VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: create styles from Grasshopper definitions

In this video you can see a sneak preview of one of the main enhancements of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

This new feature will let the user generate new VisualARQ object styles by loading Grasshopper definitions created by other users. The Grasshopper components that define geometry will turn into components of the new VisualARQ object styles and the Grasshopper numeric values will turn into the parameters to edit these new VisualARQ objects in the model.

This process will be done through VisualARQ dialogs, so there will be no need to know Grasshopper. Grasshopper users will be able to genearate definitions for new parametric objects, and users who don't know Grasshopper will just need to load these Grasshopper definitions into the VisualARQ styles dialog and insert and edit them in the model as any other VisualARQ object.

There will be no limits of design and level of detail for the new VisualARQ objects, since these limits will be determined by the user definition.

In addition, a single Grasshopper definition will be used to have multiple editable objects in the model, with different parameters.

This new feature will mean an amazing improvement in terms of generating new 100% parametric objects and expand the user object library.

From VisualARQ to PetroBIM

PetroBIM analyzes a virtual model of the church of Santa Cristina de Lena

PetroBIM analyzes a virtual model of the church of Santa Cristina de Lena

Last 26th November 2015, the application PetroBIM was presented at the MUAR (Museo Arqueológico de Asturias, Oviedo) and launched to public.

PetroBIM is a virtual platform for management, study, intervention, maintenance and sharing in the field of cultural heritage conservation.

This tool, developed by Alberto Armisén (BIM consultant) and Luis Valdeón and Félix Javier Mateos (both Phd In Geological Sciences and geological consultants at GEA company), lets the user work on a 3D virtual model of any building and select all its building elements in order to validate their status, characteristics or conservation interventions applied throughout time. PetroBIM also lets you add information to any part of a 3D model and share it with other managers.

We at VisualARQ have been collaborating with the PetroBIM team to test the application with architectural models created with VisualARQ. The result was very positive.

The Ville Savoye project created with VisualARQ seen in section in the PetroBIM application

The Ville Savoye project created with VisualARQ seen in section in PetroBIM

The process is very simple: you just need to save the project created with VisualARQ - the  ".fbx" file format (MotionBuilder) is the most recommended, although the model can be also saved in .3dm, .dwg or .ifc. Then, run PetroBIM and load the project to start managing it.
The model is saved and kept available in the cloud so other users can check it out and work on it.

We are also keeping track of a similar platform, also developed by the PetroBIM team, which is focused on landscape models: something that will be really interesting for the projects created with Lands Design.

Get into PetroBIM and try it out with your projects!

 

“Introduction to VisualARQ” webinars 2016

Casa das Canoas VisualARQ Webinars
If you are new to VisualARQ and you wish to learn the basics to start working with VisualARQ, do not miss one of the "Introduction to VisualARQ" webinars that we will be offering this 2016 every two weeks approximately.

The presentation will take approximately 40 minutes followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A.
We will cover the main VisualARQ features, including:

  • Work with parametric architectural objects.
  • Generate 2D plans and section drawings linked to the 3D model.
  • Project documentation tools: tables, tags, opening elevations, areas.
  • IFC Import & Export to exchange models between Rhino and other AEC software.
  • Overview of the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Add-on

The webinar is free, but space is limited. Check the dates and sign up for the upcoming webinar!

SistemaFormal designs architectural competitions with the help of VisualARQ

Bolivar City Hall project, night view.

Bolivar City Hall project, night view.

We recently spoke with Andrés Dejanon of SistemaFormal about the process their architectural design studio follows when working on design competitions.  Sistema formal has utilized VisualARQ tools in several of their design competition proposals, including the National History Museum of Colombia in Bogota, The City Hall of Bolivar, Colombia (Honorable Mention), and Children’s Schools and Garden Prototypes in Bogota, Colombia.

The SistemaFormal team first utilizes VisualARQ’s dynamic sectioning tools to study and validate certain spatial aspects they want to achieve in the design proposals.  Additionally, the team used VisualARQ to generate efficient and precise documentation to quickly meet all of the competition requirements.  “With a traditional CAD method, the documentation process becomes cumbersome.  We worked everything in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper so we had one model through which we could use VisualARQ to extract all of the information we needed in a very fluid and efficient manner”, says Dejanon.  Andrés is looking forward to making full use of the tools provided by VisualARQ in future projects and competitions.

Natioanal Colombian History Musem, daylight  view.

Natioanal Colombian History Musem, daylight view.


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