Why are some beams IFCMEMBER and not as IFCBEAM in IFC export


Software version: 20.0 - 2021

Last updated February 5, 2021 by Tekla Global Support tekla.structures.ghd@trimble.com

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Why are some beams IFCMEMBER and not as IFCBEAM in IFC export

Question:
Why are some beams written as IFCMEMBER and not as IFCBEAM in the IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperability

IFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).

Model can be exported into an IFC file.

export? The IFC entity attribute of beams is selected to be IfcBeam in the Tekla Structures model, but when you take a look inside the IFC file using, for example Notepad, the beams are IFCMEMBER. All these beams should be IFCBEAM.

Answer:
Beams which are sloped between 20 and 70 degrees are considered as braces and exported as IFCMEMBER always. This applies to versions 20 and above.  

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IFC export
IfcBeam
IFCMEMBER

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