Natural language names
Geometrische Repräsentation - Element
Geometric Representation Item
Item de représentation géométrique
Semantic definitions at the entity
Entity definition

An IfcGeometricRepresentationItem is the common supertype of all geometric items used within a representation. It is positioned within a geometric coordinate system, directly or indirectly through intervening items.

NOTE Definition according to ISO/CD 10303-42:1992
An geometric representation item is a representation item that has the additional meaning of having geometric position or orientation or both. This meaning is present by virtue of:

  • being a Cartesian point or a direction
  • referencing directly a Cartesian point or direction
  • referencing indirectly a Cartesian point or direction

An indirect reference to a Cartesian point or direction means that a given geometric item references the Cartesian point or direction through one or more intervening geometry or topology items.

EXAMPLE 1 Consider a circle. It gains its geometric position and orientation by virtue of a reference to axis2_placement (IfcAxis2Placement) that is turn references a cartesian_point (IfcCartesianPoint) and several directions (IfcDirection).
EXAMPLE 2 Consider a manifold brep. A manifold_solid_brep (IfcManifoldSolidBrep) is a geometric_representation_item (IfcGeometricRepresentationItem) that through several layers of topological_representation_item's (IfcTopologicalRepresentationItem) references poly loops (IfcPolyLoop). Through additional intervening entities poly loops reference cartesian_point's (IfcCartesianPoint).
NOTE  Entity adapted from geometric_representation_item defined in ISO 10303-42.
HISTORY  New entity in IFC1.5
Inherited definitions from supertypes
Entity inheritance IfcAlignment2DHorizontal IfcAlignment2DSegment IfcAlignment2DVertical IfcAnnotationFillArea IfcBooleanResult IfcBoundingBox IfcCartesianPointList IfcCartesianTransformationOperator IfcCompositeCurveSegment IfcCsgPrimitive3D IfcCurve IfcDirection IfcDistanceExpression IfcFaceBasedSurfaceModel IfcFillAreaStyleHatching IfcFillAreaStyleTiles IfcGeometricSet IfcHalfSpaceSolid IfcLightSource IfcOrientationExpression IfcPlacement IfcPlanarExtent IfcPoint IfcSectionedSpine IfcShellBasedSurfaceModel IfcSolidModel IfcSurface IfcTessellatedItem IfcTextLiteral IfcVector IfcRepresentationItem
Attribute inheritance
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.
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.
Formal representations
XML Specification
 <xs:element name="IfcGeometricRepresentationItem" type="ifc:IfcGeometricRepresentationItem" abstract="true" substitutionGroup="ifc:IfcRepresentationItem" nillable="true"/>
 <xs:complexType name="IfcGeometricRepresentationItem" abstract="true">
   <xs:extension base="ifc:IfcRepresentationItem"/>
EXPRESS Specification

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