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Final presentation of the day, and we have ceo Wilfred Graebert telling us how ARES Map came about. He surveys companies, asking if they use DWG files. If so, "then we talk." We have a competitive product that they can use to establish themselves in the market. "Sometimes it works."
When the discussions are getting "warmer," we discuss branding. Which brings him to a new partner, Esri -- the GIS people with 350,000 customers and the 200 largest US cities. For a couple of years the two firms have been working on integrating GIS and CAD.
Today he announces a new product: ARES Map: "CAD for GIS and GIS for CAD." Esri has CAD data that need to import data into GIS, or edit GIS data using a CAD interface that's more familiar.
ARES Map is based on ARES Commander, connects directly to ArcGIS servers and ArcGIS Online. Saves drawings in DWG format with GIS-enabled objects.
ARES Ma0 adds a GIS tab to the ribbon, as illustrated above. First step in using it, is to connect to one of Esri's many base map. Then connect to a map service, like maps of wild fires or wind turbines or water networks at the desired level of detail. Data connected to a place on the map is displayed in new GIS Data tab of the ARES Properties palette.
Data can be edited and sent back to the database; the process can be blocked for those users not permitted to make changes -- view-only. ARES Commander does extra checks to determine whether the changes are being made correctly. "It forces me to create good content."