ARCHLine.XP is IFC Coordination View 2.0 Import certified. Thanks to this, we can get a full 3D model at a high level from designers using other software (Revit, Allplan, ARCHICAD, etc.).
1. Import IFC
The first step is to import the IFC file. On the File menu, click IFC from the Import group. The program offers three options.
With the first option, we open a new project file and read the IFC model here, and then we work on that.
The second option is used if you are already working on a project and want to open a new window where you import the IFC model, some of which you may want to use later and copy from this window to your floor plan.
The third option is to create an object from the contents of the IFC file.
In case you want to load a 3D model and its floor plan as IFC, we have to use the first option.
Select the IFC file previously saved on your machine.
2. Characteristics of IFC import
The program will then import the selected file. The full floor plan and the full 3D model are displayed, but the model passed in IFC and its floor plan do not contain drawing elements, such as. scaling or captions. The model retains the size in which it was originally made, so in this case we do not have to deal with scaling.
Another important difference compared to other imports is that the model imported in this way retains the full film and layer structure of the original design. You can check this in the Layer Manager and Level Manager dialogs.
3. Properties of the imported items
One of the most attractive features of IFC imports is that it is able to transfer architectural elements from one program to another in such a way that they not only preserve their geometry, but are indeed walls, ceilings, doors, windows, and so on. remain, not just 3D bodies. These elements not only correspond to the element types in ARCHLine.XP, but are also editable. The easiest way to check the type of an item is to select it and look at its item type in the top row of the Properties panel that appears on the page.
4. Fixed elements
There may also be a case where even though we see from an element what type it is, it still does not behave according to its properties. An example of this is when the program indicates that the imported model is a wall type and you want to place a window in it. We would expect the location of the window to be automatically cut out, but in 3D we get a different result. This happens if the program reads this item with its 3D shape Fixed. You can also see this in the Page menu if that wall is selected. In this case, this fix must be released to make this wall editable. After disabling this option, the window will appear correctly in the wall, but the image of the wall may change on the 3D model.
5. IFC elements
As we have seen, imported elements can be architectural elements such as a wall or slab. However, each program has unique elements that are not found in another program, but are nonetheless part of the plan, so they were imported during import. These are imported as IFC elements. These items are not freely editable and we will not be able to modify them beyond their dimensions.
6. IFC export
You can export an IFC file with the IFC command in the Export group of the File menu.
When saving to the IFC file format, you also have the option to tell what is included in the file,
In the dialog that appears, you can select which one you want to export if you have worked with phases in your project. In the list below, you can specify the item types you want to pass one by one.