IFC (IFC4X3_ADD2) under development IfcBSplineCurveWithKnots

AbV ⓘ Semantic definition

The IfcBSplineCurveWithKnots is a spline curve parameterized by spline functions for which the knot values are explicitly given.


All knot multiplicities except the first and the last shall be in the range 1,...,d; the first and last may have a maximum value of d + 1. In evaluating the basis functions, a knot u of, e.g., multiplicity 3 is interpreted as a sequence u, u, u,; in the knot array. 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.

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.

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IfcBSplineCurveWithKnots (4)
6 KnotMultiplicities LIST [2:?] OF IfcInteger

The multiplicities of the knots. This list defines the number of times each knot in the knots list is to be repeated in constructing the knot array.

7 Knots LIST [2:?] OF IfcParameterValue

The list of distinct knots used to define the B-spline basis functions.

8 KnotSpec IfcKnotType

The description of the knot type. This is for information only.

* UpperIndexOnKnots IfcInteger

This attribute is formally derived.


The upper index on the knot arrays; the lower index is 1.

Table Formal propositions

Name Description

The function IfcConstraintsParamBSpline returns TRUE if no inconsistencies in the parametrisation of the B-spline are found.

IfcConstraintsParamBSpline(Degree, UpperIndexOnKnots,
UpperIndexOnControlPoints, KnotMultiplicities, Knots)

The number of elements in the knot multiplicities list shall be equal to the number of elements in the knots list.

SIZEOF(KnotMultiplicities) = UpperIndexOnKnots
Table Examples Formal representation

ENTITY IfcBSplineCurveWithKnots
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcBSplineCurve);
	KnotMultiplicities : LIST [2:?] OF IfcInteger;
	Knots : LIST [2:?] OF IfcParameterValue;
	KnotSpec : IfcKnotType;
	 UpperIndexOnKnots : IfcInteger := SIZEOF(Knots);
	ConsistentBSpline : IfcConstraintsParamBSpline(Degree, UpperIndexOnKnots,
UpperIndexOnControlPoints, KnotMultiplicities, Knots);
	CorrespondingKnotLists : SIZEOF(KnotMultiplicities) = UpperIndexOnKnots;
END_ENTITY; References

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