As software leaders, we believe that working together to create direct, faster, and more transparent data flow between our systems will enable our customers to positively impact the way we build things. By streamlining information exchange early in the design phase, we can responsibly consider the natural environment and set achievable goals for sustainability and resiliency.
Creating an interface between geographic information systems (GIS) and building information modeling (BIM) will help to lower costs, reduce waste and coordinate logistics scheduling. Authoritative information shared between builders and cities can ensure that projects finish on time, within budget and with less negative impact on the community.
The collective set of information generated from these efforts can then be available to future projects, for regulation reporting, impact and risk analysis.
In a world where sensors and devices providing real-time status create increasingly big data, the combined GIS and BIM systems will ingest this information for improved project context. Users can then process and visualize this data to monitor the health of the build, make adjustments, and inform ongoing maintenance requirements.
Combining our innovative technology and the creativity of the Esri and Autodesk customer and partner communities, we look forward to the next generation of building with ‘Data at the Center’. This vision paper frames the focus areas of the Esri and Autodesk partnership. We look forward to incorporating input from our customers and partners.
In the next 30 years, the number of people living in cities will double while the global population will increase by 3 billion people. This growth will require construction of a thousand new buildings every day. Urbanization will result in 75 percent of the world’s population living in cities, with 95 percent of the population within a day’s drive from an urban center.
The infrastructure that exists today is already failing to meet the needs of our current population, let alone scale to meet vastly accelerating and expanding demands. The way we plan, design, build and operate will go through a major transformation to meet these requirements. The same will need to happen with the software that is used to help achieve project success.
Esri founder and president, Jack Dangermond, and Andrew Anagnost, the president and CEO of Autodesk, met on stage at Autodesk University in November to discuss how we must do, ‘More, Better . . . with Less’. Communities must become smarter, more sustainable, and grow at a pace that has never been seen before. Massive growth will happen while communities strive to become continuously more efficient; using the data and context around them to make better decisions. To achieve a sustainable world, all of this growth and change must have less net impact on the world around us.
When Jack Dangermond spoke, he said that while this partnership could not have stopped Hurricane Harvey [for example], the next-generation Houston [or other urban area] will be more resilient thanks to improved understanding. Achieving more resilient infrastructure that can better respond to major catastrophes is an overriding necessity to accommodate the massive increase in urbanization in the next 30 years. Freeing the flow of data between GIS and BIM will help our best planners, designers, engineers and operators consider the interface between our built environment and natural environment––and the impact that design decisions have on this balance.
For our customers, obvious wins from our partnership can come from removing slow and inefficient data conversion between systems, but that is just the start. Before the partnership, both companies focused on the next major changes to our respective software and work process to meet the heightened demand for improved infrastructure. We realized that neither of us was likely to achieve this transformation alone, and that we could accelerate community success by working together. Our partnership is committed to helping discover and create the next evolution of how we do ‘smart’—smart cities, smart utilities, smart transportation, smart logistics, smart infrastructure.
Throughout our initial meetings, our focus has always started with understanding the complete workflow of how data moves between planning, designing, building, and operating buildings and infrastructure. The key has been to figure out how we can more easily integrate BIM and GIS data to improve this process. Autodesk and Esri are focused on the following key areas to help make you more successful in the work that you do:
Future releases of technology will be driven by these key themes. As we focus on helping you solve the problems of tomorrow, your feedback and direction are essential to achieving our shared mission.
We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to shaping that future with you. More information pertaining to software functionality will be announced in 2018.