Bentley Architecture achieves IFC2x3 certification

Bentley Architecture achieves IFC2x3 certification

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Los Angeles, USA, 30 April 2007: Bentley Systems announced that Bentley Architecture, an advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) application for architectural design and construction documentation, has successfully passed certification for the coordination view of IFC2x3. Implemented on the common technology platform for Bentley’s building applications, the IFC2x3 translator is also available in Bentley Structural, Bentley Building Mechanical Systems, and Bentley Building Electrical Systems.

Developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), IFC is a global industry standard for sharing design, construction, and facility management data in a vendor-neutral format across BIM applications that support it. By capturing both geometry and properties of intelligent building objects and their relationships, the IFC data model facilitates interoperability among disparate applications, including design applications such as Bentley Architecture, analysis applications, compliance checking software, and so on. As a result, architects and engineers, contractors, building owners and operators, and regulatory agencies can access, modify, and coordinate design and construction information in a single shared model and data repository.

The combination of IFC and information-rich Building Information Models helps overcome the inefficiencies of a distributed and fragmented building industry. At the same time, it enables fundamental process improvements that provide all stakeholders with tremendous benefits, including faster project delivery, less waste, and greater productivity.

In addition to supporting IFC, Bentley’s comprehensive portfolio of fully integrated products and solutions provides other capabilities that facilitate the sharing of information and interoperability among BIM, CAD, and analysis applications, such as:

  • The ProjectWise scalable collaboration system for connecting people and information across the distributed enterprise
  • DGN/DWG compatibility
  • 3D PDF and Google Earth™ support
  • Import/export tools for general-purpose industry standards such as STEP, STL, IGES, DXF, and SKP (SketchUp)
  • Import/export tools for many dedicated industry standards such as CIS/2 and SDNF
  • Seamless integration with Bentley’s STAAD and RAM structural analysis products
  • Direct integration with many structural analysis applications, such as GT STRUDL, ROBOT, MIDAS/GENw, and SFRAME
  • Direct integration with CAMDUCT duct fabrication solutions
  • Integration with power analysis applications – EDSA (US NEC/ANSI/IEEE), AMTECH ProDesign (BS 7671), elcoPower (DIN/VDE)
  • Integration with lighting analysis solutions – Lumen Designer, DIALux, Relux

    For further information, visit www.bentley.com/buildinginteroperability.