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An Integrative Management Approach of Subsurface Data for Major Cities like Berlin

Matthias Schroeder, Joachim Wächter, Alexander Limberg and Birgit Fritz-Taute

(Submission #186)


Through the progressive implementation of the INSPIRE directive, a lot of data sharing services were made accessible on a regional, national or European level. Data services are the backbone of a spatial infrastructure like the INSPIRE initiative. In the federal state of Germany, more and more interoperable data services are gradually being released. Each state is responsible to build up its own infrastructure which are part of and contribute to national processes for setting up spatial data infrastructures i.e. GDI-DE. Although there are a number of services available, they are not yet usable because there is a lack of appropriate applications that allow a user-friendly integrated use of those services. It is of great importance to overcome these shortcomings for the development of various new use cases. In major cities like Berlin the subsurface is of special interest and the need for enhanced spatial planning procedures for subsurface management is evident. The subsurface is characterized by a complex use e.g. supply lines, transportation tubes, geothermally usable layers, and groundwater resources. This situation generates conflicting interests from business developers, government activities and the public. Additionally, Berlin is a city with a high density of buildings, public spaces, and traffic facilities. There is an increasing tendency to go underground because of the limited resources and spaces. Therefore a seamless integration of subsurface data and surface spatial data for new integrated planning processes is necessary. The e-government strategy of the Senate of Berlin asks for the construction of a smarter city by exploiting existing data resources via interoperable INSPIRE services to develop integrated planning procedures for surface and subsurface management. However, all of these activities should serve the protection of the subsurface as Natural Capital because of vulnerability of groundwater resources which are important for the drinking water production in Berlin. We would like to present an idea and an initial approach for an integrated subsurface management system for the city of Berlin and promote and discuss these innovative concepts. Berlin could become an example for a smart city with a new generation of subsurface management systems.


Topic Area:  [4.1]INSPIRE Thinking out of the box – INSPIRE innovation
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Comments:   infrastructure, smart city, e-government, underground, subsurface, tools, applications, Natural Capital, INSPIRE, service, management, data, system

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