IFC 4.3.x development

8.6.3.7 IfcExternalReference

Change log

IFC4

additions inverses ExternalReferenceForResources
additions where_rules WR1
deletions where_rules WR1
modificationsattributes ItemReference name Changed from ItemReference to Identification
modificationsattributes Location definitionChanged from IfcLabel to IfcURIReference

8.6.3.7.1 Semantic definitions at the entity

An IfcExternalReference is the identification of information that is not explicitly represented in the current model or in the project database (as an implementation of the current model). Such information may be contained in classifications, documents or libraries. The IfcExternalReference identifies a particular item, such as a dictionary entry, a classification notation, or a document reference within the external source.

Only the Location (as a URL) is given to describe the place where the information can be found. Also an optional Identification as a key to allow more specific references (as to sections or tables) is provided. The Identification defines a system interpretable method to identify the relevant part of information at the source. In addition a human interpretable Name can be assigned to identify the information subject, such as a classification code.

IfcExternalReference is an abstract supertype of all external reference entities.

HISTORY  New entity in IFC2x.

IFC 2x4 CHANGE  Attribute Identification renamed from ItemReference, attribute Location datatype changed, and inverse attribute ExternalReferenceForResources added.

8.6.3.7.1 Attributes

# Attribute Type Description
IfcExternalReference
1 Location OPTIONAL IfcURIReference Location, where the external source (classification, document or library) can be accessed by electronic means. The electronic location is provided as an URI, and would normally be given as an URL location string.

> IFC4 CHANGE  The data type has been changed from IfcLabel to IfcURIReference

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2 Identification OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier The Identification provides a unique identifier of the referenced item within the external source (classification, document or library). It may be provided as

* a key, e.g. a classification notation, like NF2.3

* a handle

* a uuid or guid

It may be human readable (such as a key) or not (such as a handle or uuid) depending on the context of its usage (which has to be determined by local agreement).

> IFC4 CHANGE Attribute renamed from ItemReference for consistency.

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3 Name OPTIONAL IfcLabel Optional name to further specify the reference. It can provide a human readable identifier (which does not necessarily need to have a counterpart in the internal structure of the document).
ExternalReferenceForResourcesSET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatingReferenceReference to all associations between this external reference and objects within the IfcResourceObjectSelect that are tagged by the external reference.

> IFC4 CHANGE  New inverse attribute added with upward compatibility.

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8.6.3.7.2 Entity inheritance

dot_inheritance IfcExternalReference_children 5 more... IfcExternalReference IfcExternalReference IfcExternalReference_children->IfcExternalReference

8.6.3.7.3 Formal representations

ENTITY IfcExternalReference
 ABSTRACT SUPERTYPE OF (ONEOF
	(IfcClassificationReference
	,IfcDocumentReference
	,IfcExternallyDefinedHatchStyle
	,IfcExternallyDefinedSurfaceStyle
	,IfcExternallyDefinedTextFont
	,IfcLibraryReference));
	Location : OPTIONAL IfcURIReference;
	Identification : OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier;
	Name : OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
 INVERSE
	ExternalReferenceForResources : SET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatingReference;
 WHERE
	WR1 : EXISTS(Identification) OR EXISTS(Location) OR EXISTS(Name);
END_ENTITY;