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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.

We recognized, as many have, of Rhino’s capabilities and strengths as a 3D modeling platform and we also recognized a need for Rhino to support a BIM platform for AEC. Working with Robert McNeel & Associates we pointed out that paramount for Rhino is the need to handle large modeling data sets. Something architectural design requires more heavily over mechanical part design because architects, designers and engineers need to work in a model that is the full assembly and that can become very large and detailed. McNeel’s staff responded by developing a “Light Extrusion Entity” in Rhino V5’s core. This will be the basis and key to the success of most all RhinoBIM modules we develop and is first to be implemented in RhinoBIM_Structure.


In a test we found that the reduction in data weight can be as much as 97%. Yes, that much! Let me put it another way. We took the Walt Disney Concert Hall structural line diagram model and hung a standard Rhino V4 extrusion on all 15,900 lines. The model was 598 MB (which is at least half the size we found in using competitor software programs that have parametrics and internally associated BIM data). Then using RhinoBIM_Structure with the light extrusion, that same model with the same structural shape is only 20 MB.


As you can see the Light Extrusion will significantly increase Rhino’s performance. As a side note, using the "select all LINE" function in RhinoBIM_Structure, all 15,900 shapes were hung in the model in 2 seconds. Yes, two seconds on an inexpensive Dell Latitude D620 and the viewing performance is fantastic.


With this capability alone we see users having the ability to model full projects within a single master data base. This will increase performance which equates to an increase in productivity. Something that is key to BIM and where other software programs have struggled to get to. We can't wait for you to get your hands on it.



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Comment by Jason Fardin on June 11, 2012 at 2:11pm

Is a parts list with quantities or a bill of materials possible?  We’re using the beta version 5.0 of Rhino, and have downloaded the evaluation version of RhinoBIM.  Can you give me a hint about generating or exporting a bill of materials or parts list?


Comment by Venkatesh Raj on June 20, 2011 at 7:09pm
Ever since my FEM software supplier recommended Rhino for pre modeling, I have not regretted buying it. Now with added power of structure stuff is really amazing.
Comment by Dennis Nelson on June 22, 2010 at 5:14pm
I should have read this first, before I made my post as it answers some of the questions I had. Thanks

Comment by Dominique Susini on June 2, 2010 at 9:52pm
I was a fanatic user of Rhino from the early days of Rhino1 release1 and had to quit because I needed BIM in my new job : I had to turn to autodesk Revit architecture ans Civil 3D (these ugly dinosaurus) .
I use to resolve some problems with Rhino when it's too complicated to model it without nurbs and export through 3ds or dwg into Revit ir civil.... time consuming.

Thank you: I'll be happy soon playing with Rhino BIM

Comment by Igo Wender on March 17, 2010 at 12:46pm
It sounds great!!!! Maybe is too soom to ask, but is there any upcoming mac version of rhinobim structure?


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