[Tagging] [How to tag a] Depot for sand, earth, and other bulk materials

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Tue May 18 21:06:03 UTC 2021

Ok thanks for the input and ideas.
The areas in my region are part of the "grondbank", which is probably best
translated as 'soil exchange'. It's not comparable to a pile or pit of salt
next to a road, in case it's needed for the road.

I guess landuse=industrial best describes the exchange activities, even
though no industries or companies are involved, nothing is fabricated and
it's all non-commercial.  It's more like a logistics operation. The
terrains are dedicated, long-term, and fenced.

Industrial=warehouse, that's a step too far for me, and the type of storage
used or the exact contents of the piles is not my concern. Just tagging the

Out of all the industrial=* values, depot fits best, but it's tainted by a
previous proposal which said that depot is about vehicles and such. So I
have to come up with a new one. I think industrial=soil_exchange would tag
the duck.

Probably there is a better term than soil, one that also may include sand
and gravel.

Vr gr Peter Elderson

Op di 18 mei 2021 om 21:43 schreef Bert -Araali- Van Opstal <
bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com>:

> On 18/05/2021 17:53, Peter Elderson wrote:
> Bert -Araali- Van Opstal <bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com>:
>> I tag them as man_made=bunker_silo (
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dbunker_silo) and
>> content=* (values like sand, gravel, salt etc...)
> Combine with landuse=commercial for the ones at depots for sale or
>> landuse=industrial or landuse=construction for the piles not for sale to
>> the general public.
>> I know the wiki says these are for agriculture but it's easy to extend
>> (wiki) for other purposes. Bunker silos don't necessarily have 3 walls to
>> contain the bulk material, as in your example I can't recognise any but
>> essentially they are the same thing and serve the same purpose. Some have
>> ditches around them or are pits, with the same purpose of containment and
>> additionally collecting run-off in wet conditions.
>> Introducing another landuse or man_made tag seems ambiguous to me,
>> especially using stockpile as some might be empty short or long term and
>> then it would be to be defined as a pile or stock_pile.
>> Using the man_made tag is easy as they can be easily mapped and
>> incorporated in all kinds of larger facilties let it be depots, factories,
>> hardware stores, construction sites or just along roads as maintenance
>> stock depots.
> Bunker silo could be stretched to include these piles of bulk material.
> But they are formed on the terrain as needed, for different bulk materials.
> So I can't pinpoint and tag individual bunker silo's, and I can't tag the
> contents. That's not necessarily a problem, but again, stretching thngs.
> Sure but you could contain all the piles into one area or apply it to the
> containing polygon which might have a landuse.  It allows for any level of
> detail as you are able or willing to apply. In many cases, like f.i. for
> hazardous materials, a watertight seal is applied to the surface, with
> different piles, sometimes different materials all stored on the same slab.
> Some have water catchment drains around it. All of this can be mapped with
> existent tags, like surface=concrete etc... without becoming specific about
> the individual piles or their contents. Just dependent on your preference
> for level of detail and local knowledge. man_made=bunker_silo is been used
> 32 234 x, both in agriculture as in industrial or commercial use.
> As for the landuse, it's not commercial or industrial, and the land itself
> is not a construction site. Maybe industrial could be stretched to include
> common storage for various bulk materials for various current and future
> municipal projects in the municipal area?
> In your specific case it's not, but these piles appear on all kinds of
> different landuse. So it seams obvious to me not to use or create a new
> landuse value for such a specific case as we would end up with
> landuse=somethingnew overlapping or puzzled into other landuses, either on
> macro or micro scale. For your specific case it seems to me
> landuse=industrial is the most feasible.  Don't use landuse=depot. Since
> last year (253 uses so far) the industrial=storage tag is used, even
> discussed briefly on
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Key:industrial. It is meant to
> distinguish warehouses which are considered in most cases as storage in
> buildings, from open air storage. Not documented yet but in use for similar
> cases.
> So I would suggest a general tagging as:
> landuse=industrial, (other landuses are possible but not combined with
> industrial=*)
> industrial=storage
> Add additional attributes if known like:
> content=* (could be multiple ; separated values or a group name like road
> construction bulk material...)
> man_made=bunker_silo could be optional but I would recommend it for
> uniformity in any case for such an area even if it has no special storage
> provisions for reasons that it is easy to recognise even if the pile is
> "used up" and underlying soil might be contaminated.  This allows it to be
> used also for smaller stockpiles f.i. gravel stocks for use in winter in
> mountainous areas, stockpiles of clay gravel mixes to repair potholes like
> often seen in Africa along roads etc...  By the way it even renders fine in
> carto (darker pink), but we don't map for the...
> owner=*, operator=* etc....
> If you have the information or field survey smaller areas and details can
> be provided on overlapping areas or polygons which are tagged with:
> if the area contains a floor use surface=*,
> wall, retaining wall or dyke for containment
> ditches
> The man_made=mound (1298 uses) is also in use but not documented and very
> locally used mostly in Turkey. Could be considered as an alternative if no
> provisions at all are present. I prefer to use a single tagging scheme for
> the same feature so don't recommend it's use.
> In these cases the man_made=bunker_silo should be applied to the detailed
> area, not the containing landuse.
> See an example of such a pile next to a major road in Africa here:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/0.09120/32.49531
> Greetings,
> Bert Araali
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