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BIM for Rhino is an up and coming area of research and development. Rhino is a powerful program that, when coupled with plug-ins, allows you to expand the realm of creativity and design in ways that other programs cannot offer. One plug in that I looked at specifically was Visual Arq. This plug in allows users to build and document building designs in Rhino. Visual Arq has some similarities and also some differences to Revit. I am going to talk about the documentation properties of the plug in, as that is what I was most interested in exploring. After you have built your design using the library of Visual Arq components, which include, walls, windows, doors, stairs, you can begin to document.

When you build your construction, you can assign levels to different heights of your building. Once you create a level and assign it a height, you can use the “CreatePlanView” command. This command is more flexible than using Revit plan view, because you can select some or all of your building to create the plan drawing. The downside is that these drawings are not linked to the model so after each change you have to take a new plan to update your drawings.

Dynamic Sections are the most powerful took in the Visual Arq handy bag. Dynamic sections are created from regular section markers which are either straight or jogged. You can create drawings of your section in plan (top) view by using vaCreateSection. A dynamic section allows you to cut your building in 3D and create a complimentary drawing of the left over portion. This is a great way to visualize space in a different way or to see what you might not be able to see without a cut building.

Overall, in documentation, Visual Arq, also has a few other options too. It can create schedules of anything you want in your building. This is most commonly used for openings, which include windows and doors. In fact, windows and doors are so important to schedules that Visual Arq not only has a table function that lists these elements, but it also has a command that draws them out. This command is called OpeningElevation. With a few clicks to define what you want to have drawn out, you can create 2D drawings of your doors, windows, and more by selecting the area of interest.

There are several aspects to Visual Arq which make it great. It is completely integrated with Rhino. You can use Rhino commands and Visual Arq commands simultaneously. Visual Arq commands all begin with the prefix “va” (ex. vaOpeningElevation). An installed toolbar also allows for easy navigation and workflow but can be turned off to increase modeling space if type commands wish to be used.

Another plus of Visual Aarq is that everything is customizable. Elements, or components, are able to be altered in their properties palate or on the model itself. This allows the user to obtain exactly what they want when they want it without using multiple programs.

Final – Huenefeld, Riordan, Rush


Week 5 – Hunefeld, Riordan, Rush


Lisa Iwamoto was commissioned by MAC Cosmetics to envision a store of the future for the makeup giant. Creating a twisted and torqued 10-foot column, Lisa created a focal point while also creating a functional element. The column, made of lightweight steel (24-gauge) allows for the concealment of fluorescent lighting in the ceiling. The arms of the column extend about 20 feet to do so.

What I like most about the piece created by Iwamoto is that it is not only an aesthetically beautiful piece of digital fabrication, but it also serves a purpose. To be able to design using multiple variables to accomplish multiple tasks is a large ambition at times, but Iwamoto pulls it off well!