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8.7.3.12 IfcGridPlacement

8.7.3.12.1 Semantic definition

IfcGridPlacement provides a specialization of IfcObjectPlacement in which the placement and axis direction of the object coordinate system is defined by a reference to the design grid as defined in IfcGrid.

The location of the object coordinate system is given by the attribute PlacementLocation. It is defined as an IfcVirtualGridIntersection, that is, an intersection between two grid axes with optional offsets.

The axis direction of the x-axis of the object coordinate system is given either:

  • PlacementRefDirection = NIL: by the tangent of the first grid axis (PlacementLocation.IntersectingAxes[1]) at the virtual intersection (maybe using the offset curve, if PlacementLocation.OffsetDistances is given);
  • PlacementRefDirection = IfcDirection: by the explicitly provided direction information;
  • PlacementRefDirection = IfcVirtualGridIntersection: by the tangent between the virtual grid intersection of PlacementLocation and the virtual grid intersection of PlacementRefDirection. Offsets as potentially provided in the IfcVirtualGridIntersection's of PlacementLocation and PlacementRefDirection have to be taken into account.

The direction of the y-axis of the IfcGridPlacement is the orthogonal complement to the x-axis. The plane defined by the x and y axis shall be co-planar to the xy plane of the local placement of the IfcGrid.

The direction of the z-axis is the orientation of the cross product of the x-axis and the y-axis, i.e. the z-axis of the IfcGridPlacement shall be co-linear to the z-axis of the local placement of the IfcGrid.

The following figures/ show the usage of placement location and direction for an IfcGridPlacement.

without ref direction
Figure 8.7.3.12.A — Grid placement

Figure 8.7.3.12.A illustrates the case where PlacementRefDirection is not given - the object coordinate system is defined by:

  • its location: given by the virtual grid intersection of PlacementLocation
  • its x-axis direction: given by the tangent of the first intersecting axis in the offset location of the virtual grid intersection
with ref direction
Figure 8.7.3.12.B — Grid placement with direction

Figure 8.7.3.12.B illustrates the case where PlacementRefDirection is given as an IfcDirection- the object coordinate system is defined by:

  • its location: given by the virtual grid intersection of PlacementLocation
  • its x-axis direction: given by the DirectionRatios of the IfcDirection, only the ratios for x and y are taken into account,
with ref direction
Figure 8.7.3.12.C — Grid placement with intersection

Figure 8.7.3.12.C illustrates the case where PlacementRefDirection is given as an IfcVirtualGridIntersection- the object coordinate system is defined by:

  • its location: given by the virtual grid intersection of PlacementLocation
  • its x-axis direction: given by the tangent of the line between the virtual grid intersection of the PlacementLocation and the virtual grid intersection of the PlacementRefDirection.

8.7.3.12.2 Entity inheritance

8.7.3.12.3 Attributes

# Attribute Type Description
IfcObjectPlacement (3)
1 PlacementRelTo OPTIONAL IfcObjectPlacement

Reference to object placement that provides the relative placement with its placement in a grid, local coordinate system or linear referenced placement. If it is omitted, then in the case of linear placement it is established by the origin of horizontal alignment of the referenced IfcAlignment Axis. In the case of local placement it is established by the geometric representation context.

PlacesObject SET [0:?] OF IfcProduct FOR ObjectPlacement

The IfcObjectPlacement shall be used to provide a placement and an object coordinate system for instances of IfcProduct.

ReferencedByPlacements SET [0:?] OF IfcObjectPlacement FOR PlacementRelTo

No description available.

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IfcGridPlacement (2)
2 PlacementLocation IfcVirtualGridIntersection

Placement of the object coordinate system defined by the intersection of two grid axes.

3 PlacementRefDirection OPTIONAL IfcGridPlacementDirectionSelect

Reference to either an explicit direction, or a second grid axis intersection, which defines the orientation of the grid placement.

Table 8.7.3.12.D

8.7.3.12.4 Formal representation

ENTITY IfcGridPlacement
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcObjectPlacement);
	PlacementLocation : IfcVirtualGridIntersection;
	PlacementRefDirection : OPTIONAL IfcGridPlacementDirectionSelect;
END_ENTITY;

8.7.3.12.5 References

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