For construction professionals who map, plan, design, build, and operate infrastructure, surveying no longer needs to be just ‘lines on a map.’ Mapping and GIS (geographic information system) technology can help maintain, analyze, and share 2D and 3D geospatial information.

Last week, Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., came to market with Bentley Map V8i. Specifically, the technology generates 2D and 3D spatial data, performs spatial analyses, and creates 3D models, which allows cities to collect spatial data and view it in 3D.

According to Erik Wirring, technical head of the CAD and surveying software department in Denmark, surveying is now changing from just making ‘lines on a map’ to collecting detailed location information based on the objects surveyed. This allows surveyors to improve accuracy.

The product has three editions: Bentley Map PowerView for light editor/review of spatial information, Bentley Map for GIS professionals who create, edit, analyze, and maintain spatial information, and Bentley Map Enterprise for the GIS professional who needs access to advanced image management such as solids texturing.

Bentley Map V8i works with the ProjectWise collaboration platform, allowing teams to share data. For example, Jean Pellerin, Quebec land surveyor, City of Montreal, uses Bentley Map to document the city’s water network. The software creates smart infrastructure objects and integrates with ProjectWise and Bentley Geospatial Server to extend spatial data across the entire organization. This will improve workflow and interoperability for all project stakeholders.

According to Bentley, the two items that set it apart are meeting accuracy requirements on infrastructure projects and handling both 2D and 3D data.

This type of technology is helping city projects improve how geospatial information is collected, managed, and analyzed. Being able to map the information in 3D gives the industry the tools to build new and existing infrastructure.