IFC (IFC4X3_ADD2) under development IfcOrientedEdge

AbV ⓘ Semantic definition

The IfcOrientedEdge represents an IfcEdge with an Orientation flag applied. It allows to reuse the same IfcEdge when traversed exactly twice, once forwards and once backwards.

The reused edge with a geometric representation as IfcEdgeCurve defines the edge in 3D coordinate space. In some cases, particularly when using elementary or swept surfaces, there is the risk of imprecise mapping of the 3D (x, y, z) IfcEdgeCurve onto the adjacent surfaces to determine the boundaries of these surfaces. The optional CurveOnSurface defines the 2D (u, v) edge within the parametric space of the surface. It could be used to determine the correctness of the mapping of the 3D IfcEdgeCurve onto this surface.

Figure — Curve on surface representation of an

A common practice is solid modelling systems is to have an entity that represents the "use" or "traversal" of an edge. This "use" entity explicitly represents the requirement in a manifold solid that each edge must be traversed exactly twice, once in each direction. The "use" functionality is provided by the edge subtype oriented edge. 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.

IfcEdge (2)
1 EdgeStart IfcVertex

Start point (vertex) of the edge.

2 EdgeEnd IfcVertex

End point (vertex) of the edge. The same vertex can be used for both EdgeStart and EdgeEnd.

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IfcOrientedEdge (4)
3 EdgeElement IfcEdge

Edge entity used to construct this oriented edge.

4 Orientation IfcBoolean

BOOLEAN, If TRUE the topological orientation as used coincides with the orientation from start vertex to end vertex of the edge element. If FALSE otherwise.

1* EdgeStart IfcVertex

This attribute is formally derived.

(Orientation, EdgeElement.EdgeStart, EdgeElement.EdgeEnd)

The start vertex of the oriented edge. It derives from the vertices of the edge element after taking account of the orientation.

2* EdgeEnd IfcVertex

This attribute is formally derived.

(Orientation, EdgeElement.EdgeEnd, EdgeElement.EdgeStart)

The end vertex of the oriented edge. It derives from the vertices of the edge element after taking account of the orientation.

Table Formal propositions

Name Description

The edge element shall not be an oriented edge.

Table Examples Formal representation

ENTITY IfcOrientedEdge
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcEdge);
	EdgeElement : IfcEdge;
	Orientation : IfcBoolean;
	 SELF\IfcEdge.EdgeStart : IfcVertex := IfcBooleanChoose 
(Orientation, EdgeElement.EdgeStart, EdgeElement.EdgeEnd);
	 SELF\IfcEdge.EdgeEnd : IfcVertex := IfcBooleanChoose 
(Orientation, EdgeElement.EdgeEnd, EdgeElement.EdgeStart);
	EdgeElementNotOriented : NOT('IFC4X3_DEV_0078979.IFCORIENTEDEDGE' IN TYPEOF(EdgeElement));
END_ENTITY; References

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Is this page difficult to understand? Let us know! Changelog IFC4

  • where rule, EdgeElementNotOriented
  • where rule, WR1
  • attribute Orientation type, Changed from "boolean" to "IfcBoolean"