Magnus Dulke, of GRAPHISOFT Sweden, has been communicating with about their latest Open BIM-oriented IFC Guide iBook available from the Apple iBook Store via iTunes. The 51.5 MB iBook includes video and images and establishes a comprehensive overview of the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) open file system for interoperability data exchange for BIM applications.
The IFC Guide iBook discusses the IFC file format in detail, providing background, required glossary terms, related concepts, discussion of IFC file types (there are fundamentally two with compressed versions of both available), and other advanced topics.
The guide also includes advanced IFC topics and naturally being a Graphisoft project goes over detailed IFC configuration options within ArchiCAD itself. An important factor reviewed in the book is how to handle mapping of object parameters to IFC properties. Additionally, this process takes into consideration inter-app IFC mapping such as handling Revit to ArchiCAD IFC data exchanges or ArchiCAD to other BIM application IFC data exchanges.
The Special applications section of the iBook reviews details of working with Tekla and ArchiCAD together, as well as a similar section on working with Revit Structure and ArchiCAD together.
A Quality Assurance section reviews the differences between a IFC viewer application and an IFC checker application. There is some discussion too about Solibri Model Checker and its relationship to ArchiCAD and its unique IFC capabilities.
Availability and Cost
The Graphisoft Sweden produced IFC Guide International Edition, version 2.0, is approximately 22.USD. When you visit the link here click on View in iBooks function or find the book via the instructions below directly through iTunes.
A Note About iBooks
Apple’s iBooks are purchased via the iBook Store and iTunes. If you are not on a Mac computer you can use iTunes as quick access to the book. Open up the latest version of iTunes. Go to the footer section of the home page on iTunes. Under Explore select Books. In the iTunes search bar now type in Graphisoft. You should see a few titles, including a BIM Manual by Graphisoft headquarters as well as the IFC Guide discussed above.
iBooks are created using Apple’s free iBooks Author software and can create interactive, media-rich books which can be sold internationally via Apple’s iBook Store in iTunes. iBooks, once purchased are viewable inside Apple’s iBooks app on Macs, iPads, iPhones and other compatible iOS devices. To learn more visit here.
To learn more about Graphisoft Sweden go here.