Working with open BIM standards to source legal spaces for a 3D cadastre

Jennifer Oldfield, Peter van Oosterom, Jakob Beetz, Thomas F. Krijnen

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Much work has already been done on how a 3D Cadastre should best be developed. An inclusive information model, the Land Administration Model (LADM ISO 19152) has been developed to provide an international framework for how this can best be done. This conceptual model does not prescribe the technical data format. One existing source from which data could be obtained is 3D Building Information Models (BIMs), or, more specifically in this context, BIMs in the form of one of buildingSMART’s open standards: the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). The research followed a standard BIM methodology of first defining the requirements through the use of the Information Delivery Manual (IDM ISO29481) and then translating the process described in the IDM into technical requirements using a Model View Definition (MVD), a practice to coordinate upfront the multidisciplinary stakeholders of a construction project. The proposed process model illustrated how the time it takes to register 3D spatial units in a Land Registry could substantially be reduced compared to the first 3D registration in the Netherlands. The modelling of an MVD or a subset of the IFC data model helped enable the creation and exchange of boundary representations of topological objects capable of being combined into a 3D legal space overview map.

Original languageEnglish
Article number351
Number of pages19
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • BIM
  • Complex multi-use rights
  • Environs Act
  • IDM
  • Land registry map
  • MVD
  • Superficies
  • Workflow


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