The Engineering Implications of an Integrated GIS and CAD Systemby Matthew Davis, Environmental Systems Res Inst Inc, Redlands, United States,
Abstract: A Geographic Information System is an information system optimized to operate on geographically referenced data. A Computer Aided Drafting software package duplicates the tasks involved with drafting on a computer system, often combining frequently performed routines to increase productivity. The integration of GIS and CAD brings together the underlying tools of both technologies resulting in a new environment that will empower the software developer of CAD systems to create the next generation of applications for the ultimate end user. With the abundance of CAD based applications developed for the engineering community, it is the engineer that will be first to reap the benefits of an integrated GIS and CAD system.
Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Computer aided design | Information systems
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