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Smart Cities

Urban areas across the globe are facing enormous challenges: population growth is increasing demand for energy, transport, housing, and other infrastructure while new
technologies – from autonomous transport to IoT and indoor location – are providing solutions
along with whole new challenges. Governments are looking for efficient, sustainable ways to
meet the needs of residents.

Urban Digital Twins – Planning the Cities of Tomorrow

Urban digital twins are not a “solved problem.” Along with increased investment in research and development, the vision demands agreed-upon methodologies and standards, new commitments to data-sharing, -privacy & -ethics, forward-looking regulations, and the development of a robust global community that is as devoted to tradecraft as it is to technology.

The Metaverse is Geospatial

The Metaverse is Geospatial

With momentum and interest once again building around the ‘metaverse’, OGC hosted a ‘Metaverse Ad-Hoc Session’ at its virtual 121st Member Meeting in December 2021….


‘Change toolkit for digital building permit’ (CHEK) will enable the development and uptake of digital methods and tools for building permits, based on standardised and integrated city and building digital data.
A toolkit to support the shift from the traditional paper-based process to a digital one will be provided, considering the different issues related to digitalisation. Standard-based information requirements proposal and templates will be developed for Building Information Models (BIM) and (3D) geoinformation. A modular web APIs-based architecture for managing and processing software will be developed and tested. A roadmap for change within institutions will be developed and supported. Finally, a suitable training will be developed to foster the upskilling of involved operators to the use of the new interoperable digital solutions. The results will be developed and demonstrated in Italy, Portugal and Czech Republic as well as in further interested municipalities involved in the Advisory Board or CHEK community. Modularity and standardisation of solutions will enable replicability in any country and context.

IDBE Pilot

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), supported by buildingSMART International (bSI), invites interested organizations to sponsor an OGC Innovation Program initiative that explores the current state-of-the-art in geospatial and BIM data integration based on meaningful real-world use cases. Both communities build on different data modeling approaches with respect to fundamental concepts, semantics, access, level-of-detail, and several other aspects.


ACCORD will develop a semantic framework for European digital building permitting processes, regulations, data and tools. This
framework will drive rule formalization and integration of existing compliance tools as microservices. Solutions and tools are to be
developed, providing consistency, interoperability and reliability with national regulatory frameworks, processes and standards. The
solutions are implemented and demonstrated across construction projects in various EU regulatory contexts: UK, Finland, Estonia,
Germany and Spain.