How can the users of design software be sure that their software is compliant with the proper IFC standard and can truly collaborate with other programs? For this purpose, there are official certification processes for each MVD, run either by buildingSMART or by the organizations who defined the actual MVD. In this certification process, the participant software products are tested for how well they fulfill the requirements of the MVD.
GRAPHISOFT is committed to ensuring that its products are professionally certified. To this end, GRAPHISOFT takes part in the key “challenges” which test IFC capabilities, and participates in the official buildingSMART-operated certification processes.
Typically, software users also test how well they are able to share their models with other professionals. The general conclusion is that IFC works on the vast majority of projects, provided that the users know and learn the interoperability capabilities of the BIM applications they use.
Thanks to the IFC open platform, all disciplines are able to participate in the data-exchange workflows of all phases of 3D model-based development: schematic design, design development and construction documentation.
A real collaboration workflow is bi-directional and dynamic – that is, there are continuous round-trip iterations. Thus, it involves not just the simple exchange of models in both directions. It also involves complex operations, such as cyclically repeated comparison and update processes.