IFC (IFC4X3_ADD2) under development IfcBSplineCurve

ABSTRACT This definition may not be instantiated Semantic definition

The IfcBSplineCurve is a spline curve parameterized by spline functions.

Figure illustrates a B-spline curve.

control points
Figure — B-spline curve

A B-spline curve is a piecewise parametric polynomial or rational curve described in terms of control points and basis functions. The B-spline curve has been selected as the most stable format to represent all types of polynomial or rational parametric curves. With appropriate attribute values it is capable of representing single span or spline curves of explicit polynomial, rational, Bezier or B-spline type.

Figure - Equation 1
Figure - Equation 2
Variable Definition
k+1 Number of control points
Pi Control points
wi Weights
d Degree
Table - Variable definitions

Interpretation of the data is as follows:

  1. All weights shall be positive and the curve is given by Figure, with variables defined in Table The knot array is an array of (k+d+2) real numbers [u-d ... uk+1], such that for all indices j in [-d,k], uj <= uj+1. This array is obtained from the knot data list by repeating each multiple knot according to the multiplicity. N di, the ith normalized B-spline basis function of degree d, is defined on the subset [ui-d, ... , ui+1] of this array.
  2. Let L denote the number of distinct values among the d+k+2 knots in the knot array; L will be referred to as the 'upper index on knots'. Let mj denote the multiplicity (number of repetitions) of the jth distinct knot. Then see Figure All knot multiplicities except the first and the last shall be in the range 1 ... degree; the first and last may have a maximum value of degree + 1. In evaluating the basis functions, a knot u of e.g. multiplicity 3 is interpreted as a string u, u, u, in the knot array. The B-spline curve has 3 special subtypes (Note: only 1, Bezier curve, included in this IFC release) where the knots and knot multiplicities are derived to provide simple default capabilities.
  3. Logical flag is provided to indicate whether the curve self intersects or not. 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.

IfcCurve (1)
* Dim IfcDimensionCount

This attribute is formally derived.


The space dimensionality of this abstract class, defined differently for all subtypes, i.e. for IfcLine, IfcConic and IfcBoundedCurve.

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IfcBSplineCurve (7)
1 Degree IfcInteger

The algebraic degree of the basis functions.

2 ControlPointsList LIST [2:?] OF IfcCartesianPoint

The list of control points for the curve.

3 CurveForm IfcBSplineCurveForm

Used to identify particular types of curve; it is for information only.

4 ClosedCurve IfcLogical

Indication of whether the curve is closed; it is for information only.

5 SelfIntersect IfcLogical

Indication whether the curve self-intersects or not; it is for information only.

* UpperIndexOnControlPoints IfcInteger

This attribute is formally derived.

(SIZEOF(ControlPointsList) - 1)

The upper index on the array of control points; the lower index is 0. This value is derived from the control points list.

* ControlPoints ARRAY [0:UpperIndexOnControlPoints] OF IfcCartesianPoint

This attribute is formally derived.


The array of control points used to define the geometry of the curve. This is derived from the list of control points.

Table Formal propositions

Name Description

All control points shall have the same dimensionality.

SIZEOF(QUERY(Temp <* ControlPointsList |
  Temp.Dim <> ControlPointsList[1].Dim))
= 0
Table Formal representation

ENTITY IfcBSplineCurve
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcBoundedCurve);
	Degree : IfcInteger;
	ControlPointsList : LIST [2:?] OF IfcCartesianPoint;
	CurveForm : IfcBSplineCurveForm;
	ClosedCurve : IfcLogical;
	SelfIntersect : IfcLogical;
	 UpperIndexOnControlPoints : IfcInteger := (SIZEOF(ControlPointsList) - 1);
	 ControlPoints : ARRAY [0:UpperIndexOnControlPoints] OF IfcCartesianPoint := IfcListToArray(ControlPointsList,0,UpperIndexOnControlPoints);
	SameDim : SIZEOF(QUERY(Temp <* ControlPointsList |
  Temp.Dim <> ControlPointsList[1].Dim))
= 0;
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  • where rule, SameDim
  • where rule, WR41
  • attribute ClosedCurve type, Changed from "logical" to "IfcLogical"
  • attribute Degree type, Changed from "integer" to "IfcInteger"
  • attribute SelfIntersect type, Changed from "logical" to "IfcLogical"