IFC, What It Is, and Why You Should Care

  • Jan 15, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Christopher Zoog, AIA
Associate | buildingSMART Specialist


IFC, What It Is, and Why You Should Care:

IFC is often talked about being simply the “DXF format” of BIM, and while it’s true that is an exchange format for design authoring, IFC’s further usefulness is generally not well understood in the AEC industry (at least not in the US). IFC is arguably the best way to leverage data that is typically trapped inside your building information model, often by the very tool used to create it (in this case, Revit). This lecture will explore IFC’s origin, its current status, as well as how it can unlock that trapped data! Using IFC with Autodesk Revit as the core modeling tool, several BIM use workflows will be demonstrated including:

• Design Authoring / Computational Design (Grasshopper to Revit, Tekla)
• Program Validation / FM handover (dRofus, TIDA, Revit)
• Performance based design / Simulation (MassMotion, Simergy, Revit)
• Model based coordination / Automated Code Compliance (Solibri, Revit, BIM Collaboration Format)
• Design Collaboration (dRofus, Revit, Model Server, BCF)

Various IFC exporting tools, as well as IFC specific editing tools will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Christopher is a licensed architect and Associate with the New York office of HOK, where he is a member of the firm-wide BuildingSMART team. He has used Autodesk Revit to design and document everything from large hospital and laboratory projects to high rise speculative office buildings to two of the world’s tallest super-towers. He is also well versed in pedestrian simulation and model based coordination tools. Chris received a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he focused his studies on the use of computers in building and landscape design.


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AIA Continuing Education credits are provided by Plaza Construction.


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The meeting space is provided by Pratt Institute Center for Continuing & Professional Studies.


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  • Christopher Z.

    Ok, here is the youtube version recorded by @theoryshaw


    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Christopher Z.

    Thanks for the comments all, I had fun. A no audio version of my prezi from last night can be found here: http://prezi.com/_fmqv4hec4gy/ifc-what-it-is-and-why-you-should-care/?kw=view-_fmqv4hec4gy&rc=ref-50554

    I'll re-post when I've re-recorded the session.

    January 16, 2013

  • Fan

    I attended. It was a good seminar.

    January 16, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Chris, that would be going above and beyond, but much appreciated.

    January 16, 2013

  • Anne G.

    Did Chris put up the web address for his presentation? There were several websites in it that I didn't get to write down.

    January 16, 2013

  • William R.

    was the session recorded and will it be availabe online?

    January 16, 2013

    • James V.

      There were problems with the presentation hardware at Pratt, so the session was not recorded; however, we are going to try to get Chris to re-record his presentation and post it soon.

      January 16, 2013

  • James V.

    Great presentation by our newly minted ARCHITECT, Chris Zoog! This is an important topic related to the advancement of our industry. I encourage our group members to stay involved in the development of open BIM standards via the buildingSMART alliance.

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Curt R.

    comprehensive, well prepared; excellent overall

    January 16, 2013

  • Thayuman S.

    Excellent !!!

    January 15, 2013

  • iLKAY S.

    Please don't forget to register for tomorrow's meeting, otherwise Pratt security won't let u in!

    January 14, 2013

  • robert c.

    i am just getting started in my use of revit, and just googled info this morning and found this website, looks very interesting.

    1 · January 13, 2013

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