Importing IFC’s into Prokon SUMO

The integration between draughting and analysis packages has long been a concern for users, particularly when working with the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) format. Understanding the limitations and requirements associated with IFC Schema and Model View Definitions (MVD) is crucial for successful collaboration. Here’s what you need to know:

IFC Schema and MVD: The IFC format operates within specific schemas and model view definitions. For instance, the IFC4 schema and Structural Analysis View MVD are essential for interoperability between different software packages and SUMO.

Import Limitations: When importing an IFC file into Prokon’s SUMO module, it’s essential to ensure that the file adheres to the IFC4 schema and Structural Analysis View MVD. Failure to meet these requirements will result in no data being imported into the SUMO interface.

Export Capabilities: SUMO supports the export of IFC4 files with both Structural Analysis View and Design Transfer View MVDs. This compatibility extends the usability of SUMO, allowing integration with packages such as Tekla Structural Designer (TSD).

Verification Tools: To confirm the schema and MVD of an IFC file, users can utilize tools like Open IFC Viewer or inspect the file directly using a text editor like Notepad.

Navigating the intricacies of IFC format compatibility is essential for smooth collaboration between software packages. By understanding and adhering to the required schemas and MVDs, users can overcome interoperability challenges and expect useful data exchange in their projects.

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