3D Data Container and Tiles API Pilot

For more information please contact the project lead - isimonis [at] ogc.org (subject: 3D%20Data%20Container%20and%20Tiles%20Pilot%20Involvement) (Ingo Simonis), Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.


The goal of the 3D Data Container and Tiles API Pilot is to explore an integrated suite of draft specifications for 3D tiled geospatial resources and compatibility with existing OGC 3D delivery standards such as the 3D Portrayal Service, I3S, and 3D Tiles Community Standard. This suite will support smooth transitions between 2D and 3D environments; allow applications working with 2D tiled resources to get 3D tiled resources; and enable 3D tile bounding volumes to support multiple data containers.

To achieve these goals, the Pilot will develop a draft API that is compatible with the OGC API group of standards (and candidate standards) and which allows access to, and query of, 3D geospatial data and a corresponding container format for streamed data delivery compatible with glTF. The Pilot funds a number of data server and client implementations to test the new API and data delivery. Further, the Pilot will include an analysis of characteristics and capabilities of the new API in comparison with existing or emerging 2D standards.


The Call for Participation has closed but is still available ONLINE. A PDF version of the call is available online as well.



25 October 2019   Release of Call for Participation (CFP) - completed

09 December 2019   Responses due - completed

20 December 2019   Participant selection and agreements - completed

10 January 2020   Virtual Kick-off meeting - completed

31 March 2020   Draft Recommendations for 3D Tiles Container - completed

31 March 2020   Draft Recommendations for 3D Tiles OpenAPI - completed

15 May 2020   Draft TIEs Implemented

22 May 2020 Draft Engineering Reports

29 May 2020   TIEs completed

5 June 2020   Draft Videos

12 June TC 2020   Virtual Final Demonstration of results at June TC

30 June 2020  Engineering Report(s) due from Participants

15 July 2020 Final Videos Due from Participants

15 July 2020   Participant(s) Summary Report(s) due (to OGC)