VisualARQ is commercial architectural BIM software that works as a plug-in for Rhinoceros CAD application;   developed by Asuni CAD, based in  Barcelona, Spain. It is aimed at Rhinoceros users and professionals working in the architecture sector such as architects, interior designers and developers. It is developed by AsuniCAD. It competes with Architectural Desktop, Revit and ArchiCAD.
History [ edit ]
It was first implemented as a plug-in for
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT released in 2000, as a competitor to  Architectural Desktop, another AEC plug-in for AutoCAD developed by Autodesk.
Releases [ edit ]
Date of release
2009, October 27
2010, November 9
2011, January 17
IFC 2x3 export
2011, March 30
Multi-core Hidden Line Removal engine
2011, July 25
2012, February 9
Rhinoceros 5.0 (32 and 64-bit) support
Real-time plan views
New display mode 'Hidden'.
2012, July 24
Hatched section views
Real-time plan views in page layout details
Customizable wall joints.
Wall components wrapping.
Tables with length, area and volume of VisualARQ objects.
2013, January 21
New railing object.
Multi-threaded regeneration of VisualARQ geometry (Rhino 5 only)
Extrusion objects are used instead of breps when possible (Rhino 5 only).
Faster display of VisualARQ objects.
Identical columns and beams share the same instance definition.
Smaller and better IFC output files.
Doors and windows can be created from profile curves directly in the model.
Added volume property to space object.
2014, June 5
New parametric Curtain wall object.
Section attributes on VisualARQ and Rhino objects.
New Level Manager to show and hide levels easily.
Texture mappings now works on VisualARQ objects.
New release of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP 3.
Improved IFC exporter.
Full AISC and European standard beam styles added to VisualARQ templates.
New Tag object: displays VisualARQ objects information in 2D labels.
Plan View automatic update.
Help also available in Spanish, German, Italian and French.
Zoo support: shares VisualARQ licenses among users on the same network workgroup.
2015, May 8
Columns can be created from blocks for the 2D/3D representation
Option to insert openings in Curtain walls
Curtain walls with curved panels
Added a control point to lean curtain walls
Plan view depth of field
2017, September 29
Grasshopper styles: option to create dynamic blocks with VisualARQ objects from grasshopper definitions.
New Element, Furniture and Annotation objects
New commands to do boolean unions and differences between Rhino solids and VisualARQ objects
2D Vector output for printing the 3D model for a real time 2D drawings
Custom parameters to add information to Rhino and VisualARQ objects.
Custom parameters are exported as IFC properties.
Quantity takeoffs for Rhino geometry
New Section Manager to create sections and align viewports to sections
New symbols for the Section object arrow, and Tag object shapes
Beam end cuts and joints calculation
Custom profiles with holes
Multilayer Roof styles.
Roof intersection calculations
New toolbar and commands to select VisualARQ objects of the same type
New commands to add and remove elements for space calculations
New Grasshopper components added for creating Texts, Hatches and Blocks
Added new "Conceptual" and "Realistic" display modes
2018, April 19
Support on Rhino 6
Help available in Japanese
New vaFlip command
New "IFC Type" and "IFC Tag" components for Grasshopper
New "New Paramater" and "Get Object Properties" components for Grasshopper
Curtain walls are detected as spatial elements when inserting spaces.
2018, June 13
New vaSplit and vaFillet command
New "Update Property" component for Grasshopper
Element and Furniture objects created from Grasshopper styles can be rotated in 3D.
Added new toolbars for the Railing, Curtain wall, and Stair objects
2019, September 26
Added support for HiDPI displays
New "Section" component for Grasshopper
Building and Level to reference buildings and levels. Added new toolbars for the Railing, Curtain wall, and Stair objects
2019, January 30
VisualARQ Script API available
New components to create Section views from Grasshopper
Reviews [ edit ]
Reviewed by Nigel Gough on Australian Association of Architectural Illustrators Inc. 
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Gatti, Riccardo (2010). Rhinoceros per l'architettura (in Italian). Edizioni FAG Milano. pp. 288–289. ISBN . 978-88-8233-754-4
Eastman, Chuck; Teicholz, Paul; Sacks, Rafael; Liston, Kathleen (2011). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors (2nd ed.). Wiley. p. 209. ISBN . 978-0-470-18528-5
Grand, Frédéric (May 2010). "Rhinoceros entre dans l'aventure e-catalogue" (PDF). eXpertise, la newsletter du BIM (in French). buildingSMART France. 27: 1.
Montedeoca, Juan (2003). "VisualARQ 1.0, arquitectura para AUTOCAD y AutoCAD LT". AutoCAD magazine (in Spanish) (88): 14–16. ISSN 0934-1749.
Pérez, Carlos (Oct 28, 2009). "VisualARQ 1.0 is shipping!" (blog). Rhino News, etc.
Gough, Nigel. "VisualARQ Architectural Tools for Rhino". Australian Association of Architectural Illustrators Inc.
External links [ edit ]
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