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Using Artificial Satellite Data in High-Low Mix Design Environment

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    Many professionals have started using satellite-based data in their design process to mitigate the risks from global warming, negative environmental impacts, Covid-19, low-intensity/large-scale conflicts, and other unforeseeable events. There are many types and a wide range of data format variations of 2D and 3D data derived from satellites. But the truth is that it's not always straightforward to "read" satellite-based data from your Autodesk design environment. In this case study, we’ll cover the following satellite-data-related topics: satellite data 101, benefits and limitations, examples of successful ACE projects, and some common pitfalls you may encounter. We’ll then cover how to cleanse and manage satellite data for three levels of design toolsets, namely AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Plus software, and the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection. Lastly, we’ll show several of the latest open/free, global-scale, satellite-based geodata that could be maximized in the large-scale conceptual / overall planning of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) projects.

    Key Learnings

    • Gain a basic understanding of GIS and satellite data so that you can “google” to find what you need when you need it.
    • Discover GIS support functionality in Autodesk products, and why you may need to know work-arounds in some cases.
    • Remember some web resources where you can find free and paid geospatial data.
    • Learn about when and why you need associated Autodesk products (AutoCAD Plus, Civil 3D, and InfraWorks) in terms of handling geodata.