IFC Visualization

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IFC Visualization: How To

3D IFC Visualization is available for Advanced, Teams, and Enterprise subscriptions. 


In this article, we will explore: 

  • General IFC information 
  • How to add a 3D IFC layer to your project for:
    • Visualization (open beta)
  • FAQs and Limitations 


What is an IFC and how can it apply to my DroneDeploy project? 

IFC models are a commonly used file type for the exchange of CAD information. They often represent architectural, structural, and infrastructure designs. IFCs can be geo-referenced for automatic alignment. 


During the open beta you can now do things like visualize underground utilities, architectural BIM models, and structural slab-on-grade elements layered on top of your 3D aerial data in DroneDeploy.

How to add the 3D IFC as a Layer in a Project: 

  1. Navigate to the relevant project, in the Layers pane select Add



  1. Select Model/Design Surface


  1. Select your IFC for upload.


  1. Confirm Upload (DroneDeploy will attempt to infer CRS and automatically align the 3D overlay.
  2. Navigate to 3D view 


  1. Under overlays, toggle on the desired IFC to be viewed. 




Having trouble uploading your IFC? Follow the guidelines in Revit below:

  • Ensure your Revit model is geo-referenced to the same published coordinate system as the Project-CRS in DroneDeploy
  • Remove/hide all systems that are not necessary before exporting (we recommend starting with architectural and structural elements exported only)
  • Disable/do not use story offset in Revit export
  • Export the building from Revit as IFC version 2x3 or IFC version 4
  • Ensure the exported .IFC file is <200MB


Known Limitations: 

  • Today, IFC visualization is only supported in the 3D view. 


Have any Feedback for the DroneDeploy team? 

  • Feedback can be shared directly with your Customer Sucess Manager or Support@dronedeploy.com 

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