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:
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 extensionpainlessly 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 Viewerand its seamless integration with BIM.
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 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).
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.