Graebert GmbH, a developer of custom CAD software, solutions and services and the co-developer of DraftSight, the 2D CAD drafting product from Dassault Systèmes, announced the release of a plug-in that integrates the Esri ArcGIS Online mapping platform with DraftSight.

Graebert OnlineMaps Plugin for DraftSight allows AEC CAD users to browse and reference any maps available in the Esri ArcGIS Online map base and integrate them into their CAD drawings.

DraftSight is a professional-grade, free CAD product that lets users create, edit and view .DWG files. The plug-in is available for both the free and Premium versions. With more than 3.6 million downloads, the software is used by professionals, students and educators.

The Esri ArcGIS Online product allows users to access a rich collection of basemaps, demographic maps and image services within their organization, using the Esri cloud. It is software delivered as a service and is ready to use with nothing to install or setup. Users will also get access to content shared by Esri, giving users and their teams around the world intuitive tools to create and publish maps and apps on demand.

Robert Graebert, chief technology officer of Graebert GmbH, said the plug-in is a significant development for engineering CAD users. “The partner relationship between Graebert and Esri is new, but we expect great things to come from it. This plug-in release solidifies our entry into the engineering and design space as an Esri partner. The Graebert OnlineMaps Plugin for DraftSight is proof that we are offering great value to DraftSight users. We see this as a first step towards leveraging GIS technology in a CAD environment.”