The IFC4precast project is bringing alignment and standardization to exchange formats in the prefabrication process, enabling open digital workflows in the specification and use of precast concrete.
This standard will deliver the value of BIM into the precast process and align specialized precast CAD solutions and automation facilities such as precast Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Production Planning systems (PPS) and ERP systems more closely through common languages and data formats via the international IFC standard. This will provide better visibility for designers and contractors and provide whole-life value for asset operations throughout the lifecycle.
The project is supported by the building SMART International community and members of industry:
- AEC3 Deutschland GmbH
- bwb Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
- IDAT GmbH
- Precast Software Engineering GmbH
- Progress Software Development GmbH
- RIB SAA Software Engineering GmbH
- Trimble Germany GmbH
- Unitechnik Systems GmbH
In 2018, an Expert Panel to review the project and ensure international consensus was convened in Frankfurt followed by a virtual meeting. The deliverables reviewed included the Information Delivery Manual (IDM), and the Model View Definitions (MVD). Publication of the IFC4precast Interface V1.0 is forthcoming in 2019 and certification is expected to be available in 2020.
For further information please visit www.ifc4precast.com.