Integrated Parametric Modeling & Analysis Workshop
September 8-10 & 22-24 — Toronto & Vancouver
The construction and operation of buildings accounts for approximately 35% of Canada's annual green house gas emissions and 33% of its energy use. Better performing buildings provide a significant social benefit to Canadians in the form of reduced building operational costs, lower energy consumption and emissions.
Early stage design is when fundamental decisions that shape energy use occur. Attacking the problem of energy at this stage is one the surest means of reducing future use. Innovations in simulation and parametric modeling have empowered designers to investigate performance earlier in the design process. Better integration of this process from the outset of a project will do much to improve building performance and increase the value of work delivered to the client.
The Integrated Parametric Modeling and Performance Analysis Workshop will provide advanced training for graduate students and design professionals in the use of new parametric modeling and energy analysis tools for early stage design.
Workshop participants will learn to integrate performance analysis into their design process, construct parametric models that are analysis ready, and iterate through cycles of designing and analysis to literally evolve higher performing buildings.
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The workshop will be executed in two parts. Part one is a three day session that will give participants hands-on experience in early stage conceptual design and performance analysis using Autodesk Vasari. Part two is a three day advanced analysis session, focusing on the use of Autodesk EcoTect to conduct detailed assessments of a designed project.
A detailed outline of each session is provided below.
Because the workshop covers advanced subject matter, participants are expected to have fundamental knowledge of architectural design, and familiarity with 2D and 3D CAD applications such as AutoCAD and Revit.
Beverages, snacks and sandwich lunch will be provided.
Part One - Parametric Modeling & Early Stage Design Analysis with Autodesk Vasari
Session one will be taught by Scott D. Davis. Scott is an AEC Technical Specialist with Autodesk, Inc., and specializes in Revit Architecture and building information modeling (BIM). Since joining Autodesk in March 2007, he has been active in promoting BIM around the country at events including the AIA Convention and Green Build International Conference and Expo. He has taught classes on BIM, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Navisworks, and Autodesk Quantity Take-off at Autodesk University and at AUGI CAD Camps, and was the founder of the Revit Users Group Inland Empire. Scott also is also knowledgeable in sustainability practices, and is a skilled user of Autodesk Green Building Studio, Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, and Project Vasari.
- User Interface, Workplanes
- Making and Editing Forms: Volumes, Points, Lines, and Surfaces
- Parameters and Rigs
- Dividing and Patterning Surfaces
- Make Pattern Panel Component (Seamless and Non-seamless)
- Divide with Intersects
- Adaptive Component Basics
- Reporting Parameters
- Adaptive Component Advanced
- Workflow from Conceptual Massing to Project Environment
- Revit API, Demos
- Solar Radition, Sun Path
- Conceptual Energy Analysis, Preparing the Model
- Conceptual Energy Analysis, Analyzing the Model
- Prototype Plugins
Part Two - Advanced Energy Analysis with Autodesk Ecotect
Part two of the workshop will be taught by Olivier A. Pennetier of SYMPHYSIS Bioclimatic Design Consulting. Olivier has been consulting for architects around San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, providing bioclimatic design solutions, site and climate analyses as well as recommendations on daylighting, solar stress mitigations, and passive strategies. He has also been conducting training workshops throughout the country for the building performance analysis software Ecotect since 2006, while being an active forum user on the SQU1 Research support website from 2002 to 2008.
Day 1 - Introduction
- What, What Not & How of Ecotect
- Weather Manager, Weather Data Import
- 3D Modeling, Import/Export
- Shading Analysis
- Shading Devices
- Daylighting, RADIANCE Export/Import
- Electrical Lighting
Day 2 - Advanced Topics
- Thermal Analysis, GBS
- Material Assignment, Material Properties
- Zone Settings, Schedules
- Object Activation, Appliance Modeling
- Radiation Study
- Photovoltaic Output, Resource Consumption
- Access to Views
Day 3 - Advanced Topics, Continued
- Scripting, Special Topics
Guest Presentation - Paul F. Loreto, Canada BIM Council & Paul F. Loreto Architects
Paul Loreto is the Chair of the Canada BIM Council, and has been in practice in Southern Ontario for over 20 years. He brings to the Canada BIM Council, his nine years of diverse experience as a BIM Consultant developing BIM standards and best practice methodology in the AEC industry. One of Paul's primary responsibilities is to lead his company's technology development, which has resulted in Paul F. Loreto Architect Inc. developing 100% of their architectural projects using BIM Technology. Through Paul's involvement as an Autodesk Authorized Contractor since 2002, Paul has been deeply involved with the industry's BIM movement both in the United States and in Canada. Paul understands the requirements, needs and demands placed on Building Information Modeling by the end user.
Schedule & Location
The workshop will take place in two parts, and be held simultaneously at locations in Toronto and Vancouver. Part one of the workshop will run Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, September 10. Part two of the workshop will run Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24.
The Toronto workshop will be held in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and can accommodate up to 40 people. The Vancouver workshop will be held in the School of Interactive Arts at Simon Fraser University, Surrey, and can accommodate up to 20 people. A live video stream will connect the two sites. Because of the time difference between sites, the workshop will start and end at slightly different times in each site. Please consult the adjacent table for specific start and end times.
|Workshop, Part One|
|Thursday, September 8||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
|Friday, September 9||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
|Saturday, September 10||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
|Workshop, Part Two|
|Thursday, September 22||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
|Friday, September 23||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
|Saturday, September 24||11am - 6pm EST
8am - 3pm PST
Toronto Workshop Location
The Toronto workshop will be held in room ARC 303, in the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, located at 325 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario.
Vancouver Workshop Location
The Vancouver workshop will be held in room IAT 2735, at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University Surrey, located at 13450 102 Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia.
Fees & Registration
Fees for the full, two-part workshop are noted below. Beverages, snacks and catered lunch are included in the workshop price.
Full fee scholarships are available for Canadian graduate students. Please ensure that you select "Canadian Graduate Student" in the occupation field of the registration form when applying. You will be notified of your qualification for a scholarship prior to your making a payment.
Web registration for the event is now closed.
For workshop Part One, please start by visiting the Autodesk Labs web site and sign up for a free account. We will be using Autodesk Labs to support our energy simulation work.
If you're attending at the Vancouver site, please download and install the following workshop software on your laptop:
For workshop Part Two, participants at the Vancouver site should download and install the Ecotect Analysis 30 day product trial if you do not already have Ecotect:
- Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, 30 day product trial
- If you are a student, you can get a free, educational version of Ecotect from the students.autodesk.com web site. Sign-up for a free account, login, then download the software from the students portal.
- Workshop Notes
- Desktop Radiance
- Conversion Tool
- Farnsworth House
- Simple House Example, Revit model
- Ecotect Wiki
- Tutorial on how to install Radiance
- Getting Started with Ecotect, Radiance, Daysim tutorial
- Sample Ecotect scripts
If you have questions during the course of the workshop that you'd like addressed by the instructor, please post them to our Google Moderator page.
One of the participants has created a Facebook group to enable the group to keep in contact, and to share knowledge after the event.
For more information, please contact Davis Marques in the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University at (416) 979-5000, extension 6485, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.