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!

 


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).


Floating architecture

VisualARQ presents a Rhino project: Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria

VisualARQ presents a Rhino project: Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria

VisualARQ presents an extravagant building for contemporary art, the Kunsthaus museum that seems to float above Graz (Austria).  In this Rhino project, Crab Studio has developed an innovative architectural design and a creative use of materials. The biomorphic building is covered by almost 1.300 blue translucent Plexiglas panels. The main façade contains a BIX installation, by Realities United, that allows to project videos and messages, acting as another exhibit space.

This remarkable building is physically linked to the one the most important old buildings of the city with a “needle”, a bridge and viewpoint, which connects traditional and contemporary architecture.
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Discover an astute seduction with Rhino Architecture

VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

VisualARQ analyzes a Rhino design: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

VisualARQ visits an architectural project designed with Rhino by Trahan Architects for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

Pleated metal panels, evoking the shutters of the plantation houses of Louisiana, cover the outer skin of the building. This austere appearance does not even suggest the interior architecture. We enter into a succession of dynamic and sculptural curves, forming a winding path through the interior of the facilities. The inspiration is the river, which bends and excavates the ground before emptying into the nearby CaneRiverLake.

The result of this architectural work was awarded with the prize of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to the "Technology in Architectural Practice" BIM.

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