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Interoperability

Autodesk supports BIM interoperability

Autodesk's work on our data exchange protocols underscores our ongoing commitment to support industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) interoperability standards and open source data exchange methodologies.

  • Autodesk created IFC Open Source export for Revit in 2011, which has been downloaded more than 30,000 times by users from more than 100 countries.
  • We have contributed at least 24 updates to the IFC export capabilities and have updated the IFC open source 26 times.
  • The Green Building XML (gbXML) schema used in several Autodesk products—including Revit software products, AutoCAD verticals, Ecotect Analysis software, Green Building Studio® web-based energy analysis service, and Vasari software—was developed in 1999 to facilitate the interoperability between information stored in BIM models and a wide variety of engineering analysis tools to support green building design, analysis, and operating workflows. Find a supporting gbXML.

Revit software products conform to IFC standards

Revit software products were among the first on the market to receive the buildingSMART IFC Coordination View 2.0 export certification. They were also among the first to create IFC files in the latest IFC4 standard.

  • Since 2005, Revit products have offered IFC file export and import, which makes it possible to export replicas of project models into the standard IFC file format. Users can then import IFC files into any design program that complies with the standard, supporting greater interoperability throughout the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.
  • Autodesk has supported the buildingSMART initiative on COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) BIM data standard.
  • Revit 2015 software products feature improved IFC link support with a new Link IFC tool on the Insert tab. Enhancements to improve the quality of linked IFC data result in increased visual fidelity and improved performance during the import process.
  • In January 2013, we completed the independently audited buildingSMART Alliance COBie Design Challenge for Architectural Design and Coordinated Design, achieving 100% positive marks with a complete COBie deliverable that required no additional processing or edits.
  • Autodesk has worked with organizations worldwide to promote open standards, including:
    • U.S. National BIM Standard (NBIMS) and related efforts of COBie and National CAD Standard (NCS)
    • U.K. government BIM initiative
    • The Bavarian Government FM Handover IFC Model View Definition
    • BuildingSmart Korea (BSK) in the design and development of a national BIM standard

IFC interoperability white paper