Timber framing




Please see the attached file with polysurfaces imported via .ifc from Revit. It’s a model of a 2 timber trusses. I’m interested in using VisualARQ to detail the joinery (notches, drill holes, etc.) between the columns, beams and braces.

I have also attached a copy of the .pdf shop drawings, which shows the details of the connections that need to be made in 3D.

Has anyone done this kind of work in VA before, or are there any suggestions for doing this kind of work? Should I just bring in a 2D .dwg of the truss drawing as a reference, then either manually (or using GH) make closed polysurfaces for boolean difference operations?

Is there a good way to do this all in VA and Rhino?



2017.7.3.CRANBROOK.HISTORY.3dm (2.8 MB)
2017.7.3.CRANBROOK.TFSD.pdf (1.5 MB)


Hi Dan, VisualARQ can be helpful for this project mostly in the 2D drawings production rather than creating the details of the connections in 3D.
I mean, the VisualARQ objects themselves are not so much detailed, so you probably need to create all the 3D joints and details using Rhino geometry. Same for all the annotations creation, like the texts, dimensions, leaders… And later on you can use the VisualARQ plan and section view commands to generate the 2D drawings. Or since VisualARQ 2.0, you can just place the model in page layouts, seen in plan view, section, elevation or perspective, and print it in vector output.


Thanks for the reply. I suppose I will use a hybrid approach, using both VA and stock Rhino tools.