OGC Press Releases

OGC requests comment on LandInfra Conceptual Model

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2015-01-22
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22 January 2015 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) membership has issued a Request for Comments on the OGC LandInfra Conceptual Model.

This document, the first public draft of the OGC's proposed UML conceptual model for land parcels and the built environment, communicates the proposed intent and content of a new candidate OGC standard to be called the OGC InfraGML Encoding Standard. The UML conceptual model establishes a single set of consistent concepts that could be implemented in GML (as InfraGML) or in other encoding mechanisms.

After reviewing the existing LandXML format, the OGC Land and Infrastructure Domain Working Group (LandInfraDWG) decided that a fresh start standard was warranted. The new standard would have a use case driven subset of LandXML functionality, but it would be consistent with the OGC standards baseline, implemented with the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML), and supported by a Unified Model Language (UML) conceptual model. Called InfraGML, this new standard would: be supported by a recognized Standards Developing Organization, OGC align with existing OGC (and TC211 and SQL/MM) standards, including the OGC Modular Specification benefit from functionality already supported by GML, including features, geometry, coordinate reference systems, linear referencing, and surface modeling (TIN) initially focus on alignments/roads, survey, and land parcels, the subject areas for which there are identified needs and committed resources for development using modular extensions, be able to expand into other areas (e.g., "wet" infrastructure pipe networks) as resources become available be use-case driven be based on a UML conceptual model developed prior to any encoding, such as GML have more up-to-date functionality be synchronized with the concurrent efforts by buildingSMART International in their development of Infrastructure-based Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs), and be more easily integrated with TransXML and OGC CityGML.

The work on buildingSMART International's IFC Alignment Extension has been carried out by their P6 project team in strong collaboration with OGC Land&Infra Group. The use cases and the conceptual model are results of the joint work.

"This cooperation between buildingSMART International and the OGC will make it possible for software to directly map IFC alignment models to InfraGML and vice versa," explained Richard Petrie, chief executive of buildingSMART International. "This represents an important milestone in reaching our shared goal of vendor-neutral standards that enable integration of geospatial information and information about the built environment."

Scott Simmons, Executive Director of the OGC Standards Program, said, "The joint coordination of OGC and buildingSMART International in developing this conceptual model is an example of the benefits of proactive engagement between Standards Development Organizations. Our working together will result in a standard better suited to both communities and we'll accomplish this much more quickly than if we worked separately now and harmonized later."

The OGC LandInfra Conceptual Model and Request for Comment are available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/129.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/conta ct.

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Scott Simmons to lead OGC's Standards Program

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2015-01-22
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22 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces that Scott Simmons will assume the role of Executive Director, Standards Program as Carl Reed leaves that position at the end of January.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Scott Simmons on board as Executive Director for Standards," said Mark Reichardt, OGC's president and CEO. "Scott has a keen understanding of the OGC's mission and its members and partners. Through his membership involvement over the past decade, Scott has developed an excellent understanding of location technologies and the OGC standards baseline. Through his positions in the private sector, Scott has had the opportunity to implement OGC standards and standards that complement OGC standards in a range of programs worldwide. He brings with him broad domain expertise in key communities of interest including Oil and Gas, earth sciences, public safety, and defense."

For the last decade, Mr. Simmons has been an active member of the OGC. For five years he has chaired the OGC's 3D Information Management (3DIM) Domain Working Group and he has contributed to standards efforts focused on mobility and Web services. His OGC-related research has focused on data lifecycle management, integration, and dissemination.

Mr. Simmons was formerly Executive Director (Technology) for CACI International, Inc. At CACI, Mr. Simmons' responsibilities included alignment of new business opportunities in the geospatial domain. Mr. Simmons was the Chief Technology Officer at TechniGraphics, Inc. when it was acquired by CACI in 2010.

As a consulting geologist in the areas of structural geology, seismic risk, and geochemistry for GeoSyntec Consultants, Mr. Simmons founded and managed that firm's geospatial operations. Prior to that, he worked as an exploration and production geologist in the oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Southern Methodist University.

The OGC is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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OGC requests scenarios for Crisis Management ICT Workshop

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2015-01-21
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21 January 2015 - The OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB have organized the Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response workshop at ISCRAM 2015. The workshop organizers invite participation and they invite participants to submit crisis scenario descriptions. These will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of existing international geospatial data encoding and service standards.

Efficient crisis response and management require well-informed actors and effective means for communication and policy enforcement. A secure and dependable geospatial information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure can be an indispensable aid.

This ISCRAM 2015 workshop will be held on the afternoon of May 24, 2015 in Kristiansand, Norway. Risk and crisis management experts will meet software architects and engineers who participate in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) domain working group.

ISCRAM attendees are invited to contribute to this workshop by providing one page crisis and response management scenario descriptions. These will be entered into a use case server using a template. The scenario shall be written from a user's and/or stakeholder's point of view and describe an urgent and challenging need for geospatial ICT support exceeding current capabilities in terms of functionality or quality. The scenario shall identify the actors and their roles, the geographic and temporal scope, and the type of disaster.

A maximum of five authors will be selected to present and discuss their scenarios at the workshop. A facilitated discussion will identify the Geospatial ICT requirements and map them to present and future ICT capabilities in the light of emerging technological trends. Interested representatives of both communities may participate in the workshop without submitting a scenario.

The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2015.

Please send your contributions to the workshop co-chairs:

Dr. Thomas Usländer, Fraunhofer IOSB
Head of Department Information Management and Production Control (ILT)
thomas.uslaender@iosb.fraunhofer.de

Dr. Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Director of Interoperability Programs and Science
isimonis@opengeospatial.org

The OGC(R) is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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