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Friday, June 13, 2014

FZKViewer for free, lightweight, portable IFC viewing and validation (and conversion)

Many of us use Tekla BIMsight or Solibri for IFC viewing, but there is another free option: FZK Viewer. It is just a 10mb download, unzip and go.

It has a Walk tool like Navisworks for easy navigation, and it can even export to a number of formats, including:
DXF (cool! quick IFC to DXF conversion anyone?)
VRML 2
STEP
Collada
Google Earth
CityGML

Additionally, it can open gbXML and GML files. All in all, a handy piece of software to have if you are dealing with IFCs on a daily basis.

Oh, did I mention it can Merge .xyz point cloud files to the scene?

Build 771 direct link:
http://iai-typo3.iai.fzk.de/www-extern-kit/fileadmin/download/download-vrsys/FZKViewer/FZKViewer-4.2-Build-771.zip
On opening an IFC, it produces a log file that can quickly locate geometry problems:

Download page:
http://iai-typo3.iai.fzk.de/www-extern/index.php?id=2315&L=1

Main page:
FZKViewer

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