Why use IFC?

Following my last detailed and highly technical post about model creation related to IFC, I received a comment on the blog piece from fellow Graphisoft ARCHICAD user and expert, Link Ellis from ArchiLINK. Link was seeking more of an overview to how IFC works for his clients. I think its fair to say that many people would like this, including me. Unfortunately I am not aware of any document that tackles this at present. It is something I have raised and we have discussed at buildingSMART UK Technical Group meetings. Hopefully this will become available in due course. In the meantime I will continue to share my IFC understanding (particularly related to ARCHICAD) and thoughts through this blog. Continue reading

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Practical application of IFC & COBie: Model Creation

“Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship” Zeuxis (approx. 400BC)

For those of you who don’t know me too well, I am somewhat obsessed with IFC, or at least obsessed with working out facts from fiction with IFC exchange. Simply stating “IFC doesn’t work, therefore I refuse to use it” is boring and fundamentally unhelpful. It’s like saying “my phone lost reception so I am never using a phone again”. It’s also too easy to believe certain software companies aren’t interested in improving their IFC implementation. Come on, we can all do better than that. Nothing is perfect and that includes all authoring tools without exception and I am not going to pretend IFC is perfect either, it is far from it. Yet I know that it is perfectly usable for our live projects. Continue reading

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SketchUp to IFC (and COBie) via ARCHICAD

Introduction

Before diving into this blog piece i wanted to explain first that whilst i am an ArchiCAD user i always try to look at the bigger picture of BIM, particularly with regards to data. In fact i am becoming more and more uninterested in what can be done in ARCHICAD. There are already plenty of users focussed on asking Graphisoft for ARCHICAD feature improvements that are primarily designed to benefit the model author. My focus is all on the data and how we can use it and export it. For me, my simple mantra is if you can’t export it from an authoring package, and generate a benefit to others, it doesn’t exist. This perhaps may seem a little extreme but with this thought pattern it allows me to focus on the bigger picture of BIM. Continue reading

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