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Open GIS Vision Introduced in the HKABAEIMA Event


Hong Kong Alliance of Built Asset & Environment Information Management Associations (HKABAEIMA) successfully concluded the “2nd Anniversary Special Event 2021 (Part 2)” on December 30, 2021, with the title of “OpenData towards a Smart City”. Sr. Paul Tsui, Chief Executive Officer of Esri China (Hong Kong) gave a presentation on the topic of “ArcGIS GeoBIM and Esri’s Open Vision for Construction Digitalization”. As explained by Paul, ArcGIS GeoBIM enables the linking of projects and workflows by connecting ArcGIS Online with the Autodesk Construction Cloud and BIM 360 for better project coordination. Complicated and heavy BIM models can be effortlessly shared through a web browser. Furthermore, to facilitate GIS-BIM integration, ArcGIS Pro can directly read BIM documents such as Revit and IFC– the openBIM file format.



Besides GIS-BIM integration, Paul demystified Esri’s vision of creating an open, secure, and interoperable GIS platform. To create an open and interoperable system, Esri has adopted a multifaceted approach. ArcGIS platforms support different Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards such as CityGML and Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S). Esri products support a wide range of operating environments and cloud choices. In addition, Esri shares open application programming interfaces (open APIs) with the developer communities on Esri leaflet and GitHub to support the development of location-enabled product solutions, applications, and extensions.



Sr. Paul Tsui (right), Chief Executive Officer of Esri China (Hong Kong) shares the open standards in the ArcGIS platforms.