Engelsk IFC-guide

Popular Danish guide to IFC translated into English

buildingSMART Denmark's guide on using the IFC format has been translated into English and can now also increase the understanding of IFC outside Denmark's borders.

The digitalization within construction is in full swing and BIM competencies are sought after everywhere in the construction industry. The exchange of open file formats, such as IFC, on construction projects is an essential element of collaboration across borders and across the value chain.

The Danish IFC guide was published by buildingSMART Denmark (Danish buildingSMART chapter) and the construction knowledge hub Molio in 2019. The intention of the guide was to provide concrete examples and explanations of how to solve IFC-related challenges and thereby facilitate the use and tangibility of IFC.

The IFC's potential

The Danish IFC Guide was the first of its kind and is a unique and valuable tool for anyone working with IFC in the construction industry – especially for those frontrunners aspiring to engage primarily in projects freely accessible for all participants regardless of software preferences. The open exchange of data means that the entire industry can benefit from all available knowledge, as it isn’t restricted by specific software.

- Free exchange of data is a key element in the digital transformation of the construction industry, and an integral part of major international projects. In this regard, the potential of the IFC format is immense, says Ole Berard, who is the head of digitalization at Molio and responsible for buildingSMART Denmark.

- Our hope is that our English guide will enable our international BIM and buildingSMART partners to provide qualified and tangible guidance to the companies and organizations in their respective national construction sectors, Ole continues.
The IFC guide is designed to assist both the experienced BIM specialist as well as mentor employees at consulting and architectural firms that desire to further their digital qualifications.

Widely in demand

The translation of the guide has been requested by several of the international partners of buildingSMART Denmark. Especially the Nordic buildingSMART chapters are seeing a great use of an English version. buildingSMART Denmark collaborates with the Nordic chapters within the buildingSMART Nordic Hub and this will also serve as a platform for distributing the guide. Furthermore, the English guide is also useful for Danish companies in the construction industry with non-Danish speaking BIM employees.

Quality assurance of the English version

The guide consists of contributions from several BIM developers specializing in the IFC format – including schmidt/hammer/lassen/architects, BIM Equity, NTI, Contiga Tingslev, and Molio. Especially the correct translation of concepts was essential to ensure a continued seamless application of the guide. Several of the BIM developers from the Danish guide have therefore also contributed in the English translation.

More guides on the way

The guide aids in exporting files to IFC, however buildingSMART Denmark has another release scheduled this summer, aiding the import IFC files to software such as Revit and ARCHICAD.

- In buildingSMART Denmark, we aim to strengthen digitalization of the construction industry and we will therefore continuously provide the construction industry with tangible guides and high quality tools that can lift the industry from analogue to digital, concludes Ole Berard. 

buildingSMART Denmark intends to translate all guides, that could be of relevance to international building sectors.

Download the English IFC guide here


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