Ok, so I've been advised by some mentors to learn GIS. I've looked into it, it doesn't seem that hard. Now before going into more detail I have 5 years of experience with Autocad, Inventor, and 3ds Max( I know it doesn't relate as much, but I want to show I'll put tme into it).
I downloaded the student version, tried to load geo data using the GEOMAP<A> command, but nothing happens. So I'm guessing I'm doing 20 things wrong since this is my first day at attempting to learn Autocad Map 3D. I read several blogs on getting started and I've discovered that there isn't a straight forward help solution for this program.
So where do I start? I know I read where people say I need access to a GPS system and other things (http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/AutoCAD-Map-3D/Getti
I lot depends on where you are located at and what type of files or projects you want to create. Yes some users have files already created, it's why reinvent the wheel theory. Just refine the wheel and make it run smoother and faster.
GIS is anything from using your smart phone and GPS to create a map to web based server that tracks people all over the world. I always say if you draw anything you are creating a map, example a floor plan of a bldg shows the location of doors, windows and wall and how they relate to each other. Window A is in wall B, to get to wall B you need to go in door C. Door C maybe a 36x86 size door with a window, wall B is maked up of concrete blocks and bricks, etc. On the mechaincal side the sproket on a shaft is X number of teeth by Y dia. It is driven by chain Z thet travels at D feet per min. The spoket is held on to the shaft by Key W that is part nuber 123.
Now the only different in the GIS world is we do it for real world objects on the planet (and sometimes outerspace) What size is that water line and what is the psi of it, what materical is if made of and when was it installed, or how many volts of electric does the power line carry, what size and materical is made of, how many customers does it feed.
So GIS is anything from a simple flooe plan of your house in one dwg file to database full of info on servers containing many tables full of infromation.
So back to the question "Where to start" start with the tutoruials included with AutoCAD Map3D then come back and ask for more.
I have looked into this, but seeing as I'm in college 8:00am-8:00pm everyday and the closest training center is three hours away there's no time for me actually go unfortanately.