IFC 4.3.x development IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements Semantic definitions at the entity

IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements defines a generic relationship that is made between two elements that require the realization of that relationship by means of further realizing elements.

An IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements is a specialization of IfcRelConnectsElement where the connecting operation has the additional attribute of (one or many) realizing elements that may be used to realize or further qualify the relationship. It is defined as a ternary relationship.

EXAMPLE  It may be used to describe the attachment of one element to another where the attachment is realized by a 'fixing' element such as a bracket. It may also be used to describe the mounting of one element onto another such as the requirement for the mounting major plant items onto builders work bases and/or anti-vibration isolators.

HISTORY  New entity in IFC2x2.

NOTE  Regarding bridge prestressing, the tendon conduits and the tendon anchors are aggregated into the concrete elements, but not always the tendon itself (as the tendon may pass through several elements). Therefore, it is good practise to use RelConnects relationships between the tendon and the tendon conduits and the tendon anchors.

The connection types for bridges include:

  • TrussJoint: Joint between truss members.
  • ExpansionJoint: Joint allowing movement, usually due to thermal expansion difference in structures, with DiscreteAccessory of type EXPANSION_JOINT_DEVICE as RealizingElement.
  • EmbeddedPartsJoint: Joint for auxiliary parts to structure, with appropriate RealizingElements, such as DiscreteAccessories of type ANCHORPLATE, BRACKET or SHOE.
  • ConstructionJoint: Joint for phasing of construction, typically in in-situ concrete structures. Attributes

#Attribute Type Description
1GlobalId IfcGloballyUniqueId Assignment of a globally unique identifier within the entire software world.
2OwnerHistory OPTIONAL IfcOwnerHistory Assignment of the information about the current ownership of that object, including owning actor, application, local identification and information captured about the recent changes of the object,

> NOTE  only the last modification in stored - either as addition, deletion or modification.

> IFC4 CHANGE  The attribute has been changed to be OPTIONAL.
3Name OPTIONAL IfcLabel Optional name for use by the participating software systems or users. For some subtypes of IfcRoot the insertion of the Name attribute may be required. This would be enforced by a where rule.
4Description OPTIONAL IfcText Optional description, provided for exchanging informative comments.
5ConnectionGeometryOPTIONAL IfcConnectionGeometryThe geometric shape representation of the connection geometry that is provided in the object coordinate system of the RelatingElement (mandatory) and in the object coordinate system of the RelatedElement (optionally).
6RelatingElement IfcElement Reference to a subtype of IfcElement that is connected by the connection relationship in the role of RelatingElement.
7RelatedElement IfcElement Reference to a subtype of IfcElement that is connected by the connection relationship in the role of RelatedElement.
8RealizingElements SET [1:?] OF IfcElement Defines the elements that realize a connection relationship.
9ConnectionType OPTIONAL IfcLabel The type of the connection given for informal purposes, it may include labels, like 'joint', 'rigid joint', 'flexible joint', etc. Entity inheritance

dot_inheritance IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements IfcRelConnectsElements IfcRelConnectsElements IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements->IfcRelConnectsElements IfcRelConnectsPathElements IfcRelConnectsPathElements IfcRelConnectsPathElements->IfcRelConnectsElements IfcRelConnects IfcRelConnects IfcRelConnectsElements->IfcRelConnects IfcRelConnects_children 15 more... IfcRelConnects_children->IfcRelConnects IfcRelationship IfcRelationship IfcRelConnects->IfcRelationship IfcRelationship_children 5 more... IfcRelationship_children->IfcRelationship IfcRoot IfcRoot IfcRelationship->IfcRoot IfcObjectDefinition IfcObjectDefinition IfcObjectDefinition->IfcRoot IfcPropertyDefinition IfcPropertyDefinition IfcPropertyDefinition->IfcRoot Definitions applying to General Usage Identity

IfcRoot assigns the globally unique ID. In addition it may provide for a name and a description about the concept. Revision Control

Ownership, history, and merge state is captured using IfcOwnerHistory. Formal representations

ENTITY IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcRelConnectsElements);
	RealizingElements : SET [1:?] OF IfcElement;
	ConnectionType : OPTIONAL IfcLabel;