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The *IfcTessellatedFaceSet* is a boundary representation topological model limited to planar faces and straight edges. It may represent an approximation of an analytical surface or solid that may be provided in addition to its tessellation as a separate shape representation. The *IfcTessellatedFaceSet* provides a compact data representation of an connected face set using indices into ordered lists of vertices, normals, colours, and texture maps.

NOTE The compact representation has been chosen to enable small data sets despite potentially large sets of faces, edges and vertices needed to represent tessellations of analyticals surfaces and solids, and despite large sets of colour and texture information to annotate the tessellated faces.

The *IfcTessellatedFaceSet* is an abstract supertype of tesselated face sets each imposing specific constraints on face generation for tessellation, such as triangulation (with or without strip and fans), or quadrilaterals, or polygonal faces (with or without inner loops).

NOTE Not all different constraints on face sets are included as specific subtypes in this release of the specification.

The following attributes apply to all subtypes:

- The
*Coordinates*are the ordered list of Cartesian points representing the vertices of the tessellated item. An index list, defined at the level of subtypes, uses the points, identified by index position, to construct the polylines that represent the faces. - The
*HasColours*inverse relation provides an indexed colour map with an corresponding list of indices providing a colour for each face of the tessellated face set. - The
*HasTextures*inverse relation provides an indexed texture map with an corresponding list of indices providing texture coordinates that map to the geometric coordinates of the polylines representing the faces.

Each face of the tessellated face set shall have:

- at least three non-coincident vertices;
- vertices that define a planar polygon;
- vertices that define a non-self-intersecting polygon.

NOTE The definition of

IfcTessellatedFaceSetis based on theindexedFaceSetdefined in ISO/IEC 19775-1HISTORY New entity in IFC4.

# | Attribute | Type | Description |
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IfcRepresentationItem | |||

LayerAssignment | SET [0:1] OF IfcPresentationLayerAssignment FOR AssignedItems | Assignment of the representation item to a single or multiple layer(s). The LayerAssignments can override a LayerAssignments of the IfcRepresentation it is used within the list of Items. > IFC2x3 CHANGE The inverse attribute LayerAssignments has been added. > IFC4 CHANGE The inverse attribute LayerAssignment has been restricted to max 1. Upward compatibility for file based exchange is guaranteed. | |

StyledByItem | SET [0:1] OF IfcStyledItem FOR Item | Reference to the IfcStyledItem that provides presentation information to the representation, e.g. a curve style, including colour and thickness to a geometric curve. > IFC2x3 CHANGE The inverse attribute StyledByItem has been added. | |

IfcGeometricRepresentationItem | |||

IfcTessellatedItem | |||

IfcTessellatedFaceSet | |||

1 | Coordinates | IfcCartesianPointList3D | An ordered list of Cartesian points used by the coordinate index defined at the subtypes of IfcTessellatedFaceSet. |

Dim | INVALID | The space dimensionality of this geometric representation item, it is always 3. | |

HasColours | SET [0:1] OF IfcIndexedColourMap FOR MappedTo | Reference to the indexed colour map providing the corresponding colour RGB values to the faces of the subtypes of IfcTessellatedFaceSet. | |

HasTextures | SET [0:?] OF IfcIndexedTextureMap FOR MappedTo | Reference to the indexed texture map providing the corresponding texture coordinates to the vertices bounding the faces of the subtypes of IfcTessellatedFaceSet. |

ENTITY IfcTessellatedFaceSet ABSTRACT SUPERTYPE OF (ONEOF (IfcPolygonalFaceSet ,IfcTriangulatedFaceSet)) SUBTYPE OF (IfcTessellatedItem); Coordinates : IfcCartesianPointList3D; DERIVE Dim : IfcDimensionCount := 3; INVERSE HasColours : SET [0:1] OF IfcIndexedColourMap FOR MappedTo; HasTextures : SET [0:?] OF IfcIndexedTextureMap FOR MappedTo; END_ENTITY;