IFC 4.3.1.0 (IFC4X3_ADD1)

8.6.3.7 IfcExternalReference

ABSTRACT This definition may not be instantiated

8.6.3.7.1 Semantic definition

An IfcExternalReference is the identification of information that is not explicitly represented in the current model or in the project database (as an implementation of the current model). Such information may be contained in classifications, documents or libraries. The IfcExternalReference identifies a particular item, such as a dictionary entry, a classification notation, or a document reference within the external source.

Only the Location (as a URL) is given to describe the place where the information can be found. Also an optional Identification as a key to allow more specific references (as to sections or tables) is provided. The Identification defines a system interpretable method to identify the relevant part of information at the source. In addition a human interpretable Name can be assigned to identify the information subject, such as a classification code.

IfcExternalReference is an abstract supertype of all external reference entities.

8.6.3.7.2 Entity inheritance

8.6.3.7.3 Attributes

# Attribute Type Description
IfcExternalReference (4)
1 Location OPTIONAL IfcURIReference

Location, where the external source (classification, document or library) can be accessed by electronic means. The electronic location is provided as an URI, and would normally be given as an URL location string.

2 Identification OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier

The Identification provides a unique identifier of the referenced item within the external source (classification, document or library). It may be provided as * a key, e.g. a classification notation, like NF2.3 * a handle * a uuid or guid

It may be human readable (such as a key) or not (such as a handle or uuid) depending on the context of its usage (which has to be determined by local agreement).

3 Name OPTIONAL IfcLabel

Optional name to further specify the reference. It can provide a human readable identifier (which does not necessarily need to have a counterpart in the internal structure of the document).

ExternalReferenceForResources SET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatingReference

Reference to all associations between this external reference and objects within the IfcResourceObjectSelect that are tagged by the external reference.

Table 8.6.3.7.A

8.6.3.7.4 Formal propositions

Name Description
WR1

One of the attributes of IfcExternalReference should have a value assigned.

EXISTS(Identification) OR EXISTS(Location) OR EXISTS(Name)
Table 8.6.3.7.B

8.6.3.7.5 Formal representation

ENTITY IfcExternalReference
 ABSTRACT SUPERTYPE OF (ONEOF
	(IfcClassificationReference
	,IfcDocumentReference
	,IfcExternallyDefinedHatchStyle
	,IfcExternallyDefinedSurfaceStyle
	,IfcExternallyDefinedTextFont
	,IfcLibraryReference));
	Location : OPTIONAL IfcURIReference;
	Identification : OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier;
	Name : OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
 INVERSE
	ExternalReferenceForResources : SET [0:?] OF IfcExternalReferenceRelationship FOR RelatingReference;
 WHERE
	WR1 : EXISTS(Identification) OR EXISTS(Location) OR EXISTS(Name);
END_ENTITY;

8.6.3.7.6 References

8.6.3.7.7 Changelog

8.6.3.7.7.1 IFC4

  • inverse attribute, ExternalReferenceForResources
  • where rule, WR1
  • where rule, WR1
  • attribute ItemReference name, Changed from "ItemReference" to "Identification"
  • attribute Location type, Changed from "IfcLabel" to "IfcURIReference"