IFC (IFC4X3_ADD2) under development IfcAxis2Placement3D

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The IfcAxis2Placement3D provides location and orientations to place items in a three-dimensional space. The attribute Axis defines the Z direction, RefDirection the X direction. The Y direction is derived.

If the attribute values for Axis and RefDirection are not given, the placement defaults to P[1] (x-axis) as [1.,0.,0.], P[2] (y-axis) as [0.,1.,0.] and P[3] (z-axis) as [0.,0.,1.].

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Figure — Axis2 placement 3D

Figure illustrates the definition of the IfcAxis2Placement3D within the three-dimensional coordinate system. Entity inheritance Attributes

# Attribute Type Description
IfcRepresentationItem (2)
LayerAssignment SET [0:1] OF IfcPresentationLayerAssignment FOR AssignedItems

Assignment of the representation item to a single or multiple layer(s). The LayerAssignments can override a LayerAssignments of the IfcRepresentation it is used within the list of Items.

StyledByItem SET [0:1] OF IfcStyledItem FOR Item

Reference to the IfcStyledItem that provides presentation information to the representation, e.g. a curve style, including colour and thickness to a geometric curve.

IfcPlacement (2)
1 Location IfcPoint

The geometric position of a reference point, such as the center of a circle, of the item to be located.

* Dim IfcDimensionCount

This attribute is formally derived.


The space dimensionality of this class, derived from the dimensionality of the location.

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IfcAxis2Placement3D (3)
2 Axis OPTIONAL IfcDirection

The exact direction of the local Z Axis.

3 RefDirection OPTIONAL IfcDirection

The direction used to determine the direction of the local X Axis. If necessary an adjustment is made to maintain orthogonality to the Axis direction. If Axis and/or RefDirection is omitted, these directions are taken from the geometric coordinate system.

* P LIST [3:3] OF IfcDirection

This attribute is formally derived.

IfcBuildAxes(Axis, RefDirection)

The normalized directions of the placement X Axis (P[1]) and the placement Y Axis (P[2]) and the placement Z Axis (P[3]).

Table Formal propositions

Name Description

Either both, Axis and RefDirection are not given and therefore defaulted, or both shall be given.

NOT ((EXISTS (Axis)) XOR (EXISTS (RefDirection)))

The Axis when given should only reference a three-dimensional IfcDirection.

(NOT (EXISTS (Axis))) OR (Axis.Dim = 3)

The Axis and RefDirection shall not be parallel or anti-parallel.

(NOT (EXISTS (Axis))) OR (NOT (EXISTS (RefDirection))) OR (IfcCrossProduct(Axis,RefDirection).Magnitude > 0.0)

The dimensionality of the placement location shall be 3.

SELF\IfcPlacement.Location.Dim = 3

No description available.


The RefDirection when given should only reference a three-dimensional IfcDirection.

(NOT (EXISTS (RefDirection))) OR (RefDirection.Dim = 3)
Table Formal representation

ENTITY IfcAxis2Placement3D
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcPlacement);
	Axis : OPTIONAL IfcDirection;
	RefDirection : OPTIONAL IfcDirection;
	 P : LIST [3:3] OF IfcDirection := IfcBuildAxes(Axis, RefDirection);
	AxisAndRefDirProvision : NOT ((EXISTS (Axis)) XOR (EXISTS (RefDirection)));
	AxisIs3D : (NOT (EXISTS (Axis))) OR (Axis.Dim = 3);
	AxisToRefDirPosition : (NOT (EXISTS (Axis))) OR (NOT (EXISTS (RefDirection))) OR (IfcCrossProduct(Axis,RefDirection).Magnitude > 0.0);
	LocationIs3D : SELF\IfcPlacement.Location.Dim = 3;
	LocationIsCP : 'IFC4X3_DEV_0078979.IFCCARTESIANPOINT' IN TYPEOF(SELF\IfcPlacement.Location);
	RefDirIs3D : (NOT (EXISTS (RefDirection))) OR (RefDirection.Dim = 3);

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  • where rule, AxisAndRefDirProvision
  • where rule, AxisIs3D
  • where rule, AxisToRefDirPosition
  • where rule, LocationIs3D
  • where rule, RefDirIs3D
  • where rule, WR1
  • where rule, WR2
  • where rule, WR3
  • where rule, WR4
  • where rule, WR5 IFC4.3_DEV_0078979

  • where rule, LocationIsCP