Connection between ARCHICAD Model and IFC Data

All IFC data behave as native ARCHICAD data: every operation involving ARCHICAD data is available as IFC data.

See IFC Data Types.

Since the IFC properties are native to ARCHICAD, the following functions are available:

Assign, edit and view IFC properties in the Manage IFC Properties dialog box, accessible from the element Settings dialogs (Classification and Properties panel).


Use the Find & Select command to search for the IFC properties of any element.


See Find and Select Elements by IFC Data.

Use Interactive Element Schedule to list the IFC properties of any element.

See Scheduling Elements with IFC Data.

You can use the Pick up/Inject Parameters shortcuts and Copy-Paste to transfer IFC properties from one element to another.

 IFC properties are included in the settings of elements saved as Favorites. Thus, you can use these Favorite elements (together with their IFC properties) in different ARCHICAD projects.

See Favorites.

Data (including IFC data) defined in the Classification and Properties panel of element settings can be displayed in ARCHICAD, by showing these data in Labels, Zone Stamps and Markers.


The IFC content of Hotlink Modules can be queried and listed.

In Teamwork, IFC data can be modified for elements that you have reserved.

The IFC data of elements are accessible through the ODBC driver and the ARCHICAD API (Add-Ons that can be developed for ARCHICAD). Use the IFC Project Manager to manage all IFC data related to the project (including that of Hotlinked Modules). You can navigate easily between the model elements and the data listed in the Manager, both from the Floor Plan and from 3D views.


See also IFC Project Manager.

All ARCHICAD tool parameters (element properties, Interactive Element Schedule (IES) data, Library Part parameters, etc.) can be mapped to IFC standard or custom properties based on conversion rules, defined in the IFC Translator for Export.

See also IFC Translators: Overview.

When assigning IFC properties to elements, you should naturally choose the parameters that the receiving application is capable of reading, displaying or querying. Thus it is worthwhile to consult with the engineer or other professional to whom you plan to send the data.

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