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Vasari, You Left Us Too Early…

Vasari, You Left Us Too Early…

It was with some sadness that we learned this week that Autodesk Vasari Beta 3 will permanently expire by May 31st 2015. That being said, it comes as no surprise considering that over the past year it was never upgraded to be compatible with Revit 2015. I personally still have mixed emotions, particularly because Vasari…

A Great Week for Building Performance

Today has been a great day for building performance and simulation. There have been three exciting announcements in the past 48 hours, relating to Autodesk products: The Solar Radiation add-in is now available for Revit through Autodesk Labs Energy Analysis for Dynamo alpha version has been released  EnergyPlus has been “Raised to the power of…

Ladybug and Honeybee for Building Performance Design

In the past I have criticized the lack of climate/predesign and daylighting analysis tools in Vasari. So it was with great surprise that I recently learned about Ladybug and Honeybee, some recent projects developed by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey and Saeran Vasanthakumar. The tools address the 2 most significant weaknesses encountered when using Vasari:…

CAD: Crazy About Dynamo

As Julien Benoit, coined recently in response to Ian Keough being endorsed for CAD on LinkedIn, CAD now means Crazy About Dynamo 🙂 Dynamo is by far the greatest development on the Revit front in the past year. The speed with which the project has developed is very encouraging and exciting. More encouraging are the…

Vasari vs. IES VE: Dance Off

I have been wanting to share my personal observations regarding a question that I’ve heard about conceptual design and energy analysis: Which is better, Autodesk’s Project Vasari or IES’ Virtual Environment (VE)? Vasari output could be more useful In a nutshell: Depth and Breadth of Analysis: Hands down IES VE allows much more advanced analysis and…

Bring Back the Planar Solar Radiation in Vasari!

By my title I don’t mean that Autodesk Labs should bring back the entire Ecotect Planar Solar Radiation analysis (which duplicates the functionality offered by the current-release solar radiation tool used with ). In case you are new to Vasari, the planar solar radiation was a tool that looked like this back in the day…

Revit/Vasari and 123D Catch for Energy Modeling of Existing Buildings

Solar Radiation Tool in Project Vasari The following videos were posted by Simon Gillis from Autodesk at the Sustainable Design Toolbox to describe in more detail the steps necessary to carry out the Rapid Energy Modeling (REM) of existing buildings. You can see how you can use 123D Catch and Project Vasari or Revit 2012…

Tips and Tricks: Rhino to Ecotect and/or Vasari

The “digital plasticine” environment There is a growing number of architects and designers using Rhino3D, a 3D modelling software that provides a new art medium described by colleague Dimitri as “digital plasticine” (the techincal name is NURBS or Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines). A common question is: How do you get a model from Rhino to import…

Get started with conceptual design in Revit

With the success of Project Vasari, more designers are becoming interested in learning to harness the power of conceptual design tools. The following is a short list of the best resources I have found. Blogs:buildz – Zach Kron’s attempts to push Revit/Vasari to the limits of parametric modelingBIM Troublemaker – A resource to explore the…

Ecotect Wind Tunnel in Vasari?

What Carl Bass showed at RTC may be available soon! Looking through the Vasari Wiki I came across an article explaining the use of the Ecotect Wind Tunnel! This confirms that this functionality should be available in the next release. It is no surprise given that Carl Bass featured a demo at RTC during his keynote…

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