Utilities Data Content Standard, FGDC-STD-010-2000

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Maintenance Authority

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


The purpose of this Utilities Geospatial Data Content Standard (hereafter abbreviated as Utilities Standard) is to standardize geospatial information for utility systems.  This standard specifies the names, definitions, and domains for utility system components that can be geospatially depicted as feature types and their non-graphical attributes.  This Utilities Standard is classified as a Data Content Standard in the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Standards Reference Model.


This Utilities Standard supports large-scale, intra-city applications such as engineering and life cycle maintenance of utility systems.  The components of each utility system described in this Utilities Standard are considered to represnent features located outside the foundation of an enclosed structure.  This Utilities Standard describes eleven feature classes: compressed air, electrical distribution, electrical monitoring/control, fuel distribution, heating/cooling systems, industrial waste, natural gas distribution, saltwater, storm drainage collection, wastewater collection, and water distribution.  This standard does not contain all features necessary to describe or model communications, alarm systems, or long distance utilities networks that stretch between cities.  As with the Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS), this standard uses a logical data model.

Sponsored by

Facilities Working Group

Project history

Proposal 1996-10-11FGDC Standards Working Group
Public review draft
 1997-08 FGDC Secretariat 
FGDC-endorsed standard  2000-06

Related Information

The information contained in the appendices of the Utilities Data Content Standard is also downloadable as a compressed file (703 kB).  When saved to disk and decompressed, the resulting file, a Microsoft Access Application, is  3362 kB.