currently I do a research in data formats in the building industry. There are a couple of question remaining about IFC and its capabilities regarding usefulness towards production.
I am product stategist at Festool. We are producing power tools widely used in production. Mainly carpenters, woodworker and painter.
My question is how this standard is being used towards production?
E.g in an air condition there needs to be a cut out for an fan. How is the IFC stored data being used towards machining this cut out on a CNC?
Or there is a pillar which is bolted to foundation. Are this drawing being used in later production for the pillar and its parts on a laser/plasma cutter or does producing companies need to replan, redraw parts again?
Same issue is the reinforcement in the concrete. Can a manufacturer use the data to bend the steel wire elements on a CNC bending machine?
I hope I could give you an idea of my question regarding usefulness towards production. For further details and clarification just reach out to me. Looking forward to your reply.