• Car wash plant project with VisualARQ

    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

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

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


    • 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!


  • “Introduction to VisualARQ” webinars 2016

    Casa das Canoas VisualARQ Webinars
    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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  • VisualARQ 1.9.4 available

    VisualARQ 1.9.4 is now available for download.

    This new service release fixes a few bugs and adds more flexibility to import IFC files. See the complete list in What's new.

    Download it!

    This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

    1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.9.4
    2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.
  • 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).

  • VisualARQ at the 11th RhinoDay Italy


    11th RhinoDay Italy

    The 11th Italian User Meeting, organized by Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale and sponsored by ZEN's srl, has been announced and registrations are now open.

    Apart from the live users' presentations, Francesc Salla (Asuni CAD) will show VisualARQ, Giulio Piacentino and Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel) will show the latest news on RhinoPython, Grasshopper and Rhino, among other things.

    The participation at the Rhino Day is free. To register, write to the Eng. Vittorio Carlotto.

    Program and details