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:
In this video you can see a sneak preview of one of the main enhancements of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.
This new feature will let the user generate new VisualARQ object styles by loading Grasshopper definitions created by other users. The Grasshopper components that define geometry will turn into components of the new VisualARQ object styles and the Grasshopper numeric values will turn into the parameters to edit these new VisualARQ objects in the model.
This process will be done through VisualARQ dialogs, so there will be no need to know Grasshopper. Grasshopper users will be able to genearate definitions for new parametric objects, and users who don't know Grasshopper will just need to load these Grasshopper definitions into the VisualARQ styles dialog and insert and edit them in the model as any other VisualARQ object.
There will be no limits of design and level of detail for the new VisualARQ objects, since these limits will be determined by the user definition.
In addition, a single Grasshopper definition will be used to have multiple editable objects in the model, with different parameters.
This new feature will mean an amazing improvement in terms of generating new 100% parametric objects and expand the user object library.
When: October 20-22, 2015 VisualARQ Conference: Wednesday October 21st 2015, 7.00 am. VisualARQ Workshop: Thursday October 22nd, 2015. 8am-12pm. (UPB, RhinoFabStudio, Bloque 8). Where: Auditorio Ruta N, Medellín, Colombia
VisualARQ will be present at the VII Conference in Furniture Design "+mob, ¿Por qué no? ¡Exportemos!", in Medellin, Colombia.
Francesc Salla, from the AsuniCAD team, will be participating as a speaker, and will held a conference and a workshop to discuss about Techniques to prepare a BIM model for the design of interior spaces with Rhino and VisualARQ.
+mob is an academic space where there will be discussions about topics that will encourage you to export your products and designs. In this VII edition of the Conference in Furniture Design, +mob is the result of the collaboration between entrepreneurs and the school with the partnerships from the Furniture Design industry.