Working with IFC Data
In the Categories and Properties panel of Element Settings, you can assign and view IFC Attributes, standard and custom IFC Properties, and IFC Classification References. In addition, use Element Settings to carry out element classification (by Element Classification (IFC Type), Structural Function, Position and/or Renovation Status).
Use the IFC Manager to get an overview of the IFC hierarchy of the current ARCHICAD project; to navigate between the IFC model and ARCHICAD elements; to manage IFC data from a global perspective; and to create and manage IFC Assignments and IFC Type Products (this function is not available anywhere else). Unlike the Element Settings, you can use the IFC Manager to assign new IFC data not just to building elements and Zones, but to any other spatial elements including Stories, Building, Site, and Project.
Note: Naturally, the Attributes, Properties and Classification References defined in the IFC Manager are immediately reflected in the relevant Element Settings dialogs, and vice versa.
The IFC model’s data structure can be scheme-driven. This means that you assign a scheme to a project. Use the scheme-based workflow:
In sum, the use of a scheme enables you to tailor IFC data management and export at the project level, rather than always having to use the entire IFC standard property database. Specifically, the scheme-based workflow supports the following goals:
The first two functions of the scheme based workflow (listed above), and management of the scheme’s xml file, are available through the IFC Scheme Setup.
IFC Options settings can have an effect at the project level, with respect to the visualization of the IFC hierarchy and data in the IFC Manager and in data storage.
Use the Find & Select command to search for any elements by their IFC Attribute, Property, or Classification Reference values.
Use the Interactive Element Schedule to list any elements by their IFC Attribute, Property, or Classification Reference values.
Use the Label Type called “Categories and Properties”, from Label Settings, to display Categories and Properties data (including IFC data) assigned to building elements on Floor Plan views, Sections, Elevations, Worksheets, Details, 3D Documents and their exported drawing formats (for example PDF). Add IFC data to this Label in the Custom Settings panel of Label Settings.
Use the Zone Stamp to place Categories and Properties data (including IFC data) assigned to ARCHICAD Zones (IfcSpace) on 2D views and documentation. Add IFC data to Zone Stamps in the Zone Stamp panel of Zone Settings.