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Structural Model Framework

Within the European ISTforCE project (IST-1999-11508), preliminary development of a Structural Extension Model for the building construction industry was undertaken.

The Structural Extension Model describes the neutral definition necessary to exchange structural analysis, dimensioning and detailing information.

The Structural Extension Model is an Information Model to describe a Product Model of the structural domain. The information being sent and received from architectural CAD and from structural analysis and design packages are addressed. The Structural Extension Model is also an input into international standardization work.
It is intended to influence the standardization within the AEC industry sector. As such it is designed to be an extension to the currently most influential Information Model in AEC – the IFC standard.

The Structural Extension Model has been provided to the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), the standardization body of IFC, to provide the integration basis for the next release of IFC – the IFC2x2 information model – within the structural domain.

The submission has been accepted and it is anticipated that the Structural Extension Model will be included in the IFC2x2 and implemented by various architectural and structural CAD packages in Europe.

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