A wide variety of analysis applications are used in different countries, which handle architectural models from ARCHICAD in different ways:
Whether using IFC or DWG format to exchange data with analysis applications, it is recommended to narrow the architectural model to just the data needed by the engineer, and to use the translators, either predefined or custom. In the case of IFC, ARCHICAD includes a predefined translator for analysis programs, but naturally that can also be customized as needed, or new translators created.
For example, depending on the capabilities of the host structural application, you may wish to adjust the IFC Translator to enable support for grid-system export, which you may want to include in the IFC data to serve as a reference for 3D element positioning.
Most analysis applications support IFC, DWG and PDF formats for export, so you can import or place the engineer’s structural recommendations into the current ARCHICAD project. ARCHICAD contains functions that enable you to view the architectural and structural models separately or in integrated form.
For structural models imported in IFC format, ARCHICAD enables you to utilize and check the profiles, materials and other properties suggested by the engineer.
Also, ARCHICAD’s Detect IFC Model Changes feature can display the geometric modifications between two versions of a structural project.
(Some structural applications, in turn, can display changes between two versions of an architectural model.)
Ask your partner which of these data exchange solutions is supported by his/her analysis application, and which of the modeling options and settings will best support your workflow with your structural engineer partner.