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IfcProfileDef is the supertype of all definitions of standard and arbitrary profiles within IFC. It is used to define a standard set of commonly used section profiles by their parameters or by their explicit curve geometry.
HISTORY New entity in IFC1.5, the capabilities have been extended in IFC2x. Profiles can now support swept surfaces and swept area solids with inner boundaries. It had been renamed from IfcAttDrivenProfileDef.
IFC4 CHANGE Changed from ABSTRACT to non-abstract for uses which do not require an explicitly defined geometry. Added inverse attributes HasProperties and HasExternalReference.
Use in material association
Beams, columns, and similarly shaped building elements and their type objects may be associated with a section profile definition, combined with material definition, by means of IfcRelAssociatesMaterial together with IfcMaterialProfileSet and IfcMaterialProfileSetUsage. This way, building elements and element types with same section and material can share a common section profile definition and association.
The profile definition in material association is required to be consistent with shape representations of the respective building elements.
A higher-level description of spatial aligment of the section profile of a member (such as centered, bottom-left, in the geometric centroid, and more) can be provided within IfcMaterialProfileSetUsage by means of a cardinal point reference. This can be used redundant to geometric data in order to convey design intent.
Use in shape models
Profile definitions are used within the geometry and geometric model resource to create either swept surfaces, swept area solids, or sectioned spines.
The purpose of the profile definition within the swept surfaces or swept area solids is to define a uniform cross section being swept:
The purpose of the profile definition within the sectioned spine is to define a varying cross sections at several positions along a spine curve. The subtype IfcDerivedProfileDef is particularly suited to provide the consecutive profiles to be based on transformations of the start profile and thus maintaining the identity of vertices and edges.
NOTE Subtypes of the IfcProfileDef contain parameterized profiles (as subtypes of IfcParameterizedProfileDef) which establish their own 2D position coordinate system, profiles given by explicit curve geometry (either open or closed profiles) and two special types for composite profiles and derived profiles, based on a 2D Cartesian transformation.
An IfcProfileDef is treated as bounded area if it is used within swept area solids. In this case, the inside of the profile is part of the profile. The attribute ProfileType is set to AREA. An IfcProfileDef is treated as a curve if it is used within swept surfaces. In this case, the inside of the profile (if the curve is closed) is not part of the profile. The attribute ProfileType is set to CURVE.
Figure 1 illustrates use of parameterized profiles within a swept area solid.
Figure 1 — Profile sweeping
Results of the different usage of the ProfileType attribute are demonstrated here. The ProfileType defines whether the inside (the bounded area) is part of the profile definition (Area) or not (Curve). Figure 2 illustrates the resulting area or curve depending on ProfileType.
Figure 2 — Profile types
Profile specification by external reference
If the profile is standardized by a norm or a catalogue, a reference to this norm or catalogue should be provided by means of HasExternalReference. This inverse relationship is used to associate an IfcExternalReference (notably IfcClassificationReference or IfcLibraryReference) with the profile.
IfcClassificationReference is used to refer to a profile norm (a common standard or manufacturer's standard). In this case,
IfcLibraryReference is used to refer to a library which contains profile definitions. In this case,
If an external reference is provided, sending systems shall ensure that the shape of the profile definition object agrees with the definitions in the referenced classification or library.
Direct instances of IfcProfileDef
Usually, only subtypes of IfcProfileDef should be instantiated. In some special cases, e.g. if the profile object is used for purposes other than geometric models (e.g. for structural analysis models), it may be possible to directly instantiate IfcProfileDef and further specify the profile only by external reference or by profile properties. The latter are tracked by the inverse attribute HasProperties.
|1||ProfileType||IfcProfileTypeEnum||Defines the type of geometry into which this profile definition shall be resolved, either a curve or a surface area. In case of curve the profile should be referenced by a swept surface, in case of area the profile should be referenced by a swept area solid.|
|2||ProfileName||OPTIONAL IfcLabel||Human-readable name of the profile, for example according to a standard profile table. As noted above, machine-readable standardized profile designations should be provided in _IfcExternalReference.ItemReference_.|
|HasExternalReference||SET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatedResourceObjects||Reference to external information, e.g. library, classification, or document information, which is associated with the profile.|
> IFC4 CHANGE New inverse attribute
|HasProperties||SET [0:?] OF IfcProfileProperties FOR ProfileDefinition||Additional properties of the profile, for example mechanical properties.|
> IFC4 CHANGE New inverse attribute
ENTITY IfcProfileDef SUPERTYPE OF (ONEOF (IfcArbitraryClosedProfileDef ,IfcArbitraryOpenProfileDef ,IfcCompositeProfileDef ,IfcDerivedProfileDef ,IfcOpenCrossProfileDef ,IfcParameterizedProfileDef)); ProfileType : IfcProfileTypeEnum; ProfileName : OPTIONAL IfcLabel; INVERSE HasExternalReference : SET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatedResourceObjects; HasProperties : SET [0:?] OF IfcProfileProperties FOR ProfileDefinition; END_ENTITY;