June 28, 2010
New Geospatial Releases from Autodesk
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New Geospatial Releases from Autodesk

By Susan Smith

Autodesk AEC Division Headquarters, Trapelo Road

Autodesk announced Autodesk Topobase 2011 products (Autodesk Topobase Client 2011 and Autodesk Topobase Web 2011) and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011 software this past week. These products are designed to help customers manage infrastructure more effectively and identify where their assets are in order to better share information over the web.

At Autodesk, “infrastructure” means the built environment, which includes water, wastewater, utilities, land development and transportation with geospatial as the underlying component for all of Autodesk products. The FDO platform is extensible open source software that can be extended to numerous industries. As Autodesk's focus is on building and building information modeling, geospatial information is an important contribution to the workflow.

Paul McRoberts, senior director, Infrastructure Modeling Product Line Group, AEC solutions division for Autodesk, described at AEC Technology Day in Waltham, Mass. early this year how Map 3D and Topobase are used to aggregate and reconcile data for reporting back out. Map 3D and Topobase are used for records management and planning for property management. Visualization will be huge in transportation, he said, with the ability of LandXplorer to create visualizations of cities and roads in very little time.

McRoberts talked about utilizing weather data in Green Building Studio for design purposes, looking at erratic temperatures, rainfall, floods; all those weather peculiarities that can impact design, and using technology to predict them.

McRoberts said that 24% of the gross revenue collected by architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms is for planning, according to an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) study. It might appear that the role of geospatial at Autodesk is visual in nature: modeling and visualization for water, transportation, energy and water and wastewater, where getting public approval is primary to getting projects off the ground. What is needed here is a way to show a workflow including location and geospatial data. The technologies spoken most about for visualization of geospatial data - 3ds Max and Dynamite VSP for showing how problems can be solved, and being interoperable,
and being able to migrate information to others.

The laser scanning environment and lidar data play a part in this. McRoberts said that surveying may become a thing of the past. With the need in many places for ground truth data, particularly in areas that aren't readily accessible with laser scanning equipment or lidar, it may be a long time before this is realized.

The release of Autodesk Topobase 2011 products and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011 for infrastructure management complements the recently released AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 software for planning, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 software for design, and Autodesk Navisworks 2011 products.

Autodesk Topobase 2011

Autodesk Topobase 2011 products integrate infrastructure design and management data, maintaining accurate information about the location and status of assets throughout an organization. In addition Topobase software provides precise and up-to-date as-built information to engineering, GIS, and field operations teams.

(from press release) New and enhanced features of Autodesk Topobase 2011 products include:
  • One Click Database Maintenance - Simplifies the cleanup and maintenance of the database.

  • New Intelligent Feature Search - Enables users to more quickly locate assets or an area of interest, helping to save time and effort.

  • Enhanced Display Model Editor - Helps save time by facilitating the process of creating and managing display models for multiple symbolization requirements.

  • Structure Editor for Data Models - Enables administrators and third-party developers to design and implement custom additions to existing data models as well as new data models and share the generated XML-based code files between installations, customers, and implementations.

  • Enhanced Topobase Plotting (Database Driven) - More simplified plotting process on the desktop and the web, including a Quick Plot tool for Topobase Web, enabling the user to generate up-to-date plots of the infrastructure on demand.

  • Snapping and Feature Geometry Editing for the Web - Extend desktop editing to the web by enabling Topobase Web users to perform feature edits and snapping effects.
  • Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011

    Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011 is a mapping solution for delivering CAD and GIS information via a web browser. Infrastructure teams can use the familiar mapping information found in Google, Yahoo, and Bing maps in context with their own data without having to write code. A wide range of users can access infrastructure information online using only a web browser with this product.

    (from the press release) Additional Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011 enhancements and benefits include:
  • 64 bit Support - Improves performance, stability and scalability of web-based mapping applications.

  • New and Enhanced Flexible Layout Widgets - Enables end users to further explore the infrastructure information published online using out of the box widgets including query, theme, and redline.

  • Support for Consumer Mapping Services - Enables end users to easily incorporate consumer maps - as reference base maps - such as Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps and Bing Maps.

  • AJAX Viewer Enhancements - Usability enhancements including the ability to set the selectability of layers using the leg
  • Top News of the Week

    Cogent3D, Inc., announces the iTune App store release of GISRoam, a new iPad and iPhone application that allows the user to load, view, collect, search, edit and save ESRI GIS Shapefiles.

    With Apple iPad's user-friendly interface and GPS, GISRoam lets you display your shapefile layers on Google Maps.

    GISRoam includes powerful searching, feature attribution editing, and GPS enhanced creation of new Polygon, Line, and Point features in new or existing Shapefile layers while you roam.

    Autodesk, Inc. announced the availability of Autodesk Topobase 2011 products and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2011 software, new tools that help customers manage infrastructure assets more effectively and plan for the future. With these products, infrastructure professionals can get a broader understanding of the location and status of their assets and more easily share information over the web.

    Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

    Spatialytics, a software and solutions company for Genuine and Open Source Geospatial Business Intelligence, and
    OpenGeo, producer of the OpenGeo Suite, announced a reseller agreement that will bring the OpenGeo Suite - Enterprise Edition to the province of Quebec.

    OpenGeo is well known for its contributions and leadership in the development and evolution of powerful open source geospatial technologies. The OpenGeo Suite offers a fully-integrated open source geospatial platform for serving maps and data through web applications, mobile devices, and desktop clients. The OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition is comprised of tested, integrated and supported geospatial components GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoWebCache, PostGIS and GeoExt.

    SuperGeo Technologies is pleased to announce its new exclusive contract with
    KÖKLÜ Müh. in Turkey.

    Established in 1989, KÖKLÜ Müh. has been providing professional project and consulting services in cartography and communication sectors. KÖKLÜ Müh. used to be one of SuperGeo's resellers and recently decided to distribute SuperGIS series software exclusively in Turkey. SuperGeo confirmed the contract with KÖKLÜ Müh., who then becomes the exclusive representative of SuperGeo products in Turkish market.


    Participants at the fifth
    INTERGEO preview all agreed that the geo disciplines need to be integrated more closely in the future in order to promote environmental protection. Geoexperts are faced with a special responsibility - "environmental information is always geoinformation," said Prof. Klaus Greve. At the event in Cologne, Prof. Greve, Executive Director of the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, highlighted environmental information as "the currency of environmental policy, without which environmental protection measures cannot be implemented in the long term".

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