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

Contact OGC if you are interested in sponsoring future phases of the Underground Infrastructure project 

Current activity - Request for Information 

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. 


Request for Information 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)