Alan Gómez: “I came across VisualARQ looking for plugins that would help me integrate BIM with Rhinoceros”

Interview with the architect Alan Gómez

New Central Library, Calgary, Canada. – Collaboration between Snohetta, Stuart Olson, StructureCraft

His name is Alan Gómez, a design professional and graduate of Architecture at the prestigious Mexican university Univer. His academic training was his launching pad to begin discovering the world of 3D modelling for creating jewellery and, later, he began to take part in projects of creation, design and renovation of buildings.

Gómez defines himself as a professional with a very detailed style and, above all, focused on seeking architectural balance. His works have always been and continue being a challenge for him. With each one he tries to bring a touch of innovation and creativity to the world of design.

Today he works at StructureCraft, the well-known Canadian company that designs construction projects, pedestrian bridges, structures of heavy wood and wooden engineering. He is passionate about creative design and states that VisualARQ has become an essential tool for developing the construction documents successfully of projects of any kind, no matter how complex or extense they are. No doubt about it. Can you imagine why? Discover through this interview what his experience is with the software that has provided him with so many facilities.

(more…)


Konstru and VisualARQ team up to deliver interoperability solution


Konstru and VisualArq have teamed up to make it easier for you to upload, download, and translate models between VisualARQ and Konstru. Seamlessly work with with Revit, SAP2000, ETABS, RAM Structural System, Tekla Structures, Dynamo or Excel by running our Grasshopper Scripts for Konstru.

Upload a VisualARQ Model to Konstru:

The process is simple. You have a model in Rhino made of VisualARQ walls, slabs, columns and beams. Just need to:

  1. Log in or sign up in Konstru and create a new model.
  2. Open the “Upload VA to Konstru” file in Grasshopper that you can find in this link.
  3. Click on the Select Model button to select the project in Konstru where you want to send the model.
  4. Put the Enable button to True in the definition everytime you need to send all VisualARQ objects to Konstru.

Konstru will identify each element by its type, as well as its information, and get the full model ready to be sent to other programs.

Watch the process in this video.

Download a Model from Konstru to VisualARQ:

In this case, you can import a model previously uploaded to your Konstru account into Rhino.

  1. Open the “Download Konstru to VA” file in Grasshopper that you can find in this link.
  2. Click on the Select Model button to select the project in Konstru that you want to import into Rhino.
  3. Bake the geometry whenever you want to see it as workable VisualARQ objects in Rhino.

Watch the process in this video.


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


Car wash plant project with VisualARQ

Preconcept-Model
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

Client:
S+O Projektgesellschaft mbH
Firmensitz: Feldmarkstr.2, 46282 Dorsten, Deutschland
Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing.Volker Knigge
Handelsregister Gelsenkirchen HRB 6506
USt.-Id.-Nr.:DE813122152


VisualARQ 1.9 new features webinar recorded

If you missed the "VisualARQ 1.9 new features" webinar, held on July 8th 2015, you can watch it again in the video above:

The webinar presents an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and focuses on the latest new features and enhancements, including:

  • IFC Import & Export
  • IFC Tag and Export options
  • New Plan View features
  • New Slab object features
  • New way to insert doors and windows
  • New Curtain wall features.
  • Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV

Win a Rhino and VisualARQ educational license with the DTF magazine contest

DTF Magazine 660

The Designing The Future magazine (DTF) is searching for the most innovative Diploma Thesis project.

For that reason DTF has prepared a contest that will award the authors of the best projects in Spain based on the conceptual idea, the process, the software, the originality, the materials and the construction details.

A VisualARQ educational license and a Rhino educational license will be some of the awards to the best projects. You can have a look at the prizes here.

Inscription is free but only the students from spanish universities can participate in the contest. The inscription finishes the 6th of February and the results will be announced the 28th of February, during the DTF event in Palacio Cibeles of Madrid.

Designing The Future is an architectural magazine aimed at students of architecture, architects and art & design lovers, that publishes a collection of the best Diploma Thesis Projects of students of architecture.

Inscription and contest details, (in Spanish).