VisualARQ 2 release date: September 28th, 2017

The team at Asuni is proud to announce the upcoming release of VisualARQ 2!

VisualARQ 2 release date: 28th September 2017

Download VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate to test the new features.

VisualARQ 2 free upgrade

Purchase VisualARQ 1 before 28th of September 2017 and get a free upgrade to VisualARQ 2.

Existing VisualARQ 1 users receive a free upgrade to VisualARQ 2.

The VisualARQ 2 commercial license price will rise from US$/€495 to US$/€795 on September 28th, 2017. Educational license price will remain US$/€95.

What’s new in VisualARQ 2?

VisualARQ 2 improves upon many of the features of VisualARQ 1 and adds a lot of new functionality requested and inspired by our users.

…and more!


From Cultural Heritage to BIM process

rom Cultural Heritage to BIM process

Get to know the process of reproducing the main facade of San Agostino's church (Amatrice, Italy) with Rhino and VisualARQ and its connection with Grasshopper. The modeling starts with the main elevation picture which has been obtained from photogrammetry and which allows taking accurate measurements of the existing facade. Then VisualARQ is used for modeling the facade, using some of the VisualARQ BIM objects.

The rose window of the main facade has been recreated in Grasshopper and adapted as a new VisualARQ window style using one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2 version, the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

The following video features this workflow. It has been created by Michele Calvano, architect, co-founder of ArFacade (http://www.arfacade.com/), and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture of the Sapienza University of Rome (http://www.drawing4design.com/). Michele shows another example of using the VisualARQ connection to Grasshopper in this post.

Image and video provided by Michele Calvano.


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


VisualARQ at the Shape To Fabrication and Grasshopper User meeting 2016, London

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Shape To Fabrication
April 19-20, 2016
Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

"VisualARQ 2.0: flexible BIM solution for Rhino" will be presented at the Shape To Fabrication conference 2016 in London. The presentation will focus on the BIM features VisualARQ provides to Rhino and a sneak preview of some of the new features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version.

This event has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction and applications in architecture, engineering and design. This years speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

Discover the latest avant-garde projects from an international panel of presenters:

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Details and registration...

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting
Monday, April 18, 2016
15:00 - 19:00
Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

Simply Rhino UK is pleased to be hosting another Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting in London. This meeting will take place the day before the Shape To Fabrication 2016, at the same location.

Francesc Salla, the VisualARQ product Manager will show the different Grasshopper tools for VisualARQ, including the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components and a sneak preview of the new integration of VisualARQ 2.0 with Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting is free to attend but you must register here!


VisualARQ at the Rhino days in Rome 2016

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Rhino days Rome 2016

When: 18-19th March 2016
Where: University of Arkansas Rome Center. Palazzo Taverna, Via di Monte Giordano, 36. Roma

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The University of Arkansas Rome Center, in collaboration with McNeel Europe, organizes a two days workshop and conferences to present the most updated tools for architects and designers in the field of 3D digital modeling, parametric design, energy and environtment analysis, digital fabrication and BIM (VisualARQ)

Program:

Friday, 18 March from 2 pm to 7pm there will be a private workshop for the UARC students.

Satruday, 19th March, from 9.30 am to 6pm the sessions will be open to public:

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