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Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

Last modified by Iwona Budny Bjergø on 2022/01/10 15:08

IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open, neutral data exchange format. It is optimized for physical model sharing among design disciplines. The IFC format is ISO-certified, and it is developed and maintained by buildingSMART (formerly the International Alliance for Interoperability).

Through IFC, FEM-Design can use 3D geometrical representation of construction elements defined by architectural and structural modelers as input for analysis models and calculation.

Within IFC, a so-called “Model View Definition” (MVD) gives recommendation for which data and elements the IFC model should include depending on the collaboration (model-exchange) purpose. For analysis software such as FEM-Design, the model view definitions that provide the most important physical model input are: IFC2x3 Coordination View (the most widely implemented view), IFC4 Reference View and IFC4 Design Transfer View.

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For more information about officially available IFC Model View Definitions, see the buildingSMART website.


Parent topic: BIM Integration

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