Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. has announced that it is the first architectural software developer to achieve IFC Reference View 1.2 Expert Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange).
IFC4 Expert Certification
The certification comes from buildingSMART International (bSI), the worldwide authority driving the transformation of the built asset economy through the creation and adoption of open, international standards.
IFC stands for Industry Foundation Classes and is a key part of open industry data interoperability in the BIM markets. The new IFC4 certification means Vectorworks officially meets the export criteria for the International Organization for Standards ISO-16739. This standard gives users a publicly-defined and accepted standard to serve as the basis for contracts.
“The IFC file format gives focus to the standardized exchange of data when sharing information among different software systems used in the building industry, said Rubina Siddiqui, director of product marketing at Vectorworks. “In the past, IFC was more focused on the technical side of data, making it difficult to navigate for architects and designers. The alignment with familiar and accepted standards of ISO makes IFC more relatable for architects.”
IFC4 and Vectorworks
Vectorworks has supported IFC4 import and export since Vectorworks 2018. This latest certification sends a clear signal to the AEC industry that Vectorworks’ IFC4 export has been quality-tested against bSI’s industry benchmarks and ensures that users are sharing quality IFC models to other BIM software products.
“Supporting the needs of BIM workflows for our customers has always been a top priority,” said Darick DeHart, vice president of product management at Vectorworks. “Receiving certification for our IFC4 export is a recognition of our commitment to openBIM workflows with Vectorworks.”
The company is now moving forward to implement IFC4 Import certification once it is offered by bSI.
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