Geosiris implemented in collaboration with the EGIS Group an Autodesk/CIVIL3D plug in (RESQML CAD) Egis RESQML based solution able to communicate to BIM (« Building Information Modeling ») aware applications all type of geological study information embedded into a RESQML epc+hdf5.

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Context and History of GEOSIRIS’s Development

The EGIS Company is engaged in a BIM approach for many of their civil engineering projects concerning transport (highways, railways, metros, canals, tramways) or industrial (harbors, airports, factories, etc.) in France and worldwide. BIM is based upon a set of processes for managing a project, based around a 3D digital model that assembles the different models produced by each discipline or specialty. Architects were the first in the construction industry to use 3D models and CAD tools, but for a building, there is no need to have a 3D geomodel of the subsurface, and, thus, the CAD tools have essentially no facilities for importing a 3D geomodel and the associated data.

The need exists in civil engineering and an effort is starting internationally to communicate between CAD software by using the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes). Today there is even no IFC release candidate for Geotechnics and Subsurface. To fulfill this need for short and middle term, the EGIS Company was working to find an operational solution to exchange sub soil 3D models based on international standards.  A decision was made to use the RESQML format currently used to exchange geological and reservoir Earth models between major geomodelling software used by the Petroleum industry (Léonard et al., 2019; Léonard, 2020). 

Since 2019, a first specific application (RESQML Builder) integrates boreholes data, 3D geomodels in taking into account the DEM (Digital Elevation Model) of the BIM project, and a second one (RESQML CAD) , developed by Geosiris, is dedicated to the transfer to Autodesk Civil 3D (Fig. 1). Another development (RESQML GIS) is in progress to transfer the same 3D models and their boreholes data to ArcGIS Pro and WebSIG.

Presentation of BIM Use cases realized with RESQML CAD software.

A plug-in for Autodesk Civil 3D, developed in C #/.NET under Visual Studio in collaboration between EGIS and Geosiris. (Léonard et al., 2019; Léonard, 2020) is providing the Geotechnical information to this BIM software. A menu added to the menu bar of Autodesk Civil-3D (version 2018 to 2021) allows connecting and disconnecting to RESQML documents, importing, drawing horizons and faults of the 3D models, drawing boreholes in 3D, drawing fence-diagrams and 3D logs data. It is possible to choose each element to draw among the various interpretation of the 3D models (geological, geotechnical, hydrogeological). Each drawn element is also associated to a list of attributes in a BIM database.

The figures below show several views of Civil 3D drawings obtained exclusively with RESQML-CAD:

3D model of an extension (dock + basin) of “Port Autonome de la Guadeloupe” also called “Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes”.

Boreholes drawn by RESQML-CAD
a) EGIS Gold Mining Project with boreholes having different types of trajectory (vertical, horizontal, inclined and deviated)
b) Hinkley Point C EPR project (UK) with cored boreholes and trial pits

Boreholes with pressure meter test data
a) Detailed view of a borehole and the curves of creep pressure (in yellow) and limit pressure (in blue)
b) View on a group of 3D boreholes with their data

Link to publication by Leonard (2019 et 2020)

Link to publication from Valentin Gauthier and all “ Operational Use Cases Using RESQML Standard to communicate Geotechnics and Subsurface Information to BIM”. Near surface geosciences : an EAGE conference in Bordeaux 29 August 2nd September 2021

“Geotechnics and subsurface Information: ontologies and data model of the ResqML v2.2 with examples of interoperable transfers between geomodelling, BIM and GIS softwares” . YOU TUBE