IfcIndexedPolyCurve

Natural language names
Indexed Curve
Change log
ItemSPFXMLChangeDescription
IFC4 Addendum 1
    IfcIndexedPolyCurveADDED
IFC4x2 FINAL
    IfcIndexedPolyCurve
      PositioningElementADDED
Semantic definitions at the entity
Entity definition

The IfcIndexedPolyCurve is a bounded curve with only linear and circular arc segments defined by a Cartesian point list and an optional list of segments, providing indices into the Cartesian point list. In the case that the list of Segments is not provided, all points in the IfcCartesianPointList are connected by straight line segments in the order they appear in the IfcCartesianPointList.

In the case that the list of Segments is provided, it is interpreted as such:

EXAMPLE  Figure 374 illustrates a bounded open IfcIndexedPolyCurve having straight and arc segments. In this example, the straight segments only have two points and one edge, however more then two indices into the Cartesian point list can be includes, defining a multi edge polyline segment.
poly curve with arcs examples

Figure 374 — Bounded open IfcIndexedPolyCurve with straight and arc segments

EXAMPLE  Figure 2 illustrates a bounded open IfcIndexedPolyCurve having only straight segments. In this example, no list of Segments is provided, hence the points are drawn in the order of their appearance in the IfcCartesianPointList.
poly curve examples

Figure 374 — Bounded open IfcIndexedPolyCurve with only straight segments

The IfcIndexedPolyCurve represents an open or a closed curve depending on the following condition:

HISTORY  New entity in IFC4 ADD1

Informal Propositions:

  1. Any two consecutive points of the IfcIndexedPolyCurve shall not be coincident after taking the Precision factor into account, given by the applicable IfcGeometricRepresentationContext.
  2. The three points of any IfcArcIndex segment of the IfcIndexedPolyCurve shall not be colinear after taking the Precision factor into account, given by the applicable IfcGeometricRepresentationContext.
Attribute definitions
#AttributeTypeCardinalityDescription G
1PointsIfcCartesianPointList A list of points, provided by a point list of either two, or three dimensions, that is used to define the poly curve. If the attribute Segments is not provided, the poly curve is generated as a poly line by connecting the points in the order of their appearance in the point list. If the attribute Segments is provided, the segments determine, how the points are to be used to create straigth and circular arc segments.X
2SegmentsIfcSegmentIndexSelect? L[1:?] List of straight line and circular arc segments, each providing a list of indices into the Cartesian point list. Indices should preserve consecutive connectivity between the segments, the start index of the next segment shall be identical with the end index of the previous segment.X
3SelfIntersectIfcBoolean? Indication of whether the curve intersects itself or not; this is for information only.X
Formal Propositions
RuleDescription
ConsecutiveIf a list of indexed segments is provided, they need to be consecutive, meaning that the last index of all, but the last, segments shall be identical with the first index of the next segment.
Inherited definitions from supertypes
Entity inheritance IfcBoundedCurve IfcCurve IfcGeometricRepresentationItem IfcRepresentationItem
Attribute inheritance
#AttributeTypeCardinalityDescriptionG
IfcRepresentationItem
LayerAssignmentIfcPresentationLayerAssignment
@AssignedItems
S[0:1]Assignment of the representation item to a single or multiple layer(s). The LayerAssignments can override a LayerAssignments of the IfcRepresentation it is used within the list of Items.
IFC2x3 CHANGE  The inverse attribute LayerAssignments has been added.
IFC4 CHANGE  The inverse attribute LayerAssignment has been restricted to max 1. Upward compatibility for file based exchange is guaranteed.
X
StyledByItemIfcStyledItem
@Item
S[0:1]Reference to the IfcStyledItem that provides presentation information to the representation, e.g. a curve style, including colour and thickness to a geometric curve.
IFC2x3 CHANGE  The inverse attribute StyledByItem has been added.
X
IfcGeometricRepresentationItem
IfcCurve
Dim
:=IfcCurveDim(SELF)
IfcDimensionCountThe space dimensionality of this abstract class, defined differently for all subtypes, i.e. for IfcLine, IfcConic and IfcBoundedCurve. X
IfcBoundedCurve
PositioningElementIfcLinearPositioningElement
@Axis
? X
IfcIndexedPolyCurve
1PointsIfcCartesianPointList A list of points, provided by a point list of either two, or three dimensions, that is used to define the poly curve. If the attribute Segments is not provided, the poly curve is generated as a poly line by connecting the points in the order of their appearance in the point list. If the attribute Segments is provided, the segments determine, how the points are to be used to create straigth and circular arc segments.X
2SegmentsIfcSegmentIndexSelect? L[1:?] List of straight line and circular arc segments, each providing a list of indices into the Cartesian point list. Indices should preserve consecutive connectivity between the segments, the start index of the next segment shall be identical with the end index of the previous segment.X
3SelfIntersectIfcBoolean? Indication of whether the curve intersects itself or not; this is for information only.X
Examples
Formal representations
XML Specification
 <xs:element name="IfcIndexedPolyCurve" type="ifc:IfcIndexedPolyCurve" substitutionGroup="ifc:IfcBoundedCurve" nillable="true"/>
 <xs:complexType name="IfcIndexedPolyCurve">
  <xs:complexContent>
   <xs:extension base="ifc:IfcBoundedCurve">
    <xs:sequence>
     <xs:element name="Points" type="ifc:IfcCartesianPointList" nillable="true"/>
     <xs:element name="Segments" nillable="true" minOccurs="0">
      <xs:complexType>
       <xs:group ref="ifc:IfcSegmentIndexSelect" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:itemType" fixed="ifc:IfcSegmentIndexSelect"/>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:cType" fixed="list"/>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:arraySize" use="optional"/>
      </xs:complexType>
     </xs:element>
    </xs:sequence>
    <xs:attribute name="SelfIntersect" type="ifc:IfcBoolean" use="optional"/>
   </xs:extension>
  </xs:complexContent>
 </xs:complexType>
EXPRESS Specification
ENTITY IfcIndexedPolyCurve
 SUBTYPE OF (IfcBoundedCurve);
  Points : IfcCartesianPointList;
  Segments : OPTIONAL LIST [1:?] OF IfcSegmentIndexSelect;
  SelfIntersect : OPTIONAL IfcBoolean;
 WHERE
  Consecutive : (SIZEOF(Segments) = 0) OR IfcConsecutiveSegments(Segments);
END_ENTITY;

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