An IFC importer will really help our pipeline and workflow. We work with cooperative visualisation for architects and engineers, using Unreal as the platform on which we build our tool. Today, CAD / BIM models from the various fields (Architects, Building Engineers, Electrical Engineering, Ventilation ++) are collected and consolidated into a single file by the project’s BIM-coordinator, facilitated by the project lead. In our experience, IFC is the industry-standard for transferring and consolidating these models, at least here in the Scandinavian market.
Today we are doing a lot of manual labour on these files in order to get them into Unreal. Datasmith has been a game-changer for us, and with an IFC importer, we will be able to import data from nearly any customer source, and allow us to build on top of the work already performed by the BIM-coordinator, reducing the cost and time for our clients.