Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD

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Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD is a powerful BricsCAD plug-in designed for BricsCAD users who need to import, export and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way, which includes many possibilities not seen so far in BricsCAD. It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside BricsCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between BricsCAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores, manage attached data, display dynamic Background Maps or Street Views, search Locations, create Terrains or Contours, perform GIS analysis operations o selections, etc.


  • Some functions or options may not be available in older versions. Please review the instructions and notes in each FAQs section because they describe the functional limitations for these versions
  • Some components in the images on this page (providers, names, windows look, etc.) may be slightly different from those that will appear on your computer
  • Some application functions need to access the Internet from the application itself. If you experiment problems in any process, ask your network administrator if there is a Proxy server installed on your network. You can configure the Proxy settings through the application options
  • IMPORTANT: If you are using the trial version there are a number of limitations that you can review here

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD preview screen

BricsCAD commands

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD Ribbon (All commands can also be found in the drop-down Menu and Toolbar of Spatial Manager)

This is the list of BricsCAD commands included in Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD

  • Main commands
    • SPM: Show Palette. Opens and/or displays the application Palette
    • SPMCLOSE: Close. Closes all application Palettes (Main, Data Grid, Street View, etc.). In addition, it redefines the location and size defaults for when they are reopened
    • SPMIMPORT: Import. Directly Imports features from geospatial files or tables without using the application Palette
      • -SPMIMPORT [Task name]: Import (Command Line). Execute Task(s) from the command line, useful in Scripts, etc. ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMEXPORT: Export. Exports BricsCAD entities into geospatial files or tables ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMSETCRS: Coordinate system. Sets the Coordinate Reference System (CRS) for the drawing
    • SPMTRANSFORMCRS: Transform Coordinates. Creates a new drawing transforming geometrically objects from the current one between two Coordinate Systems
    • SPMCREATEKML: Export to Google Earth. Exports the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (one click) ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
  • Background Maps ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • SPMBGMAPSHOW: Show. Shows the selected image Map in the background of the drawing. Includes tools to manage the user Background Maps
    • SPMBGMAPHIDE: Hide. Hides the Background Map if it is displayed
    • SPMBGMAPREFRESH: Refresh. Regenerates the image of the Background Map, which may be needed under certain graphic situations
    • SPMBGMAPIMAGE: Capture. Creates a BricsCAD raster image corresponding to the display view of the current Background Map (Snapshot)
    • SPMBGMAPIMAGEPURGE: Purge. Delete 'orphan' image tiles and perform some other cleaning operations
  • Tools
    • SPMSTREETVIEW: Street View. Application palette for displaying (and navigate) dynamic Google Street View images on any geo-referenced drawing/map ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMSEARCHLOCATION: Search Location. Search in the drawing for the location of geographical objects (streets, postal addresses, neighborhoods, etc.) based on the text entered ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMLABEL: Entities Labeling. Texts based on entities data
    • Selection ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
      • SPMSPATIALQUERY: Spatial Query. Advanced entities selection based on geometric and data operations between existing entity groups (Intersect, Touches, Within, Contains, Disjoint, Overlaps or Crosses)
      • SPMSELECTBYQUERY: By Query. Selects entities by a simple or compound query over their data
      • SPMSELECTBYTABLE: By Table. Selects all the entities attached to a specific data table
      • SPMZOOMTOSELECTION: Zoom to Selection. Zoom to the selected entities
  • Terrains ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMTERRAIN: Terrain. Create Terrains, Contours and elevation 3D Points. Command options:
      • 1: 3D Points built by accessing Elevation service providers in any selected area
      • 2: 2D or 3D Contours from selected 3D Points
      • 3: Terrain wizard. Complete 3D Points, Contours and Terrains funcionality
  • GIS Analysis ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMBUFFER: Buffers. Buffered polygons around point entities, linear entities or polygon boundaries
    • SPMOVERLAY: Overlays. New entities based on geometric and data operations between existing entity groups (Intersect, Union, Erase, Identity, Clip, Paste or Symmetric Difference)
    • SPMDISSOLVE: Dissolve. New polygons based on the grouping of other adjacent polygons with some common data
    • SPMCENTROID: Centroids. Polygon Centroids creation by adopting the polygons data, or add Centroids data to the polygons that contain them
    • SPMINFLUENCEAREAS: Areas of Influence. Polygons defined by the set of points closest to each point of a selection of points in the drawing (Voronoi diagrams)
  • Data Tables ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • SPMDATATABLEGRID: Data grid. Opens and displays the 'Data Grid' palette ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMDATATABLEDEFINE: Define Table. Defines, restores, modifies, renames or deletes a data table or its fields
    • SPMDATATABLEATTACH: Attach. Attaches one or more entities to a data table
    • SPMDATATABLEDETACH: Detach. Detaches one or more entities from their corresponding attached data table
  • Support commands
    • SPMOPTIONS: Options. Set of parameters to configure the application (includes also the functionality of SPMUPDATE and SPMABOUT)
    • SPMHELP: Help. Shows the application help (Wiki format)
    • SPMUPDATE: Updates. Checks if there is a new application release to be downloaded from Internet
    • SPMABOUT: Information. Shows basic information about the application and the installed release

Note: All the command names are also valid if you replace the prefix "SPM" for "SPATIALMANAGER". For example, "SPATIALMANAGERCREATEKML" is equivalent to "SPMCREATEKML", or "SPATIALMANAGER" is equivalent to "SPM"

Main features

  • General
    • Import/export spatial data into/from BricsCAD drawings
    • Publish to Google Earth
    • Search the location of geographic objects
    • Dynamic Background image Maps from Google Maps, Bing, OpenStreeMap, Mapbox, Ordnance Survey, NearMap, etc.
      • Configurable user Maps
        • XYZ / TMS, WMTS and WMS compatible
        • WMS multi-layer maps
        • Export/Import user Background Maps
      • Snapshots (geo-referenced BricsCAD Images) of the current Background Map
    • Display and navigate palette for Google Street View
    • Terrains
      • From 3D Points selected in drawing
      • From a grid of 3D Points built by accessing Elevation service providers in any selected area
      • 2D or 3D Contours
        • Minor and major Contours
        • Contour labels. Optional label masks
        • Layer Separation and different color models
        • Contours attached to a Data Table
      • Generation of three-dimensional Terrain models (using 3D Meshes or some other CAD/BIM objects)
      • Automatic projection and adjustment of the image of any Background Map (preset or user-configured) or any Raster image over one or more Terrains in the real location
    • Transformation of coordinates when importing, exporting, showing Background Maps, projecting Background Map images on Terrains, etc.
    • Transform the drawing Coordinate System
    • XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED)
      • Data grid palette interactive and synchronized
        • Selecting entities 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
      • Viewer palette
        • Also shows some other data as the Blocks properties (Name and Attributes), Layer, geometric properties, etc.
      • Edit values directly in the palette
      • Hyperlinks
      • Managing data structure
        • Define, modify, rename and delete tables and fields
        • Recover data table structures from the drawing entities
        • Attaching entities to a table
        • Detaching entities from their tables
      • Selecting entities by a simple or compound spatial and/or data query over entities geometric relations and/or data
        • Choose or search data from available values in the fields
      • Selecting the entities attached to a table
      • Zoom to the selected entities
      • Process GIS analytical operations
        • Buffers
        • Overlays
        • Dissolve
        • Create Centroids or capture Centroids data
        • Areas of influence (Voronoi diagrams)
      • Create Texts from entities data. Optional texts masks

  • Import processes
    • Entities imported into a new or open drawing
    • Raster and vector entities
    • Smart Batch import
    • Basic target layer or new target layers using a field value
    • Use blocks for points and centroids
      • Select the name of the Block according to the value of a field
      • Block insertion parameters from field values
    • Polygon fills and transparencies
      • Fill properties can be taken from fields values
    • Polygon centroids
    • Smart labeling of entities while importing. Optional label masks
    • Spatial filter to import only the entities in the current view
    • Import polygons using "MPolygon" entities
    • Elevation and thickness from field values
    • Import data from tables as XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED)
    • Speed up the processes skipping some wizard steps
    • Use the intuitive palette options or the quick import function
    • Save Tasks to replay the import processes so many times as desired

  • Export processes
    • Entities exported to geospatial files or servers
    • Export directly from any data source to any target
    • Export (Publish) the current status and style of the drawing to Google Earth (one click)
      • Raster and vector entities
    • Select the entities to be exported
    • Option to export also the data of the entities and choose it from what Table and Fields
    • Option to treat the closed polylines as polygons
    • Options to export BricsCAD Properties (Handle, Color, Layer, Elevation, etc.) of the entities
    • Options to export the Name and the Attributes of the Block References as well as their Rotation and Scales
    • Options to export Text entities and their basic properties (Contents, Rotation and Height)
    • Options to export Hatch entities and their properties (Name, Angle, Scale, etc.)
    • Options to export the X/Y/Z coordinates, Length and Area of the entities
    • Automatic complex geometric operations
    • Filtering of incompatible entities
    • Option to open the exported file location directly

  • Data sources
    • Manage your own shortcuts
    • Access to spatial data files (SHP, GPX, KML/KMZ, OSM, PBF, LAS/LAZ, GPKG, CSV, TXT, ASC, XYZ, MIF/MID, TAB, E00, SQLite, SDF, GML, XML, JPF, PNG, TIF, etc.)
    • Manage your User Data Sources
    • Access to spatial database servers (SQL Server, PostGIS, etc.)
      • Views and Tables
    • Access to other connections (WFS, ODBC points or WKB - Excel, Access, dBase,...-, etc.)
    • See current available Data Providers

  • Notes:
    • GIS analysis functionality is only available in the 'Professional' edition
    • 'Street View' functionality is only available in the 'Professional' edition
    • Transforming the Coordinate System of the objects in a drawing functionality is only available in the 'Professional' edition
    • Terrains and related objects functionality is only available in the 'Professional' edition
    • 'Search Location' functionality is only available in the 'Professional' edition
    • Data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) based on XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED) is only available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions
    • Data grid is only available in the 'Professional' edition, although the overall data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is also available in the 'Standard' edition
    • 'Background maps' functionality is available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only
    • Full export functionality (SPMEXPORT) is only found in the 'Professional' edition, although the functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (SPMCREATEKML) is also available in the 'Standard' edition
    • The Tasks technology is available in the 'Professional' edition only

To get a first preview of the application, please watch this video:

IMPORT video updated on May 2018

To experiment the EXPORT capabilities (on the 'Professional' edition), please watch the following videos:

To know how to BATCH IMPORT works, please watch this video:

To take a look at the TASKS technology (on the 'Professional' edition), please watch this video:

To learn how is working the DIRECT DATA EDITION and how to MANAGE the DATA STRUCTURE (on the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions), please watch the following videos:

To know more about the attractive and useful dynamic BACKGROUND MAPS (on the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions), please watch the following videos:

To know how to LABEL the entities WHILE IMPORTING, please watch the following videos:

To know how to Use the BLOCKS WHEN IMPORTING, please watch this video:

To know how to Create elevation 3D Points, Contours or Terrains, please watch this video:


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