AutoCAD® Map 3D software, the leading engineering geographic information system (GIS) platform for creating and managing spatial data, bridges CAD and GIS by providing direct access to data. AutoCAD Map 3D also enables the use of AutoCAD® software tools for maintaining a broad variety of design and geospatial information.
Use Map 3D Instead of AutoCAD to Create Maps
If you’ve been making maps then it’s time to make the change to AutoCAD Map 3D. Map 3D bridges the gap between CAD and GIS and is the perfect solutions for CAD users to complete GIS tasks and workflows.
Built on the New AutoCAD 2009 Platform
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009 is built on the latest release of AutoCAD® software and is enhanced with a suite of geospatial tools. It contains all the features and functionality of AutoCAD 2009, which is automatically installed with AutoCAD Map 3D 2009, so you know you’re working with proven, reliable, industry-leading software.
Geographic Coordinate Systems
Work with more than 4,000 real-world coordinate systems or define your own custom coordinate system. Use tools such as transform, rubbersheeting and track coordinates to accurately georeference your AutoCAD design data.
Direct Data Access
AutoCAD Map 3D software integrates CAD and geographic information system (GIS) data. Directly access and edit spatial data that resides in a variety of data sources, including file formats such as DWG™ and ESRI SHP and databases such as Oracle® and ESRI® ArcSDE® or use Oracle, Microsoft® SQL Server™ and MySQL® to store spatial data without expensive middleware. Access raster imagery and connect to web services such as web mapping services and web feature services to take advantage of publicly available data sources. Direct access means no data translations, which helps ensure data integrity.
AutoCAD Map 3D interoperates with all major design and GIS software, so you can read, write and convert data between standard formats, including DWG, Arc/Info® coverages, SHP and E00 from ESRI, MapInfo MIF/MID™, MapInfo TAB, MicroStation® DGN (V7 and V8), Generalised Markup Language (GML 3.1.1) ordnance Survey MasterMap (DNF) (GML2, read only), Vector Product Format (VPF, read only), Autodesk SDF and Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS, read only). After working with the data, you can maintain it in a DWG file, convert it to an external file or move it into a spatial database.
Automate the often time-consuming correction of common drafting and digitising errors using data cleanup tools. Delete duplicates, correct undershoots and dangling objects and more. Help ease the integration of data into your GIS or mapping system with clean and accurate spatial data.
Using DWG query functionality, multiple users can access, search and edit the same sets of DWG files or base maps simultaneously. This efficient and reliable way to work collaboratively with DWG-based information reduces the need for version control and minimises time wasted waiting for data.
Lightweight COGO Tools
Input and inquiry tools help you create and measure simple coordinate geometry (COGO) for lines, curves, closed polylines and polygons. This functionally streamlines the process of drawing plats and existing conditions by allowing for the input of geometry in terms of bearing, direction, deflection and azimuth angle
CAD Editing on Geospatial Data
Data accessed through FDO Data Access Technology can be directly edited with standard AutoCAD commands such as Pedit, Trim, Break, Join, Offset, Extend, Rotate, Move and Cut/Copy/Paste. Easily edit polygon objects with new split and merge functions and use the new Expression Builder to populate attributes with data calculations and intrinsic object properties.
Organise objects in your drawing by the real-world features that they represent (for example, roads, parcels, cables or water pipes). When you create an object using object classification, the object automatically takes its properties and values from its object class, maintaining consistency and establishing standards in your drawing. By applying a classification to an existing or new object, you can be assured that it meets your standards for both data and display.
Download free industry-specific toolkits that can help speed the classification process.
Map Creation and Stylisation
Cartography tools enable you to create maps that in the past had to be created with additional GIS-specific software. Easily create stylised maps that highlight specific features or information such as service areas, zoning districts, land usage, pipe and cable installation dates and diameters and much more. Call out details with attribute-driven labels that provide text along a curve and segment stitching functionality. Blend data using transparency and save and reuse styles in any project, saving time and streamlining map production. Move beyond basic CAD maps to advanced cartography and presentations.
Answer questions about your data and make decisions. Utilise information in vector and tabular formats and link the data together. Perform data queries, create thematic maps, build topologies, create reports, perform buffer and tracing analysis and much more. With integrated GIS tools, AutoCAD Map 3D provides easy visualisation and evaluation of design and asset management projects.
GRID (Raster) Surfaces
Visualise and analyse large-scale topographic information—digital elevation models (DEM) and ESRI GRID files—for elevation, slope and aspect, as well as create contours and perform sunlight studies with hillshading. Use draping functionality to combine topography data with aerial photographs and vector data for stunning and revealing 3D renderings that can be published to 3D DWF™ files for viewing in free Autodesk® Design Review software by nontechnical users.
AutoCAD Map 3D provides open, standards-based database support. Easily join CAD objects to commonly used databases such as Microsoft® Access and easily store CAD and GIS data in popular relational database management systems (RDBMSes), including ESRI ArcSDE managed databases. Use existing data models or create your own schemas using straightforward tools and use databases such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL to store spatial data without expensive middleware.
Data Management Tools
Easily and effectively manage spatial data in virtually any format. Use intuitive tools to quickly and easily create users, define schemas (databases and files) or load data models via XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) from industry-standard modelling programs. Easily move and convert data that resides in one data store to another (for example, SDF/SHP to Oracle). AutoCAD Map 3D acts as a hub for managing large amounts of spatial data, allowing you to unlock legacy spatial information and streamline workflow.
Spatial Data File (SDF)
The spatial data file (SDF) enables you to organise and manage your data as real-world features. Increased storage capacity and faster performance compared with DWG make this easy-to-manage file-based data repository a smart choice when an enterprise database doesn’t make sense. SDF supports rich geometry, multiple tables and spatial indexing and provides a solid foundation for a smooth transition to an RDBMS in the future if the need arises.
Maintain your investment in spatial data with tools to create and edit metadata (the who, what, when, where, why and how) about your spatial information and publish it in standard formats, including ISO 19115 and 19139 and FGDC. With automatic metadata creation, it’s easy for you to share your data with other people in your organisation or externally with contractors and regulatory agencies.
Distribute your geospatial data, maps and designs in a variety of ways to meet your organisation’s needs. For instance, create and design maps within AutoCAD Map 3D and quickly publish them to the Internet using Autodesk MapGuideÃÂÃÂ® Enterprise software or distribute them as individual georeferenced DWF files, multisheet DWF Map Books and paper plots. Help ensure that customers and teams throughout your organisation are using the latest information.
Extensibility via Open Source
With the power of FDO Data Access Technology on the desktop, AutoCAD Map 3D makes it easy for you to take advantage of the open-source world by extending data access with third-party and open-source FDO providers for data stores not currently supported by Autodesk (for example, ESRI Personal Geodatabase and PostGIS).
To help make it easier for developers to extend capabilities of FDO, Autodesk released FDO as an open-source project under the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). This initiative enables developers all over the world to tap into powerful geospatial data access technology.
AutoCAD Map 3D comes with robust .NET application programming interfaces (APIs) that organisations can use to create custom tools and automate common procedures.
Additionally, AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software share a unified geospatial API as well as unified FDO Data Access Technology that can be used to build custom applications that share business logic and common code.
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