The 3D Information Management (3DIM) Domain Working Group is facilitating the definition and development of interface and encoding standards that enable software to develop solutions that allowinfrastructure owners, builders, emergency responders, community planners, and the traveling public to better manage and navigate complex built environments. Effective integration of these software data and services has eluded the geospatial and CAD industry for decades. Today, through the cooperation of diverse stakeholders, integrated infrastructure information systems will be achieved. OGC members and partners will work in an iterative development process to achieve incremental demonstrations of real solutions.
A great deal of technical innovation has been accomplished in the areas of CAD, AEC, geospatial, 3D visualization, and urban simulation. A variety of products, information and services abound in each of these environments. A framework of data interoperability should exist across the lifecycle of building and infrastructure investment: planning, design, construction, operation, and decommissioning. This work is of interest to the geospatial community in that there is a growing need for technologies and information to effectively interoperate between these domains to support a range of vital services and decision support needs. The working group was formed in 2005 to identify and act on opportunities to improve interoperability of geospatial data and services across these domains.
The WG formally meets at quarterly OGC Technical Committee meetings and holds regular teleconferences. An email Listserv is used by WG members for communications as well as a robust collaboration space in the web-based OGC Portal.
OGC and the National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) in the U.S. have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in areas of interest for the 3DIM WG. OGC also has an MoU with IAI International; Working Group participants are piloting the extension of IFC to enable richer geospatial descriptions (http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/454). OGC and the Web3D Consortium have an MoU to work together to cooperatively advance standards to support web-based 3D visualization, modeling and simulation (http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/650). OGC and the Special Interest Group (SIG) 3D have signed an MoU to cooperate in standards development and promotion of standards for the exchange and visualization of 3D geospatial content using Web-based technologies (http://lists.opengeospatial.org/pipermail/media/2011/000446.html). OGC also has a liaison with the W3C Point of Interest Working Group through several OGC staff members and OGC members participating in the group (http://www.w3.org/2010/POI).
Working Group Chair: Scott Simmons (CACI). Co-Vice Chairs: Carsten Roensdorf (Ordnance Survey) and Benjamin Hagedorn (U of Potsdam). Please direct inquiries for further information and opportunities for collaboration here: scsimmons at caci dot com.