AutoCAD® Map 3D

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D software provides access to GIS and mapping data to support planning, design, and data management. Intelligent models and CAD tools help you to apply regional and discipline-specific standards. Integration of GIS data with your organization helps to improve quality, productivity, and asset management.

Model-based GIS and mapping software

Access GIS imagery, point cloud, and business data

With Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D software, you can access and use CAD and GIS data from a range of sources. With comprehensive gas, water, wastewater, and electric industry data models, you can more easily organize disparate asset information and apply industry standards and business requirements.

Topographical data access and editing

Topographical data directly from the source

Using open-source Feature Data Object (FDO) technology, AutoCAD Map 3D provides direct access to GIS data from many spatial and topographical data sources.

Data sources include ESRI® files and managed geo-databases, Oracle®, Microsoft® SQL Server®, PostGIS, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and MySQL®. Access aerial and satellite imagery and connect to web mapping and web feature services to take advantage of publicly available data. Direct access means no data translations, which helps to support data integrity. The open, standards-based database support enables you to more easily join CAD objects to commonly used databases and spreadsheets, and to store CAD and geospatial data in relational database management and GIS systems.

Data access and management (enhanced)

Enhanced Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet capabilities enable you to join attribute and GIS data and edit the Excel data stored inside AutoCAD Map 3D. Additionally, improved spatial database tools enable you to store and use multiple geometric representations of your infrastructure assets, giving you the flexibility to choose the geometry that best suits your deliverable requirements.

Survey functionality

Rich survey tools enable you to easily import, compute, and manage field measurements and topographical data acquired from GPS and terrestrial sources. Survey functionality includes the ability to use custom field codes that can be mapped to database attributes, making asset collection more efficient. Additional survey functionality includes:

Leica® GSI, CPlan RO, ASCII point, and LandXML data import
Survey database and schema
Point groups
Automatic creation of features

Surfaces and point cloud tools

Create large-scale surface models from points, and contour data and create contours from surfaces.

Visualize and analyze topographical data, including digital elevation models (DEM) and ESRI® GRID files for elevation, slope, and aspect. Drape aerial photographs and vector data onto surfaces for revealing 3D renderings and perform sunlight studies with hill shading. Additional point cloud tools enable you to import and visualize large sets of 3D laser scanning/LIDAR data sets (often with hundreds of millions of points). You can also stylize point clouds by LAS classification, spatial extents, elevation, or intensity.

GIS analysis and planning tools

Analysis tools

GIS analysis and planning tools help you answer questions and make better decisions about your data.

Features and functionality make visualization and evaluation of design and geospatial information easier:

Link information in vector and tabular formats togetherPerform data queriesCreate thematic mapsBuild topologiesCreate reportsPerform buffer, tracing, and overlay analysis

Coordinate systems and geolocation (enhanced)

Commercial basemap and geolocation tools enable you to bring in aerial data, roads, and hybrid aerial-road maps. You can geocode and reverse geocode points based on address, capture and incorporate data from aerial photography, and convert to vector data.

Create coordinate systems

Search for or create coordinate systems using custom grid files, and use modern algorithms for transforming coordinate systems. Work with more than 4,000 real-world coordinate systems, or define and manage your own custom coordinate system. Perform on-the-fly coordinate transformations and use tools such as Transform, Rubbersheeting, and Track Coordinates for more accurate georeferencing with your Autodesk® AutoCAD® software design data.

Create and edit symbols

Import common public-domain symbols into a mapping environment and edit them to meet specific requirements.

Dynamic tooltips and links

Roll over a feature to display properties, such as tooltips and links.

Industry data modeling and management

Data management tools

Manage spatial data in almost any format and use out-of-the-box industry models available for both stand-alone and enterprise environments. Create and modify your own data models more quickly and easily using powerful data modeling tools. Move and convert data from one data store to another.

Access industry models in more formats

Access industry models in Microsoft® SQL Server® or Oracle® systems.

With the enhanced FDO provider, you can work with enterprise industry models on SQL Server as you would Oracle systems.

Workflows and feature rules

Using the Microsoft® Windows® Workflow Foundation (WF), it is easier to automate repetitive tasks. Build, save, and share simple and complex workflows with a visual editor. Facilitate more accurate data updates by using custom feature rules and workflows for industry models.

Convert data to intelligent industry models (enhanced)

Create and manage intelligent industry models by converting GIS and CAD data. Populate a new industry model from FDO data sources or DWG™ files and map feature classes and attributes. Then, convert the data to a model and save the database as a DWG/DWT file for use in future projects. Convert existing CAD and GIS, Autodesk® AutoCAD® software data, and other GIS data sets.

Configure linear referencing systems

Develop a linear referencing system (LRS) application, such as a rail or transportation module. Within your new industry model, define the LRS based on existing assets and line segments. Then, include a prefix for your LRS, helping to specify the feature classes in your system. After you define new custom feature classes, configure the LRS by adding asset relationships. Then, open and manage a road or railway LRS template.

Industry model analysis

Use connectivity information built into the industry models to identify connected facilities or analyze the impact of actions on your infrastructure.

Publishing and interoperability

Take industry model data offline (enhanced)

With offline editing and synchronization, users can check out industry model data to work locally in the field or with other software. Extract data in queued edit mode and bring it into the design process using Autodesk® AutoCAD® Utility Design software, or share it with workers in the field who use Autodesk® Infrastructure Map Server software. When your work is complete, sync and merge the data back into the industry model.

Desktop to web to Autodesk 360 (enhanced)

Store Autodesk® AutoCAD® software drawings, project files, and map drawing files in an easy-to-access online workspace using Autodesk® 360. View and edit your designs online or on your mobile device, and share and collaborate easily with others. The Autodesk® AutoCAD® WS web and mobile application for AutoCAD enables you to view, edit, and share DWG drawings and GIS maps online using Autodesk 360.

Publish directly to the web

Distribute your geospatial data, designs, and GIS maps online in ways that meet your organization’s needs. Publish to the Internet using the Autodesk® Infrastructure Map Server application. Or distribute drawings as individual georeferenced DWF™ files, multisheet DWF map books, or paper plots. Also, you can publish a single DWG or multiple drawing files into a single map definition.

Interoperate with AutoCAD and GIS software

Read, write, and convert data between widely used formats. Widely used formats include:

  • DWG™—Output a DWG file that is readable by any AutoCAD software client, in both visual and editable modes
  • Arc/Info® coverages
  • SHP and E00 from ESRI®
  • MapInfo® MIF/MID™
  • MapInfo® TAB
  • MicroStation® DGN
  • Generalized Markup Language
  • Ordnance Survey MasterMap (DNF) (GML2, read-only)
  • Oracle®Vector Product Format (VPF, read-only)
  • ASCI
  • ILandXML
  • SDF
  • Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS, read-only)

Data exchange with 3D planning/design tools

Use the same data for conceptual modeling in 3D environments to make intelligent, model-based designs for civil and utility distribution projects. Share data more easily with Autodesk® Infraworks, Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, and Autodesk® AutoCAD® Utility Design software.

Dynamic legends, north arrows, and scale bars

Improve public view documents, such as maps and exhibits, with north arrows, scale bars, dynamic legends, and more viewports within the exhibit.

Grids, graticules, and map books

Create and publish maps based on U.S. National Grid (USNG) standards, latitude and longitude grids, and more criteria.

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