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AutoCAD® Map 3D and

Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise

White Paper

Instant Service and Measurable Savings

with Autodesk MapGuide
“Creating a mailing list of residents in a
AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk
specific area used to take 20 minutes, but
it now takes about a minute. And our map
counter clerks are instantly accessing the
MapGuide Enterprise: Powerful,
Affordable, and Open GIS
information they need to serve residents.
We estimate that Autodesk MapGuide saves
about $20,000 a year in man hours on just
those two processes.”
Charles Kalil,
Information Systems Manager, With open data standards, CAD integration, and a shared API,
The City of Garden Grove AutoCAD® Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise software
products streamline workflows and maximize the value of
geospatial data seamlessly—from the desktop to the Web.

From small towns to sprawling metropolises and fully utilize GIS data attributes. Additionally,
from rural energy cooperatives to the largest organizations that share data over the Web
utilities and telecommunications companies, needed a more open environment in order to
organizations that depend on geospatial data affordably develop innovative applications
need a way to edit and manage it efficiently. that extend the value of spatial data beyond
They must also integrate geographic information engineering and GIS departments.
systems (GIS) with engineering processes that
use and generate CAD data. Moreover, virtually With AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide
all organizations that collect and create GIS and Enterprise as the foundation technologies,
CAD data want to share it with staff or citizens by Autodesk offers a complete solution that helps
leveraging the Internet. organizations to realize efficiencies and optimize
the value of geospatial data. AutoCAD Map 3D
GIS technology is advancing to help organizations provides the desktop backbone that supports data
achieve these goals. Traditionally, organizations creation, editing, and management. Autodesk
have not been able to use preferred tools to edit MapGuide Enterprise delivers powerful, easy-
and create GIS data because their systems store to-use online maps and related information in
data in proprietary formats. Bringing CAD and a development environment that leverages the
GIS data together was possible, but required advantages of open source technology, including
data conversion processes that can strip CAD low cost of ownership and easier integration with
data of valuable engineering precision or fail to diverse databases.
By turning to AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D is a leading engineering GIS systems, such as customer relationship
MapGuide Enterprise, organizations can: platform for creating and managing spatial data. management (CRM) or accounting systems.
• Integrate spatial data for all geospatial, Bridging the traditional gap between CAD and MapGuide Open Source is free, making it the
engineering, and online needs GIS, AutoCAD Map 3D provides direct access perfect vehicle for the open source community
to the leading data formats used in design and to develop innovative applications and for
• Streamline the process of creating, maintaining, GIS—no matter how the data is stored. It also organizations to reduce cost of ownership.
and disseminating data makes maintaining and editing spatial data Taking advantage of open source benefits
• Leverage CAD-trained staff to keep GIS data efficient by providing users with a working while minimizing its risks, Autodesk MapGuide
current environment based on the familiar AutoCAD® Enterprise is backed by commercial-grade
• Accelerate business processes with easy-to-use, software platform. This means that CAD- support and quality assurance from Autodesk.
real-time information trained personnel can populate GIS data stores Organizations can extend their solution with
with engineering data and keep information Autodesk MapGuide Studio, an application that
• Realize more value from all investments in GIS up-to-date as they carry out design projects. allows map authors to stylize data and preview
technology and data Additionally, AutoCAD Map 3D enables design applications as they are created. Designed to
Let’s look more closely at how AutoCAD Map processes to utilize integrated GIS functions, be user-friendly, Autodesk MapGuide Studio
3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise work such as spatial queries, thematic mapping, enables organizations to create maps, Web
together to meet the needs of organizations that and buffer and network analysis, in a single pages, and applications without extensive
depend on geospatial data. environment for more efficient workflows. technical or programming expertise.
The result is a more informed design process,
increased productivity, and better data quality. In practice: A midsized public works agency
AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Because GIS specialists no longer have to spend decides to make AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk
Enterprise: Geospatial Foundation so much time converting and uploading design MapGuide Enterprise the foundation for all
Technology information into the GIS, they are able to free its GIS-dependent processes. Prior to turning
When used together, AutoCAD Map 3D their time for data discovery and geoprocessing. to Autodesk Geospatial solutions, the GIS
and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise enable department was forced to convert engineering
organizations to use data from initial design to Built on MapGuide Open Source, Autodesk data to a proprietary format in order to upload
Web deployment more effectively—without MapGuide Enterprise allows organizations to it into the GIS, a time-consuming process that
translation or data loss. The result—a powerful share spatial data over the Web on dynamically often stripped the data of intelligence. Then the
foundation for meeting core geospatial needs. generated maps. Information on maps can be organization used printed map books created by
combined with tabular data from business GIS staff to provide field crews and others with
system maps. Not only expensive, the map books
were out of date almost as soon as they were
printed and did not include the latest information
from other departments.

The agency has been able to overcome these

challenges by:
• Using AutoCAD Map 3D to combine CAD and
GIS data in their native formats without having
to perform data conversions, ensuring accuracy
and virtually eliminating data snapshots
• Leveraging engineering staff trained in
AutoCAD to create, edit, and maintain CAD and
GIS data in a familiar environment and perform
core GIS tasks, freeing GIS specialists for data
discovery and geoprocessing
• Sharing real-time maps over the Web with all
staff using Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise,
which has cut printing costs while increasing
the quality and accessibility of information

AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise drive the seamless creation, editing, management,
and sharing of data.
Open Data Access and Direct Connectivity in its GIS easily. Additionally, all new map
Autodesk Feature Data Objects (FDO) Data and design work is Web-ready as soon as it is
Access Technology is at the heart of many of created.
the breakthrough advantages of the Autodesk As a result, the agency can:
solution. FDO allows users to work natively with
• Help ensure that internal and downstream
a variety of spatial and non-spatial databases
users have accurate and up-to-date
and file-formats. This minimizes the need for
conversion between formats and helps prevent
data loss. Just as importantly, FDO technology • Extend the advantages of FDO open source
enables organizations to work with a variety of technology to data stores not currently
data formats without having to understand the supported by Autodesk
differences between the underlying data stores, • Develop innovative and time-saving ways to
reducing the time, cost, and training required use data online
to use and manage data. FDO is incorporated
• Realize continued value from legacy data
into all the offerings within the Autodesk Easily create maps and analyze data with the cartography
through interoperability and data sharing
Geospatial solution. Autodesk has released tools in AutoCAD Map 3D. Perform thematic mapping
FDO as an open source project under the Open and publish the results directly to Autodesk MapGuide
Unified Data Access + Unified API =
Source Geospatial FoundationTM (OSGeoTM), software.
Powerful Geospatial Platform
which makes it easy for developers to extend
AutoCAD Map and Autodesk MapGuide
its capabilities and achieve faster innovation of
products share a unified geospatial application
industry-focused solutions.
programming interface (API) as well as unified
FDO data access technology that can be used to
Organizations can take advantage of FDO by
build custom applications which share business
using AutoCAD Map 3D to access, manage, and
logic and common code.
edit data in variety of data stores, including
SDF, ESRI SHP and ArcSDE®, Oracle® Spatial,
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise works with
Microsoft® SQL Server, and MySQL databases,
leading development platforms, such as PHP,
and to access raster imagery and vector data
Java, and .Net, through powerful APIs. Enabling
through Open Geospatial ConsortiumTM
server-side programming and application
(OGC TM) Web Map Services (WMS) and Web
delivery, these APIs facilitate easy development
Feature Services (WFS). Additionally, data
without incurring significant development
access can be extended by utilizing open source
costs. This enables organizations to integrate
and third-party FDO data providers. Visit www.
information from various sources on maps in
autodesk.com/fdo for more details. Use Autodesk MapGuide Studio to put the final touches
innovative ways. For example, a utility can
on maps created in AutoCAD Map 3D before publishing
create applications that allow field crews to
As engineers and GIS specialists work with to the internet for distribution.
submit discrepancies and as-built information
data in AutoCAD Map 3D to create designs
online, and city planning departments can allow
and maps, this data can be directly shared
citizens to apply for permits using their home
with Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and
made quickly available for use on the Web—
without conversion or data preparation. So
In practice: Simple online applications can
when infrastructure information is updated,
be leveraged to save significant time and
authorized users are able to access the
money. The public works agency develops an
information directly. And when proposed
application that allows customers to report
designs are ready for review, stakeholders
the precise locations of drainage issues online.
simply go online to view them. With fast access
And when planned maintenance activities will
to consistent information, everyone involved in
impact neighborhoods, the agency instantly
a project stays in sync.
generates mailings that go to all impacted
customer addresses. Those same customers can
In practice: By using FDO technology included
go online to find updates about the progress of
with AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide
projects in their area.
Enterprise, the public works agency is able to
access, manage, edit, and share data stored Extend the reach and value of spatial information using
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise. Build business specific
applications and deliver your designs and maps created
in AutoCAD Map 3D directly to users using any Web
Realizing More Value from GIS Extend the Value of Investments with Data Conclusion
Investments Sharing and Interoperability AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide
“Before we turned to Map 3D and Oracle, it Through the use of FDO, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise provide organizations with a robust
took about five hours to move project base technology can be used as a Web Mapping Service foundation for all activities that depend on
maps into our design software. It now takes (WMS) and a Web Feature Service (WFS). As geospatial data. From data creation and editing
15 minutes … Being able to access ESRI data a Web Mapping Service, Autodesk MapGuide to management and sharing, AutoCAD Map
with Map 3D is saving our team still more products support a client/server environment. 3D and Autodesk MapGuide technology drive
time. It also helps us to get more value from They can retrieve geospatial data from WFS efficiency and effectiveness by making it easier
our investment in ESRI technology.” and WMS sites, enabling the use of data from to work with data—within desktop applications
other organizations that share their geospatial
and over the Web. Powered by FDO, these
Greg Braswell, data. Used as a WFS, Autodesk MapGuide
foundation technologies allow users to directly
IT and GIS Manager, products allow organizations to share their
and seamlessly access data in a variety of formats
San Francisco Department of Public Works data, in vector form, with authorized outside
and data storage systems.
Bureau of Engineering organizations. Together, these features support
low-cost and widespread sharing of geospatial
data—irrespective of format. Autodesk MapGuide By turning to AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk
Enterprise has also been certified by the Open MapGuide Enterprise, organizations can:
Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as compliant with • Integrate spatial data to serve GIS, engineering,
its WMS 1.1.1 specification. and Web needs
• Streamline the processes behind creating,
In practice: The public works agency finds that
managing and sharing data
much of the data it has collected complements
data gathered by the county in which it is located. • Leverage CAD-trained staff to keep GIS data
Working collaboratively, the agency and the current
county use Autodesk MapGuide technology to • Accelerate business processes by blending
build Web Mapping and Web Feature Services to spatial and other information in Web-based
share geospatial data—including legacy data. FDO maps
makes this easy even though the organizations
store data in different types of databases and • Realize more value from investments in
file formats. This data can then be leveraged geospatial data collection and technology
by engineering and GIS staff using a desktop
Web service client such as AutoCAD Map 3D. Learn more about how your organization can
Both organizations are able to realize significant seamlessly work with geospatial data by visiting
savings on new data collections thanks to the us on the Web at www.autodesk.com/geospatial.
interoperability built into Autodesk Geospatial

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