buildingSMART alliance Open Floor Plan Display / Exchange Project

Open Floor Plan Display / Exchange

ORGANIZATION: Refer to letters of support from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), building Smart alliance (bSa), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building Fire Research Lab.

Deborah MacPherson
(703) 907-2353


A project to deliver digital building information to first responders. The objective of the Open Floor Plan Display / Exchange project is to develop a lightweight, portable, platform-neutral, electronic display format for exchanging building information, primarily 2 dimensional floor plans, to deliver basic building layouts to local fire departments and related Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Initial emphasis is on public buildings such as K-12, Campuses, Healthcare, and Justice System Facilities.

Aligned NBIMS Projects

Relevant Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Standards

Relevant Emergency Management Standards


Current Activities: Collaborating with OmniClass Development Committee, the GIS/BIM ifc Based Information Exchange project, and emergency management specialists to define the list of data elements, attributes, terms and definitions. Will utilize OmniClass Tables 11 to 14 Facility and Space Types, and 49 Properties to structure facility data for exchange models. A combination of encodings, service interfaces, and application schemas are needed. The solution requires text data, sensor data, consistent metadata, geographic information, formal exchange models, building information models, vector drawings, polygons, standard colors and symbols of the highest spatial data quality. The results need to work with a variety of existing fire department procedures and Next Generation 9-1-1 Call Centers. The results will also useful for police, and military bases or college campuses who provide their own public safety services, that occasionally need to exchange site and facility information with local public safety organizations.

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