The Open Geospatial Consortium is the leading standards organisation for the development and implementation of open standards for geospatial content and services, sensor web, Internet of Things, GIS data processing and data sharing. Most geospatial software and services extensively make use of standards defined by the OGC. From within OGC, multiple standards are being actively developed by dedicated working groups of corporate users, governmental agencies, consultants, software vendors and academia. Think: Ordnance Survey, USGS, NASA, Google, Hexagon, ESRI, Airbus…

Domains covered by OGC working groups include – amongst others – geographic web services, city modeling, land infrastructure, laser scanning surveys, sensor communication and pipeline infrastructure.

As of 2015 Merkator has become an active OGC member. Based on our expertise in utility networks, we were solicited by OGC to provide the co-chair of the PipelineML standards working group (SWG). This working group was initiated by senior staff of Enterprise Products, one of the largest US midstream pipeline operators. The SWG was looking for expertise on European operators to establish a robust standard. Since then, we have been actively working on the core packages of PipelineML, which is to become the OGC standard for pipeline transportation of gas and oil.

During the quarterly Delft TC meeting, March 2017, we presented the latest developments of the PipelineML to an actively participating audience and set out the next milestones and long term roadmap.

Many thanks to OGC board directors Bart De Lathouwer and Athina Trakas for inviting asset management specialists Hans Postema and Searp Wijbenga of the Nederlandse Gasunie to the TC meeting.

Jan Stuckens
Senior Geo-ICT Consultant