algorithmic modeling for Rhino



'@it' is a free GIS plugin for Grasshopper to parse the geospatial data sets. The plugin @it aims to leverage Open Data, to allow user to make quick visualization to reveal the invisible dimensions, relationship, patterns and trends. 

The main feature is GIS data visualization utilizing spatial data sets in .shp (shape) format. There are three components for the spatial data visualization feature:

shp@it category includes generic GIS tools; supports Point, Line, Polygon vector data format

  • Feat@it: is a look-up component. Input .shp file, Outputs the list of attributes (features) in the given data set and the type of vector data set
  • Import@it:  imports to data into as Grasshopper objects that makes easier to query. Input .shp file, Outputs the shape items as system objects [this component organizes the contents of the data set into system.objects]
  • DataVis@it: Visualizes and filters the data set, input the objects from Imp@it components. Outputs the curves, points, and related filtered attributes.

IshpNYC: These are the NYC specific GIS tools (Open Data, .shp files)

  • Footprint by Borough: Sorts the footprint data set of NYC buildings by borough. 
  • Data Binding: Binds two NYC data sets per common attribute; utilize NYC Tax property and Footprint vector data sets. Outputs shape object has combined attributes and geometry.
  • NYCVis: Visualize and filter the data set, input the objects from Data Binding components.

GeoCoder: Uses Google map api (no plugin needed but u need internet connection)

  • Address Parser: Parses the bad address, returns the formatted addresses and location (latitude , longitude)
  • Street View: Uses Coordinates (latitude , longitude) address parser and return the static street view on the active viewport. 
  • [new] Address Lookup: Reverse Geocoding, returns formatted address from Coordinates (latitude , longitude)

[new] Statistics :

  • [new]Coordinates2Statistics: Uses Coordinates (latitude , longitude) and returns Statistics of specified place such as Population, Elevation, land cover etc.

[new] Open Street Map OSM: Components to parse OSM data, utilizes REST api

  • [new] osm_Trace : Traces OSM and returns features. Projection types UTM or WGS84 
  • [new] osm_3D_Bldgs: Returns 3D geometry of OSM buildings, uses UTM projection and draws in Rhino model units.
  • [new] osm_Bldg_Info: Parse geojson data of OSM buildings, returns features/or tags.

Go to food4rhino page to download the plug-in. 

Location: NYC
Members: 81
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2023

sample file & shp@it components overview

Discussion Forum

shx to shp conversion? 3 Replies

I have a .shx file only for my city but no .shp file.  Is there a way or a tool that can convert the .shx file to .shp?Thanks. Continue

Started by Mark Foxworth AIA, LEED AP. Last reply by Alex Clark Sep 22, 2021.

output Elevation and sections with dimensions

Hi, please i want to output elevation and sections with dimensions by grasshopper in this 3D wall, can u help me.thanks…Continue

Started by tariq hilmy Dec 3, 2018.

aligning OSM and SHP files

Elcin,I have done a manual download of an Open Street Map sector of a town using specific Lat and Lon info and attached this to your OSM Trace module.  Concurrently, I have take a SHP file for the…Continue

Started by Robin Dripps Jan 11, 2017.

Address Parser Error 7 Replies

Hi Elçin,First of all, thank you for that plug-in. But, when im trying to use Address Parser command it gives me this error;1. Solution exception:Could not load type…Continue

Started by Tanju Coskun. Last reply by Elcin Ertugrul Nov 26, 2016.

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Comment by Joe Redwing Miranda on March 11, 2014 at 6:18pm

Hello All,

Just wanted to give my thanks and show what I was able to extract with this component set.  Using Geo_TIff data from USGS and creating a topographic .shp file, I was then able to import all the data into Rhino through grasshopper to create a highly accurate topography of the entire city. Using this this surface for flow analysis and urban form studies.  This was the best way I found to handle this immense amount of data. 

Many Thanks and Best Wishes,

Comment by naciem nowrouzi on March 8, 2014 at 3:54pm

Hi all,

Here is a short video by Elcin:

We will upload a video tutorial soon and hopefully a new release in the next few months!

Comment by Amir Afifi on January 16, 2014 at 1:08pm

Hi Elcin,

Downloaded the newer version, but haven't had time to try it. I'll work on in next couple of days and let you know if faced any problems.

Thank you for following up

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on January 15, 2014 at 2:34pm

Hi Amir,

Have u been able to test @it yet ?

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on January 6, 2014 at 1:25pm

For whom who already downloaded the first release, this is an important announcement:

We have fixed a few minor bugs occuured in the first release. The output RhinoCurves weren't able to shown on the canvas, this issue was solved. GIS tab was also appeared with @it tab at GH toolbar, we have been working on binding two data sets for the next release. We have removed Bind@it component for now, that will be ready for the next!

We have added a sample file to the zip file for your convenience. We have also prepared a google doc for documentation that you can see and comment on it.

Please download the revised gha's from

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on January 3, 2014 at 10:39pm
Hi all,
We have fixed a few bugs in the first release. Please remove the last "@it" from your component folder completely and re-install the new version (20140104) from FoodforRhino. We have also included a sample file that provides a step by step walk through on components functionality. 
I hope this keeps you busy for a bit :)
Comment by naciem nowrouzi on January 3, 2014 at 10:00am

Hi Amir,

Thanks for your comment!

We are working on that and will try to upload a sample file and some notes in the next 12 hours  :)

Comment by Amir Afifi on January 3, 2014 at 9:51am

Hi ladies,

your plug-in seems interesting and very promising to visualize city data, but I have no prior experience working with shp. files. Would you please upload a tutorial video or pdf on how to use @it.

Perhaps "@it for dummies" type of tutorial :)

Thank you

Comment by Elcin Ertugrul on January 2, 2014 at 7:59am

Hi there! We are happy to announce that first release of @it is out !

We will edit our group page, make documentation and add sample files in next a few weeks, meanwhile you are welcome to download the ghas from

We will appreciate any feedback.

Hope you enjoy it,



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