Notes for IVP Workshop Seminar 2 – Shading Design Tuesday 6th January 2009

In this seminar we will be focusing on the design of shading devices. We will be look at the following: • Basic Ecotect Tools • The movement and path of the sun • Displaying Shadows • Shading Design • The Sun Path Diagram In the Ecotect help file, look at the first three sections under Analysis, called Shadows, Overshadowing, and Solar Exposure. Before you do anything, you need to load a weather file. If you want to laod the Singapore weather file, you will need to download it.

• In the menu.Basic Ecotect Tools In Ecotect. go to Model > Zone Management • Under ‘general Settings’ change the Shadow Colour . To change the colour of a shadow. click on the ‘Shaded’ button To see sun rays reflected off a surface • Click on the Shadow Settings tab on the right: • Under ‘Tag Objects’. to get a sense of how the sun moves is really easy. click on the ‘Hourly’ button. there are a number of Panels on that right that give you access to most of the tools. click on the ‘Reflector’ button • Click the ‘Show Solar Rays’ button To create a shadow animation • Click on the Shadow Settings tab on the right: • At the bottom. • Click on the Shadow Settings tab on the right: • Switch on ‘Display Sun Path’ • Switch on ‘Annual Sun Path’ • Click the ‘Display Shadows’ button • Move the sun by dragging (hold shift to change the month) • Also try the ‘View From Sun Pos’ button Displaying Shadows To cast a shadow on another object: • Click on the Shadow Settings tab on the right: • Under ‘Tag Objects’. The use of the basic panels will be demonstrated: • Selection Information • Zone Management • Material Assignments • Display Settings • Visualisation Settings • Shadow Settings Movement and path of the sun In Ecotect.

If there is more than one line. • Move the transform origin and repeat. • Open the original Rhino model. • Move the Transform Origin to a point on the bottom edge of your window.Shading Design Ecotect allows you to ‘draw’ using the sun. As the sun moves around. and you want to change the original model rather than just changing the Ecotect model. To export geometry to Rhino: • In the Ecotect menu. • Select the shading surface • In the menu. • The lines should appear in the right location. Sun Path Diagram To see the solar window (solar horizon): • Select one object • In the menu. go to File > Import and select the Rhino file. Imagine that there is a piece of string stretched between the sun and a stationary point in your mode (the Transform Origin). then it is a good idea to group these lines (Edit > Group Objects). go to Calculate > Sun Path Diagram On the sun path diagram. the string will slice through your geometry in the model. To create the perfect shade: • Draw a shading surface that is excessively large. • Save the Rhino file. to change the projection: • Click on the tabs on the bottom . • A series of lines will be drawn on the shading surface. Note: The lines generated by this procedure may be exported. • In Rhino menu. • Scale the geometry by 0. go to File > Export > To External Analysis Tool • In the Save As Type select AutoCAD DXF Files • Choose a name and location and click Save • In Rhino open a new file using the Large Object – Meters option • In Rhino menu. The shading surface may be a group of surfaces. and this can be used as a way of drawing. go to Calculate > Shading and Shadows > Project Transform Origin > Solar Shading Profile • Set the Date / Time Range and switch off Extend Profile option.001 about the origin. go to File > Import and select the DFX file • Delete any unwanted imported geometry. This is particularly useful if your model originated in another modeler.

On the sun path diagram. to clear the shading mask: • Under ‘Shading Mask’. click the ‘Show in Visualization’ button . to calculate the shading mask: • Select one or more objects • Under ‘Shading Mask’. click the ‘Calculate Shading’ button On the sun path diagram. click the ‘Manage’ button • Select ‘Clear Calculated Shading’ On the sun path diagram. to see the shading mask in 3D: • Under ‘Projection Type’.

Things to add: • Using the shading designer .

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful