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Definition from buildingSMART: A specialization of the general feature element, that represents an existence dependent element which modifies the shape and appearance of the associated master element. The IfcFeatureElementAddition offers the ability to handle shape modifiers as semantic objects within the IFC object model that add to the shape of the master element.

HISTORY: New entity in Release IFC2x Edition 2.
NOTE: The entity is introduced as an upward compatible extension of the IFC2x platform. It is an intermediate abstract supertype without defining its own explicit attributes.

The IfcFeatureElementAddition is associated to its master element by virtue of the objectified relationship IfcRelProjectsElement. This relationship implies a Boolean 'union' operation between the shape of the master element and the shape of the addition feature.

Geometry Use Definitions

The geometric representation of IfcFeatureElementAddition is given by the IfcProductDefinitionShape, allowing multiple geometric representations.

Local Placement

The local placement for IfcFeatureElementAddition is defined in its supertype IfcProduct. It is defined by the IfcLocalPlacement, which defines the local coordinate system that is referenced by all geometric representations. The local placement is always defined in relation to the local placement of the element to which the feature element is added:

Shape Representation

The geometry use definitions for the shape representation of the IfcFeatureElementAddition is given at the level of its subtypes.

EXPRESS specification:

ENTITY IfcFeatureElementAddition
ABSTRACT SUPERTYPE OF (IfcProjectionElement)
SUBTYPE OF ( IfcFeatureElement);
ProjectsElements  :  IfcRelProjectsElement FOR RelatedFeatureElement;

Attribute definitions:

ProjectsElements  :  Reference to the IfcRelProjectsElement relationship that uses this IfcFeatureElementAddition to create a volume addition at an element. The IfcFeatureElementAddition can only be used to create a single addition at a single element using Boolean addition operation.

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ENTITY IfcFeatureElementAddition;
GlobalId  :  IfcGloballyUniqueId;
OwnerHistory  :  IfcOwnerHistory;
Name  :  OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
Description  :  OPTIONAL IfcText;
ENTITY IfcObjectDefinition;
HasAssignments  :  SET OF IfcRelAssigns FOR RelatedObjects;
IsDecomposedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelDecomposes FOR RelatingObject;
Decomposes  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelDecomposes FOR RelatedObjects;
HasAssociations  :  SET OF IfcRelAssociates FOR RelatedObjects;
ENTITY IfcObject;
ObjectType  :  OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
IsDefinedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelDefines FOR RelatedObjects;
ENTITY IfcProduct;
ObjectPlacement  :  OPTIONAL IfcObjectPlacement;
Representation  :  OPTIONAL IfcProductRepresentation;
ReferencedBy  :  SET OF IfcRelAssignsToProduct FOR RelatingProduct;
ENTITY IfcElement;
Tag  :  OPTIONAL IfcIdentifier;
FillsVoids  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelFillsElement FOR RelatedBuildingElement;
ConnectedTo  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsElements FOR RelatingElement;
HasCoverings  :  SET OF IfcRelCoversBldgElements FOR RelatingBuildingElement;
HasProjections  :  SET OF IfcRelProjectsElement FOR RelatingElement;
HasStructuralMember  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsStructuralElement FOR RelatingElement;
ReferencedInStructures  :  SET OF IfcRelReferencedInSpatialStructure FOR RelatedElements;
HasPorts  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsPortToElement FOR RelatedElement;
HasOpenings  :  SET OF IfcRelVoidsElement FOR RelatingBuildingElement;
IsConnectionRealization  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsWithRealizingElements FOR RealizingElements;
ProvidesBoundaries  :  SET OF IfcRelSpaceBoundary FOR RelatedBuildingElement;
ConnectedFrom  :  SET OF IfcRelConnectsElements FOR RelatedElement;
ContainedInStructure  :  SET [0:1] OF IfcRelContainedInSpatialStructure FOR RelatedElements;
ENTITY IfcFeatureElement;
ENTITY IfcFeatureElementAddition;
ProjectsElements  :  IfcRelProjectsElement FOR RelatedFeatureElement;