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BIM for Rhino VisualARC-individual post Mitch Grusz

My group participated in learning about BIM for Rhino. Through our work with the Visual ARC Rhino plug-in we learned about two main categories of the program’s capabilities. The first would be its modeling capabilities with various sets of pre-made walls and wall systems, windows, doors, etc for easy drop-in building modeling. The second would be it’s easy documenting tools to help create sections, plans, and various other tables. Going into this exploration I wanted to focus on more of the documenting aspect of the program; I wanted an easy way of making sections without a whole lot of extra cleaning up with other programs like Photoshop.

While exploring the Visual ARC program I researched about sectioning and how to use the other documenting tools. Through use of the vaSection command you can easily draw a section line (with or without jogs) to create a section cut through your model. Following this step with the vaSectionView command allows you to draw the section and place it anywhere in your model.  I think one of the most useful commands is the vaDynamicSection command.

The vaDynamicSection command allows the user to select an already drawn section line and create a dynamic section. This section cuts through your 3D model and leaves only visible what is within the section’s view.  Both the dynamic section and the section drawing update whenever the section line is moved to another location within the model. This can be very convenient, especially when just doing some quick studies of different sections.

I personally find the dynamic section tool to be the most intriguing for it’s various documenting possibilities. I think there are possibilities to use the tool to create something almost like an exploded axonometric. You could also use it to accomplish a walk-through perhaps revealing as much or as little of the building (or object) is needed to make the path visible. Dynamic Sections also leave the possibility of easily done Section Perspectives. I think if you are creative enough the possibilities are endless.

Although I was mainly interested in the documenting sections aspect of the program I also researched a little bit about creating plan drawings as well. It is relatively simple to do as long as your buildings various floors are assigned to the correct corresponding levels. After you type the vaCreatePlanView command you must simply select the level you wish to cut through and set the height of the cut. You will then be prompted to select an insert point and once done the 2D drawing will be put on your model. I think the main time I would want to use this tool is if I was designing a complex, amorphic, non-rectilinear building or object.

Overall the Visual ARC program is a very large step in the right direction that Rhino and BIM programs need to be going. Having BIM for Rhino is essential because it allows the freedom and ease of Rhino while still making documenting and drop-in modeling easy like it is in the Revit program. I think this exploration was very successful for me because I ended up using what I learned to help create sections and dynamic sections for my final studio project. I will definitely be using this program again and on a more regular basis.

Concept Proposal_ 004

Mitch Grusz, Dalton Witham, Ben Koontz, Andrew Maragos

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The subject that I chose was an installation done by a group of international students at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. The installation was designed parametrically via Grasshopper to be hung in the high ceiling installation room. The hanging structure is like an interweaving web or net. The piece hangs from three corners and drapes toward a center hole, almost like a black hole. I think this could be relative to our project as a hanging installation due to the high ceiling nature of the Niehoff Studio gallery space. The conical shape of this structure does a good job of communicating between the human scale near the floor, where we inhabit, and the large space of the high ceiling, in which we are witness to. One of the greater qualities of this installation is the ability to inhabit its lower half. The way in which the system is webbed allows for a flexible shape in accordance to necessary structural adjustments.