and built in isolation of everything around it. 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.
The promise of more tightly integrating GIS and BIM is to empower AEC firms and project owners to focus not only on what to design and build, but also better understand where and why, helping them to deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure through more economical, social, and environmentally responsible practices.
Where can I find more information?
For information about the Esri and Autodesk announcement, please complete the form at www.esri.com/autodesk. Updates on new offers will be posted to this site as they become available. If you have immediate questions, please contact your Esri or Autodesk client representative.