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1 INTRODUCTION The IFC standard (IAI 2006) has been incorporated

The IFC standard (IAI 2006) has been incorporated
into the pre-eminent computer-aided design tools
(CAD) used by the majority of the architecture, en-
gineering and construction (A/E/C) professions and
now increasingly in facilities management (FM).
IFC provides a high-level semantic description of a
designed building. With IFC version 2x2 there are
over 500 classes of information that can be utilized
to describe aspects of a building and their relation-
ships to each other. The standard also allows for a
variety of descriptions of the building's geometry
sitting beside the semantic objects which comprise
the building.
The IFC standard provides for unfettered transfer
of semantic information between the major design
tools used in A/E/C-FM and should ensure that the
most up-to-date, and accurate, information is avail-
able to all professionals. This is a long held dream of
those in this industry.


Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences