AU2014: Lighting Analysis for Revit Plugin and Rendering Illuminance

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Curt Egli, Synergis Solutions Engineer:

Autodesk University once again was well worth my time to attend. I was amazed at the HUGE list of class choices for every time slot of every day. It was easy to find many class choices I’d like to attend but hard to decide which class NOT to go to.

One of the classes I particularly benefited from was session AB6553, presented by David Scheer, aimed at Architects, Electrical Engineers, and Lighting Designers. The session took a deep dive into the Lighting Analysis for Revit plugin (LAR) and then gave us an introduction to Rendering Illuminance output with Revit. The advances to Revit capabilities made in recent releases of Revit now allow designers to work “in-canvas” instead of outside of the Revit program to get these daylighting performance results. And this is coupled with easy to use and understandable interfaces, that do away with tedious and highly technical modeling setup requirements.

Lighting Analysis2 Lighting Analysis3We not only learned how to run a lighting analysis to get a results summary to show us if we passed LEED criteria of at least 75% for our building, but since this is a cloud-based analysis, we were given helpful tips on how to minimize our cloud credit usage – to make our cloud credits stretch farther.

Many of us have come to trust the analysis results from Radiance that closely match the as-built results you’ll achieve with your building. And I appreciated the studies that David shared with us comparing the LAR results side-by-side with Radiance results. This gives us a better sense for the validity of the Lighting Analysis for Revit plugin results.

Lighting Analysis4The second cloud application that David explored with us was rendering in Autodesk 360 using an output type of “Illuminance”.

Rendering Illuminance1I’ve been inspired to expand another class topic in my Synergis Advanced Revit classes to include the Lighting Analysis for Revit plugin as well as the Illuminance renderings we currently have been offering in my classes. These are some welcome technologies that have truly matured in the Revit product line.

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Curt joined Synergis in 2011 as a Solutions Engineer for the AEC Building side with over 20 years of industry experience and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture as well as a BFA in Interior Design and Planning. He has software expertise in nearly all the Autodesk architectural software having spent much of his career with Autodesk as a Technical Account Manager, and prior to this working in the AEC and Utilities industries.

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