IFC Import and Interoperability with CAD Tools
Solibri Model Checker can import building models from all major BIM software products by using the standardized IFC interface. International Foundation Classes (IFC) is an open, standardized way of storing digital building descriptions. IFC is developed by BuildingSMART (earlier called IAI), and enables effortless exchange of information between various BIM software products. Solibri Model Checker supports IFC versions IFC 1.5.1, IFC 2.0, IFC 2x, IFC 2x2, and IFC 2x3. Zip-compressed ifc files can imported without extracting them.
Some BIM software products include the IFC export as part of the product, some others are available as separate modules. Below is the list of BIM software with IFC export.
||Version With IFC Export
|Autodesk ADT||2005 and 2006 with Inopso|
|AutoCAD Architecture||2008 owards
|AutoCAD MEP||2008 owards
|Bentley Architecture||2006 onwards|
|Data Design System (DDS)||6.34 onwards|
|Gehry Technologies' Digital Project|
|Kymdata CADS HEPAC and Electric|
|NIST CIS/2 to IFC Translator|
|Onuma Planning System|
|ProjectWise Navigator||All versions
|Tekla Structures||11.1 onwards
- Bentley Buildind (TriForma)
Optimization of Large IFC Files
To make a large IFC file smaller and faster to handle you can optimize it using Solibri IFC Optimizer.