IFC (IFC4X3_ADD2) under development IfcEllipse Semantic definition

An IfcEllipse is a curve consisting of a set of points whose distances to two fixed points add to the same constant.

The inherited SELF\IfcConic.Position.Location is the center of the IfcEllipse, and the inherited SELF\IfcConic.Position.P[1] is the direction of the SemiAxis1.

Figure — Ellipse placement and parameterization

Definition of the IfcEllipse within the a three-dimensional position coordinate system is shown in Figure

It is placed within the object coordinate system of an element of which it is a representation.

An ellipse is a conic section defined by the lengths of the semi-major and semi-minor diameters and the position (center or mid point of the line joining the foci) and orientation of the curve. Interpretation of the data shall be as follows:

C = SELF\IfcConic.Position.Location
x = SELF\IfcConic.Position.P[1]
y = SELF\IfcConic.Position.P[2]
z = SELF\IfcConic.Position.P[3]
R1 = SemiAxis1
R2 = SemiAxis2

The ellipse is parameterized as:

$$ \lambda(u) = C + (R_1\cos(u))x + (R_2\sin(u))y $$

The parameterization range is 0 ≤ u <≤ 2π (0 ≤ u ≤ 360 degree). In the placement coordinate system defined above, the ellipse is the equation C = 0, where

$$ C(x,y,z) = \frac{x^2}{R_1^2} + \frac{y^2}{R_2^2} - 1 $$

The positive sense of the ellipse at any point is in the tangent direction, T, to the curve at the point, where

$$ T = (-C_y,C_x,0) $$ 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.

IfcConic (1)
1 Position IfcAxis2Placement

The location and orientation of the conic. Further details of the interpretation of this attribute are given for the individual subtypes."

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IfcEllipse (2)
2 SemiAxis1 IfcPositiveLengthMeasure

The first radius of the ellipse which shall be positive. Placement.Axes[1] gives the direction of the SemiAxis1.

3 SemiAxis2 IfcPositiveLengthMeasure

The second radius of the ellipse which shall be positive.

Table Examples Formal representation

ENTITY IfcEllipse
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcConic);
	SemiAxis1 : IfcPositiveLengthMeasure;
	SemiAxis2 : IfcPositiveLengthMeasure;
END_ENTITY; References

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