Actually, there are several “Infrastructure for IFC” projects currently underway. IFC extensions for Alignment has most recently been adopted into IFC4.1. This was needed as the basis for all other infrastructure projects to move forward. Other concurrent projects includes Rail, Road, and Bridge, as well as the important “Common Schema” project. Ports & Harbors, Tunnels, and other projects are also being considered. A new project, “IFC for Site, Landscape, and Urban Planning” is soon to launch, to round out all these efforts. You can find some more information here: https://www.buildingsmart.org/standards/rooms-and-groups/infrastructure-room/
IFC4 software certification for the building domain is also currently underway. 13 vendors are currently onboard to certify their applications based on the Reference View v1.2. There are some toolkits that have already been supporting IFC4 for some time.
Hopefully, through this Forum, the buildingsmart.org site and the new technical site (coming soon), you will get more information about all these efforts and more. As we ramp up involvement within the community, I hope that all those currently working within these projects will provide updates to the public through this site. Keep your eyes open, Hans.
As for the ODA, while I appreciate their decision to finally include IFC translation, it is another 3rd-party option. The buildingSMART International technical community is currently exploring the creation of an official, open-source IFC toolkit. The intent is to provide an authoritative benchmark toolkit for developers of all levels and types to use in support of IFC across a wide spectrum of tools. It would also aid further experimentation and development of future versions of the schema to meet the future needs of the entire built asset industry. In addition, we all could benefit from a “managed” open-source model, where bSI is able to leverage the work of many talented developers, from all over the globe, toward the goal of total industry digitization and interoperability.
I’m glad to see that you are excited, but don’t think “nothing” is being done inside the bSI community. In fact, I am seeing more activity and results in the last 6 years than I have in the previous 10.