ODA releases free Open IFC viewer

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OpenIfcViewer offers IFC property inspection, scene markup, clash detection and more, plus early access to candidate IFC schemas

OpenIfcViewer is a new free viewer from CAD and BIM interoperability solutions provider, Open Design Alliance (ODA) that supports all major IFC versions from 2×3 through the 4×2 Bridge candidate.

Features include 3D navigation controls, render modes, predefined views, fast selection, IFC property inspection, and a full IFC hierarchy tree. The viewer also includes more sophisticated features such as scene markup, cutting planes and clash detection.

“We developed OpenIfcViewer with two goals in mind,” said Neil Peterson, ODA President. “First, we want to provide a professional-grade visualization solution for today’s IFC users, who are mostly using IFC 2×3 and 4×0.

“Second, we would like to facilitate the development and adoption of new IFC versions, the IFCs of tomorrow. We already support the 4×2 IFC Bridge candidate released in 2019, and we’re currently working in cooperation with bSI to support the new IFC 4×3 infrastructure candidate, which includes Rail, Road and other IFC extensions.

“IFC 4×3 is being developed by bSI [buildingSMART International] in cooperation with a large group of stakeholders, including bSI members, software vendors, government agencies and various infrastructure domain experts. These stakeholders need tools to create, visualise and work with IFC 4×3 for testing and validation of the new standard. To support these efforts, ODA has committed to adding IFC 4×3 support to OpenIfcViewer by September of this year.”

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