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A consistent data base on a common language is key to a successful life cycle datamanagement in the world of corporate real estate.

Industry Foundation Classes know as IFC are those used to categorize the different objects and relationships of various dataset of a building.

The data manager is responsible for
1. Extracting the data from various software tools used by planners. We strongly recommend to us the following plugins to get a common standardised dataset in IFC Format
2. Transform the data
3. Load the data in the overall 3D Model or BIM database

HowToBim  Guide in a nutshelll to describe How TO Export

1. Archicad Files .pla or  .pln in .ifc files
2. Revit Files                     .rvt to .ifc files

.rvt files from Revit® to openBim ifc (industry foundation classes) Format with two free plugins.

                                                   Iso Norm for ifc classification ISO 16739:2018

Compiled by Thomas Doering, with invaluable inputs from O.Graf – 18.1.2019

  1. You need to create an Account at Graphisoft in order to download the free and BIDERCTIONAL plugin IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit
  2. Or install Install the Revit PlugIn   https://sourceforge.net/projects/ifcexporter

The “how to” is detailed below enjoy. Main use of these tools (plugins) is to optimize the interoperability between a Revit file with the openBim world. Especially suppliers who first design their products in Revit and need to convert them to openBim for architects, owners, Bim managers to set up the openBim database for facility management bimtofm.


1)    Sources https://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/interoperability.html IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit

IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD is a free Add-In for Autodesk Revit. The Add-In improves the IFC model-based and bi-directional data exchange between GRAPHISOFT® ARCHICAD® and Autodesk® Revit®.


IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD Add-In has three functions:

  • “Improved IFC Import” imports IFC models to Revit using extra features that improve the interpretation of architectural models;
  • “Link IFC” merges IFC models into the current Revit project as a non-editable reference;
  • “Export to ARCHICAD” exports Revit model elements in IFC files that are specially enhanced for use in GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD.

For detailed information, see manual. Important: Our Add-in is based on the standard Revit API provided by Autodesk. Although we recommend using the latest version of the Add-in, we cannot influence quality or timely fixing of any unresolved issues of Revit code that could have an adverse impact on the Add-in functionality. Note: The name of this Add-In has been changed to IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD (previously: ARCHICAD Connection for Revit) to emphasize its focus on the IFC connection between the two programs.


Following installation, the application will be available from the Add-Ins ribbon of the respective Revit application.

Add-In for Revit 2019

Build number



Last modified

IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2019

build 4018


  37.0 MB

Oct 2, 2018

Note: With IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2019, all language versions are provided in a single download file.

Add-In for Revit 2018

Build number



Last modified

IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2018

build 6007


  109 MB

Oct 2, 2018

IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2018

build 4003


  109 MB

Aug 14, 2017

IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2018

build 4003


  109 MB

Aug 16, 2017

For detailed information on IFC Model Exchange with ARCHICAD for Revit 2018, see manual.

Download previous versions of Revit and AutoCAD Add-Ins




2)     Sources : http://help.autodesk.com/view/RVT/2019/ENU/?guid=GUID-6708CFD6-0AD7-461F-ADE8-6527423EC895

About Revit and IFC

Revit provides fully certified IFC import and export based on buildingSMART® IFC data exchange standards.

For import (to open or link an IFC file), Revit supports IFC files based on the following buildingSMART International (bSI) data exchange standards: IFC2x3, IFC2x2, and IFC2x. For import (link only), Revit also supports IFC files based on the bSI IFC4 standard.

For export, Revit supports the following standards: IFC4, IFC2x3, and IFC2x2.

The Revit IFC Exporter is actively updated to contain new functionality and bug releases on a regular basis. Updates are available from the Autodesk App Store; they need to be downloaded and installed manually.

When you export a Revit building information model to IFC format, the information can be used directly by other building specialists, such as structural and building services engineers.

For example, building information models developed with Revit are saved to the RVT file format. You can export the building model using the IFC format to an IFC-certified application that does not use the RVT file format. The drawing can be opened and worked on in the non-native application. Similarly, in Revit you can import an IFC file, create a RVT file, and work on the building model in Revit.

IFC uses architecturally meaningful containers to describe real-world building objects. Those containers include parameters that have meaningful values. Many standard Revit elements have corresponding IFC containers. These do not require any specific user action to export them. (For example, Revit walls export as ifcWall.) Other Revit families (such as escalators) require that you map them to IFC containers before exporting. See Load and Modify an IFC Mapping File.

Tip: Advanced users may want to modify the IFC export code. For information, see the IFC Export topic of the Revit API Developer's Guide, and visit http://sourceforge.net/p/ifcexporter/wiki/Home. Additionally, online classes on IFC are available from Autodesk University.

Parent topic: Exporting to Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

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