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ISO/TC technical report on GIS-BIM interoperability

A new ISO/TC211 report on GIS-BIM interoperability opened the doors for further investigations in collaboration with buildingSMART and the OGC almost immediately upon release.

Remco Takken May 31, 2021
ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics GIS-BIM interoperability
ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics GIS-BIM interoperability

A new ISO/TC211 report on GIS-BIM interoperability opened the doors for further investigations in collaboration with buildingSMART and the OGC almost immediately upon release.

ISO/TC 59/SC 13/JWG 14 (joint working group between ISO/TC 59/SC 13 and ISO/TC 211) has developed a technical report on GIS-BIM interoperability, ISO/TR 23262 GIS (geospatial) / BIM interoperability. The report has just been published, see ISO – ISO/TR 23262:2021 – GIS (geospatial) / BIM interoperability
The final clause in the report consists of the following three suggestions for further work:

1.    Linking abstract concepts in BIM and GIS standards 
2.    Geospatial and BIM dictionary 
3.    Information exchange guidelines between BIM and GIS

Links to buildingSMART and OGC
In addition to the work between ISO/TC 59 SC 13 and ISO/TC 211, the working group recognized that there is a similar report produced by BuildingSMART and OGC, “Built environment data standards and their integration: an analysis of IFC, CityGML and LandInfra”, focusing on issues that are closely related to the suggestions for further work by JWG 14. To avoid duplication, we would like to align our further work with buildingSMART International (bSI) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and a meeting will take place between bSI, OGC, ISO/TC 59/SC 13 and ISO/TC 211 June 1st . JWG 14 is prepared to initiate a New Work Item Proposal on suggestion 2, Geospatial and BIM dictionary given that it aligns with the efforts of bSI and OGC.