5.1.3.43 IfcRelNests

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The nesting relationship IfcRelNests is a special type of the general composition/decomposition (or whole/part) relationship IfcRelDecomposes. The nesting relationship can be applied to all non physical subtypes of object and object types, namely processes, controls (like cost items), and resources. It can also be applied to physical subtypes of object and object types, namely elements having ports. The nesting implies an order among the nested parts.

EXAMPLE  A nesting of costs items in an IfcCostSchedule is the composition of complex cost items from other cost items. The order of the nested cost items underneath the parent cost item is determined by the order of the list of RelatedObjects.
EXAMPLE  A nesting of IfcTask's within a work schedule is the composition of a parent work task from more specific sub work tasks. The order of the sub tasks underneath the parent task is determined by the order of the list of RelatedObjects.
EXAMPLE  A series of IfcDistributionPort's can be nested within an IfcDistributionElement. They decompose the distribution element and have an implied order.

Decompositions imply a dependency, i.e. the definition of the whole depends on the definition of the parts and the parts depend on the existence of the whole. The behaviour that is implied from the dependency has to be established inside the applications.

HISTORY  New entity in IFC2.0
IFC4 CHANGE  The attributes RelatingObject and RelatedObjects are demoted from the supertype IfcRelDecomposes, and RelatedObjects is refined to be a list. The use of IfcRelNests is repurposed to be a nesting of an ordered collections of parts.

XSD Specification:

 <xs:element name="IfcRelNests" type="ifc:IfcRelNests" substitutionGroup="ifc:IfcRelDecomposes" nillable="true"/>
 <xs:complexType name="IfcRelNests">
  <xs:complexContent>
   <xs:extension base="ifc:IfcRelDecomposes">
    <xs:sequence>
     <xs:element name="RelatingObject" type="ifc:IfcObjectDefinition" nillable="true"/>
     <xs:element name="RelatedObjects">
      <xs:complexType>
       <xs:sequence>
        <xs:element ref="ifc:IfcObjectDefinition" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>
       </xs:sequence>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:itemType" fixed="ifc:IfcObjectDefinition"/>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:cType" fixed="list"/>
       <xs:attribute ref="ifc:arraySize" use="optional"/>
      </xs:complexType>
     </xs:element>
    </xs:sequence>
   </xs:extension>
  </xs:complexContent>
 </xs:complexType>

EXPRESS Specification:

ENTITY IfcRelNests
SUBTYPE OF IfcRelDecomposes;
RelatingObject : IfcObjectDefinition;
RelatedObjects : LIST [1:?] OF IfcObjectDefinition;
WHERE
NoSelfReference : SIZEOF(QUERY(Temp <* RelatedObjects | RelatingObject :=: Temp)) = 0;
END_ENTITY;

Link to EXPRESS-G diagram EXPRESS-G diagram

Attribute Definitions:

RelatingObject : The object definition, either an non-product object type or a non-product object occurrence, that represents the nest. It is the whole within the whole/part relationship.
IFC4 CHANGE  The attribute has been demoted from the supertype IfcRelDecomposes and defines the ordered nesting relationship.
RelatedObjects : The object definitions, either non-product object occurrences or non-product object types, that are being nestes. They are defined as the parts in the ordered whole/part relationship - i.e. there is an implied order among the parts expressed by the position within the list of RelatedObjects.
IFC4 CHANGE  The attribute has been demoted from the supertype IfcRelDecomposes and defines the ordered set of parts within the nest.

Formal Propositions:

NoSelfReference : The instance to with the relation points as provided by RelatingObject shall not be contained in the list of RelatedObjects.

Inheritance Graph:

ENTITY IfcRelNests
ENTITY IfcRoot
GlobalId : IfcGloballyUniqueId;
OwnerHistory : OPTIONAL IfcOwnerHistory;
Name : OPTIONAL IfcLabel;
Description : OPTIONAL IfcText;
ENTITY IfcRelationship
ENTITY IfcRelDecomposes
ENTITY IfcRelNests
RelatingObject : IfcObjectDefinition;
RelatedObjects : LIST [1:?] OF IfcObjectDefinition;
END_ENTITY;

Examples:

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