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OGC Approves Common DataBase Best Practice for Simulation Applications

Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2015 | Industry & Power

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) approved the OGC Common DataBase specification as an OGC Best Practice. A database that conforms to this Best Practice can be used by existing simulation client-devices (legacy Image Generators, Radar simulator, Computer Generated Forces, etc.) through a data publishing process that is performed on-demand in real-time.

This OGC Best Practice specifies an open format and encoding for the storage, access and modification of a representation of the natural and built environment for simulation applications. Common DataBase (CDB) defines the data representation, organization and storage structure of a synthetic representation of the earth and the conventions necessary to support the subsystems of a full-mission simulator.

The Best Practice uses several commercial and simulation data formats endorsed by leaders of the simulation database tools industry. The organization of the synthetic environmental data in a CDB is specifically tailored for real-time applications and supports applications in which inter-connected simulators share a common view of the simulated environment.

OSG says the application of CDB to future simulator architectures will significantly reduce runtime-source level and algorithmic correlation errors and development, update and configuration management timelines.

The OGC Common Database Volume 1 (Main Body) and Volume 2 (Appendices) are available at

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 510 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.

Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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