OGC in a nutshell
- CityGML: this extension of GML is the de facto 3D standard to describe City and building models from a GIS perspective. Once Telco, Elec and Gas distribution and transporters decide to go for full 3D interior plans of their installations, this is the way to go.
- Landinfra: a well developed but not so widely adopted standard for land and the civil engineering infrastructures and facilities built onto it. Think of road, railway, survey, administrative divisions (real estate for utilities)
- Geopackage: a relatively recent platform-independent, portable and self-describing format for transferring geospatial information. Bundle raster images and tiles with vector files into one portable SQLite database.
- Simple features representation: This is for our DB Gurus. Most geospatially enabled enterprise databases – read SQL server, PostGIS and ESRI’s proprietary SDO model use this implementation for storing geographic entities and querying their relationships (intersections, unions…). Oracle being the notable exception here.
Who is OGC
Merkator @ OGC
What does Pipeline ML standard contain?
- a logical data model for pipeline componentry and
- an XML standard – including XSD. Future extensions will include safety appurtenances (aerial beacons, safety nets), cathodic protection equipment, detailed surveying info, components inside stations and a link to the landinfra model.
Where are the documents?
The way forward
OGC and other standards.
Why do we contribute?
Our vision is to help our customers by not just being software coders, but by thinking together with our clients and thus understanding their business. Standardization is one of those important expertise domains, as are being up to date with latest tech developments and software products. By not just following adoption, but by taking the lead here, we show that we have the expertise and are willing to share it.Jan Stuckens
Senior Geo-ICT Consultant
Jan Stuckens joined Merkator NV/SA in December 2012 as Senior Geo-ICT consultant. Jan has worked in both the private Geo-ICT sector and as a researcher at University of Leuven. Jan is recognized as a specialist in Remote Sensing and 3D-GIS. He has succeeded in combining theoretical and practical work on complex GIS matters including the fast evolving 3D-GIS processing and visualization. Jan has in depth expertise in both Esri (ArcGIS) and Intergraph (G/Technology & GeoMedia) enabled workflows. Jan holds a PhD in Bioscience engineering (Land & Forest Management) from Leuven University (Leuven- Belgium, 1996-2010). Jan is contributing to different innovation tracks at Fluxys Belgium, Proximus and KLIM/CICC among others. Jan is also involved in several software innovation tracks at Merkator Labs.