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Building Information Models (BIM) demonstrated in OGC Testbed

Wayland, USA, 26 June 2007: On March 13, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council released the first version of the National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) for a two month industry review period.

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has been helping to promote this standard through interoperable web services using NBIMS and helping to ensure compatibility with the geospatial industry’s consensus based open standards for urban modeling.

The OGC Web Services test bed (OWS-4) demonstration, held December 7-8, 2006 at an emergency response center in the New York metropolitan area, showed how interoperability is possible among 3D geospatial models, CityGML and Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs). CityGML applies the OGC’s Geography Markup Language (GML) for encoding urban environments.

The OWS-4 demonstration relied on CityGML – an emerging OGC standard – for sharing urban models. CityGML is the result of work in the German North Rhineland Westphalia Sig3D organization.

The OGC will soon launch and manage a fifth OWS test bed activity to advance the development of interoperability of BIM, GIS and 3-D models.