Is IFC the solution to Digital amnesia?
The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors.
Hence, IFC is software agnostic thus should be the format of choice for not only file sharing but also archiving projects?
In North America IFC usage is minimal as we are dominated primarily by one BIM software company. Not so in Europe where we have multiple players with equal market share in the competition for your BIM platform of choice.
As we see the project collaboration efforts cross not only multiple disciplines but also multi platforms the need for us to rely upon one common file format becomes more crucial.
today's large scale projects typically include not only the common "Building" disciplines but also infrastructure... a discipline they typically uses a different platforms than AEC industry (can you spell Microstation?)
Organizations requesting BIM as their deliverable typically have to be platform agnostic, especially government RFP's. As the Industry progresses and the demand for BIM deliverable increase we will need to stay abreast of IFC and how best to take advantage of this file format.
And maybe consider Archiving projects in a IFC file format?