CAD and Blueprint to GIS
This process facilitates a transfer of blueprints, that are not in a real-world context, into a spatially enabled application such as GIS. This approach broadens the accessibility and enrichment of this information enabling any user to access the data from anywhere. Leveraging spatially enabled facilities data, organizations can achieve more consistency and improve decision making.
CAD2GIS is more than a straight transfer of data. It uses GIS to store, preserve and transform rich details like CAD annotations and symbology into a GIS database with attributes. The benefit of this transfer lies in the fact that once translated into a GIS readable file, data can be further used and manipulated. Furthermore, the data can be used in real-time and are upgraded with geolocations. Both CAD and GIS are widely used technologies. Recognizing their complementary nature through this data transfer process creates value for users of both technologies.
Although automated 2D map drafting and general management of map information has been vital to state governments and private organizations, in this data driven era even the most basic spatial data management requires a robust and efficient database structure and application technology far beyond the basic graphic functionality offered by CAD software.
Spatial, geographic and temporal components have become the new DNA for data management and a norm for efficiently tackling risk planning, routing, space management, and other needs.
- GIS applications can fill the gap left by CAD applications.
- The simplicity and use of topology (networks) to store relationships among spatial objects make GIS superior to CAD for structuring and managing Big Data.
- GIS applications are user friendly and flexible.
- Map data can be stored in a variety of forms with relationships between objects.
- GIS data can be updated, managed, manipulated, analyzed, queried and displayed as large collections. There is no need to downscale or batch.