VisualARQ 1.9.4 includes features which expand the already stable IFC import / export capabilities of the program. This means that through VisualARQ, you can import an IFC file into Rhinoceros generated in other BIM software such as ArchiCAD, or Revit, or export VisualARQ and Rhinoceros objects to programs which import IFC. But are there any other options for interoperability between BIM programs?
In the Rhinoceros / Grasshopper Ecosystem, there are several third-party options for ‘real -time’ interoperability with Revit including Lyrebird, Hummingbird, and Grevit. These systems allow for the creation of a workflow pipeline whereas the changes made to a model in Rhinoceros / Grasshopper are reflected in Revit in near real-time, essentially automating the file export / import process.
Recently we’ve been watching the developments over at Flux.io, a startup born out of Google[x] with ambitions to become the defacto way we exchange building information data. Flux.io began as a sort of ‘smart city’ web platform, facilitating collaboration between stakeholders of urban projects. Now we find a different objective, focused on data exchange and collaboration. Flux.io offers data exchange plugins for Grasshopper, Excel, and Dynamo. The idea is that you can push or pull data to the Flux.io cloud, your new repository for design related data. With this workflow, you could design freeform building elements with VisualARQ and Grasshopper, send this information to the Flux.io repository, and pull it to Revit via Dynamo. Let’s take a look at how to do this:
With this project, a car wash plant of nearly 200 sq meters, we are showing the work of engineer Jürgen Keil and his experience with Rhino and VisualARQ.
Jürgen got the project drawings (plans, sections and elevations) from the architect in .dwg format. He had to assemble the drawings in 3D in order to use them as a reference to create the 3D model.
According to Jürgen Keil, the biggest advantage that VisualARQ provided to the project was "the very fast generation of a rough 3D model, which led to a better communication among the relevant parties (architect, engineer and customer)."
Secondly, with VisualARQ parametric approach, he was able to develop his own solutions and modify the model in few clics. That was particularly useful for the different beams and columns whose cross section steel profiles needed to be changed constantly, as well as for the wall thicknesses.
This easy and fast way to modify the geometry sped up the project development dramatically and helped in making decisions faster.
Finally, with the help of VisualARQ, he exported the model to IFC and imported it to Revit and BOCAD to finish the final shop drawings. Once the model was exported, VisualARQ objects were used as a first draft for the final shop drawings and construction details. VisualARQ walls were used as references to create individual wall parts in BOCAD, and VisualARQ doors and windows were revised and replaced by more detailed ones.
Dipl. Ing. Jürgen Keil
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.
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 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!