Rhino Workshop at School of Architecture, MSRIT:
Acquiring the skills of software that are popular in the industry is an added advantage for the students to pursue higher studies or to get good job opportunities. ‘Tensegrity’ Workshop using Rhino Modelling tools powered with Grasshopper generative tools and Kangaroo simulation, was conducted at School of Architecture, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology from 8th to 14th Feb 2016 by Einer Hler Einarsson and Shruthi Basappa from SEI Iceland.
Under the expert guidance of Einar and hand holding practicals with Shruthi, the Seven day Rhino adventure with students of 8th Sem began with sessions learning basics of Rhino Modelling, followed by introduction to advanced modeling tools and rendering techniques. Tensegrity was the theme of the workshop, hence they were made to explore the methods to create a small scale model first working in groups of 3, using simple materials like straws, elastic wires etc. The same model was then magnified in scale working it more with scale and theme.
By the third day the students were exposed to the generative modeling using Grasshopper. Working for the first time on Grasshopper environment was exciting and fun. The Students were seeing their models behave parametrically for the first time and enjoyed the experience.
Having simultaneously worked on the digital model and prototype model of the Tensegrity structure they were now ready to put the large scale model using Bamboo as the material. The teams working in groups of 10 slogged it out in the workshop of Mechanical department to create the joinery details and put together their models by the end of the 7th day.
Having completed the simulation using kangaroo, the last part of the exercise was to present their panels and all models. The enthusiastic groups of students put their best efforts in making the entire episode interesting, creative and informative.
As part of the competitions, winners for outstanding performers were: Ramya PV, Anjali Srikanth, Aprameya Pandit and Ashwini Ram.
The winning team for Large scale group model was the ICOSA team working with perfect timing and skill.
Kudos to all the participants for making it a great success . Excellent training and guidance by the trainers from Iceland made the workshop a huge success.
Thanks to the college Principal Dr NVR Naidu and the College Management for the support and encouragement, Convenor and the Head of the department, Architecture , Dr Sridhar Rajan, team of Workshop Coordinators: Ar Rajshekar Rao, Er Aruna Gopal, Mrs Rashmi Niranjan and Ar Sudha Kumari.