Class Ifc2x3::IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure

Nested Relationships

This class is a nested type of Struct Ifc2x3.

Inheritance Relationships

Base Type

Class Documentation

class Ifc2x3::IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure : public IfcUtil::IfcBaseType

IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure is a compound measure of plane angle in degrees, minutes, seconds, and optionally millionth-seconds of arc.

NOTE: IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure is used where angles need to be described to an accuracy as fine as one millionth of a degree and expressed as parts of an arc. It may be used for angular measurement by surveyors or for other angular measurements where precision is required. Another usage is exact or approximate global positioning against a geographic coordinate systems using longitude and latitude.

NOTE: While the unit of measurement of the type IfcPlaneAngleMeasure depends on unit assignment (radian or degree or other derived units; globally at the IfcPoject or locally at an IfcMeasureWithUnit), the units of IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure are always degrees, minutes, seconds, and millionth-seconds irrespective of unit assignments.

HISTORY New type in IFC Release 1.5.1.


Value restrictions

The first integer measure is the number of degrees and is generally not range-restricted. However, when IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure is used to express geographic coordinates, only latitudes of [-90, 90] and longitudes of [-180, 180] are used in practice. The second integer measure is the number of minutes and shall be in the range (-60, 60). The third integer measure is the number of seconds and shall be in the range (-60, 60). The optional fourth integer measure is the number of millionth-seconds and shall be in the range (-1 000 000, 1 000 000).


All measure components have the same sign (positive or negative). It is therefore trivial to convert between floating point representation (decimal degrees) and compound representation regardless whether the angle is greater or smaller than zero. Example:

LOCAL a : IfcPlaneAngleMeasure := -50.975864; (* decimal degrees, -50° 58’ 33” 110400 *) b : IfcPlaneAngleMeasure; c : IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure; s : IfcText; END_LOCAL;

(* convert from float to compound *) c[1] := a; -50 c[2] := (a - c[1]) * 60; -58 c[3] := ((a - c[1]) * 60 - c[2]) * 60; -33 c[4] := (((a - c[1]) * 60 - c[2]) * 60 - c[3]) * 1.e6; -110400

(* convert from compound to float *) b := c[1] + c[2]/60. + c[3]/3600. + c[4]/3600.e6; -50.975864

Use in string representations

When a compound plane angle measure is formatted for display or printout, the signs of the fractional components will usually be discarded because, to a human reader, the sign of the first component alone already indicates the sense of the angle:

(* convert from compound to human-readable string *) s := FORMAT(c[1], ‘+##’) + “000000B0” + FORMAT(ABS(c[2]), ‘##’) + ‘’’’ + FORMAT(ABS(c[3]), ‘##’) + ‘”’ + FORMAT(ABS(c[4]), ‘##’); – -50° 58’ 33” 110400

Another often encountered display format of latitudes and longitudes is to omit the signs and print N, S, E, W indicators instead, for example, 50°58’33”S. When stored as IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure however, a compound plane angle measure is always signed, with same sign of all components.

Public Functions

const IfcParse::type_declaration &declaration() const
IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure(IfcEntityInstanceData *e)
IfcCompoundPlaneAngleMeasure(std::vector<int> v)
operator std::vector<int>() const

Public Static Functions

const IfcParse::type_declaration &Class()