Public comment requested: 3D GeoVolumes Standards Working Group Charter

Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 5 May 2021
Open Date: 
Wednesday, 2021-04-14
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 2021-05-05

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the draft charter of the new 3D GeoVolumes Standards Working Group (SWG), which will develop and maintain an OGC API - 3D GeoVolumes core Standard and extensions. Comments are due by May 5, 2021.

In recent years several solutions and standards have emerged to access and transfer 3D geospatial content over the internet (e.g., 3D Tiles, I3S, OGC 3D Portrayal Service, glTF, CDB, CityGML). These solutions were developed for various technical and commercial reasons. They use different distribution mechanisms and are optimized for user requirements and bandwidth situations. As each of these co-existing solutions binds the user to an approach, it is challenging to access a variety of 3D content from different providers. 

3D GeoVolumes seeks to address this challenge by providing a resource model and corresponding API to integrate various approaches into a single, open standards-based solution. The proposed API and resource model will allow efficient discovery and access of 3D content in multiple formats based on a familiar space-centric perspective.

The goal of the Standard is not to replace existing distribution methods and models for 3D content, but to enable interoperability between them. For providers of 3D content, the Standard will provide simple methods to publish and offer that content as resources for use by other systems. For software developers, the Standard will provide common methods to describe and leverage existing 3D content using modern APIs - saving development and deployment time and costs. For users, applications, and enterprises, the ability to discover and access 3D content across a common API, regardless of the underlying distribution mechanism, represents a significant step forward in geospatial interoperability.


Please submit your comments using the following link: charter-requests [at] (Click here to submit comments) Please refer to the following template for the contents of your message: Comments Template.


Charter requests are not currently able to be subscribed to.