The benefits of BIM come about from exchanging information. IFC gives architects and engineers the ability to exchange data between different CAD tools, cost estimation systems and other construction-related applications. From Wikipedia:
“The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data.
It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. It is an object-based file format with a data model developed by buildingSMART to facilitate interoperability in the AEC industry, and is a commonly used collaboration format in Building information modeling (BIM) based projects.”
An important thing to remember about IFC is that it’s an exchange format, meaning it only exchanges data from one format (e.g Revit) to another (e.g ArchiCad). When exporting, it translates software data into IFC format, then once Imported the IFC data gets translated into the…