What is the best converter used for converting ifc format to dwg file format. About Importing and Exporting IFC Files. Likewise, you can import an IFC file to create and work in a DWG that was originally created in a format other than DWG.
Solution 1: • Make a block out of the element (Convert it to a block.) • Then export to IFC and reimport it Solution 2: • Create a new drawing with new custom template (AEC model metrics.ctb) • Then select all, copy and paste the elements of the drawing in the new drawing • In the new drawing you play with the configurations for example Diagnostic, Medium detail intermediate level, Medium detail top level or Standard. • Also check the Cut Plane control on the status bar. Set the Display Below Range to -1 or 0 and the objects will appear once you do your export to the IFC. Solution 3: • Open AutoCAD Architecture (if you have it) • Insert the drawing • Export the drawing to IFC • Create a new drawing with new custom template (AEC model metrics.ctb) • Open the IFC in that new drawing • Once the IFC open change visual display to Realistic to see the shaded view • Then play with the configurations for example Diagnostic, Medium detail intermediate level or Medium detail top level. • It is important to change the visual style because the imported IFC file opens in a new drawing where visual style is set to wireframe by default in AutoCAD Architecture.This is by design. I hope one of the above solutions helps! As for adding the data to the exported IFC files, I'm not sure if this is possible. Maybe someone with more experience with this sort of workflow can chime in.
The feature you are after is 'Property Sets' and actually they were a forgotten command available in R2013 and above, they came to my attention in R16ProPack2 and I was surprised to see they were already in the program. (I expect since R2006 when the properties pane was changed to include new unused tabs). Type StyleManager or PropoertySetDefine on the command line for more info in any version, R2016 has a link in Toolspace under propack 2.
I'm not sure how to add information through those methods as I have only done this through Vb.net to port Pipe data to Revit via IFC. However you can information - Research in Architecture help for better instructions. However on export, information which is attached to the solid / entity will be passed through to IFC.
However better than that pls note that unknowing to all of us the data passes through to Navisworks (using the -IFCExport command from Architecture, Not sure about the Civil3d IFC version). The only issue is I believe you need to manually add the data in all versions for most entities (Hence my.Net process to speed this up). So I wouldn't wait for 2017, try and harness this now as you're be surprised.
I'm now using this to import my pipe and structure contexts (out the box and custom) to Revit as project parameters, the only problem I can't work out is how to use the data once it's in there.: ) Revit's not my strong point. As for a loss of geometry, I believe that the IFC export process uses a process of simplification to extract the solid face information (Brep?). We have noted some odd shaped cubes and missing or moving geometry so I am going to have to look into the suggestions by Mike to see if these help on export and also fix the exported Curved pipe looking squiffy in Navisworks & IFC. Further to Mike's comment Re: AutodeskArchitecture. Mr Fingers Amnesia Rar.