By: John Kennedy
Who this is for: Urban Designers, Energy Analysts, Building Scientists, Engineers performing energy modeling.
Takeaway: Analyzing the energy, carbon, water, and renewable energy use of buildings in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler is now possible, and enabling a building modeling environment to work with Green Building Studio’s API took less than a week’s worth of coding.
For those of you not familiar with Autodesk’s Infrastructure Modeler (AIM), which is part of Autodesk’s Infrastructure Design Suite, it is an ultra-cool solution for modeling the built environment from campuses to entire metropolises including their above and below grade infrastructure. Sounds really complicated, but it is actually designed to be super easy to use and intelligent. Two of my favorite requirements for any software – super easy and intelligent. A great blog posting of its features including mobile and web capabilities is here.
With this prototype implementation, the selected building’s Energy Utilization Intensity, Annual Energy Cost, and Annual Carbon Emissions are displayed in AIM once the analysis is completed using GBS.
Below is a quick video of this building energy analysis integration in AIM.
Tell us what you think:
Have you used AIM? Are you interested to learn more about using GBS’ API?