VisualARQ to Revit via

VisualARQ to Revit via Fluxio

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, a startup born out of Google[x] with ambitions to become the defacto way we exchange building information data. 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. offers data exchange plugins for Grasshopper, Excel, and Dynamo. The idea is that you can push or pull data to the 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 repository, and pull it to Revit via Dynamo. Let’s take a look at how to do this:

View the VisualARQ to Revit via Tutorial

Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5

anno_layout_tutorial 350Page Layouts are fundamental in Rhino to arrange the architectural drawings generated by VisualARQ and Rhino, and to prepare the sheets in order to deliver the project documentation.

In these video series, created by Mary Fugier (McNeel) from the Rhino Tutorials, you can learn the basics of working with page layouts: how to arrange views of both 2-D and 3-D models on the title block at different scales, how to prepare the layout for printing, and how to add annotations to the layout, like text, dimensions and plot to a PDF.

Click here to see the full content of the "Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5".

Click here to see some of the main layout features applied to the Ville Savoye project, from the VisualARQ video tutorial.

Watch the full video below, recorded in a live webinar on March 26, 2014.

Introduction to Layouts (1:38 h.) from Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

Tip of the week: How to create a stair slab and change its thickness

The document files opened with a Rhino template have a stair "standard" style that doesn't have a slab by default.

To add a slab to a specific stair style, open the stair styles dialog box. Right-click on the stair style name and the context menu will be diplayed: select New > Stair Slab.

The slab thickness can be edited from the geometry tab, when selecting the slab component.

Tip of the week: How can I create a custom profile?

To create a custom profile you need to use the “Profile From Curve” option:

1. Draw a closed and planar curve

2. Click on the “Profile From Curve” icon VA_ProfileFromPolyline (inside the VisualARQ Tools toolbar)

VisualARQ Tools toolbar

3. Specify a name for the new profile

The custom profiles you create will be added to the profile list. They can be used to create new door, window, railing, beam and column styles.

Custom profile

Tip of the week: How can I assign different materials to the different components of a door or a window?

Each component of a VisualARQ object, like doors or windows, can have a different materials for rendering purposes , as well as display and printing properties.

All these properties can be assigned to each object and component from its attributes tab, in the object style dialog.

  • Select the door/window/object style desired > click on the black triangle to display its components > select the one you want to assign a specific material > click on the attributes tab and enable the override attributes option > specify a material from any of the options available: By layer, by parent or other

The materials can also be assigned to objects "by layer", from the layer dialog box or individually "by object" from the properties dialog box after selecting the object.