The Business Value of GIS for Design and Construction

Our physical world is a rich three-dimensional experience. While architectural and engineering design tools have been dramatically advancing to more effectively engage with 3D, geospatial (GIS) information has also been evolving from 2D maps into detailed surface, subsurface and land-use datasets and visualizations. Now these exciting advancements are joining forces to provide fully informed 3D contextual environments.

Esri and Autodesk have partnered with Dodge Data & Analytics on research to understand exactly how the design and construction industry is currently using GIS and its benefits to their projects and companies in order to help the industry better understand its potential.

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According to the survey, 62% of the GIS users reported they were better able to consider environmental and social impacts in their design.

61% of the GIS users surveyors reported improved productivity as their internal business benefit.

57% of GIS users reported that they had an improvement in their client satisfaction.

56% of the GIS users who participated in Dodge’s survey reported they had reduced conflicts, field coordination problems and changes during the construction phase.

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The study reveals that the inherent value of GIS is well understood by architects, engineers, and contractors. Those who use it report achieving many important benefits, and most of those who do not have a favorable view of its positive potential.