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GIS Meets BIM: Delivering End-to-End Solutions for Government and Infrastructure

Infrastructure development projects are critical in the advancement of local communities’ economic development agenda. They reenergize the local and regional economy and create opportunities for new jobs and sustainable economic growth. Both location intelligence and BIM (Building Information Modeling) solutions are used to support these development projects on various scales and in all stages, including planning, designing, building and management.

Location intelligence is used in analysis and planning tasks while BIM technology is used to support project design and operations.

However, planning and implementation of infrastructure projects can take many years which depletes valuable resources and can result in significant delays and costly deadlocks. This is especially true as communities struggle to engage and involve all stakeholders in the development process due to the long and sometimes tedious permitting and approval process and the incompatibility of data and technology stacks used in various stages of the aforementioned project lifecycle.

When planning a large development, community planners tend to rely on two separate software applications – GIS technology to conduct analysis and evaluate development scenarios and BIM technology to visualize outcomes and evaluate design scenarios. Although planners and designers need to collaborate to ensure the success of the planned project, in reality these two workflows are for the most part not linked together well. This caused them to be unable to communicate since they lack interoperability, bringing the development to a crawl. This delay can be a major problem when dealing with massive infrastructure development projects that can cost the community a significant amount of resources and lost opportunities.


Expediting the process of development means a higher degree of data interoperability between the two sides of the project lifecycle by stitching GIS and BIM workflows. Now, this is possible thanks to Autodesk/Pitney Bowes Software partnership that brings it all together in a comprehensive set of solutions that incorporates data, geocoding, analysis, and design capabilities. This is where GIS meets BIM and where analysis meets design. The result is a robust set of capabilities that are interoperable and complimentary to each other to support a more informed and streamlined planning, decision making and development process.

With enhanced interoperability, developers now have a common end-to-end solution that supports the entire project lifecycle. Working in unison, this comprehensive technology solution leverages data management and interoperability, powerful spatial analysis, and advanced 2D and 3D visualization and rendering of the project in its intended location. This streamlined workflow allows rapid reiteration and collaboration and can significantly shorten the overall development time saving serious time and resources.

This makes it possible for state and local government agencies and community development professionals to support all phases of the project lifecycle, including planning, designing, building and management.

Pitney Bowes Software and Autodesk have teamed up to offer a complimentary GIS online training and education on the benefits of this integration where you’ll gain a better understanding of how this toolset helps organizations:

  • Manage end-to-end planning and design workflows

  • Generate, visualize and evaluate planning alternatives in the context of the real world

  • Perform what-if analysis integrating 2D and 3D data

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