Geomodeling and GeoBIM integration

Key challenges in a nutshell

  • Integration of building information models with geomodels

Short description of the technology

A 3-D geomodelling software (surface representations) that is capable of combining geological and geophysical data with Geospatial Building Information Modeling (GeoBIM) systems. It should be possible to integrate various types of geological and geophysical data (especially borehole data, seismic data, other types of geophysical surveys, fault information) with typical BIM information for infrastructure and building information. Essential is a tight integration of both geological and geophysical modeling and the GeoBIM system to enable automated updates of models and visualizations. A link to VR/AR systems should be integrated.

State of the Art: technology in existing gravitational wave detectors / TRL

Several companies offer GIS systems with BIM integration – mostly under the concept of Geospatial BIMs (GeoBIM). These systems also provide technology for VR/AR visualization. Especially the tight integration of various data types is still challenging in systems available today. Visualization of 3-D geological models is often possible in 3-D views on Desktops and increasingly implemented in VR/AR systems. The feedback between geological modeling methods and (Geo)BIM systems is, however, to date very limited.

Intended use in the frame of the Einstein Telescope

The construction and operation phase will require a system that enables a tight integration of engineering and geoscientific information. Considering the long term of the project, it is essential that the system enables frequent and, as much as possible, automated model updates for planning and visualization. Specifically, it should be possible to update the geological and geoscientific content in a GeoBIM system during the project. The VR/AR component is also important for outreach activities and links to the technology item on VR/AR visualization.

Improvements needed: Technological challenge for the Einstein Telescope

An extension of existing GeoBIM systems to geological and geophysical modeling and simulation environments.

Economic perspectives of participation beyond the ET applications

There is a potential of integration of geo modeling technologies in GIS systems, e.g for agricultural issues (remote sensing data, agriculture cadastre linked with geological data, soil structure). Other application fields can be found in hydrogeology, engineering geology, exploration of deposits (also open-cast mining post-use), geothermal energy.

We are open to any other companies’ proposals.

Related projects and labs

Various geomodeling projects of Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Geological services offices in Europe.

Project within the model region initiative of sustainable bioeconomy in the Rhineland.

Ongoing and future procurements

No ongoing procurement at this moment.

Business Development contacts

Peter Gier

Dirk Kalinowski

Michel Stassart
Skywin BE –

Maxime Corvilain
POM Limburg BE –

René Kessen

Technology contact

Florian Wellmann
RWTH Aachen DE –

Hans-Balder Havenith

Geo-Env, University of Liège BE –