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Defense and Intelligence Organizations Benefit from Membership in the OGC

Almost every Defense and Intelligence (D&I) information technology application - planning, intelligence, logistics, etc. - requires the use of geospatial information. Almost every asset and every threat, human and material, has a location or an area. If D&I personnel are to develop and share awareness of assets and threats effectively, geospatial information and geospatial processing instructions need to be easily and seamlessly accessed and moved freely between many different information systems.


Use Cases & Communities

The NATO C3 Agency supports NATO through the provision of unbiased scientific support and common funded acquisition of Consultation, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. NATO C3's adoption and implementation of the Core GIS system using open, industry-consensus standards, including those of ISO Technical Committee 211 and the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. will enable NATO to rapidly mobilize new technologies at reduced cost and risk. 

What is BIM About?

Around the world, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is increasingly gaining the attention of organizations involved in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) as well as the owners and operators of buildings and other structures.

Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) and Facilities Management (FM) Markets

How OGC® Membership Benefits Businesses in Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) and Facilities Management (FM) Markets

Benefits of OGC Membership:

  • Develop needed CAD/GIS standards in an industry consortium with a proven track record and experience working with other standards organizations.
  • Work with all the major CAD and GIS vendors, who are already engaged in the OGC consensus process.
  • Processes that foster fast development and commercial uptake - Vendors are committed, so results appear quickly.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for business development, public relations, influencing the process and representing your company's and customers' needs.
  • Process features government and commercial users collaboratively setting requirements to shape the standards.
  • All stakeholders reduce risk and costs and cause the benefits of BIM to come to industry stakeholders sooner than otherwise possible.

Buildings cost more than they should to design, build and maintain and they take too long to deliver. Information system interoperability standards - Building Information Models (BIM) - provide an important means of correcting this situation. This was underscored by a 2004 US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study that found that lack of information interoperability costs the US capital facilities industry at least $15.8B annually, a number that doesn't take into account missed business opportunities.
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), in collaboration with other organizations, is positioned to help AEC stakeholders develop, approve and deploy the needed interoperability standards.
Internationally, public and private sector organizations are pushing for information processing standards that support productivity across the supply chains of the physical infrastructure, capital project and building management industries including:

Markets & Technologies


AEC Building Financial

The OGC's 3-D Information Management Working Group is becoming an important focus for the convergence of 3-D visualization, CAD-GIS integration, Building Information Models (BIM), Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), Information Delivery Manuals (IFD), Model View Definitions (MVD), Web services, security, and digital rights management. This effort serves all the stakeholder groups involved with capital facility projects throughout their life cycle.



Roensdorf, Carsten (Ordnance Survey) - Group Chair,
Biljecki, Filip (National University of Singapore) - Vice Chair,
Graham, David (CAE Inc.) - Vice Chair