ITcon Vol. 9, pg. 75-95, http://www.itcon.org/2004/5

Assessment of IFCs for structural analysis domain

submitted:February 2004
revised:May 2004
published:June 2004
editor(s):B.-C. Björk
authors:Caiyun Wan
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyanag Technological University, Singapore
email: pg01423884@ntu.edu.sg

Po-Han Chen
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyanag Technological University, Singapore

Robert L. K. Tiong
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyanag Technological University, Singapore
summary:This paper presents the findings from the collaborative research project between nanyang technological university and singapore institute of manufacturing technology which aims to explore the integration and interoperability between structural design and architectural design applications based on ifc standards and product model. industry foundation classes (ifc) have made substantial progress in recent years, and many design software companies now provide export capabilities of ifc based product models. but to date, there has been virtually no assessment and validation of how well the ifcs can support structural analysis. so in this paper after a brief introduction of this project, the information requirements of sap2000 from software point of view are analyzed. based on the comparison between the information requirements and current ifc models, the capabilities of ifc product models to support structural analysis at multiple levels of detail are assessed. it is found that ifcs still do not captured explicitly and provide a representation for some information, such as prestress load and types of load combination etc., which means that some improvements to current ifcs may be necessary. thereby, at last some suggestions on ifc extensions model development for these information gaps are proposed in the paper.
keywords:Industry Foundation Classes, Information Modeling, Process Modeling, International Alliance for Interoperability
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citation:Wan C, Chen P H, Tiong R L K (2004). Assessment of IFCs for structural analysis domain, ITcon Vol. 9, pg. 75-95, http://www.itcon.org/2004/5