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IFC Import into Revit

Andrea Polgar
Graphisoft
Graphisoft

There are two ways to import an IFC file into Revit: Link IFC and Link RVT.

  • Link IFC

This option is recommended for inserting IFC models into the current Revit project as references. You cannot edit the IFC model in Revit. If you later update the original IFC file, the Revit model will reflect the changes when you reload the IFC file using Manage Links (Insert menu).

Read Revit’s Help for more information on this function.

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  • Improved IFC Import and Link RVT

The “Improved IFC Import” command of the ARCHICAD Connection Add-In is recommended for IFC import. There have been several recent improvements in this function.

For detailed information please see the manual here:
https://graphisoft.akamaized.net/cdn/ftp/techsupport/downloads/interoperability/GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD ...

Here are the steps for the Link RVT:

  1. First, import the IFC using the GRAPHISOFT Revit connection Add-In (Click the Add-Ins tab followed by “Improved IFC Import”)
  2. Save the IFC as an RVT file.
  3. Open the main Revit model and click on the insert tab, followed by the Link Revit command.

A benefit of using Link Revit is that Rooms (ARCHICAD zones) can be seen when linked into the main Revit model. If the converted Rooms cannot be seen, they can be shown with the help of the following guide: http://blogs.rand.com/support/2013/01/revit-cannot-see-the-linked-models-room-tags.html

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