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agreement on usage of surface colors and override sequence
based on
extended coordination view
24. Nov 2006
ISG meeting in Dijon
summary agreement on usage of surface colors and override sequence



Since IFC2x3 the use of the property set Pset_Draughting (see #CV-06-109) is deprecated and it shall no longer be used. The assignment of color to the shape representation (here to the surface style associated to surfaces, surface models, and solid models, being part of the shape representation) is handled by:

  • IfcSurfaceStyle.Styles (pointing to IfcSurfaceStyleShading or subtype IfcSurfaceStyleRendering)
  • NOTE: other entities are not allowed for IfcSurfaceStyle.Styles, see also #CV-06-27)


It can be assigned to the element having a shape representation via:

  • explicitly (directly attached to geometry) - subtype of IfcGeometricRepresentationItem inverse relationship StyledByItem pointing to IfcStyledItem.Styles (IfcPresentationStyleAssignment) being an IfcSurfaceStyle
  • NOTE: assigning an IfcSurfaceStyle to a presentation layer is not supported, if the curve color is provided by IfcPresentationLayerWithStyle.LayerStyles it can be used as the edge color for wire frame and in absent of any other surface color information also as surface color.
  • implicitly (attached to the material information used for parametric definition of element shape) - IfcMaterial.HasRepresentation (IfcMaterialDefinitionRepresentation) with the attribute Representations refering to IfcStyledRepresentation.Items being IfcStyledItem's. Then IfcStyledItem.Styles (IfcPresentationStyleAssignment) being an IfcSurfaceStyle


Both ways of assigning a surface color are supported for import in the IFC2x3 coordination view. The sequence for overriding is:

  • check for the layer curve color (if available)
  • override it (if available) by the material surface color
  • override it (if available) by the explicit geometric item surface color