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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About the new features

The needs of users are constantly changing and evolving. Since the first version of VisualARQ launched in 2009, all the improvements that the users themselves – architects, engineers or interior designers – have asked for have been gradually incorporated. In the following post we explain what the main improvements are in the recently released 2.0 version:

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VisualARQ presentations at the European BIM Summit and Construmat 2017 in Barcelona

VisualARQ at the BIM EUROPEAN SUMMIT 2017

VisualARQ will participate in the third edition of the European BIM Summit 2017 and Construmat 2017 that will take place from the 23th to the 26th of May in Barcelona.

VisualARQ presentations will be held during these two events, showing the Flexible BIM features VisualARQ adds to Rhino and Grasshopper, using the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version.

Construmat 2017

VisualARQ presentations:
(Pavilion 2, stand 679. Espai BIM EBS-Construmat)

  • May 23, 10.45h-11:30h. Flexible BIM with VisualARQ, Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • May 24, 10.45-12.15h. Digital fabrication workflow for construction with VisualARQ, Rhino, 3Dconnexion and Felix 3D printer.
  • May 25, 10.00h-10.45h. Flexible BIM with VisualARQ, Rhino and Grasshopper.

European BIM Summit

VisualARQ presentation
(Pavilion 5, room 5.3)

  • May 26, 10.00h-10.45h. Flexible BIM with VisualARQ, Rhino and Grasshopper.

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

Arkansas univerity Rome
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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From VisualARQ to PetroBIM

PetroBIM analyzes a virtual model of the church of Santa Cristina de Lena

PetroBIM analyzes a virtual model of the church of Santa Cristina de Lena

Last 26th November 2015, the application PetroBIM was presented at the MUAR (Museo Arqueológico de Asturias, Oviedo) and launched to public.

PetroBIM is a virtual platform for management, study, intervention, maintenance and sharing in the field of cultural heritage conservation.

This tool, developed by Alberto Armisén (BIM consultant) and Luis Valdeón and Félix Javier Mateos (both Phd In Geological Sciences and geological consultants at GEA company), lets the user work on a 3D virtual model of any building and select all its building elements in order to validate their status, characteristics or conservation interventions applied throughout time. PetroBIM also lets you add information to any part of a 3D model and share it with other managers.

We at VisualARQ have been collaborating with the PetroBIM team to test the application with architectural models created with VisualARQ. The result was very positive.

The Ville Savoye project created with VisualARQ seen in section in the PetroBIM application

The Ville Savoye project created with VisualARQ seen in section in PetroBIM

The process is very simple: you just need to save the project created with VisualARQ - the  ".fbx" file format (MotionBuilder) is the most recommended, although the model can be also saved in .3dm, .dwg or .ifc. Then, run PetroBIM and load the project to start managing it.
The model is saved and kept available in the cloud so other users can check it out and work on it.

We are also keeping track of a similar platform, also developed by the PetroBIM team, which is focused on landscape models: something that will be really interesting for the projects created with Lands Design.

Get into PetroBIM and try it out with your projects!