By Kathleen Kewley
This year was my first opportunity to attend the Esri User Conference in San Diego – what an event! As a former Autodesk employee and BIM champion, I am so excited to see the worlds coming together and the immense opportunity this offers to improve efficiencies, lower project costs and support innovation across the industry.
The presentation on mainstage by Mott MacDonald (an engineering firm working on the renovation of the Catskills aqueduct hat brings fresh water to New York) showing the integration of BIM and GIS for New York City’s Lower Catskill Aqueduct maintenance project, was a great example of how this can be achieved, providing value to all project stakeholders, from consultant through to owners of that critical infrastructure. It’s incredibly exciting to see people talk about InfraWorks and ArcGIS and BIM360 and ArcGIS as if it was inevitable and seamless. This is incredible affirmation of the hard work we’ve been doing – it’s very real. It has an impact, ultimately, in the water flowing from a tap for 10,000,000 people.
Esri’s commitment to making our world a better place through GIS and location intelligence, matched with Autodesk’s leading BIM, project construction and collaboration technology will absolutely help us build more sustainable cities and infrastructure well into the future. I’m excited for what’s next and Autodesk University in the fall!
Check out this webcast that goes into more detail about BIM and GIS and what’s coming up here
And to see more of the presentations at Esri UC, check out their playlist of sessions.