Getting Started With BIM and IFC

Learn more about the benefits of using BIM software by exporting your magicplan projects as 3D models in an IFC file format.

Exporting magicplan projects in IFC format for use in BIM software opens up new possibilities for collaborative design and construction processes. By seamlessly integrating floor plans and measurements into a BIM environment, you can enhance accuracy, streamline workflows, and foster collaboration among project stakeholders.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a type of computer-aided design (CAD) software that serves as a complete digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. The goal of BIM is to provide a comprehensive and collaborative way for architects, engineers, contractors, and other stakeholders to work together throughout the entire lifecycle of a construction project.

Key features of BIM software include:

  1. 3D Modeling
  2. Data Integration
  3. Visualization

Some popular BIM software include Autodesk Revit, Bentley Systems' AECOsim, and Trimble's Tekla Structures.

What is IFC?

IFC stands for Industry Foundation Classes. It is a file format that allows for information exchange among different software applications used in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

The primary purpose of IFC is to enable the exchange of information between different BIM software platforms without loss of data or functionality. This can be useful across industries, where various stakeholders may use different software tools for designing, analyzing, and managing building projects. IFC serves as a common file format that allows these diverse software applications to communicate and share information seamlessly.

How to make magicplan projects compatible with BIM Software

With a Report or Estimate subscription in magicplan, you can generate a 3D export as an IFC file that can be imported into BIM software.  

Follow these steps to import your floor plan into a BIM software with an IFC file: 

  1. Create your project in the magicplan app. 
  2. Export an IFC file of the 3D version of project in the magicplan app or cloud.
  3. Use the BIM software's import function to bring in the IFC file exported from magicplan. Follow any prompts or dialogs that may appear, ensuring that you select the appropriate settings for a smooth integration.
  4. Once imported, review the integrated magicplan data within your BIM environment. You may need to adjust layers, align elements, or make any necessary modifications to ensure the accuracy and alignment of the imported information.

ℹ️ Note:  If you encounter any issues or have specific questions related to your BIM software, refer to the respective software's documentation or support resources for further assistance.