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3D Three Dimensional drawings/schematics (CAD)   Industry Specific
AECO Architecture Engineering Construction Operations   Industry Specific
A/E Architecture/Engineering   Industry Specific
AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials  A standards setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines which are used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. Despite its name, the association represents not only highways but air, rail, water, and public transportation as well.​ Industry Specific
AEC  Architecture, Engineering and Construction   Industry Specific
AGS The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists Geotechnical Trade Association Industry Specific
AM/FM  Automated Mapping / Facilities Management   Industry Specific
ANSI American National Standards Institute  Standards Body General
API Application Programming Interface Files that provide developers with the ability to write programs to interface with a "host" program. Industry Specific
BIM Building Information Modeling A verb not a noun.  Refers to the process of modeling and not the model iteself Industry Specific
BMP bitmap  A Standard Image File Format General
BrIM Bridge Information Modeling BrIM is an approach to bridge engineering and project delivery. It fosters the use of data beyond bridge design and engineering needs to inform downstream processes such as fabrication, construction, operation, maintenance and inspection. Bentley Specific
CAD Computer-Aided Design   Industry Specific
CAE Computer-Aided Engineering   Industry Specific
CAM Corporate Account Manager   General
CATV Cable Television   General
CGM Computer Graphics Metafile A Standard CAD File Format Industry Specific
CHM Compiled HTML file   General
CPU Central Processing Unit Central Processing Unit is the hardware within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetical, logical, and input/output operations of the system.​ General
CSS Cascading Style Sheets   General
DBMS data base management system   Industry Specific
DGN Bentley DesiGN file Standard File Format Bentley Specific
DMS Document Management System   Industry Specific
DoD US Department of Defense   General
DOM Document Object Model A parser that interrogates the document and builds a tree-like object structure in memory Industry Specific
DOT Department of Transportation   Industry Specific
DWG AutoCAD drawing file A Standard CAD File Format Industry Specific
DXF Drawing Exchange Format or Drawing Interchange Format  A Standard CAD File Format Industry Specific
EULA  End-User License Agreement General
FAA Federal Aviation Administration  US Government Organization Industry Specific
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions   General
FEA Finite Element Analysis   Industry Specific
FGDC Federal Geographic Data Committee  US Government Organization Industry Specific
FHWA Federal Highway Administration US agency within the Department of Transportation that provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation's highways, bridges and tunnels​. General
FTP File Transfer Protocol One of the standard protocols defined for use on a TCP/IP network.  FTP is based on the client-server model of communication between computers: one computer runs a server program "serving up" information to other computers. The other computers, or systems, run client programs that request information and receive replies from the server. General
GB Gigabyte The gigabyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information storage.The prefix giga means 109 in the International System of Units (SI), therefore 1 gigabyte is 1000000000bytes. The unit symbol for the gigabyte is GB or Gbyte.​ General
GDB ESRI Geodatabase Format A Standard GIS File Format Industry Specific
GIF Graphics Interchange Format   A Standard Image File Format General
gINT gINT  Bentley geotechnical and geoenvironmental products (not an acronym). Industry Specific
GIS  Geographic Information System   Industry Specific
GUI Graphical User Interface   General
H&H Hydraulics & Hydrology Hydraulics is a topic in applied science and engineering dealing with the mechanical properties of liquids. General
HTML Hypertext Markup Language  A Standard Web File Format General
IET Institution of Engineering and Technology Professional Organization Industry Specific
i-model A container for information exchange that is information rich, reliable and optimised for purpose. This is currently published from MicroStation V8i, i-model Composer, ProjectWise Dynamic Composition Service or the available i-model Plug-in for Autodesk Revit. It is typically consumed by ProjectWise Navigator V8i. i-model (written all lower case) Bentley Specific
IS (ISO standards) - Information Systems   Industry Specific
ISM Integrated Structural Modeling ISM technology enables interoperability between all structural applications. Built on the ECFramework, ISM offers a synchonized shared repository of structural data and includes change management, visualization and integration with core Bentley products (Projectwise Navigator etc). Bentley Specific
ISO International Organization for Standardization.   Professional Organization Industry Specific
IT Information Technology   General
JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group  Professional Organization Industry Specific
LiDAR Light Detection and Ranging A broad term to cover all types of laser scanning data collection. General
MDL MicroStation Development Libraries The development libraries used to create applications and extensions for MicroStation. Bentley Specific
MicroStation Should always have a capital 'M' and 'S' Bentley's AECO Information Modeling and CAD Production Software Bentley Specific
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Industry Specific
NURBS Nonuniform Rational B-spline   Industry Specific
OGC  Open Geospatial Consortium  The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services. Industry Specific
OLE DB Object Linking and Embedding, Database  Software Standard Industry Specific
PDA Personal Digital Assistant   General
PDF Portable Document Format  A Standard Document File Format General
PMS  Pantone Matching System A Visual Display Color Standard Industry Specific
PNG Portable Network Graphics  A Standard Image File Format General
ProjectWise Should always have a capital 'P' and 'W' AECO Information Management and Project Collaboration Software Bentley Specific
PS PostScript A Standard Document File Format General
PW ProjectWise AECO Information Management and Project Collaboration Software Bentley Specific
RDBM Relational Data Base Management System   Industry Specific
RGB Red-Green-Blue A Visual Display Color Standard Industry Specific
RTF Rich Text Format  A Standard Document File Format General
SDK Software Development Kit A collection of APIs, help files, and utilities that provide what is needed for an application developer to create a program. Bentley Specific
SHP  ESRI Shapefile Format A Standard GIS File Format Industry Specific
SOP Standard Operating Procedure   General
SQL  (RDBMS) - Structured Query Language SQL is the name of the most accepted and implemented interface language for relational data base management systems (RDBMS).  (It is not an acronym.)  Industry Specific
STAAD STructural Analysis And Design  A group of products in the Structural Group which covers a range of analysis and design applications, the most common being STAAD.Pro. Industry Specific
SVG Scalable Vector Graphics  A Standard Image File Format General
TIFF Tagged Image File Format   A Standard Image File Format General
UML unified modeling language   Industry Specific
URL Uniform [or Universal] Resource Locator A compact string of characters used to represent a resource available on the Internet. General
XM XM is representative of the version (8) of the DGN file format.   MicroStation product release Bentley Specific
V8i V8i is representative of the version (8) of the DGN file format.   MicroStation product release Bentley Specific
VRML Virtual Reality Modelling Language Before 1995 it was known as "Virtual Reality Markup Language" General
W3C World Wide Web Consortium  Professional Organization Industry Specific
WMS Web Map Service Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard protocol for serving georeferenced map images over the Internet that are generated by a map server using data from a GIS database. The specification was developed and first published by the Open Geospatial Consortium in 1999. General
XLS Microsoft Excel File Format A Standard Document File Format General
XML Extensible Markup Language A meta language based on simplified SGML created for Web use Industry Specific
XSL / XSLT Extensible Style Sheet Language / Extensible Style Sheet Language Transformation An advanced style sheet mechanism that provides browsers with formatting and display information Industry Specific


The ODOT CADD Standards provided do not exempt the professional from performing responsible engineering and/or surveying.  The ODOT CADD Standards are intended to provide uniform procedures and standards for organizations that perform CADD related services for ODOT.  The professional shall have final responsibility for the accuracy of all input and output of computer-based applications.