IFC stands for Industry Foundation Classes, which is an open and neutral data file format used in Building Information Modelling (BIM) to share data efficiently.
IFC is developed and maintained by buildingSMART to standardise BIM processes and data exchange in the construction and infrastructure industries. The purpose of IFC is to enable stakeholders in the construction industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, property managers and other professionals to collaborate more effectively.
Since different professions use different software tools, the exchange of information between them can be challenging. IFC provides a standardised format that allows these applications to share and exchange BIM data seamlessly during the entire lifecycle of a construction project.
The adoption of IFC promotes collaboration, streamlines data exchange, enhances project coordination, and empowers data-driven decision-making, ultimately leading to reduced project costs, improved project outcomes and overall success.
IFCs are used as a foundational element in the creation of asset digital twins, providing well specified and validated data that forms a key element of a digital twin strategy.
IFC plays a vital role in enabling data interoperability and collaboration within the BIM ecosystem, allowing various stakeholders to exchange accurate and comprehensive information during the entire lifecycle of a construction project.
To find out more about how your projects can benefit from IFC, get in touch with our team of IFC experts.