Autodesk partnerships with Esri – looking forward to shaping future.

World’s population is increasing very rapidly, its getting doubled every 30 years, and current infrastructure is already failing to meet the needs of existing population. There is an urgent need to go through an extreme transformation in the way we plan, design, build and operate, and this also means that the existing software must also transform in order to achieve the future goals.

Autodesk believes that by streamlining information exchange between the systems in early design will build things in a way which can impact the customers very positively. So they collaborated with Esri in order to  responsibly consider the natural environment and set achievable goals for sustainability and resiliency. Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and database management applications.

By combining GIS (geographic information systems) and BIM (building information modelling) will enable the builders to finish the projects on time, within budget and most importantly with minimum negative impact on the community by lower cost, reduced waste and coordinated logistic scheduling. The information collected by these efforts can then be used for risk analysis of future projects.

This partnership can not obviously stop the natural disaster but yes! freeing the data flow between BIM and GIS will help achieving more resilient infrastructure which can respond better to the major catastrophes which is an overriding necessity to accommodate the massive increase in urbanization in next 30 years. This collaboration will accelerate the community success by discovering and creating HOW TO DO SMART– smart cities, smart utilities, smart transportation, smart logistics, and smart infrastructure.

Creating interface between BIM and GIS will improve planning, designing, building and operations by focusing on the following areas.

Transforming the project life cycle – data integration workflows between GIS and BIM will lead to improved construction and renovation of infrastructure.

Building Site Context with the Environment – By integrating GIS and BIM, planners and designers will better understand projects in relative context: how the natural and existing built environment will be impacted by and interact with new projects.

Sensing Site Change – Every project can start with a realistic and accurate ‘picture’ of the original site that can be updated with regular scans to record how the site changes with every phase of development.


Designing and Visualizing the Real World in 3D – focus will be on tools and apps that utilize 3D to facilitate better use of spatial information to inform and guide the design process so that projects can achieve economic, sustainability, and performance goals.

Optimizing Infrastructure Operation Intelligence – it will discover new opportunities for enabling customers to plan, deploy and consume sensor information to improve operational performance of large systems of assets.

Open and Extensible – the future of platforms depends on users extending capabilities, creating new tools from software building blocks, and inventing new workflows to become more productive.

Future releases of technology will be driven by above key themes. More information pertaining to software functionality will be announced in 2018.





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