Underground Infrastructure CDS

Project Overview

The OGC Underground Infrastructure Mapping and Modeling project will lead to improved public safety, project delivery and urban resilience from a secure 3D repository of urban underground infrastructure.  

Organizations sponsoring the Concept Development Study phase:

  • Fund for the City of New York (FCNY)
  • Ordnance Survey UK
  • Singapore Land Authority

Activities in the Project

Contact George Percivall OGC (gpercivall at opengeospatial.org) for additional information.  
We are seeking sponsors future phases of the Underground Infrastructure project  

Underground CDS Workshop - April 2017

Goals of Workshop

  • Identify interoperability approaches for extracting data from individual systems in order to conduct analysis, e.g., conflicts
    • Bring together data from multiple sources based on accurate location and dimension data sharing.
    • Compare multiple existing data models either defacto or open standards such as CityGML in order to support data interchange.
    • Support business objectives based information sharing, e.g.,  dig planning and modeling.
  • Seeking worldwide conversation led by OGC as neutral facilitator
    • Looking for agreement of major players on common direction.
    • May not reach agreement on all topics 
  • Looking for models for data extraction of critical data for comparison and analysis
    • Extracting and integrating data for tasks that cannot be done in isolated systems.
    • Longer term perspective is integrated model
    • Current operations are complex based on existing models and systems
  • Results of workshop include planning a pilot initiative and other future activities.

Workshop Draft Agenda

Monday, April 24th 

  • 8:30 am  – Doors open and coffee
  • 9:00 am Session 1 – Opening, Introductions and Project Overview 
  • Session 2 – Cities with underground projects
  • Session 3 – Underground information systems practices
  • Session 4 – Underground Data models for integration and data sharing
  • 6:00 pm  – Group Dinner hosted by GEO.works

Tuesday, April 25th 

  • 9:00 am Session 5 – Underground Environment data model
  • Session 6 – Data collection, curation, integration and visualization/analysis.
  • Session 7 – Breakout sessions
  • Session 8 – Workshop summary; Planning the Pilot phase
  • 4:00 pm  – Adjourn

See the Underground Workshop Prospectus for a listing of the presentations by session including topics and times



Responses to the RFI -  March 2017 

26 Responses were received to the RFI. Responses came from: US, Europe, Asia; Government, Industry, Academia.  Responses will be used to plan the Workshop.

Accenture Bentley BGS
Boston City  BRGM Cesar Quiroga
CityGML Chair Dassault Systemes Delft University (Vector and Voxel)
Dubai Electricity and Water. EPRI Erik Stubkjaer
Geoweb 3D  HERE HL Consulting
KLIP Informatie Vlaanderen LandInfra SWG Les Guest Assoc.
Luciad Robin Danton Rotterdam City
Sewer Network Spacetime Technology St Paul Minnesota
Swiss Water SJIB Technics Group Technische Universität München
UMS Bernice    

Additional links are added as approved by the responding organization.


Request for Information (RFI) -  February 2017

13 February 2017: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is requesting information from interested parties to inform a Concept Development Study (CDS) that will assess the current state and future direction of information standards for modelling, mapping, and managing underground infrastructure.

The CDS will define the scope of a multi-phase underground infrastructure interoperability project. The purpose of the study is to develop an in-depth understanding of all the components necessary to enable infrastructure data interoperability and standards in an underground environment. The CDS is initially focused on the urban landscape, but is extendable. This Request for Information (RFI) is a first step in the CDS process. Any organization with an interest in underground infrastructure is invited to respond to the RFI before 15 March 2017.

Currently, the exchange of underground utility information between infrastructure organizations within the same jurisdiction or in adjacent jurisdictions has been greatly hampered by incompatible and incomplete data. OGC anticipates that this project will make a significant contribution towards facilitating improved information management and secure sharing and collaboration, which should make infrastructure planning, operations & maintenance, and emergency response less costly and time consuming, and more effective.

Instructions for submitting a response are detailed in the RFI, available at www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/155

Responses in electronic version can be submitted to the OGC Technology Desk (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org), and are invited before 15 March 2017.

Project Initiation - January 2017

Press Release:  OGC initiates Phase 1 Development of Interoperability Standards for Underground Infrastructure Data

The Open Geospatial Consortiumhas begun a Concept Development Study on underground spatial modeling and analytics.

  • The study is to define the scope of a multi-phase underground infrastructure interoperability project. 
  • The purpose of the study is to develop an in-depth understanding of all the components necessary to enable infrastructure data interoperability and standards in an underground urban environment.

The underground infrastructure data interoperability project will take two and a half years to complete and will involve the collaboration of many cities, utilities, and engineering and technology companies. Useful and useable insights and techniques will start to emerge during the first year of this initiative.  

Contact: George Percivall, OGC CTO (gpercivall at opengeospatial.org)