“Introduction to VisualARQ” webinars 2016

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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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Architecture becomes the image of luxury Brands

A Rhino design analysed by VisualARQ: Porsche Pavilion by Henn Architekten

A Rhino design analysed by VisualARQ: Porsche Pavilion by Henn Architekten

The use of Rhino software in the Porsche Pavilion of the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, has given a building that equals its character of sculpture and the image of the brand it represents. The monocoque design by Henn Architekten stands out for its lightness and the strength of a self-sustaining structure covered by perfectly uniform steel sheets.

Porsche, a brand with those connotations of elegance, speed and exclusivity deserves that the building representing the company also displays those values. In VisualARQ we firmly believe that HENN Architekten have succeeded with the Porsche Pavilion, the architectural design made with Rhino that we discuss today.

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Design workflow with VisualARQ and Arena4D, a case study

The following projects showcase the work of Andrea Gavagnin, an Italian architect who virtually recreates existing buildings in collaboration with architect Cristian Boscaro.

Andrea and Cristian presented their work based on the Bibione Lighthouse project at the 11º RhinoDay in Padova last 14th November. In the presentation they showed how Rhino, VisualARQ and Arena4D helped them to improve the workflow in their projects.

The Bibione Lighhouse project was designed to test and evaluate the efficiency of VisualARQ and Arena4D.

The Arena4D plug-in was used to visualize a point cloud, obtained from a 3D scan, inside Rhino.
VisualARQ did the rest:

Faro Bibione 1

The contractor of the Lighthouse project comissioned the production of the project documentation drawings (4 floor plans, 4 elevations and 2 sections) from the scanned building.

Using the traditional techniques for the generation of these plan drawings (AutoCAD for the 2D drawings and the Leica Cloudworks plugin to import the point cloud from the scan), Andrea needed nearly 4-5 days to finish the work.

However, using Rhino, VisualARQ and Arena4D plug-ins, the production of these drawings was finished in just a day and a half.

Faro Bibione 2

In addition to saving time, Andrea highlighs other big advantages of using VisualARQ in combination with Rhino for his projects:

  1. The speed to model the building in 3D using VisualARQ parametric architectural objects.
  2. The ability to get all the required plans (sections, floor plans and elevations) from the 3D model. The plans are linked to the model and they get updated after any change. There is no need to redraw them anymore.
  3. The flexibility to model complex elements, which would have been taugh to handle in other software packages.
  4. The option to create doors and windows from 2D curves, thanks to the Opening from curves command.

The second project, a residential house, is a case study for dimensioning and 3D modeling aimed at the production of 2D documentation for further building interventions.

Andrea Gavagning project with VisualARQ
Andrea will keep using VisualARQ in other projects, we hope we can show them soon!

Images provided by Andrea Gavagnin (andrea@gavagnin.com).