August 2015 – Updates

The Sync Engine for Floorplans is now available on Github. This is an advanced solution for creating and managing a 3D GIS database from 2D CAD drawings.

March 2015 – Updates

The download example was updated to match the latest on on our Github Repository.  There are a number of detailed changes that you can see on Github, some of the key ones are:

  • Proxy support – you can edit to set this up
  • Logging improvements – especially when gzTools are called from other python scripts
  • A tool to just add missing fields to an existing database
  • A new tool to create all of the Gizinta Xml files for a source and target database
  • A number of field mapper website improvements – handling different browsers and reported issues

The FME tools have not been getting many downloads so for now they have been taking off of the website. Contact us if you are interested in this. The second reason for the FME change is that we are working on a commercial release of the Floorplan Sync Engine.

April 2014 – Updates

Gizinta was updated on April 7. A new Floorplan data loading example was published for the first time – it takes some ArcGIS for AutoCAD drawings from the University of Washington and loads to a Geodatabase.

Also the FME example for ArcGIS for Local Government was updated, and the ArcGIS version was updated. There are a number of bugfixes, performance improvements, and the FME version was significantly improved from the initial version.

January 2014 – ArcGIS Version Updated

Gizinta was updated on the 16th with a number of bugfixes and improvements. The most visible part is a new tool that will create Gizinta files for 2 workspaces where the source and target names match.

There are a number of internal improvements in the code, notably:

  • Better support for running the field Calculator on Enterprise Geodatabases
  • Improvements in View creation and management within the tools
  • General cleanup and some minor changes to functions based on issues found using the tools on more projects
  • Based on feedback we also added a Getting Started page on the website and also a link from the download

If you have been using the tools as a function library you should check out the details on our Github Repository.

October 2013 – FME Version now available

If you have been following our plans for Gizinta, you already knew that a version for Safe Software’s FME technology was in the works.

We have an early Beta version of that available now on the downloads page.

Also the Gizinta for ArcGIS download was updated October 31. The main change was improved looping for folders to find CAD drawings.


September 2013 – Improved format support

Gizinta was updated on Sept 22 to include better support for import from non-Esri sources, especially if you have the Data Interoperability extension/FME.

It also includes improved handling of identical field names with different case between the source and target – such as ‘LastEditor’ vs. ‘LASTEDITOR’.

The AutoMap feature has been getting some use on projects – it’s a real time saver. Check it out in the downloads section, and try the Gizinta Field Mapper tool.


August 2013 – AutoMap has Arrived!

A great new innovative feature in Gizinta was released in August. AutoMap is used by the Gizinta Field Mapper to speed up creating the mappings between source and target datasets. Essentially it keeps track of all field mappings on the site and uses the most frequently used field mappings for your source and target fields.

In practice, this typically means the initial mapping process will be reduced to a few minutes rather than an average of about 10 minutes per dataset.

It also means that Gizinta will adapt and get better as more people use it. This Network Effect is a key goal for making Gizinta the leading tool for GIS Data Movement.


May 2013 – The Second Gizinta Project

In Q2 2013 the second Gizinta project was completed at Caltech in Pasadena, CA.

The project involved syncing AutoCAD drawings to an Esri Geodatabase from approximately 500 floorplan drawings. After trying a few different approaches we ended up using an AutoCAD Xrecord approach to storing the Facility attributes. Other ACAD-Plus clients can now take the same approach and quickly sync data to a seamless GIS database for campuses and other facilities.


2013 – The First Gizinta Project

In the first half of 2013 the first Gizinta project was completed at the Region of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

The cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo are sharing data with the Regional GIS group. The datasets included Roads and Addresses, and the city data is transformed and checked locally before sending to the Region in the Regional Geodatabase model.


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