• New Rhino & Grasshopper book includes VisualARQ exercises

    Grasshopper para Rhino e Impresion 3D

    "Grasshopper para Rhinoceros e Impresión 3D"

    This new book shows how to design new parameteric shapes using the power of algorithmic modeling in Grasshopper, through 50 guided exercises, including examples of VisualARQ and Weaverbird.

    There is also a chapter for 3D printing.

    The authors are Sergio Gómez González and Jordi Torner Ribé, (both professors at the UPC, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).

    The book is already available in Spanish.

     

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  • VisualARQ at the BIM World 2016 in Paris

    BIM World Paris 2016
    Rhinoforyou 200BIM World 2016, Paris.

    6th April 2016. 9am to 7pm
    7th April 2016. 9am to 6pm

    Espace Grande Arche - Paris La Défense

    Rhinoforyou, will be present at the BIM World 2016 congress in Paris, the 6th and 7 April (booth 124) and will show the new VisualARQ 2.0 version, including the new integration with Grasshopper and the latest enhancements on the IFC Import / Export features.

    Details and registration...

  • Pauhu Pavilion – Tampere Architecture Week 2015

    Pauhu Pavilion 2

    The Pauhu pavilion was completely designed with Rhino and Grasshopper and VisualARQ was used for the fast creation of the construction drawings.

    Project coordinator: Henri Käpynen
    Architectural design: Toni Österlund, Lisa Voigtländer
    Client: Tampere Architecture Week
    Location: Tampere, Finland
    Year completed: 2015

    Section drawings created with VisualARQ

    Section drawings created with VisualARQ

    See more pictures of the Pauhu pavilion here.

    From Pauhu Press Release:

    "Pauhu pavilion was realized as a voluntary project as a part of Tampere Architecture Week, in Finland, bringing together architecture and design students and professionals in addition to a number of different sponsors. Tampere Architecture Week is an annual event about architecture and urban planning, intended to add interest and discussion about the built environment. The theme in 2015 – interaction – aimed to increase the possibilities for interaction between citizens themselves and between architects and citizens.

    Functioning as an open stage for free expression and performance, Pauhu pavilion aims to highlight interaction as one of the most crucial subjects in our ever more privatised and secluded cities. The name “Pauhu” refers to the distant roar generated by the Tampere rapids, by the city around the pavilion, as well as by the artists and presenters the pavilion is hosting. The interlace of public, private and communal interests was essential and absolutely crucial in making Pauhu possible.

    Along with its intended use as an active open-stage for public debates and performances Pauhu aims to promote forward looking thinking in architecture focusing on the innovative use of wood. The construction process fuses conventional and tested building methods with state-of-art digital design and fabrication processes. The pavilion was designed using algorithm-aided design methods as a detailed and accurate parametric 3D-model, from which all construction information and fabrication data was derived from.

    The inner smooth form of the pavilion is inspired by the flowing waves of the rapids, as well as the intricate plywood sculptures by the legendary Finnish sculptor Tapio Wirkkala. The smooth interior is seemingly carved out of a solid block of rough wood, which is emphasized by the contrasting colour tones. The interior is generated as a ruled surface by a rotation of plywood strips along the width of the pavilion, and while it appears to be doubly curved, the strips are all flat, un-bent and rectangular in shape. The plywood strips are connected to notches on an array of CNC-milled supporting arches. The heights of the individual strips vary according to their overlap, which allows for the optimization of material usage The resulting expressive shape forms an eye-catching frame and a backdrop for the presenter, while being a simple structural implementation using minimal amount of CNC-milling.

    The outside of the pavilion is clad with a three-dimensional wood texture. The structured panelling is a new product innovation by Jukola Industries, called Grafwood. The texture invites passers-by to touch and feel the unusual material. The appearance light and shadows on the dark façade lives with the rhythm of the day and weather conditions.

    The construction of the pavilion took eight days from a group of architecture students, and it was built off-site and brought to location on a truck. The pavilion is a temporary construction, scheduled to remain in its location until the end of 2016 as part of the city’s project to liven up one of the central streets of Tampere".

  • VisualARQ in the Grasshopper Workshop in Madrid

    IAM Grasshopper workshop 2016

    Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a new Grasshopper workshop:

    PVA / Programación visual aplicada a proyectos. Grasshopper, nivel Básico/Intermedio

    This 20 hours workshop (recognized as 2 ECTS credits) will be led by instructor Sergio del Castillo Tello and will begin at the end of February 2016 (date to be defined).

    Training days: Thursdays and Fridays from 16pm to 18pm.

    You will learn the basics of visual programming and how to export some components to Revit created with the help of VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

    To register send a message to iamadrid.arquitectura@upm.es with your full name, NIF, e-mail and telephone number or click in the link below:

    Details and registration (in Spanish)

  • VisualARQ workshop at the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

    VisualARQ at the BIM EUROPEAN SUMMIT 2016

    BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016

    VisualARQ Workshop

    • When: 19th February 2016, 5pm-6pm.
    • Where: Room A4

    VisualARQ will participate in the second edition of the BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016 that will take place next 18th and 19th February at the World Trade Center, in Barcelona.

    Francesc Salla, VisualARQ product manager, will present the workshop "VisualARQ: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" to show the advantages of using Rhino and VisualARQ in the BIM and architectural design process.

    The summit will present the most interesting experiences and the latest advances within this new working method, based on managing the information generated throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. A method worth knowing and dominating as a process aimed at improving quality, efficiency and effectiveness in any project, edification or civil work.

    Registration and details here.

  • VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io

    VisualARQ to Revit via Fluxio

    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:

    View the VisualARQ to Revit via Flux.io Tutorial

  • Car wash plant project with VisualARQ

    Preconcept-Model
    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.

    Drawings assembly
    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.
    Car Wash Plan View

    Dipl. Ing. Jürgen Keil
    Martin-Luther-Str. 53a
    D-46284 Dorsten

    E-mail: keil@keil-systemtechnik.de
    Website: www.keil-systemtechnik.de

    Client:
    S+O Projektgesellschaft mbH
    Firmensitz: Feldmarkstr.2, 46282 Dorsten, Deutschland
    Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing.Volker Knigge
    Handelsregister Gelsenkirchen HRB 6506
    USt.-Id.-Nr.:DE813122152

  • Free seminar of BIM architecture with VisualARQ and 3D printing

    SeminariImpressio3DVisualARQ

    • Where: COAC Barcelona (Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Barcelona. Plaça Nova, 5. 08002 Barcelona)
    • When: Thursday, January 28th, 2016. From 11am to noon and from 5pm to 6pm.
    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Price: Free

    Come and see how to convert a BIM architectural project into a 3D printable model.

    You will see the complete process, from the creation of the building design with Rhino and VisualARQ to the preparation of the 3D model to be printed in a 3D printing machine (Felix Pro 1).

    The presentation will take place next Thursday January 28th at COAC Barcelona. It will last about 1 hour and it will be done in two separate sessions (11 am and 5pm).

    The seminar is free but space is limited.

    More details and registration (in Spanish)

  • VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: create styles from Grasshopper definitions

    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.

  • 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!