From Cultural Heritage to BIM process

rom Cultural Heritage to BIM process

Get to know the process of reproducing the main facade of San Agostino's church (Amatrice, Italy) with Rhino and VisualARQ and its connection with Grasshopper. The modeling starts with the main elevation picture which has been obtained from photogrammetry and which allows taking accurate measurements of the existing facade. Then VisualARQ is used for modeling the facade, using some of the VisualARQ BIM objects.

The rose window of the main facade has been recreated in Grasshopper and adapted as a new VisualARQ window style using one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2 version, the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

The following video features this workflow. It has been created by Michele Calvano, architect, co-founder of ArFacade (, and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture of the Sapienza University of Rome ( Michele shows another example of using the VisualARQ connection to Grasshopper in this post.

Image and video provided by Michele Calvano.

Step-by-step tutorial to create a VisualARQ object style from a Grasshopper definition

GH to VA Column

The option to create new VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions is one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version. (The Beta version is already available for download).

In this step-by-step tutorial you can learn how to create new styles from Grasshopper definitions.

The Grasshopper styles are created and managed from the Style Properties dialog for each VisualARQ object type.

The example selected for the tutorial features a simple parametric "Column" created from a loft between two circles, with the following parameters:

  • Height
  • Bottom Radius
  • Top Radius

VisualARQ 2.0 Beta available!

VisualARQ 2.0 Beta released Blog

The VisualARQ 2.0 Beta version is now available for download.
VisualARQ owners can download and test this new Beta version, which brings most of the new features expected in the final release:

  • Grassshopper styles: option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.
  • 2D Vector Drawings: print the 3D model for a real time 2D vector output.
  • Custom Parameters: create new parameters and add information to Rhino and VisualARQ objects for quantity takeoffs.
  • New Furniture, Element and Annotation objects: with a different plan view and 3D view representation.
  • Section Manager: to create sections and align viewports to sections.
  • Boolean operation commands: new commands to do Boolean unions and differences between Rhino solids and any VisualARQ object, keeping their parametric properties.

See an overview of the VisualARQ 2.0 new features here.

The price of VisualARQ 2.0 licenses will raise when the final release is published. The upgrade to VisualARQ 2.0 will be free for VisualARQ 1 current users and for users who buy VisualARQ 1 before the 2.0 release.

VisualARQ at the Share Bucharest 2017

INGLASS Bucharest

International architecture and engineering Forum

March 21-22 2017
JW Marriott Grand hotel - Bucharest.

Romsym data will be exhibiting VisualARQ 2.0 and Lands Design at the booth A3 during the Share Bucharest event that will take place next 21 and 22 March at the JW Marriott Grand hotel in Bucharest.

The event will bring together differents practicing architects and contractors in Europe, Asia and the United States of America, and will promote projects, achievements and recent best practice examples in architecture and construction industry.

The event is organized for architects and contractors, in cooperation with the national chambers of architects, architecture and construction institutions and associations.

Registration details...

VisualARQ user project: Innovation Center in Houston

Perpective View of the project. Anthony O.

Perpective View of the project. Anthony O.

We present the work of Anthony O. from the University of Houston, who has shared his personal experience in the use of VisualARQ for this project: The Innovation Center in Houston.

"The fact that VisualARQ uses BIM models that can be edited saved me huge amounts of time from having to model things such as doors, windows, columns etc. VisualARQ was also used for the first studies of building elevations and led to be helpful with the automatic creation of the elevations from the BIM models plugged into the project."

"VisualARQ was useful for me when it came to accurately documenting a project that had been designed in hand sketches and physical study models. The simple yet very functional layout of VisualARQ allowed me to produce these documents quickly and efficiently."

Plan View created with VisualARQ. Anthony O.

Plan View. Anthony O.

Read the full article and see the project pictures in the VisualARQ project's gallery.

Images provided by Anthony O.<br/
Architecture Student
University of Houston