Building Information Modeling is about collaboration, Open Source Software is about collaboration. This makes IfcOpenShell, being open source BIM software, about collaboration2 (I'm no math genius though, there might be an error somewhere in this equation). Therefore IfcOpenShell needs your help, this blog post is about what can you do to help improve IfcOpenShell, the open source IFC implementation.
The issue tracker is running over with interesting things to develop, but feel free to come up with and implement your own ideas. There's stuff for everyone, whether you are a python hacker or a C++ hacker. Contributions can be submitted as Pull Requests on our github page.
Create IFC files
Preferably these are isolated test cases of things that either work or do not work in IfcOpenShell. If they do not work, please be so kind to upload them to the issue tracker and state what you'd expect to see and what you witnessed instead.
Add feature requests and submit bugs
Feature requests are to be posted in the issue tracker as well, handle with care though, as the most interesting ones might take some time to be implemented due to understaffing.
Like every other open source project our wiki is rather empty. Let me know if you want to do something about it.
IfcOpenShell can be used on a lot of different platforms and operating systems, but currently builds are not frequently released on the website. With your help we can provide up to date binaries on our website for your favorite operating system.
Come join us at the newly opened developers forum, where features, bugs and everything related to IFC and the building and construction industry in general can be discussed.
Provide a financial incentive
This last one is rather tricky, but of course, might you feel like it, there is the possibility to make a donation in order to urge us to develop faster, better and nicer features. But honestly, a small donation of your time to do one of the above would be appreciated even more.