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 with your full name, NIF, e-mail and telephone number or click in the link below:

Details and registration (in Spanish)

VisualARQ to Revit via

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, a startup born out of Google[x] with ambitions to become the defacto way we exchange building information data. 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. offers data exchange plugins for Grasshopper, Excel, and Dynamo. The idea is that you can push or pull data to the 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 repository, and pull it to Revit via Dynamo. Let’s take a look at how to do this:

View the VisualARQ to Revit via Tutorial

The model viewer for your architectural designs: Solibri

VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

VisualARQ integrates IFC export to share models with other AEC applications

VisualARQ bets for Rhino for the design and generation of documentation for parametric and freeform architecture. If you want to combine their varied possibilities with other programs, you need a common language and a file viewer.

IFC is the most common format and it is included in many developers’ software. You can transfer files with .IFC extension painlessly between your architectural software.

When you work on a project, you exchange information with others: collaborators, partners, contractors or anyone assisting in any phase of the project. And, of course, not everyone will have the same software installed because the suppliers of materials or services use the software they believe is the most suitable to their activity. Here lies the real advantage of IFC, the fact the flow of information and the work on models are truly collaborative. It is a smooth and simple way of working, without errors or confusions that could result in delays or extra costs. You don’t need to interpret a design, you simply have to look at it.


VisualARQ and Solibri Model Viewer complement each other to share architectural projects. Image: solibri

Since your models will be used by different people for different purposes, how can these people properly view them? Thanks to Solibri Model Viewer and its seamless integration with BIM.

We at VisualARQ have tested Solibri and have included the process in our Youtube video channel. As you will see, it is very simple: it just takes 1 step to export a .IFC file from Rhino and VisualARQ to Solibri Model Viewer.


“VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros” webinar recorded


For those who missed the "VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros" webinar held on October 1st 2014 (in English), and on October 16th 2014 (in Spanish), you have the opportunity to watch it here:

The webinar provides an overview of VisualARQ and focuses on 1.8 new features, including:

  • How to work at different levels using the new Level manager. (Model used: the Casa das Canoas project, by Oscar Niemeyer).
  • How to quickly model a simple house using 3D parametric architectural objects, (walls, slabs, stairs, railings, doors, windows, roofs...).
  • How to convert curves into VisualARQ objects with a few clicks.
  • How to create and edit new styles of VisualARQ architectural objects.
  • How to create floor plans, section and elevation drawings from a 3D model automatically.
  • How to generate other 2D project documentation: opening elevations, objects quantity takeoffs, tags, room areas....
  • How to export the model to IFC from Rhino to Revit.
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Add-on

The English version webinar was organized by Novedge, and introduced by Barbara D'Aloisio (Novedge).
The Spanish version webinar was organized by McNeel and McNeel Miami, and introduced by Jackie Nasser (McNeel Miami).
Both webinars were presented by Francesc Salla (Asuni CAD).

BIM + IFC: Why we need them all

Both from the professional point of view (architecture, engineering or design) and from the citizens' one , it seems clear that the implementation of BIM will result in a general improvement and, in order to get the short-term expected advantages, you need IFC.

Why BIM can be of interest to the citizens? You might think they aren’t concerned by this issue because, after all, they may not even know what the Building Information Modeling (BIM) is. The 3D modeling system is not exactly an everyday subject because it is basically known in the building industry. And, obviously, the Industry Foundation Classes format (IFC) will be foreign to them as well.

The answer is simple: for money -public and private money. Right at the start of 2014, the European Parliament voted a package of reforms affecting Public Procurement Directives and among them is the BIM adoption by member states. So, we speak of public money which is money of all of us.