Esri offers free online course on geospatial software for AEC projects

Rafael Lucero, practice lead for AEC and indoor GIS at Esri

There has been strong demand for investment in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) projects with increased sustainability at the national, regional, and local levels. To aid experts achieve their goals, Esri, a location intelligence tech firm, is offering a free online four-week course on integrated GIS, CAD, and building information modeling (BIM) workflows.

Who can attend Esri’s course?

“Understanding the geographic context of a project allows architects and planners to optimize the design based on site topography and nearby natural and built features. The cost of making design changes after materials have been ordered or construction has started is significant,” commented Rafael Lucero, practice lead for AEC and indoor GIS at Esri.

Architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, planners, construction professionals, GIS professionals, and others working on construction and infrastructure projects will find this course relevant, but anyone who enjoys exploring GIS technology topics is invited to attend.

Transform AEC Projects with GIS and BIM is open to learners worldwide. All that’s needed to attend is an ArcGIS account, which is free and easy to create at A certificate of completion will be awarded to all participants who finish the course.

What are the specifics of Esri’s course?

Starting September 14, Transform AEC Projects with GIS and BIM, an online course (MOOC), provides a broad introduction to the latest ArcGIS tech-supported workflows that help reduce costs, streamline workflows, and increase sustainability throughout a project’s life-span.

Available on Esri Academy (, new content will be posted every Wednesday by 3:00 a.m. (PT). The self-paced course also includes full access to ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Drone2Map software, video presentations by Esri experts, discussion forums, and hands-on software exercises.

To learn more details about the course and to register, visit the website.