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IFC4 Coordination View project overview

The goal of this project is to specify the subset of the [new IFC4 release] (http://www.buildingsmart-tech.org/specifications/ifc-releases/ifc4-release/ifc4-release-summary) that supports coordination activities, also known as Coordination View. The work will be based on the [IFC2x3 CV] (http://www.buildingsmart-tech.org/certification/ifc-certification-2.0/ifc2x3-cv-v2.0-certification/ifc2x3-cv-v2.0-certification-summary) that is currently used by buildingSMART for software certification. Instead of developing another single IFC4 Coordination View, this project proposes to develop two (later three) correlated partial views:

Available documentation

General information on scope

IFC4 Reference View (NEWS)

In order to achieve a broad engagement, a public review period is set up to start today and to end on Sept 30, 2014. All necessary information, the achieved improvements, the beta version specifications, the change logs and resolved issue lists, as well as the overall objective and scope definitions are published on the buildingSMART website.

There you will also find a short introduction on how to join the review process, information on the issue database to be used, and how to join the new email exploder for all IFC4 related work in order to stay connected.


IFC4 Design Transfer View

IFC4 Library View [Illustrative]

Additional explanation

Purpose of the IFC4 Coordination View Successors

The goal of these Model Views is to represent building design information that may be delivered across disciplines in design, construction, and operations. These Model Views are limited to physical building products and systems, and exclude all other lifecycle information (actors, controls, processes, resources). This model view may reference type definition information used by a building (e.g. common geometry for product models), but does not encapsulate product libraries – a separate Model View may be defined for that in the future (i.e. IFC4 Library View). Full connection information is within scope (element connections, ports, interference relationships), as is decomposition information (aggregation, voiding, filling).

Several Model Views are defined with increasing levels of design intent: Reference View, Design Transfer View, and Library View. These model views do not correlate with level of detail; higher or lower LOD may be indicated in any of these model views; rather they differ on the level of parametric information captured which impacts required capabilities of software applications. It is conceivable that these Model Views could be supported separately or combined within a single file (e.g. A: reference geometry only, B: design geometry only, C: parameters and formulas only, A+B, B+C, A+C, A+B+C) – such granularity would allow the widest range of portability while at the same time supporting optimized retrieval (e.g. a mobile application could request downloading a project limited to a particular subset).

Each of these model views will be explicitly defined in mvdXML format, which enables automation of implementations: if application software is designed to support IFC and mvdXML, then it can theoretically support any model view automatically. Automated filtering, translation, importing, exporting, validation, and user interface customization are possible.