EGU General Assembly 2021
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Swissforages: the Free and Open-Source Borehole Data Management System

Milan Antonovic1, Massimiliano Cannata1, Nils Oesterling2, and Sabine Brodhag2
Milan Antonovic et al.
  • 1SUPSI, Istituto scienze della Terra, DACD, Canobbio, Switzerland (
  • 2Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Wabern, Switzerland (

Most of the time boreholes data, particularly those collected in the past, are in the form of static data reports that describe the stratigraphy and the related characteristics; these data types are generally available as paper documents, or static files like .pdf of images (.ai). While very informative, these documents are not searchable, not interoperable nor easily reusable, since they require a non negligible time for data integration. Sometime, data are archived into database. This certainly improve the find-ability of the data and its accessibility but still do not address the interoperability requirement and therefore, combining data from different sources remain a problematic task. To enable FAIR borehole data and facilitate the different entities (public or private) management Swisstopo ( has funded the development of a Web application named Borehole Data Management System (BDMS) [1] that adopt the borehole data model () [2] implemented by the Swiss Geological Survey. From the first beta release (2019) several improvements to the platform has been implemented leading to the last official release of the platform (v1.0.2) officially available on The latest released features includes:

  • Borehole document storage
  • Interface customization
  • Improved access & authorization managemnt
  • External WMS/WMTS background map support
  • User feedbacks form
  • Handling of personalized and versioned terms of service
  • Enhanced bulk data import
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes


How to cite: Antonovic, M., Cannata, M., Oesterling, N., and Brodhag, S.: Swissforages: the Free and Open-Source Borehole Data Management System, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-12467,, 2021.