The power of bim & gis combined

Autodesk and Esri

Transforming how infrastructure assets are delivered and managed with more positive economic, social, and environmental impacts in mind

Design and make a better future

Autodesk and Esri, the industry's leading supplier of GIS software and applications, have partnered to transform infrastructure project workflows. Our strategic alliance bridges BIM and GIS, placing critical data at the center of projects. Together, we enable infrastructure owners and the AEC design teams that support them to plan, design, build, and manage a more sustainable and resilient future.

Addressing global challenges

“It is important to consider the needs of future generations during the design and building of projects today. The benefits of our collaboration with Autodesk will include securing sustainable resources for the growing population, a responsible human footprint on our natural environment, better use of our planet’s resources and more resilient cities.”

Jack Dangermond, President, Esri


Unlocking innovations for a more sustainable future

“Partnering with Esri is intended to combine the power of BIM and GIS mapping which will enable our shared customers to build anything, anywhere. Our goals are to provide industry and city planners the ability to design in the context of the real world. This will allow communities to build more connected, resilient cities, and infrastructure with a focused eye on sustainability.”

Andrew Anagnost, CEO, Autodesk

What customers have to say


Integrated data connects teams

"Teams have highlighted the need for robust standards and agreements to connect geographic and building information successfully."


Francois Appéré, Global Autodesk Platform Director, Arcadis


Data exchange and collaboration

"An integrated BIM and GIS approach forms the foundation of a project strategy in order to make the data accessible to all project stakeholders."


Jeroen Tishauser, Civil Engineer, VolkerWessels



Thinking "3D first"

"Autodesk has a set of tools, Esri has a set of tools, and they're very powerful. But when you leverage the tools together, that opens up a world of possibilities."


Cameron Schaefer, Transportation Data Acquisition & Reality Mesh Director, HDR

BIM & GIS Integrations

Connectors for ArcGIS

Desktop integrations enable more seamless flows of GIS data between Civil 3D, InfraWorks, AutoCAD Map3D and Esri's ArcGIS.


BIM & GIS cloud collaboration

Autodesk Construction Cloud and Esri's ArcGIS, together, connects location information, design models, and collaborative workflows for a more holistic view of the entire project life cycle.


Water solutions

Water infrastructure products connected to Esri’s ArcGIS help streamline hydraulic and hydrology model building and management.


Connectors for ArcGIS streamlines the flow BIM and GIS data

The Autodesk Connectors for ArcGIS maintain a live link between Autodesk design authoring tools and ArcGIS, giving engineers access to the location information they need to have a more solid understanding of existing conditions and the ability to publish the latest data back to GIS.

Autodesk Connectors for ArcGIS

Real time flows of GIS data

Utilize a live link between Civil 3D and ArcGIS to ensure design decisions are based on current existing conditions GIS data. Make updates in Civil 3D based on findings in the field and save those changes back to ArcGIS, ensuring the latest actual conditions information is reflected in the GIS.

Richer, more accurate project context

Combine GIS data from ArcGIS with InfraWorks models to build conceptual designs that more accurately reflect a project's existing built and natural environment and better visualize how the surrounding area interacts with your project.

Model-based GIS mapping

Create information-rich feature data in AutoCAD Map 3D for visualization, analysis, and planning. GIS data can be curated directly from ArcGIS or you can use publicly available data from others and the ESRI Living Atlas.

Cloud-connected BIM & GIS transforms design and operations workflows

Esri's ArcGIS GeoBIM and Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro enable design models and location intelligence to be viewed holistically, allowing infrastructure owners and AEC teams to explore and collaborate on an infrastructure asset's information with geospatial context—easing communications and improving decisions throughout the asset’s lifecycle.

Cloud-connected BIM & GIS solutions

Make better design decisions

Link up-to-date project information with geospatial context for improved design review, visualization, and exploration. More complete and accurate information helps ensure the delivery of design documentation in line with design and submissions standards and requirements.

Improve collaboration on design and operations

Connect design documentation to relevant ArcGIS data for access to complete, accurate, and geolocated information of infrastructure assets. Ensure that project stakeholders are working with the most up-to-date information while location intelligence improves assessment that the design project fits the intended use.

Manage design and project complexity

Understand and monitor project status, including issue locations, completion, timelines, and distribution across teams. More efficient collaboration and decision making helps accelerate project reviews while improving environmental outcomes.

Improve capacity for more sustainable operations

Get a clearer view of existing conditions data alongside design data that was used to construct a project. Operations teams gain greater clarity on all aspects of the project in one environment and benefit from access to the most current information.

Make an impact, where it's needed most

Build and maintain collaborative relationships with project decision makers and team members, and effect more active participation and support from the community. With rich visualizations of a project through a web browser, all stakeholders can gain a clear understanding of the impacts of a project.

GIS integrations with hydraulic modeling and cloud technologies for water

Autodesk’s hydraulic modeling and cloud technologies for water are built with powerful integrations with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, giving water professionals the geospatial context needed to effectively plan, model, operate, and maintain their infrastructure.


GIS-enabled water solutions

Better understand your water systems

Conduct a wide range of analyses to plan, extend, and manage water distribution systems effectively. With InfoWater Pro built directly on ArcGIS Pro, water modelers can efficiently build and manage models and interpret results in a familiar GIS interface.

Address the right assets at the right time

Make informed asset decisions by quickly bringing water and wastewater asset information and geometries from ArcGIS Online into Info360 Asset. Give stakeholders access to rich asset information in a geospatial environment by publishing risk and rehabilitation planning results from Info360 Asset to ArcGIS Online.

Monitor plant and network operations

Optimize network and plant operational performance and meet regulatory requirements using real-time data analytics. View spatial layers, asset geometry, and geospatial information directly in Info360 Insight and Info360 Plant’s custom analysis and visualization tools.

Explore BIM & GIS Beyond the Surface

BIM + GIS: The power of design information and location intelligence, combined

Research data and customer stories show how BIM & GIS enable efficiencies and more sustainable outcomes.

Unlocking the potential of Digital Twins for the AEC industry

Digital twin technologies help accelerate project delivery and more sustainability and resilient infrastructure.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why did Autodesk & Esri form a strategic alliance?

Understanding vital projects like buildings, roads, railway stations, residential development, etc. within their larger contextual environment is crucial. It allows AEC professionals to plan, design, deliver, and operate their assets with consideration for the real world around – allowing them to address the impacts of their projects to macro-economic challenges such as population growth, water scarcity and climate change through more resilient and sustainable approaches.


Through the collaboration between Autodesk and Esri, we can now place BIM and GIS data at the core of projects, combine the power of design information and location intelligence to enable AEC Professionals to streamline data flow across teams, eliminate barriers between departments, and improve the understanding of projects and assets in the context of the built and natural environments.

How does BIM (Building Information Modelling) and GIS (Geographic Information System) work together?

GIS informs BIM by providing a real-world context of an asset’s existing environment within which designers and engineers can explore and evaluate design and construction. BIM fuels GIS with information rich and accurate design models of assets that improve overall operations, maintenance, and capital planning. The fusion of BIM and GIS provides the power to bring geographic information and project design data together, improving understanding about how assets interact within the context of what exists in its environment, both built and natural.

What is the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS

The Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS is a tool available in Autodesk’s design authoring tools (Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and AutoCAD Map 3D) that establishes a live connection between those tools and Esri’s ArcGIS. The Connector enables engineers and designers to seamlessly integrate GIS data into their conceptual and detail design workflows, giving them a more accurate view of existing conditions. By maintaining a live link, it allows users to access up-to-date location information from ArcGIS within the Autodesk tools, enabling them to make design decisions based on current real-world data. Additionally, any updates or changes made in the Autodesk tools can be saved back to ArcGIS, ensuring that the GIS data reflects the latest information.

What is ArcGIS GeoBIM?

ArcGIS GeoBIM, enables the development of purpose-built web-based applications that integrates BIM design and documentation information from Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro with GIS data in ArcGIS. The solution enables teams to explore and collaborate on infrastructure projects to better visualize designs in context, monitor issues, manage assets, and more.


By using ArcGIS GeoBIM and BIM Collaborate Pro together, AEC professionals can deliver web applications to explore and collaborate on integrated design and GIS information, configured to their needs, easing communications and improving decisions during planning, design, construction, and operations. BIM and GIS cloud collaboration with ArcGIS GeoBIM and BIM Collaborate Pro unites multidisciplinary teams and places data at the center of everything they do, enabling project owners and AEC design teams to better manage risks, costs, and timelines.

How does the integration of BIM and GIS help transportation projects?

BIM and GIS integrations allow transportation projects to incorporate different design alternatives to assess performance under various scenarios, facilitating evidence-based decision-making to minimize negative social impacts, for example, the displacement of communities and disruption of established neighborhoods, as well as do environmental justice.  Integrating BIM and GIS allow transportation owners, operators, and the AEC firms to support them with more effective management and maintenance of transportation projects - resulting in better asset tracking, condition assessment, and predictive maintenance. 

How does the integration of BIM and GIS help water projects?

BIM and GIS integration promotes sustainable water projects by facilitating georeferencing of infrastructure within the real-world context. This enables AEC professionals to analyze spatial factors like terrain, hydrological patterns, and watershed boundaries, leading to informed decision-making for sustainable solutions. Additionally, the integration enables real-time situational awareness, allowing emergency responders to better understand spatial contexts, identify affected areas, and plan eco-friendly actions during emergencies such as leaks, pipe bursts, or natural disasters.

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