IFC 2x3 Export
VisualARQ includes a built-in IFC export plug-in, which makes it possible to export VisualARQ and Rhino files to other AEC software packages using IFC 2x3 files.
How does it work?
Simply go to the Rhino menu > File > Save As... and choose the IFC file format to save your document.
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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Where is IFC supported?
In most of the structural, MEP and architectural software packages, and in many of the applications involved in building information modeling (BIM).
Here you can find a list of software products supporting IFC:
What kind of information does VisualARQ export to 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 an 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 packages?
Not yet. At the moment VisualARQ only exports IFC files but it doesn’t import. 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: