IFC 2x3 Export
VisualARQ has an integrated IFC export plug-in within the software, which make it possible to export VisualARQ and Rhino files into other AEC softwares using IFC 2x3 files.
How does it work?
Simply go to the Rhino menu > File > Save As... and chose the IFC file format type to save your document as.
What is IFC ?
The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format is a standard way of exchanging objects in the building industry to reduce loss of information when transmitting files between different applications.
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Who supports IFC ?
Most of the structural, MEP and architectural software’s, and many of the applications involved with building information modeling (BIM).
Here you can find a list of Software vendors supporting IFC:
What kind of information VisualARQ exports through IFC format?
The current version of IFC Export exports Walls, Beams, Columns, Doors, Windows, Openings, Slabs, Roofs, and Spaces from a VisualARQ model and all Rhino solids to a IFC 2×3 file. The following software applications have been used to test the generated IFC files:
- Solibri Model Viewer
- Revit Architecture 2011
- AutoCAD® Architecture 2012
- Graphisoft ArchiCAD 14
- Tekla BIMsight 1.2
- Autodesk® Ecotect Analysis 2011
Does VisualARQ import IFC format files from other software’s?
Not yet. At the moment VisualARQ just export IFC files but doesn’t import. But this feature will be supported in future versions.
Besides exporting models to IFC file format, VisualARQ is considered a BIM software because it works with parametric architectural objects and tools, thus making the design and documentation processes easier and faster. All project documentation (plans, sections, elevations, schedule tables for room areas, openings quantifications, etc.) is attached to the 3D model and updates automatically at any change on the 3D model.
But what is actually BIM?
In the following video you can see a clear explanation of what BIM means (Building Information Modeling), what it is used for, and which advantages it has: