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Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

Feb 15th, 2016 Sensors & Systems

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more CAD practitioners are conducting geospatial analysis.

This development is a great thing for enhanced understanding of urban environments. The AEC community gains from the insight that geospatial tools provide, particularly around population demographics and quantifying change. The geospatial community gains much more realistic models, the ability to quantify takeoffs to improve project cost projections and the ability to tell compelling stories regarding the built environment.

The coming together also means fewer barriers of communication between disciplines. The idea to break down silos of modeling and visualization across disciplines is an old one. Today’s tools with their much easier modeling may provide the impetus for meaningful advancements in sharing, interactions and communication. Continue reading Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?