IFC – Industry Foundation Classes – is a neutral file format that makes it possible to exchange information between different CAD systems and other systems in the building and facility management sectors.
The IFC language interprets the descriptions of 3D building model elements (such as slabs, walls, columns, beams etc.) between various software applications during the design process. In comparison to DXF, which is merely a graphic element format, IFC files also define the full properties of architectural objects, such as their 3D geometrical characteristics, materials and their relationship to other objects.
The IFC format is ISO-certified and can be integrated into any existing quality assurance polices your office may have. IFC is developed in part by the IAI – the International Alliance for Interoperability.