Easy Interface

by David Bodamer, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 11, Pg. 44-45

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers have long desired to be able to move freely from computer-aided design (CAD) programs to geographic information systems (GIS) and their vast databases. Now, thanks to improvements by software vendors, they can. New conversion tools allow engineers to import smart maps into CAD programs, or conversely, to draw detailed maps in CAD programs and then link them to GIS. In addition to making speedier work of map drawing, this latest development could offer a new business opportunity for engineering companies that develop detailed data that can be used for facilities management. The ease of switching from GIS to CAD also breaks down a technology barrier that can keep smaller, less-well-funded firms from enjoying the benefits of GIS capabilities.

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