ABC Pro for Civil: AutoCAD BING Image Service (geolocation)

The Bing Maps service has been a function for the AutoCAD line of products for about a decade now.  Extensive write ups can be found on how to enable and use the service in AutoCAD.

Let’s explore the behaviors of the BING Map Service on files stored on Autodesk BIM Collaborate (ABC) Pro for Civil .

AutoCAD:  Live Map Service and Captured images:

First, USER1 enables the Live Map Service in drawing saved in the ABC Project.   Next, USER2 can open the drawing from the ABC Project and as expected the Live Map Service is enabled.:
*NOTE: because of  the BING service it may take a bit longer to open and show map*

Similarly, if a Live Map Image is Captured (clipped), by USER1 it will be shown for USER2, when drawings are saved and shared on a ABC Project:

Users sharing drawing files over the ABC with BING Map Service enabled or embedded Captured images behave as expected.

Viewing Drawings on Web via ABC:  Live vs Clipped images:

While trying to view ANY drawing that has the Live Map Service enabled, file will open but NOT show any images.   Regardless of if you are the creator (USER1) or a viewer of the drawing file (USER2).  The 
However, if the Live Map Image is Captured, the clipped image is embedded to the drawing itself and any user will be able to see the image.

BING functionality works well for users collaborating on the ABC with drawing files directly.  A hurdle for the live service via the web interface, but images will show when clipped.

Please visit our other posts testing functionality on the Autodesk BIM Collaborate (ABC) Pro for Civil :
     •    Using External References on ABC
     •    Using AutoCAD Live Maps Service (geolocation) on ABC
     •    Sharing Reusable AutoCAD on ABC
     •    Map 3D: Connecting to FDO files on ABC
     •    Map 3D: working with Images on  ABC
     •    Map 3D: using Web Source Connections
     •    Civil 3D: sharing Pipe Catalogs on ABC
     •    Civil 3D: storing Survey Databases on ABC
     •    Civil 3D: working with Reference Templates on ABC


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Leo Lavayen

Civil Applications Expert<br><br>As an Applications Expert, Leo is responsible for supporting, training and implementation of software for survey and civil engineering professionals. He has more than 19 years of experience helping large and small, public and private clients in the eastern United States.

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