Access CAD and GIS data to apply to 3D models

With AutoCAD® Map 3D software, you can access and use CAD and GIS data from a range of sources. With comprehensive gas, water, wastewater and electric industry data models, you can more easily organise disparate asset information and apply industry standards and business requirements.

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    GIS analysis and planning tools

  • Analysis tools

    Answer questions and make better decisions about your data with support from GIS analysis and planning tools. Features and functionality make visualisation and evaluation of design and geospatial information easier. Link information in vector and tabular formats together; perform data queries; create thematic maps; build topologies; create reports; perform buffer, tracing and overlay analysis.

  • Co-ordinate systems and geolocation

    Commercial basemap and geolocation tools lets you bring in aerial data, roads and hybrid aerial-road maps. Geocode and reverse geocode points based on addresses, capture and incorporate data from aerial photography and convert to vector data.

  • Create co-ordinate systems (enhanced)

    Search for or create co-ordinate systems using custom grid files and use modern algorithms for transforming co-ordinate systems. Work with more than 4,000 real-world co-ordinate systems, or define and manage your own custom co-ordinate system. New co-ordinate system definitions are available in real time, increasing the flexibility of working with different co-ordinate systems when managing your infrastructure. 

  • Create and edit symbols

    Import common public-domain symbols into a mapping environment and edit them to meet specific requirements.

  • Dynamic tooltips and links

    Roll over a feature to display properties, such as tooltips and links.

    Industry data modelling and management

  • Data management tools (enhanced)

    Manage spatial data in almost any format and use out-of-the-box industry models available for both standalone and enterprise environments. Create and modify your own data models more quickly and easily using powerful data modelling tools. Move and convert data from one data store to another. More easily manage the very large, job-enabled databases required by large owners and operators of infrastructure data.

  • Access industry models in more formats (enhanced)

    Access industry models in Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle systems. With the enhanced FDO provider, you can work with enterprise industry models on SQL Server as you would Oracle systems. Directly edit network models stored in ArcSDE 10.2, utilising additional support functionality.

  • Workflows and feature rules

    Using the Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), it's easier to automate repetitive tasks. Build, save and share simple and complex workflows with a visual editor. Facilitate more accurate data updates by using custom feature rules and workflows for industry models.

  • Convert data to intelligent industry models (enhanced)

    Create and manage intelligent industry models by converting GIS and CAD data. Populate a new industry model from FDO data sources or DWG files and map feature classes and attributes. Then the data can be converted to a model and the database saved as a DWG/DWT file for use in future projects. Convert existing CAD and GIS, AutoCAD software data and other GIS datasets.

  • Configure linear referencing systems

    Develop a linear referencing system (LRS) application, such as a rail or transport module. Within your new industry model, define the LRS based on existing assets and line segments. Then include a prefix for your LRS, helping to specify the feature classes in your system. After you define new custom feature classes, configure the LRS by adding asset relationships. Then open and manage a road or railway LRS template.

  • Industry model analysis

    Use connectivity information built into the industry models to identify connected facilities or analyse the impact of actions on your infrastructure.

    Publishing and interoperability

  • Take industry model data off-line

    With off-line editing and synchronisation, users can check out industry model data to work locally in the field or with other software. Extract data in queued edit mode and bring it into the design process using AutoCAD Utility Design software (US site), or share it with workers in the field who use Infrastructure Map Server (US site) software. When your work is complete, sync and merge the data back into the industry model.

  • Desktop to web to A360

    Store AutoCAD software drawings, project files and map drawing files in an easy-to-access online workspace using A360 (US site). View and edit your designs online or on your mobile device and share and collaborate easily with others. The AutoCAD WS (US site) web and mobile application for AutoCAD enables you to view, edit and share DWG drawings and GIS maps online using A360.

  • Publish directly to the web

    Distribute your geospatial data, designs and GIS maps online in ways that meet your organisation's needs. Publish to the Internet using the Infrastructure Map Server application (US site). Or distribute drawings as individual georeferenced DWF files, multi-sheet DWF map books, or paper plots. Also, you can publish a single DWG or multiple drawing files into a single map definition.

  • Interoperate with AutoCAD and GIS software

    Read, write and convert data between widely used formats. Widely used formats include:

  • Data exchange with 3D planning/design tools

    Use the same data for conceptual modelling in 3D environments to make intelligent, model-based designs for civil and utility distribution projects. Share data more easily with Infraworks (US site), AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD Utility Design (US site) software.

  • Dynamic legends, north arrows and scale bars

    Improve public view documents, such as maps and exhibits, with north arrows, scale bars, dynamic legends and more viewports within the exhibit.

  • Grids, graticules and map books

    Create and publish maps based on US National Grid (USNG) standards, latitude and longitude grids and more criteria.

    Topographical data access and editing

  • Topographical data directly from the source (enhanced)

    Gain direct access to GIS data from many spatial and topographical data sources using open-source Feature Data Object (FDO) technology. Data sources include ESRIfiles and managed geodatabases, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostGIS, PostgreSQL, SQLite and MySQL. 

  • Data access and management

    Enhanced Microsoft Excel spreadsheet abilities enable you to join attribute and GIS data and edit the Excel data stored inside AutoCAD Map 3D. Additionally, improved spatial database tools enable you to store and use multiple geometric representations of your infrastructure assets, giving you the flexibility to choose the geometry that best suits your deliverable requirements.

  • Survey functionality

    Rich survey tools help you easily import, compute and manage field measurements and topographical data acquired from GPS and terrestrial sources. Survey functionality includes the ability to use custom field codes that can be mapped to database attributes, making asset collection more efficient. Additional survey functionality includes: Leica GSI, CPlan RO, ASCII point and LandXML data import; survey database and schema; point groups; automatic creation of features. 

  • Surfaces and point cloud tools (enhanced)

    Create large-scale surface models from points and contour data, and create contours from surfaces. Visualise and analyse topographical data, including digital level models (DGM) and ESRI GRID files for level, slope and aspect. Drape aerial photographs and vector data onto surfaces for revealing 3D renderings and perform sunlight studies with hill shading.