A while ago Graphisoft released an update for their Archicad 24 version, which included a lot of repairs. One of the things that confused me in their list, is the amount of repairs for IFC Export.
That is why I ask the question of how the Certification Program of buildingSMART actually works? Is it possible that a software vendor can release to the public a product (that is apparently certified) and has many problems with export?
According to the bsI certification website, Archicad has been certified on the 05.06.2019, meaning back then Graphisoft was planing to release Archicad 23. According to the b-cert documentation, paragraph 4.1:
“The certification will be provided for a particular software product and version, and not for
all the products of a software developer, or all versions of that product “
Does this mean that Archicad 24 is not anymore certified? Version 24 has been released in June/July 2020, which is newer than the 2019 IFC certification. The bsi website does not mention the version of the certified software, just the name.
Further on, according to paragraph 7.3 of the certification documentation:
“Under the certification process, the Certification Certificate will only be supplied when the
software has passed successfully through all the tests provided by b-Cert”
and also paragraph 7.4:
“If a problem should occur during approval, it will be documented. Any certification results
given will specify the limitations attributable to the problem. As soon as the software
developer is able to demonstrate that the problem is solved, full certification will be given”
So how is it possible that we, the users of BIM Software tools, we see improvement lists by the software vendor that show repairs in the IFC export, to a software that has been apparently certified? How is it possible that software with IFC Problems enters the market as a certified tool? In addition, there is no documentation on the bsI website about the problems with IFC4 exports (as you can see it for IFC2x3) of that particular version.
Hos does the system work?
Whom do we trust if our BIM Authoring tool is capable of doing the job?