Initial Investigations for Modeling Interior Utilities Within 3D Geo Context: Transforming IFC-Interior Utility to CityGML/UtilityNetworkADE

Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


3D City models have so far neglected utility networks in built environments, both interior and exterior. Many urban applications, e.g. emergency response or maintenance operations, are looking for such an integration of interior and exterior utility. Interior utility is usually created and maintained using Building Information Model (BIM) systems, while exterior utility is stored, managed and analyzed using GIS. Researchers have suggested that the best approach for BIM/GIS integration is harmonized semantics, which allow formal mapping between the BIM and real world GIS. This paper provides preliminary ideas and directions for how to acquire information from BIM/Industry Foundation Class (IFC) and map it to CityGML utility network Application Domain Extension (ADE). The investigation points out that, in most cases, there is a direct one-to-one mapping between IFC schema and UtilityNetworkADE schema, and only in one case there is one-to-many mapping; related to logical connectivity since there is no exact concept to represent the case in UtilityNetworkADE. Many examples are shown of partial IFC files and their possible translation in order to be represented in UtilityNetworkADE classes.


Building Information Model Logical Connectivity Utility Network Connectivity Information Open Geospatial Consortium 
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This paper has been prepared as a part of research project (3D-GIS Campus) in the institute for Geoinformatic and Remote Sensing (IGF), University of Osnabrueck., it is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the program: Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing – IGFUniversity of OsnabrueckOsnabrueckGermany
  2. 2.OTB, Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility StudiesDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation ScienceTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research (TNO)DelftThe Netherlands

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