The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and
construction industry data.
It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single
vendor or group of vendors. It is an object-based file format with a data model
developed by buildingSMART (formerly the International Alliance for Interoperability,
IAI) to facilitate interoperability in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)
industry, and is a commonly used collaboration format in Building information modeling
(BIM) based projects. The IFC model specification is open and available. It is
registered by ISO and is an official International Standard ISO 16739-1:2018.