In the current factory layout design domain, the factory layout is usually a geometric representation. The
domain suffers from many problems such as inadequate types of geometrical information, difficulties in
combining different file formats and comprehensive information management. This paper describes the
problems, needs and visions in the domain. The authors have identified several existing standards that are
suitable as a foundation for information related to factory layout design, for a more integrated information
management and for efficiently creating and analysing factory solutions. A detailed description and
discussion about diverse standards are included in the paper.