ODA Releases Open IFC Viewer


SCOTTSDALE, AZ, USA, Jun 18, 2020 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), the leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions, announced the release of OpenIfcViewer, a free viewer for the open standard IFC format developed and maintained by buildingSMART International (bSI).

OpenIfcViewer supports all major IFC versions from 2×3 through the 4×2 Bridge candidate. It is a full-featured solution with 3D navigation controls, render modes, predefined views, fast selection and IFC property inspection. The full IFC hierarchy tree is available. The viewer also includes sophisticated features such as scene markup, cutting planes and clash detection.


Cutting PlaneOpenIfcViewer visualizing an IFC model with cutting planes


“We developed OpenIfcViewer with two goals in mind,” said Neil Peterson, ODA President. “First, we want to provide a professional-grade visualization solution for today’s IFC users, who are mostly using IFC 2×3 and 4×0.

“Second, we would like to facilitate the development and adoption of new IFC versions, the IFCs of tomorrow. We already support the 4×2 IFC Bridge candidate released in 2019, and we’re currently working in cooperation with bSI to support the new IFC 4×3 infrastructure candidate, which includes Rail, Road and other IFC extensions.

“IFC 4×3 is being developed by bSI in cooperation with a large group of stakeholders, including bSI members, software vendors, government agencies and various infrastructure domain experts. These stakeholders need tools to create, visualize and work with IFC 4×3 for testing and validation of the new standard. To support these efforts, ODA has committed to adding IFC 4×3 support to OpenIfcViewer by September of this year.”

Availability and Pricing

OpenIfcViewer is available at no cost for personal and professional use at https://openifcviewer.com/.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA builds SDKs for people who work with complex engineering data. We offer platform-agnostic solutions for proprietary and open engineering formats, including data access, visualization, cloud development, publishing and more. Learn more at opendesign.com.