Christopher Zoog of HOK presented this great explanation to the New York City Revit User Group.
HOK are certainly pushing and pursuing IFC in a number of impressive ways into their workflows, including pressure on software providers.
IFC, what it is, and why you should care:
IFC is often talked about being simply the “DXF format” of BIM, and while it’s true that is an exchange format for design authoring, IFC’s further usefulness is generally not well understood in the AEC industry (at least not in the US). IFC is arguably the best way to leverage data that is typically trapped inside your building information model, often by the very tool used to create it. This lecture will explore IFC’s origin, its current status, as well as how it can unlock that trapped data! Several BIM use workflows will be demonstrated including:
- Design Authoring / Computational Design (Grasshopper to Revit, Tekla)
- Program Validation / FM handover (dRofus, TIDA, Revit)
- Performance based design / Simulation (MassMotion, Simergy, Revit)
- Model based coordination / Automated Code Compliance (Solibri, Revit, BIM Collaboration Format)
- Design Collaboration (dRofus, Revit, Model Server, BCF)
Various IFC exporting tools, as well as IFC specific editing tools will also be discussed and demonstrated.