VisualARQ includes a built-in IFC import and export plug-in which makes it possible to exchange VisualARQ and Rhino models with Revit (and other AEC software packages) using IFC 2×3 files.
Export from Rhino to IFC:
Import IFC files into Rhino:
Open a new file (File > Open…) and select the IFC file to import. Make sure you have selected the IFC 2×3 Building Model (*.ifc) file type or All compatible file types.
Import IFC files into Revit:
Go to Open > Open IFC and select the IFC file.
IFC files store any “built-in” information from VisualARQ objects (i.e “Volume, Height or Area of a wall), and also custom parameters added to VisualARQ and Rhino objects. This video shows how to create custom parameters to add information to any kind of geometry. This information is read by Revit when opening the IFC file.
The VisualARQ objects, once they are exported to IFC and opened in Revit, are recognized in Revit by their object type (walls as walls, beams as beams, etc…). Revit will understand the imported objects as native Revit objects or Generic Models depending on how objects have been created in VisualARQ.
The table below describes whether Revit reads geometry from IFC files as Standard Revit objects or Geometric objects: