IFC 4.3.0.1 (IFC4X3) development

4.4.3 Element Voiding

Elements may have voids defined, which may be partial recess or extending full depth. Voids for openings may optionally be filled by another element such as a door, window, earthen or aggregate fill, or may represent a voiding feature without fillings.

The 'Body' representation of an element does not account for voids, for which CSG operations are required to produce the resulting shape.

The 'Mesh' representation of an element does account for voids, such that no additional operations are required.

The following diagram shows the generic classes and relationships used when applying this concept. In addition, concepts may have particular importance to common or standardised industry practices and scenarios. For these specific usage scenarios, the tables below shows a recommended list of general usage patterns that users may adopt.

G IfcElement IfcElement 1. GlobalId [1:1] 2. OwnerHistory [0:1] 3. Name [0:1] 4. Description [0:1]      HasAssignments [0:?]      Nests [0:1]      IsNestedBy [0:?]      HasContext [0:1]      IsDecomposedBy [0:?]      Decomposes [0:1]      HasAssociations [0:?] 5. ObjectType [0:1]      IsDeclaredBy [0:1]      Declares [0:?]      IsTypedBy [0:1]      IsDefinedBy [0:?] 6. ObjectPlacement [0:1] 7. Representation [0:1]      ReferencedBy [0:?]      PositionedRelativeTo [0:?]      ReferencedInStructures [0:?] 8. Tag [0:1]      FillsVoids [0:1]      ConnectedTo [0:?]      IsInterferedByElements [0:?]      InterferesElements [0:?]      HasProjections [0:?] HasOpenings      HasOpenings [0:?]      IsConnectionRealization [0:?]      ProvidesBoundaries [0:?]      ConnectedFrom [0:?]      ContainedInStructure [0:1]      HasCoverings [0:?]      HasSurfaceFeatures [0:?] IfcRelVoidsElement IfcRelVoidsElement 1. GlobalId [1:1] 2. OwnerHistory [0:1] 3. Name [0:1] 4. Description [0:1] 5. RelatingBuildingElement [1:1] 6. RelatedOpeningElement [1:1] IfcElement:HasOpenings1->IfcRelVoidsElement:RelatingBuildingElement0
Figure 4.4.3.A

General Usage

ApplicableEntity
IfcElement
Table 4.4.3.B

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