Parametric Architectural Objects

  • VisualARQ has a library of parametric architectural objects which are supported by NURBS curves, so you can have any possible shape. Objects can be created from straight lines, arcs, or follow free-form curves.
  • Every VisualARQ object (except Slabs and Roofs) has a library with different object styles. Objects can be edited, modified, extended, and attributes can be assigned to each object. Objects can also can be imported or exported to be used in other documents.
  • VisualARQ objects have control points to change object dimensions and position straight on the model.
  • VisualARQ objects are inserted in the model and can be edited at any time through their dockable and floating dialogs.

Wall features

Walls

  • Wall intersections are solved in 3D and 2D graphic representation.
  • Wall joints, wall components wrapping and graphic 2D representation are fully customizable.
  • Dynamic dimensions show information about the object under the cursor when no command is active. (siSmartInfo command to turn this feature on or off).
  • Command to create walls from curves in any shape, which are editable using the base line control points. (video)
  • Command to extend walls vertically to a surfaces, polysurfaces, roofs and slabs.
  • Commands to execute boolean operations with walls: add, subtract and extract solids.
  • Command to convert one or multiple Rhino solids into a VisualARQ wall.
  • Options to select walls: connected walls to the specified walls, and doors or windows contained in the specified walls.
  • Command to split a wall by a specified point.
  • Command to reverse the wall direction: the start point becomes the end point, the inner part becomes the outer part, and vice versa.
  • Doors, windows and openings can be inserted in any wall style and any wall shape.
  • Wall layers are shown in 2D Section and Plan view drawings and in the 3D model. They can have different render, printing and display attributes.

Curtain wall pavillion

Curtain Walls (video)

  • Curtain walls can be created specifying the cell dimensions, the total number of cells or as custom cell divisions.
  • Support components can be added to to curtain wall styles to define structural paneling systems.
  • Curtain walls can be created from curves in any shape, which are editable using the base line control points.
  • Doors, windows and openings can be inserted in curtain walls.
  • Curtain walls can be leaned.

Doors, Windows and Openings

window and door features
  • Option to define a custom door/window/Opening style using a 3D block for the Model view and a 2D block for the Plan view. A custom profile is also needed to define the shape of the rough opening in the wall. (video)
  • Doors, windows and openings can be inserted in the wall to which they are anchored. Their openings are generated automatically in the wall they are inserted and update automatically after any modification. (door video, window video)
  • Doors and windows can be detached from walls.
  • Command to array doors/windows inside a wall.
  • Style properties for doors and windows: Attributes, Name, Opening type (swing or sliding), Shape (Profile), Frame, Stop, Leaves, glass (with or without muntins) and Custom Blocks. Windows can also have Sill.
  • Windows and doors can be created from profile curves directly in the model (video)

Columns and Beams

beams and columns
  • Columns and Beams are defined by a Profile: a parametric profile library is included for each object. They can be edited at any time.
  • Columns can have a coating component.
  • Columns can be inserted inside or outside a wall. Intersections are automatically calculated in Plan and Model view. (video)
  • Option to define a custom column style using a 3D block for the Model view and a 2D block for the Plan view. (Video)
  • Beams can be created from a curve in any shape. Beams get the same control points as the original curve, so they can be edited. (video)
  • Full AISC and European standard beam styles in imperial and metric templates.

stair features

Stairs

  • Stairs can be straight or can have stair flights with different directions, joined with landings.
  • Stairs have as many control points as stair flights, plus the insert point. These control points allow to edit the stair flights direction and length.
  • Stairs can have slab and its top and bottom thickness can be edited to be adapted to the landing slab thickness
  • Spiral stairs available. (video)

Railings (video)

Railing styles
  • Railings are defined by the parameters and combination of their components: posts, rails and balusters.
  • Several parameters define the rails, posts, and balusters of a railing style: custom shape profiles, ends margins, alignments, location, etc...
  • Railings can be created from a curve in any shape. Railings get the same control points as the original curve, so they can be edited.

Slabs and Roofs

Roofs and Slabs
  • Slabs and Roofs are directly created and defined by the projection of any type of closed and planar curve.
  • Slabs can be also created from planar surfaces.
  • Option to create multilayer slabs through their styles definition. (Video
  • Option to create Shed, Gable and Hip roofs. (video)
  • There are 3 options to define the Roof edge cut: Flat, Square and Plumb.
  • Commands to execute boolean operations with slabs and roofs: add, subtract and extract boundaries.
  • Command to change the slab and roof thickness.
  • Command to change the roof slope angle in general or for each roof face individually.
  • Slabs and Roofs have as many control points as the curves they were created from. These control points allow to edit their contour and change the new boundaries that have been added or subtracted.