VisualARQ 2.0 webinar, FlexibleBIM for Rhino

Novedge webinar series and calendar
Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ, based on the upcoming 2.0 version.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • 11.00 am PDT / 20.00 pm CEST

The webinar will show the Flexible BIM features VisualARQ adds to Rhino, including:

  • How  it streamlines workflow + improves architectural design process efficiency within Rhino
  • How to model with 3D parametric architectural objects.
  • How to create the 2D documentation out of the 3D model (Floor plans, sections, elevations, schedule tables, areas, etc.)
  • IFC import and export features
  • Integration with Grasshopper.
  • Upcoming features of VisualARQ 2.0

The webinar is organized by Novedge, is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

Details and registration

VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: the Furniture object

The following video shows one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the new Furniture object.

This new object is meant to be used for all the furniture elements in the project design.

The video shows two ways to create new Furniture object styles:

  1. Using 3D and 2D blocks for the furniture 3D and 2D representation respectively, depending on whether the object is shown in Top viewports with the Cut Plane on or off. A new button has been added in the styles dialog to directly search a block from your PC and load it into the styles dialog. This will be specially useful for those who already have a set of 3D models, such as the Savanna 3D library.
  2. Using a Grasshopper definition, as shown in this video for a Garage Door, or in this Post for the Beam object. This feature will allow having a library of parametric furniture objects that will be editable from the VisualARQ dialogs.

When a Furniture object is exported to IFC, it takes the category ifcFurnishingElement.

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, Zurich

AAG 2016

AAG Workshops: September 9-11-2106
AAG Conference: September 11-13-2106
Location: ETH Hönggerberg - Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse
8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a bi-annual symposium addressing the community of computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and architects. It aims to connect academia and industry through presentations and discussions of innovation in geometric and computational applications in architecture.

The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place in Zurich, from Friday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 13.

The AAG2016 workshops will be offered by leading experts. The AAG workshops are a great opportunity for participants to encounter the latest design and fabrication tools as well as processes in architectural geometry.

In most of these workshops, participants will be using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.

The AAG2016 conference will have Lord Norman Foster and Francis Aish, Werner Sobek, Erik Demaine and Urs B. Roth as keynote speakers. Their participation highlights the importance of AAG as a central platform for the exchange of ideas in architecture and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

Francesc Salla, VisualARQ's product manager, will also attend the conferences to discuss about the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version with anyone interested.

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RhinoDay 2016 in Brazil

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Workshops: September 20-22, 2016
Rhino Day: September 23, 2016
Time: 8 am to 8 pm
Location: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie - Facultade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo

VisualARQ presentation: September 23, 15h.
VisualARQ workshop: September 22, 11h-14h.

Rede Brasileira de Fabricação Dital (RBFD), VisualARQ resellers in Brazil, and Universidade Mackenzie are pleased to invite you to attend the RhinoDay to be held in São Paulo, Campus Mackenzie. The event aims to show the capacity and features of Rhino 3D software and some plug-ins in various sectors related to design.

There will be professionals in the field of architecture, industrial design, interior design, jewelry, marine, structural analysis, environmental comfort, advanced geometry, parametrism, 3D printing, digital fabrication, milling machines, robotic arms, digital interactivity, academic, etc.

A number of experts will be showing their designs and the way they work, explaining in what way the Rhino enters in its creation and / or production process.

For more infommation please visit the official site or contact Affonso Orciuoli

Case study: optimized building footprint with VisualARQ Grasshopper Components

Thanks to the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, we are seeing VisualARQ used to further research on practical uses for Genetic Algorithms and Analysis in BIM workflows.

Vlad Vermesan, an architecture student at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU, Norway has completed his thesis related to the development of a methodology of parametric suburban and architectural design utilizing VisualARQ Grasshopper Components, Ladybug, Space Syntax, Clipper and Galapagos. This level of analysis at the early stages of design clearly shows the power of #flexibleBIM enabled by VisualARQ, Rhinoceros 3d, and Grasshopper.

Vlad explains:

“My work is about parametric suburban design. I have developed many parametric models where components can be manipulated in order to conduct simulations and various multi-variable optimizations. The generic suburban architectural building, which is at the core of the methodology, gives the sensation and spatial quality of a home in all possible aspects related to form, functionality and comfort. The buildings’ forms, thanks to the parametric design method, are not common and vary depending on the neighborhood, and can be seemingly endlessly individualized.

While in urban environments intelligent shaping happens often vertically, in suburbs it can happen horizontally, because there is more space, (i.e., distance between buildings). Thus, variation and attractive architecture can be achieved by the intelligent shaping of the building footprint according to local tones, design traditions and functionality, and even optimized according to climate conditions. The process starts with some reasonable assumptions about the size of the functional units and their relationships, in order to obtain a functional and efficient ground floor. The ground floor shape is then used to run more complex simulations on both horizontal and vertical plans incorporating climate conditions.

Vlad Vermesan Case study VisualARQ

This is what the case study is about: manipulating the building footprint shape based on intelligent rules in order to maximize/minimize radiation during heating/cooling periods. The parametric building has been generated using VisualARQ Grasshopper Components: walls, windows, slabs and roofs, which provide BIM elements for the final building instead of simple extrusions from the shapes. This ensures credibility to the simulation results.

My experience is that VisualARQ integrates very well in the parametric environment bringing together spatial elements, topology, environment and optimization. Running optimization scenarios with changing building footprint shapes in 2D and seeing the resulting building in 3D almost instantly thanks to VisualARQ, is really rewarding. You can stop any time, compare different shapes and choose the one which is most appealing, not necessarily the optimum one.

In this way, the architect can add their unique style to the solutions provided by the parametric model.

The video shows that one of the solutions offers a concave footprint shape, which opens for an outdoor atrium, (inspired in the “Zeb Pilot House” project of Snøhetta architectural firm) contributing to a homely atmosphere and feeling of comfort.

Credits: Vlad Vermesan: v.vermesan.no@ieee.org