Investment in the IFC2x3 Certification has been significant. The execution of this program was closely supported by software vendors and our ISP Group. It has proved the value our test bed capability and provided a body of knowledge as to what is really needed to support users.
Our new Certification scheme for IFC4 is currently in development and will build on this learning to ensure it is effective and to provide clarity for users.
The current software certification scheme has tested the Coordination View Certification 2.0 (CV 2.0) for export and import of IFC2x3-files. The export test options are available to take account of the following exchange requirements.
Export of IFC2x3 files tests the following exchange requirements:
- Architect model
- Structure Engineer model
- Building Service Engineer model – Import
All three exchanges have to be supported while the importing application has to deal with it according to its purpose and functionality
Data-roundtrip is not included in this view definition and therefore is not tested by this certification.
IFC4 Reference View and Design Transfer View Certification
Based on the experience with Coordination View 2.0, IFC4 Certification has been split into two more specific view definitions to better support the purpose of IFC data exchange.
Purpose: Support the coordination of the planning disciplines architecture, structural analysis and building service. Especially support clash detection and resolution of issues resulting from geometry. This can be understood as a CV2.0 with slightly reduced and more focused range.
Design Transfer View
Purpose: Support the transfer of model data to be used for further design, analysis, estimating and facility management tasks. This can be understood as a CV2.0 with some extended range.
Certification of both view definitions will differentiate between export and import. Also it will support the specific exchange requirements like in the previous CV2.0.
These view definitions do not cover data-roundtrip.