June 24, 2014—During the 3rd OGC™ 3D Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, the second OGC 3DIM Award was given to Gerhard Gröger from the University of Bonn, Germany. He was chosen to receive the award for his contributions to the development and adoption of the OGC CityGML Standard. Gerhard is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation and is a founding member of the SIG 3D. Gerhard provided critical leadership in influencing the INSPIRE Building Thematic Working Group to adopt CityGML concepts and enabling the INSPIRE building specification to be represented in CityGML through an Application Domain Extension (ADE). Gerhard has been respected as one of the key contributors to the CityGML specification since its inception.
CityGML is an open data model framework and XML-based encoding standard for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D urban models. SIG 3D (http://www.sig3d.org/) is a special interest group of the German National Spatial Data Infrastructure (GDI-DE). SIG 3D developed the initial CityGML specification before it was brought into the OGC in 2007.
The mission of the OGC 3D Information Management (3DIM) Domain Working Group is to facilitate the definition and development of standards for sharing and accessing 3D geo-information. According to members of the Working Group, “Gerhard has been a tireless contributor and proponent of CityGML, playing a key role in consolidating the CityGML data model as chair of the SIG3D’s data modeling working group. He has also been one of the editors of all three CityGML specifications published by OGC to date. He continues to advance the specification to meet adopter demands and currently leads on a number of work packages in the development of the next version of CityGML, which is expected to be published by 2016.”
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