What is GeoTools?
GeoTools is a .dwg based geo-data application that is useful to view, create, modify, analyze and report on CAD data that is geographic in nature. If your nature of business is GIS data creation, surveying, mapping, facilities management, infrastructure, landscape development, city planning or similar, GeoTools can make a difference for you and increase your productivity.
GeoTools is a very handy time-saver for GIS-data preparation and editing in the CAD environment.
GeoTools functions include…
How does it compare with AutoCAD Map / Civil 3D / Google Earth?
GeoTools offers more than 60% of the functions that are found in AutoCAD Map or Civil 3D and which are commonly required by majority (90%) of users.
Typical GeoTools Workflows
Data Cleanup & Optimization
All data cleanup and optimization techniques found in AutoCAD Map like polyline vertex weeding, densification, fixing of overshoots and under-hangs, intersection cleanup based on snapping etc. are handled by GeoTools in an efficient manner. Independent snapping of points in 2d and/or 3d is possible and all operations preserve all attached entity data like XDATA, object data, attributes etc.
Building meaningful data from disconnected ones is always one of the goals of GIS. GeoTools has tools to build closed polygons from disconnected but touching edges, create area annotations, attached database and export to Excel.
Geographic Coordinates conversion:
GeoTools offers complete coordinate conversion from UTM, Transverse Mercator, Albers and Lambert systems to Lat-Long and vice-versa, complete with datum shift handling etc.
Google Earth Interaction (Export/Import)
GeoTools offers complete integration with Google Earth and allows KML/KMZ data import and export of vector data. All this is functionality that is found in Civil 3D software only. It is also possible to extract viewport image from Google Earth and bring it into CAD with geo-referencing.
Surveying & Terrain modeling
For surveying professionals and terrain designers, GeoTools offers easy ability to create cross-sectional profiles, longitudinal sections, volume calculations, TIM grid creation, drawing of graded lines, traverse adjustments and so on.
Mining & Geology:
GeoTools also has a small section called Geological and Mining which is under development and in its initial design phases.
Planning & Visualization Tools:
GeoTools intends to add a set of planning and visualization tools for city and neighborhood planning, zoning analysis, flight path and buffer zone modeling and so on.
Typical Screenshots from GeoTools
More than 250 tools in familiar CAD interface, for working with Geographic data inside CAD software
Create cross-sectional profiles with complete parametric control
Geological & Mining moduel imports bore-hole data and creates mine plan models
Import GML/KML data into your CAD software
Integration with Google Earth
Civil tools to create TIN models
And many more.
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