IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file extension is used by various BIM (Building Information Modeling) software for storing data related to construction and architecture. IFC file contains projects and models for objects and buildings along with information about materials, shapes, and spatial elements.
IFC is a object-oriented format specified by International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). The main purpose of IFC standard is to facilitate cooperation between entities in the construction industry.
IFC format specification is freely available in the public domain.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with IFC files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with IFC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing IFC may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with IFC extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports IFC files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe Acrobat or one of the recommended programs (for example, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, FME Desktop) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Adobe Acrobat website and download the installer.
You still cannot access IFC files although Adobe Acrobat is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of Adobe Acrobat installed, it may not support IFC format. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage IFC on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper IFC file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the IFC file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the IFC file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic IFC file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the IFC file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Industry Foundation Classes Format file.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open IFC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Industry Foundation Classes Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with IFC files affecting older versions of given software.
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