BIM Preflight

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BIM Preflight.png BIM Preflight

Menu location
Manage → Preflight check
Default shortcut
See also
This command is part of the BIM AddOn, that you can install via menu Tools → Addons Manager


BIM preflight screenshot.png

As FreeCAD is a very loose and free-style modelling platform, the requirements are very low. You can basically model and organize your BIM model the way you like, using all the tools that FreeCAD offers, both from the BIM workbench and other workbenches. The IFC format, however, has some strict requirements, and other BIM applications that can read IFC files often bring additional limitations as they more than often have difficulties with certain entities or the way certain objects are modeled.

The BIM Preflight tool allows you to perform several tests on your model to verify its compatibility with IFC standards and best practices, and help you to detect possible issues you might want to fix.

The results of most of the tests provided by this tool are optional, which means you can choose to export your model even if they fail. You are the one to assess if you need the test to pass or not. We tried our best to give sound information to help you decide.


  • Have a model opened in FreeCAD, with at least some objects
  • You can select objects before launching the tests, in which case you have the option to perform the test only on the selected objects
  • Press the Test All'button to perform all the tests, or only buttons corresponding to individual tests.
  • When the tests have finished, pressing a Failed button will give you additional information to help you decide if this is relevant to you or not.

Available tests

  • Run all tests: Runs all the tests one after the other

FreeCAD setup tests

  • IFC4 support: Tests if the IFC import/export system of FreeCAD is working correctly, and if the IFC4 format is available (which requires an up-to-date version of IfcOpenShell and enabled in the preferences.

Project organization tests

  • Project hierarchy: The IFC format requires at least one building and it is also a common practice to have one site and at least one level (storey). This test checks if these are present in the model
  • Buildings: Checks that all buildings found in the model are part of a site
  • Levels: Checks that all levels (building storeys) found in the model are prt of a building
  • Objects structure: Checks that all objects found in the model are part of a level

Objects & property tests

  • Undefined objects: Checks if there are objects in the model that are not BIM objects, and will therefore be exported without full BIM properties
  • Solids: Checks that all objects in the model have valid solid geometry
  • Explicit quantities: Checks that all objects with length, width or height properties are marked for explicit export of these quantities
  • Common Properties sets: Checks that all BIM objects of common types (wall, door, etc...) have the corresponding "common" properry set applied (Pset_WallCommon, Pset_DoorCommon, etc)
  • Property sets integrity: Checks that all common Psets (Pset_WallCommon, Pset_DoorCommon, etc) found in the model include all and only the properties defined by the IFC standards
  • Materials: Checks that all BIM objects have a material
  • Standards: Checks that all BIM objects have a standard code

Compatibility tests

  • Extrusions: Checks that all BIM objects are linear extrusions
  • Standard cases: Checks that all walls and structural elements are standard cases, as defined by the IFC schema
  • Tiny lines: Checks that no line segment in the model is smaller than 1/32", the minimum length that Revit is able to manage...
  • IfcRectangleProfileDef: Checks that the option to export rectangular profiles as IfcRectangleProfileDef is disabled, because Revit (yes, them again) is unable to import that entity.