4.8.2.7 Surface Geometry

Elements may have a 'Surface' representation describing the outer surface of the object. Such representation may be used for hit-testing objects having part composition such as framed walls, or for defining thermal boundaries idealized at the middle plane of an element.

The representation identifier of the surface representation is:

Figure 79 illustrates an instance diagram.

Surface GeometryIfcElementIfcProductDefinitionShapeIfcShapeRepresentationIfcGeometricRepresentationContextIfcLabelIfcLabel

Figure 79 — Surface Geometry

mvdXML Specification
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    <AttributeRule AttributeName="Representation">
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        <EntityRule EntityName="IfcProductDefinitionShape">
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              <EntityRules>
                <EntityRule EntityName="IfcShapeRepresentation">
                  <AttributeRules>
                    <AttributeRule AttributeName="ContextOfItems">
                      <EntityRules>
                        <EntityRule EntityName="IfcGeometricRepresentationContext" />
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                    <AttributeRule RuleID="Identifier" AttributeName="RepresentationIdentifier">
                      <EntityRules>
                        <EntityRule EntityName="IfcLabel">
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                            <AttributeRule Description="Value=Surface" AttributeName="Value=Surface" />
                          </AttributeRules>
                        </EntityRule>
                      </EntityRules>
                    </AttributeRule>
                    <AttributeRule RuleID="Type" AttributeName="RepresentationType">
                      <EntityRules>
                        <EntityRule EntityName="IfcLabel" />
                      </EntityRules>
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                    <AttributeRule RuleID="Items" AttributeName="Items" />
                  </AttributeRules>
                </EntityRule>
              </EntityRules>
            </AttributeRule>
            <AttributeRule AttributeName="Name" />
            <AttributeRule AttributeName="Description" />
          </AttributeRules>
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                  <EntityRules>
                    <EntityRule EntityName="IfcShapeRepresentation">
                      <AttributeRules>
                        <AttributeRule AttributeName="ContextOfItems">
                          <EntityRules>
                            <EntityRule EntityName="IfcGeometricRepresentationContext" />
                          </EntityRules>
                        </AttributeRule>
                        <AttributeRule RuleID="Identifier" AttributeName="RepresentationIdentifier">
                          <EntityRules>
                            <EntityRule EntityName="IfcLabel">
                              <AttributeRules>
                                <AttributeRule Description="Value=Surface" AttributeName="Value=Surface" />
                              </AttributeRules>
                            </EntityRule>
                          </EntityRules>
                        </AttributeRule>
                        <AttributeRule RuleID="Type" AttributeName="RepresentationType">
                          <EntityRules>
                            <EntityRule EntityName="IfcLabel">
                              <Constraints>
                                <Constraint Expression="Type[Value] = 'Surface3D'" />
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                            </EntityRule>
                          </EntityRules>
                        </AttributeRule>
                        <AttributeRule RuleID="Items" AttributeName="Items">
                          <EntityRules>
                            <EntityRule EntityName="IfcBoundedSurface" />
                            <EntityRule EntityName="IfcSweptSurface" />
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                        </AttributeRule>
                      </AttributeRules>
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