Tools for BIM-GIS Integration (IFC Georeferencing and Conversions): Results from the GeoBIM Benchmark 2019

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The integration of 3D city models with Building Information Models (BIM), coined as GeoBIM, facilitates improved data support to several applications, e.g., 3D map updates, building permits issuing, detailed city analysis, infrastructure design, context-based building design, to name a few. To solve the integration, several issues need to be tackled and solved, i.e., harmonization of features, interoperability, format conversions, integration of procedures. The GeoBIM benchmark 2019, funded by ISPRS and EuroSDR, evaluated the state of implementation of tools addressing some of those issues. In particular, in the part of the benchmark described in this paper, the application of georeferencing to Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) models and making consistent conversions between 3D city models and BIM are investigated, considering the OGC CityGML and buildingSMART IFC as reference standards. In the benchmark, sample datasets in the two reference standards were provided. External volunteers were asked to describe and test georeferencing procedures for IFC models and conversion tools between CityGML and IFC. From the analysis of the delivered answers and processed datasets, it was possible to notice that while there are tools and procedures available to support georeferencing and data conversion, comprehensive definition of the requirements, clear rules to perform such two tasks, as well as solid technological solutions implementing them, are still lacking in functionalities. Those specific issues can be a sensible starting point for planning the next GeoBIM integration agendas.


  • Francesca Noardo
  • Lars Harrie
  • Ken Arroyo Ohori
  • Filip Biljecki
  • Claire Ellul
  • Thomas Krijnen
  • Helen Eriksson
  • Dogus Guler
  • Dean Hintz
  • Mojgan A. Jadidi
  • Maria Pla
  • Santi Sanchez
  • Ville-Pekka Soini
  • Rudi Stouffs
  • Jernej Tekavec
  • Jantien Stoter
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Delft University of Technology
  • National University of Singapore
  • University College London
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Safe Software
  • York University
  • Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC)
  • Lund University
  • University of Ljubljana

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Annan data- och informationsvetenskap
TidskriftISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Utgåva nummer9
StatusPublished - 2020
Peer review utfördJa