Create beautiful, detailed, and data-rich BIM models.

What types of BIM data are there?

If you have ever exported a .ifc file to share a BIM model, you are probably aware that you can store 3D geometry, and open it in other programs. However, IFC files can store more than 3D geometry! As you might expect, they also store:

This data is able to feed the majority of the things you annotate and tag in architectural documentation. So theoretically, if you export an IFC from your program, it will store all of this information in the right places. However, in practice this is rarely the case, and from my experience, I can expect 30% of all objects to be incorrectly classified (e.g. a piece of furniture might be bizarrely called a wall, instead). This incorrect classification occurs relatively consistently across all disciplines, and is a symptom of a lack of understanding by the industry as a whole.

Although the majority of the industry is currently struggling to deliver the minimum requirements, the good news is that BlenderBIM makes it easy to get the basics right. Even more, BlenderBIM supports more IFC features that are relatively unknown by most, such as:

In the rest of this guide, we will introduce you to these concepts one by one.