Borehole and associated data interoperability experiment

June 26th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested parties to participate in its borehole and associated data interoperability experiment – the Borehole IE.

Geological and geophysical data play a crucial role in contemporary society. Any application that needs to probe the underground relies on these data, including raw material exploration, hydrology, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering and environmental sciences.

Despite each geoscientific domain using the same basic engineering feature – a borehole – to directly measure subsurface features, they each have their own set of methods and interests. Even though several standards already exist to describe a borehole, its associated data and their position along a borehole (including OGC standards), they all restrict themselves to a specific viewpoint.

Involving key implementers and editors of the existing standards, this interoperability experiment aims at defining a domain agnostic and comprehensive vocabulary for a general concept of boreholes, which may eventually become its own specification and be properly reused by various domains when needed.

Based on a wide variety of use cases such as scientific exchange within and across research infrastructures, industrial, building and construction, regulatory obligations, and geo-resources monitoring and exploitation, it will provide the basis for establishing a better integration of existing standards, and possibly a future common approach for describing boreholes.

The Borehole Interoperability Experiment will define a domain-neutral semantic for a general concept of borehole and produce a public OGC Engineering Report summarising the overall cross-domain, inter-standard findings plus recommendations for a best practice implementation that should follow.

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