Autodesk and ESRI PartnershipLaurence Vaughan
Way back . . . back in 1995, Autodesk and ESRI were partners in the GIS world. At that time Environmental Systems Research Institute developed ArcCAD, which used AutoCAD as the graphic engine. Then, alas, their partnership ended, and they traveled different directions with their individual specialties: Autodesk with BIM and ESRI with GIS.
Fast forward to 2017, we see that influential partnership reconvening to the benefit of both the BIM and GIS realms. On November 15, 2017 at Autodesk University, Autodesk and ESRI announced their “new” alliance, “Make Anything with the Science of Where.” Yes Autodesk and ESRI are integrating BIM and GIS to make a more seamless exchange of spatial and attribute data with a 3D BIM model.
For the architect, the 3D BIM model contains information pertinent to the building, ensuring a more fluid design process and allowing the delivery of projects with improved quality, efficiency and sustainability. For the civil engineer, the important component of the building is where it sits on the site. With the GIS spatial intelligence added, the 3D BIM model allows the civil engineer the tools necessary to design sustainable and safe environments that support economic growth and quality of life.
The Autodesk-ESRI partnership will bridge the gap between BIM and GIS, allowing all industries to work better together in a bi-directional flow of information. Connecting the intelligence of BIM and GIS data promotes the delivery of projects that are sustainable with resilient infrastructure. They become more economically, socially and environmentally responsible, allowing AEC firms to “make anything with the science of where.”