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IFC: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Lecture    CM1640
Nigel Davies
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, Daniel Heselwood
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Description

Opinion on the ability of the Industry Foundation Classes format (IFC) to provide the level of exchange necessary is divided: Is it the truly interoperable solution it was designed to be? Is it the only option when software vendors refuse to provide direct compatibility? Is it merely a Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) for the 21st century, incapable of providing a level of geometric coordination necessary for the majority of projects? Much has been said over the past 12 months or so about the need for an Open BIM solution. Even the UK government talks about open sharable asset information and there is plenty of evidence of one open solution communicating with another. Evolve Consultancy has worked with many consultants and contractors over the years, exchanging information between Autodesk®, Bentley®, and Graphisoft® authoring and collaboration tools. Is it the IFC standard that is to blame? Can we eliminate these issues? This class explains the key aspects of model structure and organization and how best to exchange coordinated information.

Key Learnings

  • Identify and list key areas for success and failure both in terms of graphics and metadata exchange
  • Demonstrate IFC best-practice workflows and solutions to known issues
  • Describe the actual technicalities of BIM exchange between major BIM software
  • Set options for optimal IFC export and import

Speakers

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Nigel is founding director of Evolve and has 20 years' extensive experience within the AEC industry. He has unique insight and first-hand understanding of cutting-edge design and construction data production and exchange practices. Trained originally in structural engineering, Nigel has accrued invaluable experience in engineering and architecture through his work as CAD Development Manager for notable projects including the Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) and the BBC Broadcasting Centre redevelopment.Nigel provides pivotal services to high-profile clients including Ramboll, Nightingale Associates and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.Nigel regularly presents to major conferences in the US/UK and features in industry press. He is also chair of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols Initiative, developing off-the-shelf protocols, based on British Standards, for the structuring and exchange of design documentations.
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Daniel has extensive experience managing and developing CAD/BIM systems from large international firms with multiple sites across a number of different regions to the single person practices. This breadth of experience allows him a greater understanding of the most suitable and effective approaches to technology implementation, project management and data sharing.Having completed many development projects from inception to completion including; BIM integration, software update roll-outs and staff development programs, Daniel has the necessary skills to ensure all the different stages of a project run smoothly and risk-free using tried and tested methodologies.
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Rob is an Associate at Bond Bryan Architects in the UK. He is an Architect by training and has a passion for technology and process improvement for project delivery. Initially this led him to develop our office quality procedures combined with the construction of our office intranet but ultimately led to his current role of BIM Manager.He is a passionate advocate of an Open BIM approach both from a software point of view through the use of IFC and also in terms of industry wide standards that allow a collaborative workflow. This has led to him speaking about BIM and interoperability at various events in the UK. He also tweets and blogs on the subject.He spends a lot of time understanding and testing various software solutions in order to improve user workflows. This means understanding both our users needs but also others needs.He is also Chair of the sub-committee for the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols for GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD having used the software for over 13 years.
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