Project Objectives


The IFC for Ports and Waterways Project is set to achieve:

  • Define the use cases for the development, operation & maintenance of Ports & Waterways considering existing use cases developed during the Overall Architecture and other related initiatives.
  • Set out the data exchange requirements for the use cases to be implemented within the Ports & Harbours project.
  • Develop & document the IFC Infrastructure for Ports and Harbours data exchange standard to be known as IPW 1.0.
  • Development of modelling guidelines, and a IPW IDM & MVD.
  • Provide planning for Deployment of IPW 1.0 and highlight future developments for IPH vNext and Maritime Infrastructure.
  • Develop (or extend existing) tool to view/edit IPW 1.0 models and create example models

In addition to these objectives the following is recognised:

  • Integration of IFC Road, IFC Rail & IFC Buildings is a key component to the overall domain of Ports and Waterways and needs to be considered (for more information please see the Scope of Work).
  • Engagement with the common definitions project is important as the base definitions being developed under this project are important elements of Ports & Waterways projects.


The Project outline states the following main achievements to fulfil the stated objectives for the IFC Infrastructure for Ports and Waterways.

  • A Clear definition of Scope for Ports & Waterways 
  • Process Maps and Use case definitions for Ports & Waterways 
  • Draft Conceptual model and IFC Extension for the exchange of Ports & Waterways 
  • A Ports & Waterways Model View Definition (MVD) and supporting Information Delivery Manual (IDM)
  • Modelling Guidelines for Ports & Waterways datasets
  • An IFC Viewer and example model for demonstration and validation
  • Deployment Plan & Future Developments for IFC Infrastructure for Ports & Waterways 
  • Engagement and collaboration with currently running BuildingSMART projects & Initiatives
  • Facilitation of Expert Panel Reviews and collaboration with Infrastructure Room steering Committee
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