Michele Calvano: “the real revolution was the connection of VisualARQ to Grasshopper”

Interview to architect Michele Calvano.

Study of the roof for the extension of Venice Airport. Project in collaboration with ArFacade

His name is Michele Calvano, an Italian architect specialized in Reverse engineering of 3D models for design purposes. He has been chosen to open our new section of interviews with professionals that are using VisualARQ as a regular tool for their work.

His long academic and professional career – he is an architect and researcher – has brought him to innovate and search for new solutions that meet the current market requirements. And then he discovered VisualARQ.

How does he deal with new challenges? What does he expect from the future of architecture? What technical advances are envisioned?

Keep on reading to know Calvanos’ perspective.

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VisualARQ 2.3 available

VisualARQ 2.3 is now available for download.

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New components in Grasshopper to create sections
  • New components “Building” and “Level” to reference buildings and levels
  • New component that provides the levels where an object is located.
  • Styles and Block definitions can be referenced using strings.
  • New “Get Property Names” component that provides the list of an object property names.

See the complete list in What’s new.

Download it!

This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 2.3
  2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

The use of 3D in buildings is now the main option (and concern) of the “technological” architect

3D model of the Alberta Art Gallery (Randall Stout architects).


Interoperating between more flexible and agile software with other already existing software, and producing the necessary technical documentation in a better way are the other two main concerns of the professionals

With the technological race, architects from all over the world have had to enhance their skills or become obsolete, updating and looking towards new design processes or tools that enable them to express their creativity regarding the demands of the client. However, what are the main doubts of today’s architect before making the leap and embracing these technological advances? What challenges and difficulties must they face more often? Today, the most requested information from the technical support teams of Rhino, VisualARQ and Grasshopper ( three of the most innovative design spheres ) is how to model in 3D with precision and free of errors. It is followed by interoperability between faster and more flexible software, with other existing software which, although more rigid, are used by most studios. Finally, architects ask about how to produce the necessary technical documentation in a better and more complete way for each project.

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VisualARQ at the BtoBIM in Nantes

BtoBIM 2018
Icam Nantes: 35 Avenue du Champ de Manœuvre, 44470 Carquefou.
Rhinoforyou stand nº : stand 3
5 July 2018. 9h-18h

Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting VisualARQ at BtoBIM event 2018 in Nantes, on Thursday 5-July. (stand nº3)

This is the third edition of the BtoBIM event, organized by NOVABUILD, that gathers professionals of the BIM and construction industry to present their newest technologies in the field.

During this event, the Rhinoforyou experts, in collaboration with Francesc Salla, VisualARQ’s product manager, will be available at Stand 3 for live demonstrations of Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ .

You will get to know RhinoArchitecture, the flexible and affordable BIM solution for all sizes of business!

Details and registration…


VisualARQ 2.2 available


VisualARQ 2.2 is now available for download.

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New vaSplit command. Watch video
  • New vaFillet command. Watch video
  • New Update Property component in Grasshopper to change a property from a referenced document object.
  • Element and Furniture objects created from Grasshopper styles can be rotated in 3D.
  • Objects created from Grasshopper styles share their block geometry when they are equal, improving speed, memory consumption and file size.

See the complete list in What’s new.

Download it!

This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 2.2
  2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

VisualARQ at the BIMOC event in Dijon


BIMoc – Forum BIM – Et objets Connectés
Zénith de Dijon Parc de la Toison d’or, France
Rhinoforyou stand’number : stand 9
7 June 2018. 9h-18h

Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting VisualARQ at BIMoc event 2018 in Dijon, on Thursday 7-June. (stand nº9)

The BIMOC Forum brings together the main players in smart building and connected objects. This is the second edition of the event, held two years, which is major on the subject in the north-east of France.

BIMOC is organized by the GA2Bet Cluster created in 2016, and it was the first Forum to focus on extending the use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and connected objects in their interactions with users, with the aim of developing massively the concepts of smart cities and buildings.

During this event, the Rhinoforyou experts, in collaboration with Francesc Salla, VisualARQ’s product manager, will be available at Stand 9 for live demonstrations of Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ .

You will get to know RhinoArchitecture, the flexible and affordable BIM solution for all sizes of business!

Details and registration…


Job offer: 3D BIM Modeler with Rhino, Grasshopper and VisualARQ skills


The Schneider Group (www.schneider-facades.co.uk) is an internationally active family-run company based in Stimpfach.
Together with our seven subsidiary companies, we set new standards in terms of quality for
challenging architectual Facades with high performance requirements in building physics.
We distinguish ourselves with high standard engineering performances and technically sophisticated design.

We are seeking for our company locations in Stimpfach and Radeburg several
Rhino-Professionals with a building industry background (f/m).

Position Overview:

  • Execute varied and demanding national and international projects.
  • Execute from release planning up to Working drawings.
  • Execute tasks from 2D to 3D with BIM relation in 3D (Rhino / VisualARQ).
  • Close collaboration with project manager.

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed technical training, or successful architectural or engineering studies.
  • Exellent spatial sense.
  • Safe and routine handling of Rhinoceros / Grasshopper / Inventor and AutoCAD is much appreciated.
  • Very good command of English (speak and write) German language knowledge is not required.
  • Strong communication and team player skills.

We offer:

  • Interesting and multifaceted work in an interdisciplinary Team.
  • A good working climate and the collegial relationship among our employees.
  • An open-ended contract and commensurate payment.
  • Personal development opportunities.

Are you interested?
Then we look forward to receiving your application (preferably by e-mail):

  • Gebrüder Schneider Fensterfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
  • Rechenberger Straße 7 – 9, 74597 Stimpfach, Germany.
  • Telefon: 07967 151-243, Fax: 07967 151-229
  • peter.kluck@schneider-fassaden.de

VisualARQ at the RhinoDay in Padova

12th RhinoDay Italy

  • Università degli Studi di Padova: – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale
  • April 27: Workshops
  • April 28: User Meeting

The 12th 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.

Apart from the users’ live presentations, McNeel staff will show the latest news on Rhino 6, Grasshopper 1.0, Kangaroo and food4Rhino.
A VisualARQ 2 presentation will be held during the user meeting by Francesc Salla, VisualARQ’s product manager, who will show the last news on VisualARQ 2.1, that has been recently released for Rhino 6.

Download the complete programm…
Registrations are open. Just contact Carlotto Vittorio to book your seat.


VisualARQ 2 is available for Rhino 6


This new update 2.1 works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 and it is free for existing VisualARQ users.

Download VisualARQ 2.1 update.
Download VisualARQ 2.1 evaluation version

Promotional launch offer:

  • Commercial License 795 US$/€600 US$/€ (Until May 15th 2018)
  • Educational license: 95US$/€ (No change)
  • LAB license 795 US$/€600 US$/€ (Until May 15th 2018)

Buy VisualARQ
 

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.

New features for VisualARQ 2
New features for Rhino 6


VisualARQ 2 online courses in China


The Rhino China Tech Support Center recently launched a series of online courses, an introductory course on BIM solutions on the Rhino planform for all architectural users. This course will comprehensively introduce the use and custom methods of the standard components of VisualARQ, systematically introduce the workflow of VisualARQ, and easily realize the model information methods and techniques in Rhino.

About: VisualARQ is a professional model information solution for the Rhino, providing modular, parametrized, standard building component libraries. Quickly create the wall, door, windows, staircase, floor, steel structure and other building components with the characteristics of parameters, can automatically complete the production of plane, elevation, section and can automatically mark the size of the model in the Rhino platform.

  • Software: VisualARQ 2.0, Rhino 5 and Grasshopper
  • Dates: starting on March 24, 2018, the course will be held every two weeks
  • Trainer: Jessesn, Rhino tech support of McNeel Asia

Learn more about this course
Sign up for the course now…