INDUSTRY FOUNDATION CLASSES (IFC)

A Brief Introduction To IFC

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Industry Foundation Classes is a data model that describes the relationship between the software applications that are used in construction industries. It is registered by ISO and standardised as 16739:2013. It is an open and object-based file format that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors.

IFC is developed by an organisation known as ‘BuildingSMART’ which aims to improve the exchange of information between software applications used in the construction industries. It has developed Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs) as a neutral and open specification for BIM (Building Information Model).

Because of its feature of interoperability, government has made it compulsory to use IFC file formats for all building projects. It is widely uses by BIM programs to hold models and designs of facilities and buildings.

IFC file formats:

  • IFC-SPF is a file format that has file extension ‘.ifc’. It is mostly used file format because of its compact size…

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