by Stephen Brockwell
As you may have heard, Autodesk will no longer be supporting the Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) starting in 2019. Many of us will miss the simplicity, ease of configuration, and performance of this product. However, we think this change presents an opportunity for our customers. Let’s summarize the alternatives:
Autodesk InfraWorks 360
This approach is surprisingly easy for web viewing and has the additional advantage of allowing you to build 3D models from off-the-shelf Open Street Map data sources. It also allows you to begin working in 3D for visualization, design, and planning. Using Autodesk InfraWorks 360 requires an Autodesk 360 account and cloud access. For more information on this approach, please contact Stephen.Brockwell@brockwellit.com.
ESRI ArcGIS for Server
Because Autodesk and ESRI are now working more closely together, ESRI has made an offer of software and training to existing customers of Autodesk. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the collaboration. Brockwell can help you connect ArcGIS to existing datasources (including enterprise data sources in Oracle and SQL Server). There is some training required to understand how to migrate your maps and applications—but the application development environment is surprisingly easy, there are many resources available, and, of course, we’re here to help with our resident ESRI expert, email@example.com.
OSGeo MapGuide Open Source
For many customers, this will be the most cost-effective solution. Much of your web site application code will be preserved. Your packages, data connections and server resources can be re-used with very little change. And here too, we have the expertise to help you. Many of you know Frank Misurec who has been a key software engineer for many implementations of both AIMS and Mapguide Open Source. Frank can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These alternatives may not be mutually exclusive—many of you may want to explore both 3D approaches based on Infraworks and more traditional web GIS solutions based on Esri ArcGIS or open source solutions. And there’s plenty of time to try these options before you make a decision and before the end-of-life date for the Infrastructure Map Server.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting a webinar in which we give you a technical walkthrough of all three approaches. Please look for the invitation—I’m reasonably confident that in only 30-40 minutes, we’ll be able to answer your questions and give you a better sense of what will work best for your business.
UPDATE: We have scheduled these webinars and you can register here!
Webinar #1 is “Exploring Alternatives for Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) and MapGuide” and will cover the three options for migrating from AIMS that we have listed above.
Webinar #2 is “Exploring ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise Standard for Autodesk customers” and we will take a deeper dive into the Esri solutions that we have been working on and that take advantage of the new collaboration with Esri and Autodesk.
If you have questions or want to discuss, you can contact us here as well as via email.