Interoperability on a Large Scale

Apr 01, 2010

Before facility, geospatial and emergency data were able to interoperate on a large scale, emergencies were typically reported by phone, including only the location and type of emergency. Today, smart buildings can report situations earlier and in more detail—but there is a disconnect between the standards needed for effective interoperability. The Open Floor Plan Display/Exchange Project is a response to this need. Open Floor Plan Display (OFPD) is a Requirements Prototyping effort to create a lightweight graphical interface for web browsers. Figure 1 is a demo, [available at]. Open Floor Plan Exchange (OFPX) is a Standards Harmonization effort to provide diverse communication systems with a common understanding. Both the display and exchange will be maintained by the Building Information Service Ontology, currently in development. Data models and reasoning support keep OFPD/X specifications interoperable with related standards.

Deborah L. MacPherson, AIA, CSI CCS, Specifications and Research, Cannon Design
Michelle A. Raymond
Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM) National Institute of Building Sciences
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buildingSMART alliance (National Institute of Building Sciences)

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