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Interoperability format translation and transformation between IFC architectural design file and simulation file formats

United States Patent

February 3, 2015
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Automatically translating a building architecture file format (Industry Foundation Class) to a simulation file, in one aspect, may extract data and metadata used by a target simulation tool from a building architecture file. Interoperability data objects may be created and the extracted data is stored in the interoperability data objects. A model translation procedure may be prepared to identify a mapping from a Model View Definition to a translation and transformation function. The extracted data may be transformed using the data stored in the interoperability data objects, an input Model View Definition template, and the translation and transformation function to convert the extracted data to correct geometric values needed for a target simulation file format used by the target simulation tool. The simulation file in the target simulation file format may be generated.
Chao; Tian-Jy (Bedford, NY), Kim; Younghun (White Plains, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
13/ 648,798
October 10, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. DE-EE0004261 awarded by Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention. (IBM Contract No.: 4352-IBM-DOE-4261)