[OSGeo-Standards] Simple (COGO) Coordinate Geometry Text Format Specification Released Today

Landon Blake sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com
Tue May 14 13:35:42 PDT 2013

Thanks for that information Raj. If I can assist with the ongoing LandXML
efforts in anyway, let me know. Good to hear it is still alive and I look
forward to seeing what the results are.


On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Raj Singh <rsingh at opengeospatial.org>wrote:

> Hi Landon. Simple COGO looks pretty cool.
> But to steal a phrase, the reports of LandXML's death have been greatly
> exaggerated. OGC's Land Development DWG [1] is working on resuscitating it
> -- first building a conceptual model to understand exactly all of its
> components. And buildingSMART International [2] has a working group called
> OpenINFRA that is looking to standardize it as well. We hope these efforts
> will converge in some way and give stakeholders in that domain a clear idea
> about the future of infrastructure information exchange.
> [1] http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/landdevdwg
> [2] http://buildingsmart.org/
> ---
> Raj
> The OGC: Making location count.
> http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/organization/staff/rsingh
> On May 9, at 12:32 AM, Landon Blake <sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm not sure how many of you were aware of LandXML, or aware that it
> died last year. I was disappointed to learn this, as it was basically the
> only effort to transparently share land surveying and civil engineering
> data between software programs.
> >
> > The land surveying world seems to be even more locked down by hardware
> and software vendors than the GIS world, and it is very hard to exchange
> data between programs. The RINEX format for the exchange of GPS data may be
> the one exception, and I think it only survives because of support from
> academia.
> >
> > Today, I made the first release of an open technology standard from the
> SurveyOS Project. The Simple COGO Text Format Specification defines a
> simple delimited text format for the transfer and storage of common land
> surveying measurements.
> >
> > I'm currently working on some open source Java code to support the
> reading and writing of the format.
> >
> > Please remember this is very preliminary stuff, and it will probably
> evolve a bit as I work the kinks out of the software library.
> >
> > It is a small step, but I hope and important one after the death of
> LandXML. I hope to release other file format specifications for related
> surveying/geospatial data in the coming months.
> >
> > I'd welcome involvement from other OSGeo members in the specification
> development, as well as support for the spec in other programming languages.
> >
> > You can learn more, and download the Simple COGO Text Format
> Specification from:
> >
> http://www.redefinedhorizons.com/surveyos/standards-simple-cogo-text-format-version-1-0-released/
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > Landon (AKA - The Sunburned Surveyor)
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