GIS Tech News (#107)

20 Jul, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

Earthmine Extension Brings New Perspective to AutoCAD Map 3D: Users who manage infrastructure can visualize their assets in a real-world context — without leaving their desks.

Earthmine Extension Brings New Perspective to AutoCAD Map 3D

Users who manage infrastructure can visualize their assets in a real-world context — without leaving their desks.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Geospatial solutions provider earthmine — which uses vehicle-mounted cameras to collect 3D street-level imagery — has forged an alliance with the CAD world. Last month, earthmine announced both its status as an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner and the release of an extension for AutoCAD Map 3D.

In its new role, earthmine will collaborate with Autodesk to fuse its data with CAD applications. The first example of that product integration is the latest addition to earthmine's desktop product suite: the earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D extension. With this release, Map 3D users can see high-resolution street-level imagery alongside the traditional AutoCAD view. They can overlay Map 3D features on the panoramic imagery to visualize spatial data within its real-world context, and to gather and analyze additional information that may not be contained within their GIS (geographic information system).

"This extension adds a lot of great features to Map 3D," Anthony Fassero, co-CEO and co-founder of earthmine, told Cadalyst. Fassero went on to explain that there is "a natural fit" between AutoCAD Map 3D and earthmine data. "[Map 3D 2012] has a nice workflow for infrastructure," he commented.

As far as the learning curve goes, "We do integrate into [the Map 3D] workflow seamlessly; there is no significant change in what the user is expecting," Fassero said. "Anyone familiar with Google Street View will be able to jump in right away. There's no additional training needed, it's intuitive ... it feels like something that comes with [AutoCAD Map 3D]." Read more »
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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.



Event Report: Hexagon 2011

The inaugural gathering shapes diverse conferences and technologies into a single event that showcases the broad reach of metrology.

By Curt Moreno

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines metrology as "the science of weights and measures or of measurement." As I waited at the terminal gate, wondering what a conference focused on such a science would be like, I have to admit that I conjured a mental image of some very boring people, milling about in a hotel and measuring things with over-sized calipers. Little did I know what awaited me at the inaugural Hexagon Conference in Orlando, Florida.

I understood that the Hexagon AB company produces software and hardware solutions for a long list of industries, including my own industry of civil engineering. I had seen the Leica Geosystems brand of laser scanners and levels on many job sites; I had just never associated that kind of measurement with the term "metrology." Of course, all kinds of CAD and GIS (geographic information system) technologies depend on data about lengths and widths, distances and locations, material properties and part characteristics. Without metrology, the fancy software we use every day would be useless.

Something Old, Something New

Hexagon 2011 united conferences and technologies from Hexagon Group companies including Hexagon Geosystems; Hexagon Metrology; ERDAS; Leica Geosystems; Intergraph Process, Power, and Marine; and Intergraph Security, Government, and Infrastructure. Following Hexagon AB's acquisition of Intergraph, the measurement and visualization giant organized a large-scale conference addressing its many client industries. Read more »
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Curt Moreno is a Houston, Texas–based CAD manager, writer, and wannabe speaker who has been using AutoCAD since 1990.


Mark Your Calendar: GIS Events

Harmonize Your Spatial Data for INSPIRE with FME
July 21, 2011
9 a.m. ET
This Safe Software webinar will provide an overview of how to handle schema mapping without a technical knowledge of XML. Read more

Extend the Reach of Your ArcGIS Investment with FME
July 28, 2011
8 a.m. PT
This Safe Software webinar will explain how to access any data directly within ArcGIS, regardless of its source system. Read more 

Latin American Geospatial Forum
August 17–19, 2011
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The first Annual Latin American Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information, Technology, and Applications, hosted by GIS Development, will include plenary and keynote sessions, symposia, seminars, workshops, technical sessions, technology shows and an exhibition. Read more

FOSS4G Open Source Geospatial Conference
September 12–16, 2011
Denver, Colorado
The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is an international event focused on open-source geospatial software. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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