When you delve into the subject and learn what Building Information Modeling really is and all its scope, you realize that there are hundreds of different flows, with different software, and that each designer has their own preferences.
he first version of Industry Foundation Classes took place in 1996, with IFC 1.0, which came to the market to bring a neutral model to the AEC industry. Over the years there have been some updates: IFC 1.5, IFC 1.5.1 and IFC 2.0.
In October 2000, the oldest version still in use, IFC 2x, which focused on increasing the stability of the platform and information, was published. Shortly after that, a version came out that made the IFC certifications possible, and the following upgrades were the expansion of the capabilities and compatibilities of the extension.
The most popular version is the 2×3, from 2007, which presented several improvements in performance and quality, plus bug fixes from previous versions.
The latest version was IFC 4.0 (initially known as IFC 2×4), in 2013, and it brought along new forms of documentation, as well as support for new construction platforms, structures and services. The most recent version of IFC 4.0 is Addendum 2, published in July 2016, which brought improvements and corrections.
For the future, IFC 5.0, which promises to bring benefits to infrastructure personnel (starting with alignments and then moving on to roads, tunnels, bridges and railways) and to guarantee more flexibility