BIM: IFC4 has been finalized, and it is officially released for production

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BIM: lo schema di certificazione IFC4 è stato ufficialmente rilasciato per la produzione.

Dopo oltre 6 anni di sviluppo e più di 1100 approfondimenti il 12. Marzo 2013 buildingSMART internazionale ha finalmente rilasciato la nuova generazione di schemi IFC - IFC4.

IFC4 has been finalized, and it is officially released for production.
London / Munich / Waltham  12. March 2013

IFC4 officially released

After over 6 years of development and over 1100 issues being resolved, on 12. March 2013 buildingSMART international has finally released the new generation of IFC schemas - IFC4. It will now be the basis of future work of establishing new open BIM enabled work flows by defining new IFC4 based model view definitions. The official IFC4 release includes both the IFC4 EXPRESS schema to support current STEP-based IFC exchanges, and the ifcXML4 XSD schema to support new simple ifcXML transactions.

IFC4 at a glance

  • enhances the capability of the IFC specification in its main architectural, building service and structural elements with new geometric, parametric and other features
  • enables numerous new BIM workflows – including 4D and 5D model exchanges, product libraries, BIM to GIS interoperability, enhanced thermal simulations and sustainability assessments
  • improves readability and ease of access to the documentation with numerous implementation concepts and fully linked examples
  • contains ifcXML4 schema, fully integrated into the IFC specification in addition to the EXPRESS schema
  • is fully integrated with new mvdXML technology and allows easy definition of data validation services for IFC4 data submissions
  • corrects technical problems found since the release of the IFC2x3
  • enables the extension of IFC to infrastructure and other parts of the built environment

Why implement IFC4 ?

  • Keep your customers happy by improving your IFC support
  • Take advantage of the technical improvements and consistency of IFC4
  • Remember, it is now possible to formally support model view definitions and validate them
  • Base your development of a fully documented IFC4 Model View Definition MVD thanks to mvdXML formal specification
  • Benefit from IFC the easy way with Simple ifcXML
  • Use multi-lingual property definitions linked to the buildingSMART data dictionary to customize your products
  • Broaden your IFC support with the new IFC4 objects and workflows – it will help you to attract new customers
  • Reach a wider market with IFC4 – as a full ISO standard, it will become a pre-condition for tenders in some markets

Participants of the official buildingSMART
IFC2x3 Coordination View V2.0 certification process


(*) Exchange Requirement applicable only to export, for import all three exchange requirements have to be supported.

All Applications

by Kjetil Espedokken — last modified Jan 17, 2013 12:38 AM
This is a list (downloadable in PDF) of all software applications/utilities in the IFC-Compatible Implementations Database. These applications/utilities are purported, by their developers, to provide IFC import and/or export functionality. The intent of the database is to track all such applications/utilities, providing an official, centralized resource for the public and development community interested in IFC. The buildingSMART ISG is responsible for the creation and maintenance of this database, but due to the fluid nature of software development and the volatility of the AEC industry, it is possible that information will be outdated, at times.