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.
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.
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:
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.