VisualARQ provides IFC features that help architects, engineers, and professionals of the AEC industry to exchange 3D models between Rhino and other BIM programs.
The IFC guide from Rhino to Revit is aimed at helping users to export and import models between Rhino and Revit using the IFC file format. The guide provides useful information for the following topics:
- How does the import & export through IFC work?
- What information can be stored in IFC files generated with VisualARQ?
- How are VisualARQ and Rhino objects recognized in Revit?
- Solutions for common problems in this process.
The guide also adds tips of how to tag any Rhino geometry with specific IFC type or how to add custom parameters to geometry for IFC files.
See the IFC guide from Rhino to Revit.
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:
Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a new Grasshopper workshop:
PVA / Programación visual aplicada a proyectos. Grasshopper, nivel Básico/Intermedio
This 20 hours workshop (recognized as 2 ECTS credits) will be led by instructor Sergio del Castillo Tello and will begin at the end of February 2016 (date to be defined).
Training days: Thursdays and Fridays from 16pm to 18pm.
You will learn the basics of visual programming and how to export some components to Revit created with the help of VisualARQ and the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.
To register send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, NIF, e-mail and telephone number or click in the link below:
Details and registration (in Spanish)
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.
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.
Dipl. Ing. Jürgen Keil
S+O Projektgesellschaft mbH
Firmensitz: Feldmarkstr.2, 46282 Dorsten, Deutschland
Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing.Volker Knigge
Handelsregister Gelsenkirchen HRB 6506
- Dates: 1-4 September 2015
- Place: Beton Studio, 1031 Budapest Emőd u. 10 Hungary
BIMobject® proudly presents the first BIMscript™ Hackathon event in Budapest, Hungary. Come and join us and learn to master BIMscript™ and the LENA solution for Rhino. The Hackathon will be lead by our core developers. You will have a unique occasion to learn from the masters.
This will open up vast opportunities for you to develop your own content for most of the BIM platforms with one single script.
There will be also an introduction of the BIM features VisualARQ adds to Rhino.
What is LENA?
BIMscript™ and LENA is a technology solution designed to streamline and speed up the process of BIM content creation. This delivers both an open and freely available scripting language as well as a BIM object authoring solution.
Powerful scripting language
BIMscript™ includes not only parametric behaviors but also calculations, product logic, level of detail (with several levels of complexity of geometry and geometry combinations) and includes a huge range of properties and attributes.
Import mechanical CAD geometry
LENA is an authoring app for the mechanical CAD system Rhino that will generate BIMscript™. It is a solution in which mechanical CAD geometry can be imported from most mechanical CAD systems, including industry leading products like CATIA, Solidworks, SolidEdge, IGES, NX, JT, Inventor and Pro E. Rhino is the host platform for BIMobject® LENA in which BIMscript™ is generated and works in combination with the modeling and optimization features of Rhino.
Generate native BIM objects
Operating in the cloud BIMscript™ generates intelligent, native BIM objects in a number of formats for the most popular BIM applications from Autodesk, Graphisoft, and Trimble -- and with the potential for more in the future. It also generates objects in commonly used formats such as IFC, 3DS, DWG and WebGL.
Connected to BIMobject® Cloud
BIMobject® LENA is directly connected to the BIMobject® Cloud providing a seamless workflow to publish objects. It includes a connection to the corresponding product information stored in property sets in the BIMobject Cloud.
Scalable and intelligent
The solution is scalable and can describe products as well as components in a very intelligent way, creating configurable objects with parametric variations and different levels of detail. BIMscript™ is a subset of the C programming language and enables smart objects to be created in BIMobject® LENA and then hosted and managed in the BIMobject® Cloud.
Easy to use
BIMobject® LENA requires the developer to have a commercial license of Rhino and an accreditation from BIMobject® before it is used. BIMobject® LENA is easy to use and within it all syntax controls, testing and creation of the generated BIMscript™ take place. The technology is freely available and will be enhanced continuously.