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In this exercise, you create a single-day solar study for the summer solstice.

Training File

Continue to use the customized c_solar_study.rvt training file you used in the previous lesson.

Create summer solstice study

1In the Project Browser, expand Views (all), expand 3D Views, and double-click Solar Study -
Courtyard View.

2On the View Control Bar, click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics.

3Select Cast Shadows.

You can change the intensity of the shadows by dragging the slider in the Shadow field. For
this study, leave the slider at 50.

4For Sun Position, click

.

The Sun and Shadows Settings dialog displays. You can create a still, single-day, or multi-day
solar study.

5Click the Single-Day tab.

For the Single-Day solar study, you specify the location, date, and time range, as well as a time
interval for the frames of the solar animation.

6Click the Multi-Day tab.

For the Multi-Day solar study, you specify the location, date range, and time, as well as a time
interval for the frames of the solar animation.

7Create a Single-Day study from an existing study. Click the Single-Day tab.

8Confirm that One Day Solar Study - Boston, MA, USA is selected, and click Duplicate.

9In the Name dialog, enter Summer Solstice, Los Angeles, and click OK.

10Under Place, click

.

11In the Manage Place and Locations dialog, for City, click

, select Los Angeles, CA, USA, and

click OK.

Changing the place in this dialog changes the setting defined for the project.

438 | Chapter 11 Creating Solar Studies

12In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog:

■For Date, select June 22, 2008.

■For Time Range, verify that Sunrise to sunset is selected.

NOTEIf you clear Sunrise to sunset, you can specify the start and stop times for the solar study.

■For Time Interval, verify that the value is set to 15 minutes.

13Select Ground Plane at Level.

Notice that 01 Entry is selected as the level. You can select the level to be used for shadow
display.

14In this case, you want to see how the shadows fall on the terrain and not for a specific level.
Clear Ground Plane at Level.

Create winter solstice study

15In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog, confirm that Summer Solstice, Los Angeles is selected,
and click Duplicate.

16In the Name dialog, enter Winter Solstice, Los Angeles, and click OK.

17In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog, for Date, select December 22, 2008, and click OK.

18In the Advanced Model Graphics Settings dialog, click OK.

19On the File menu, click Save.

20Proceed to the next exercise, Previewing Solar Study Animation on page 439.

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