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Part 1 - BIM a Revolution or an Evolution

It seems as though the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industries (AEC) have been traversing through a revolutionary period of innovation and technology over the past few years. New products and concepts have been introduced that have the industry overturning centuries old drawing practices and institutionally established standards.…


Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Its all about the Process

The latest term for the function of using 3D digital modeling in the design and construction process is now called Building Information Modeling or BIM.…


Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

RhinoBIM_Structure - Why its going to be better


RhinoBIM_Structure has been released as a Work In Progress. We want to tell you in a series of blogs about our efforts in development that will make this a successful product.…


Posted on February 25, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

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At 10:32am on February 24, 2012, Kevin Wolf said…

Rick, We are having similar problems as Nathan posted below. We also tried to do an analysis of a simple beam in just RhinoBim, but everytime we try to "add results" Rhino 5 crashes and all is lost. Any ideas? We are using version 5.1.2012.207, 2/7/2012 and RhinoBIM beta build date February 10, 2012

At 11:58am on February 17, 2012, Nathan J. Howe said…

Rick, We just were introduced to RhinoBIM the demo looks great. We have loaded the software and everything was great until Rhino 5 had a fatal error. Now when try to use the grasshopper components Bim Beam does not show up. Some of my students are having the same issue only they never have seen this component show up. The error message while grasshopper is loading is error on adding bim object. HELP!

At 10:17am on June 30, 2011, Randall Hale said…

Rick, thank you for your message. I sent a response another way that allowed only 200 letters. I am glad to see that I have a have to really communicate. Rhino is different than RhinoBIM, will we need both softwares on our systems to make them work? I am hoping that RhinoBIM will be a stand alone software. Do you know what file types will it allow to exported?


I grew up in Murray, Utah. I miss those Wasatch mountains!

At 11:41am on June 12, 2011, Alvaro said…

Hi Rick

Sorry for my late reply. I had the opportunity to test the BIM version of rhino with structures and works great, congratulations!

Are you planning to create more binding options to joint areas created by multiple profiles? I mean, it would be great if you could edit the joining areas of multiple profiles and later draft them out with accuracy for building the structure.

Talk to you soon,



At 3:45pm on June 9, 2010, E. Dean Neuenswander said…

I was wondering more about a data base for architectural elements, such as doors, walls, rooms, floor levels, finishes, materials, openings and windows? Is there a connection with IFC? Will the building information be accessible outside of Rhino?

At 8:50pm on May 26, 2010, fernando palma said…
I apologize to the community RHINO BIM, I do not speak English
Dear Rick, I have begun doing BIM, with Rhino because the industry is DWG. and I started with Project Coordination Architecture v / s structure and both V / s MEP.
I think it's important to hear lindustria and problems

At 12:40pm on May 22, 2010, Kristian Wenstop said…
Hi Rick,

About a year ago we (Snøhetta Architects) did a competition for the new National Museum in Oslo. Statsbygg (Property Manager for the Norwegian government) had BIM model as a requirement, and they intend to require this for all future projects. Even in competition phase! We ended up exporting geometry to Revit and then creating an IFC file from there.
Since then I've frequently been searching for Rhino BIM developments , thinking someone must be developing something to bridge this gap. So I think you're right on time with this application!
And I'll be happy to beta test and give feedback as it evolves.

Keep up the good work!

At 9:21am on April 16, 2010, Kevin King said…

Great to see where things have gone up until now with Rhino and moving to BIM! I would love to talk to you about whree things are going. What is your email address?

At 1:06pm on February 24, 2010, Alastair Battson said…
Hey Rick,
Long time no see! Cool to finally find you on the web! I looked a few time over the last 6-7 years. A specific Rick Smith is hard to find on the web ;-). Brian James gave us a presentation today at MSA and mentoned you! He was presenting some awesome software!
Not sure if you remember me, I was a model maker at Moshe's when you started there back in 2003. Worked for 5 years at another Architects (Wilson Butler Architects) but economy winds me back up here at Moshe's. Fantastic to see you are doing so well! Finally got your work up online! Excellent! Hope you are doing well!
Take care
Alastair Battson (English guy who lived in Sunnyvale California for 2 years.....
At 12:42am on February 24, 2010, Jon Mirtschin said…
Hi Rick,

Sounds like you are close to a release. You might be interested by some of the developments I've been working on. Please get in touch if you are interested in interop and cooperation between our tools.


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