Cadmatic supports IFC standard
Cadmatic announces full support for the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data format, the so-called IFC standard. This means that Cadmatic models are interoperable with IFC standard compatible software product models, such as Tekla Structures. In practice, model import and export is handled with a simple one-button command, after which no further changes are required.
Software specifically designed to handle piping design, such as CADMATIC, can seamlessly be interfaced with software that e.g. handles structural design, such as Tekla Structures. In essence, it allows engineering contractors to use the software platform of their choice, provided they support the IFC standard. As no information gaps exist, all parties have accurate and up to date information about the project status, which eases engineering and project coordination tasks significantly.
Standard-based integration significantly eases project work in multi-CAD environments. Traditionally, this can be the source of much confusion or misunderstanding. With standard-based integration designers and project managers can rest assured that “what goes in comes out the same way”.
After integrating data from different software platforms via the IFC standard, the combined intelligent 3D model contains all the information from the respective native software applications. Imported materials are recognized not as 3D shapes as in traditional space holders, but as real objects with all their related information, such as the materials and standards used, mass density attributes etc. The imported materials can be modified and exported for reuse with all the related information intact. As such, work can be started with a preliminary model in one software platform, after which it is enhanced with more detailed design in another.
“Openness and interoperability are two of the founding principles of CADMATIC software and as such support for the IFC standard was a natural progression for us. The seamless interoperability with other IFC standard compatible software vendors brings efficiency gains for designers and project management and eases data exchanges between parties involved in the design and production process,” says CADMATIC Managing Director Jukka Rantala.
Also see worldexpro magazine article (http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b0aab8f8#/b0aab8f8/16) about cooperation between CADMATIC and Trimble Solutions (Tekla).