By: Ian Molloy, Senior Product Manager, Building Performance Analysis
Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to read my last blog post ‘New Additions to Revit and Vasari’s ‘Results & Compare’ (Part1/2)’ and experience those new capabilities for yourself. Now in the second part of that series I’m pleased to provide an explanation of the ‘Open → Design Review’ option that I hinted at in part 1 and up to now would have remained greyed out.
Results & Compare: Open → Design Review
Essentially now when you run an energy simulation from Revit or Vasari (which is to say this will only work on newly submitted simulations) selecting the ‘Open → Design Review’ option will open the Energy Analytical Model (EAM) in Autodesk Design Review.
An Energy Analytical Model in Autodesk Design Review
Of course this assumes that you actually have Design Review installed which is probably a safe assumption if you are using Revit through any of the Suites. If you don’t have Design Review installed, its free and available from Autodesk Design Review website. Note that if you don’t install Design Review this option this will remain greyed out.
As you’d expect, once in Design Review you can do things like zoom, pan, orbit and slice the EAM as well as select Spaces and Surfaces and view their gbXML properties. Amongst other things, like presentation and reportage, I think this feature is especially useful when using the new Building element Energy Analysis feature in Revit 2014 for viewing and checking the EAM for validation against that features particular translation limitations i.e. has it captured the whole building and are the analytical space and surface resolution settings optimized.
How do I get this update?
Just like the last update – From Revit, once signed in with your Autodesk subscription, the Results & Compare tool (R&C) will be updated automatically next time you use the Energy Analysis features. These updates to R&C will also be provided to Vasari, once you are signed in and use the Energy Analysis features.
So what’s next then?
Feature wise you’ll just have to wait and continue to watch this space but now that we’ve got a faster and easier way to view and validate the underlying EAMs I plan to provide more information in the near future here on what EAMs are actually all about, what’s important about them, different ways to create them and in particular how to get the most from the new Building element Energy Analysis feature in Revit 2014. I do hope you continue to follow the blog and in the meantime…
Please tell us what you think
What do you think of being able to view the EAM in this way? How do you see yourself using this (or not) and why? What else would you like to be able to do or know more about?