Our entire virtualcitySYSTEMS team is very grateful and proud to have been recognized as the winner of the  OGC CityGML Challenge at the OGC Toulouse Meeting from November 18th to 22nd. Our CTO Claus Nagel joined the award ceremony in Toulouse and presented our prize-winning solution. A big thank you goes out to all sponsors and jurors of the challenge as well as to OGC for the development of geospatial standards on top of which we build our applications.


OGC CityGML Challenge - Verleihung

In late October 2019, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) CityGML 3.0 Challenge, sponsored by Ordnance Survey, the Manchester City Council and the Triangulum EU project, was held in Manchester for the first time. The aim of the OGC CityGML Challenge was to develop software solutions that support the upcoming version 3.0 of CityGML as well as the integration of dynamic sensor data.


CityGML models are used successfully around the world, and most major cities and national surveys in Germany rely on this OGC standard for processing, managing and sharing 3D geodata. North Rhine-Westphalia, Thuringia, Berlin and Hamburg as well as further cities provide CityGML models as open data.


virtualcitySYSTEMS, HFT Stuttgart and CSI Piemonte were the finalists in the OGC CityGML Challenge in Manchester and developed solutions with a strong commitment. Manchester provided a range of datasets including building, terrain and sensor data in formats such as CityGML, Shapefile or GeoJSON.


All participants showed with their work the great added value that CityGML models and open standards have over the pure visualization of urban and regional models. The presentation of semantic information that is possible with CityGML and the open integration of thematic and planning data will be indispensable in the future.


OGC CityGML Challenge - Präsentation


virtualcitySYSTEMS convinced the jury with their intuitive 3D web viewer and their innovative solutions for creating and presenting planning scenarios in the city model, exporting CityGML 3.0 to many common 3D formats, editing attributes in real-time as well as with the solar potential analysis that was conducted and integrated into the model. For the coming year, the application will be publicly available for innovation purposes.


OGC CityGML Challenge - Anwendung