Spatial Manager

The ‘Spatial Manager 5’ Data Grid

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD and AutoCAD is a powerful add-on designed for users who need to import, export and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way, which includes many possibilities not seen. It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside BricsCAD or AutoCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between BricsCAD or AutoCAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores, display background maps and manage alphanumeric data and data tables.

  • Import from Google Earth (KML or KMZ), OpenStreetMap (OSM or PBF), Shapefiles (SHP), GPS, Points (many formats), Excel, Access, ESRI ArcInfo®, MapInfo, GML (GML or GZ), PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial sources
  • Export to Google Earth (KML or KMZ), Shapefiles (SHP), Points (many formats), MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial targets
  • Transformation of coordinates optional
  • Backgrounds Maps, powerful and easy to use
  • Publishing to Google Earth
  • Alphanumeric data tables as Extended Entity Data (EED). Manage data tables and fields. Data viewer and editor included
  • Save Tasks to replay the import processes so many times as desired
  • Interface simple, intuitive and productive
  • Perpetual licenses. Pay once, no periodic fees

BricsCAD import

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD imports spatial data, into new or existing BricsCAD drawings, as BricsCAD entities and Extended Entity Data (EED), using a powerful wizard which lets the user choose or select all the necessary import parameters in order to get differentiated spatial information in a CAD drawing.

Batch-import, automatic layering, fill of polygons, blocks according data values and mapped attributes, labeling, elevation, thickness or the spatial filter are only part of the application functionality when importing from spatial files, data servers, data stores, etc.

There are some advanced and powerful techniques to speed up the import processes.

The “Tasks” save all the import processes parameters and options in order to repeat these processes so many times as desired. It is possible to execute one or more “Tasks” at once.

BricsCAD export

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD exports entities from the drawing to spatial files or databases, and saves their Extended Entity Data (EED) as alphanumeric data tables using a wizard, which shares some of the steps with the import wizard. In the same way, the user can choose or select the export parameters to define all the target data among a great number of possibilities.

There are options to export the Coordinates, Length or Area, the entities Layer, Handle and Elevation, the Attributes and the name of the Block references and their properties, the Texts and their properties, etc. The entities will be automatically filtered when exporting, and all the geometric operations needed to fit the target data format (such as segmenting curved entities) are automatically performed.

NEW | Spatial Manager V5 for BricsCAD and AutoCAD

Powerful and unique Data Grid allows you to manage the spatial data in your drawings and maps more effectively than ever.

New command ‘SPMDATATABLEGRID’: The Data Grid Palette
  • Interactive and synchronized
  • Selecting objects and navigation tools in the grid
  • Editing data and columns
  • Columns sorting
  • Sorting data by column
  • Automatic column width adjustment
  • Direct export to CSV, TXT, etc.
  • Multi-table grid
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Recovering data Table structures from the drawing objects
  • Very useful when “Copying/Cutting and Pasting” objects from one drawing to another, when saving drawings using WBLOCK, etc.
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Choose the value of a Field from a list of available values when selecting by query
Import and export user dynamic Background Maps
  • User Background Map Definition files *.bmd
  • Allows sharing between computers or users and helps organize user Background Map definitions
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Other Improvements
  • Rename data Tables
  • Object data (EED) are no longer attached to the texts when labeling while importing
  • “Text qualifier” setting in the ASCII data provider when Importing and Exporting
  • Data character encoding setup when exporting to Shapefiles (SHP)
  • Spatial filters in the WFS (OGR) data provider
  • EPSG tables updated to version 9.5 (CRSs and other objects)
  • Applications performance when reading the object data has been greatly improved

… and more

Note: Certain functions are available on the “Standard” and/or “Professional” editions only, and some of them may refer only to CAD versions

Transformation of coordinates

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD will calculate geometric transformations of the features in line with the import and export processes, which will depend on the chosen Coordinate System (CRS) for the source and target data. The user can choose the appropriate CRSs from a complete CRS catalog or from a list which includes the most recent used CRSs.

Background Maps

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD allows to the BricsCAD users (from v.13), choose from among many Backgrounds Maps from many providers such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, Ordnance Survey, etc. These maps will enhance the drawings quality and will let the users compare and check better. The map images are automatically updated when the drawing view changes (zoom, pan, etc.) and the images resolution is automatically adapted to the view size. The user can take static Snapshots of the Maps.

Publishing to Google Earth

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD includes a specific command designed to Export all or part of the entities in the visible Layers of the drawing and their data, to a KML or KMZ file (Google Earth) through a one-click operation. The current Layers organization and the properties of the Layers and entities are considered when creating the resulting GE file, and this file can be opened in Google Earth (if installed).

Data structure management and direct data edition

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD will manage the alphanumeric data which may come linked to the entities in the import processes themselves but the users can also design and edit the structure which will be used to store the data. They can manage the tables and the fields according to their needs. In addition, the data values can be modified in the palette of the application and there are two commands to select entities by Queries or according to the table that they are attached. As a plus, the application also provides a command that allows Zooming to the selected entities.

User data sources

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD incorporates the UDS technology to easily connect with spatial database servers, or data stores, and also as the way the user can define the path to a particular spatial data file, including their own connection parameters. UDSs avoid having to enter a lot of connection parameters, which are not easy to remember, and they are stored inside the user settings to take advantage of them in every application session.