Industry Foundation Classes

Industry Foundation Classes

The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is a neutral and open specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. It is an object oriented file format with a data model developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) to facilitate interoperability in the building industry, and is a commonly used format for Building Information Modeling (BIM). The IFC model specification is open and available. [ [http://www.iai-international.org/Model/IFC(ifcXML)Specs.html IAI International ] ] Because of its focus on ease of interoperability between software platforms the Danish government has made the use of IFC format(s) compulsory for publicly aided building projects. [ [http://digitalconstruction.dk/digital-client-demands-scheme Digital client demands scheme] ]

IFC/ifcXML Specifications

* ifcXML2x3 (June 2007)
* IFC2x3 (February 2006)
* ifcXML2 for IFC2x2 add1 (RC2)
* IFC2x2 Addendum 1 (July 2004)
* ifcXML2 for IFC2x2 (RC1)
* IFC 2x2
* IFC 2x Addendum 1
* ifcXML1 for IFC2x and IFC2x Addendum 1
* IFC 2x
* IFC 2.0
* IFC 1.5.1
* IFC 1.5 [ [http://www.iai-international.org/Model/IFC(ifcXML)Specs.html IAI International ] ]

oftware vendors supporting IFC

* Progman: MagiCAD supports IFC 2x2 and IFC 2x3
* Tekla: Tekla Structures supports IFC 2x2 and IFC 2x3
* Nemetschek: VectorWorks supports IFC 2x3 through use of the VectorWorks IFC v.2x3 plug-inref|NemetschekAnnouncement
* Graphisoft: Archicad supports IFC 1.51, IFC 2.00, IFC 2x, IFC 2x2, IFC 2x3 from Archicad 7 version onwards.ref|ArchicadAddons
* Nemetschek: Allplan supports IFC 2x3 as a free add-on from 2006-2 version.
* Nemetschek: SCIA Engineer (ESA-PT) supports IFC 2x3
* Bentley Systems: [http://www.bentley.com/architecture Bentley Architecture] supports IFC 2x3.ref|BentleyOpenStandards
* Cadwork: Cadwork 3D supporting IFC 2x3.
* Solibri: Solibri Model Checker, Solibri Model Viewer, Solibri IFC Optimizer
* Data Design System : [http://www.dds-cad.com DDS-CAD] supports Ifc 2x3
* Archimen Group : [http://www.active3d.net Active3d]
* Autodesk: Revit supports IFC 2x2 and IFC 2x3ref|RevitIFC
* Autodesk: AutoCAD Architecture supports IFC 2x3
* Jotne EPM Technology AS : [http://www.epmtech.jotne.com/products/index.html EDM products] supporting IFC.
* GRAITEC: Advance Steel : [http://www.graitec.com/en/as.asp] supporting IFC 2x3.
* GRAITEC: Advance Concrete : [http://www.graitec.com/en/ac.asp] supporting IFC 2x3.
* GRAITEC: Advance Design : [http://www.graitec.com/en/ad.asp] supporting IFC 2x3.

External links

* [http://www.iai-na.org/technical/faqs.php Understanding the different purposes of IFCs and aecXML in achieving Interoperability] at the International Alliance for Interoperability, North America, website
* [http://www.dds-cad.com Data Design System] Building services engineering CAD software - working with IFC building models
*A list from [http://www.dds-cad.com DDS] of [http://www.dds-bsp.co.uk/Products.html products supporting IFC]
* [http://cic.nist.gov/vrml/cis2.html#IFC IFC for Structural Steel] at NIST
* [http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2004/IFCmodel.html AECbytes Feature (March 30, 2004)] on the IFC data model.
* [http://www.ifcwiki.org/ IfcWiki] Beginning of an open-for-all Wiki on the IFCs (initiated by Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)
* [http://www.solibri.com/solibri-ifc-optimizer.html Solibri IFC Optimizer] is a free IFC file optimization tool.
* [http://www.solibri.com/solibri-model-viewer.html Solibri Model Viewer] is a free IFC file viewer.

References

# [http://www.nemetschek.net/news/pressreleases/2007/041807.php Nemetschek North America Announces Public Beta for Upcoming IFC Version 2x3 Plug-ins]
# [http://www.graphisoft.com/support/ifc/ General Information about Graphisoft and IFC]
# [http://www.graphisoft.com/support/ifc/downloads/public/ List of available Archicad IFC Add-ons]
# [http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Markets/Building/Open+Standards+and+Interoperability.htm Bentley's Commitment to Open Standards and Interoperability]
# [http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/item?siteID=123112&id=7267493&linkID=9243099 Revit IFC certification]
# [http://www.graitec.com/En/GTC.asp GTC: Graitec Transfer Center - CAD and Analysis software interoperability]


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