• 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

    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.