The Latest on CAD/GIS
The latest in a long series of articles (I wrote many, I confess) on the state of CAD/GIS integration and ESRI’s take on it, is online at CE News. Written by my former ESRI colleague Don Kuehne, it looks at the differences in the technology and where GIS may have the upper hand. In particular interest to me, Don writes, “Unlike CAD systems, which leave data structure to the whims of individual users or require social engineering to police layer standards, GIS facilitates the creation of data of known quality.” If pressed I supposed I’d agree that’s true; still, without metadata (seemingly a “social engineering” phenomena) GIS data are no better than CAD created data. So, we are not out of the woods yet!