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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Autodesk FDO Provider for Autodesk Topobase 2010

Guys, this has nothing to do with Revit, but it's for another Autodesk product called Topobase. Think of it as the BIM of GIS or Global BIM. That's Geospatial information...essentially the planet on BIM, one big ass database of everything. Buildings, roads, fire hydrants, etc. Your Revit model gets added to a county or state's GIS database. Take a look at www.autodesk.com/topobase. I invented a word a phrase I call BIMGIS. Once you start moving outside of Little BIM, you see that it's all about the database of information and sharing it.


Release Date: 2009-11-02

The Autodesk FDO Provider for Autodesk® Topobase™ 2010 software offers users of AutoCAD® Map 3D 2010 and Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise 2010 software read-only access to Autodesk Topobase data. Using the FDO Provider, data from the Autodesk Topobase infrastructure management solution can be displayed, queried, and analyzed within AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software.

This extension is available in English only, but will install on all language versions of AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2010 software.

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Readme - English (html - 24Kb)

Download

AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 (zip - 224Kb)
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2010 (zip - 208Kb)

Autodesk FDO Provider for Autodesk Topobase 2010

Defintion of GIS:

GIS is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data. Practitioners also regard the total GIS as including the operating personnel and the data that go into the system. Spatial features are stored in a coordinate system (latitude/longitude, state plane, UTM, etc.), which references a particular place on the earth. Descriptive attributes in tabular form are associated with spatial features. Spatial data and associated attributes in the same coordinate system can then be layered together for mapping and analysis. GIS can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning.

GIS differs from CAD and other graphical computer applications in that all spatial data is geographically referenced to a map projection in an earth coordinate system. For the most part, spatial data can be "re-projected" from one coordinate system into another, thus data from various sources can be brought together into a common database and integrated using GIS software. Boundaries of spatial features should "register" or align properly when re-projected into the same coordinate system. Another property of a GIS database is that it has "topology," which defines the spatial relationships between features. The fundamental components of spatial data in a GIS are points, lines (arcs), and polygons. When topological relationships exist, you can perform analyses, such as modeling the flow through connecting lines in a network, combining adjacent polygons that have similar characteristics, and overlaying geographic features.

View our project examples for real-life applications of GIS.


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