Working with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

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Working with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

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Working with Industry Foundation Classes

This section provides supplementary information & guidance regarding the configuration and usage of the buildingSMART International (formerly International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI) Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) supported by SYNCHRO Software Ltd as this relates to interworking with the SYNCHRO Client application...

The IFC models are all about the sharing of information between project team members and across the software applications that they commonly use for design, construction, procurement, maintenance and operations.

Data interoperability is a key enabler to achieving the goal of  the IAI process. The IAI has developed a common data schema that makes it possible to hold and exchange relevant data between different software applications. The data schema comprises interdisciplinary building information as used throughout its life-cycle. The name of this format is Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), it is registered by ISO as ISO/PAS 16739, and became an official International Standard ISO/IS 16739 in 2013.

IFC format include more than 600 different types of Entities. It include not only architectural entities but electrical and other types to describe geometry, scheduling, resources, cost and many other.

IFC Schema Support

The following IFC Schemas are supported:

·2x (IFC2X_FINAL)
·2x2 (IFC2X2_FINAL)
·2x3 (IFC2X3)
·2x4 (IFC2x4) - import/synchronise from/synchronise to

Supported IFC File Encodings

The following IFC  file text encodings are currently supported:-

·ISO 10303-21:2002 Industrial automation systems and integration -- Product data representation and exchange -- Part 21: Implementation methods: Clear text encoding of the exchange structure

Related Topics:

buildingSMART International (formerly International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI)

IFC Known Issues