Architecture and Engineering


Architecture and Engineering firms can meet the needs of each department with one easily supported application, letting them start with a single department or solution and expand as time, goals and budget permit.

Architecture and Engineering firms can use ECM to:

  • Scale their solution across corporate and branch locations while managing information in a central repository
  • Promote faster inter-departmental processing, allowing staff to make better, more informed decisions
  • Provide users with mobile access to information on their phones and tablets, allowing them to work on projects no matter the time or their location

ECM can be used across departments such as:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Legal


GIS is playing an increasingly important role in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) companies by supporting all phases of infrastructure management.

GIS technology provides the tools for creating, managing, analyzing, and visualizing the data associated with developing and managing infrastructure. Using a central GIS database, you can conduct spatial analysis, overlay data, and integrate other solutions and systems.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Engineers responsible for the safety and security of buildings, bridges, utilities, and other critical infrastructure need a comprehensive decision-making tool for emergency assessment, preparation, response, and recovery activities.

With critical infrastructure information stored in a geodatabase, you can display that information and traffic and weather data, draw buffer protection zones, and share new changes in real time on a Web-based map.

Esri provides a situational awareness solution for fusing data, from flood elevation and evacuation routes to a bridge’s structural specifications and inspections

CAD Integration

With specialized tools, you can incorporate CAD data into GIS for analysis and continue to access and deliver data in a CAD format. Also, you can define the coordinate system within AutoCAD to automatically project maps on the fly without transforming CAD drawings or converting GIS data

With ArcGIS for AutoCAD, you can:

  • View live GIS maps and display symbology of all underlying GIS data structures in CAD
  • Include GIS basemaps and analysis results in your CAD designs

Data Integration and Visualization

You can use GIS to combine and interpret data from many different formats, including satellite images, CAD drawings, and parcel maps. GIS allows you to create a visual overview of a project and turn it into reports that clearly reflect the situation.

A GIS database gives you the ability to handle rich data types and apply sophisticated rules and relationships. You can implement smart business logic that, for example, builds topologies and geometric networks, validates data, and controls access.