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Geospatial & built asset collaboration

The collaboration will demonstrate and enhance the ability of cities to use diverse, interoperating spatial technologies to deliver improved quality of life, civic initiatives and resilience

There has been a significant increase in demand for interoperability between Spatial, Civil and BIM.
There has been a significant increase in demand for interoperability between Spatial, Civil and BIM.

Geospatial engineering is all about multi-dimensional mapping and organisation. It's applied in many sectors, and is a particularly important area for asset managers such as local authorities.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and buildingSMART International (bSI) recently held a two day workshop to create a framework to integrate the digital built environment across domains and different aspects of use.

This workshop builds on a long-standing memorandum of understanding which lays out an intention for collaboration and a common conceptual model. The intention is to increase usefulness for the user community and to overcome the loss of information in the workflow and over the lifecycle of assets in the built environment.

The delivery of digital data is now seen as important as the delivery of the physical asset and more clients require infrastructure to be supported as a service. For example by delivering and managing an integrated transport network not just "a road".

The workshop identified the different approaches of OGC & bSI and highlighted the areas for future collaboration.

The outcomes of the workshop will be captured in a White Paper which is due to be released in spring 2017. The White Paper will act as a joint charter document and will layout the framework model. The joint working group is has now been formalised and is determining a roadmap to populate the use cases and aspects in the model.