The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), supported by buildingSMART International (bSI), invites interested organizations to sponsor an OGC Innovation Program initiative that explores the current state-of-the-art in geospatial and BIM data integration based on meaningful real-world use cases.
Over the last decade, impressive progress has been made in developing open standards for geospatial and AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, and operations) views of city buildings and infrastructure. Today, standards supporting the integration of the two are missing. The geospatial community has its roots in a geographic information systems view of the world, i.e., focuses on analytical and visualization tasks for geographic data. The AECOM community with their Building Information Model (BIM) data on the other hand focuses on reliable digital representations of a built asset like buildings or infrastructure during its development with detailed plans for the entire lifecycle of construction, operation, and maintenance. With progress being made on both sides, the integration potential for data from both sides seems better than ever before. The market for integrated full life-cycle geospatial/BIM data, including all phases of DBFM (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain) is constantly growing and there is an increasing demand for service provisioning throughout the entire lifecycle of DBFM projects.
Both communities build on different data modeling approaches with respect to fundamental concepts, semantics, access, level-of-detail, and several other aspects. With open standards such as CityGML, LandInfra/InfraGML, IndoorGML, and IMDF on the geospatial side and IFC (Industry Foundation Classes), ISO19650, and the openCDE API portfolio on the BIM side maturing, it is now time to learn what level of interoperability is already achieved and how to expand this most efficiently. The following questions shall be addressed: Does the integration at an API level meet use case requirements? Where are the main integration hurdles and obstacles? What modifications need to be applied to existing standards to further satisfy the markets’ demands for integrated solutions? The goal of this pilot is not to achieve full integration of data from the geospatial and BIM side, which might be hard to achieve, but to understand the current level of interoperability and the path towards better integrated solutions.
Sponsors of the IDBE Pilot will push forward the integration of both the geospatial and BIM perspectives and will benefit from the analysis of the current integration capabilities. The analysis is expected to lead to further joint standardization work between OGC and bSI. Thus, sponsors support the convergence of geospatial and BIM models, which will lead to substantial savings during the full design, build, finance, and maintain process. To get in contact, please use the OGC Innovation Program contact form. Response period ends September 30st, 2021.
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