Introduction to Lighting Analysis with Insight 360 & Revit

Lighting analysis is becoming increasingly important in the building industry. This course will teach you how to get started with this process using Insight 360, Revit, and Dynamo. Software required: Dynamo, Revit, Insight 360.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 4, 2017
Duration
2h 3m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 4, 2017
Duration
2h 3m
Description

Have you ever had a client ask you about a lighting analysis on a building and you didn't know where to start? Or even worse, you found yourself needing to hire a consultant to do this for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course, Introduction to Lighting Analysis with Insight 360 & Revit is the perfect course for you. First, you will define what it means to do a lighting analysis on a project in Revit. During this introduction, you will learn about key terms and processes that are standard practice. Next, you will look how to utilize the power of the cloud to run this analyses very quickly. From here, you will look at automated solutions to make this process easy to complete on all projects using Dynamo software. Finally, you'll wrap up with how you can communicate the results to all stakeholders. By the end this course, you'll know how to generate a lighting analysis on a Revit model very quickly. Software required: Dynamo, Revit, Insight 360.

About the author
About the author

John Pierson is a Design Technology Specialist at Parallax Team, and a Revit certified professional for all disciplines. He is also an active member of the Dynamo community and currently manages the Dynamo package Rhythm; which is among the top 5 most downloaded.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is John Pierson, and welcome to my course an Introduction to Lighting Analysis for Revit using Insight 360. I'm a computational BIM Specialist at EvolveLAB. Lighting analysis is becoming more and more popular in the building industry, and it is often misunderstood. This course is an introduction to completing this analysis in Revit using the Insight 360 plugin. Some of the major topics that we will cover include quality checking a Revit model for the analysis, discovering key terms regarding lighting analysis, awesome methods to automate portions of this analysis, and great ways to demonstrate the results to stakeholders. By the end of this course, you'll know how to generate a lighting analysis on a Revit model very quickly. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with Autodesk Revit. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn lighting analysis with the Introduction to Lighting Analysis for Revit course at Pluralsight.

Generating Lighting Analysis Views and Parameters
Hello everyone. The title of this module is Generating Lighting Analysis Views and Parameters. The big deal with generating the views and parameters needed to complete a lighting analysis is it won't run otherwise, and it's not immediately apparent how to get the parameters in your model. It's documented somewhat, but a lot of times it's something that's easy to overlook. So to summarize what we're going to go over in this module, we're going to generate the required parameters and views to complete our lighting analysis. This includes plan views. Plan views are very essential to being able to see a lighting analysis results and be able to isolate certain things that are needed to complete it. This also includes 3D views. 3D views are really great for visualization and for troubleshooting as well. Another view type that we will generate are schedules. Schedules contain a lot of data in Revit, a lot of data. So if data's kind of your thing, which it's kind of mine, schedules are pretty neat to see exactly what's going on in your model. In addition to these views, we're going to generate some additional management style views that the Insight 360 add-in does not generate on its own. These are views that I use all the time, and creating them is pretty quick, and they pay off. They save you so much time in the end, so we'll go over how to create those views as well.

Element Parameters and Model Preparation
Hello everyone. The title of this module is Element Parameters and Model Preparation. So in the previous module we generated the parameters and the views that we will be utilizing in this module, so that includes our Lighting Analysis Model View, the parameter Include In Daylighting in the rooms, and the schedule. We also generated our model management views as well. So to more definitely summarize what we're going to do in this module, we're going to assign values to the previously generated parameters. We'll do this by utilizing our management view first. We kind of touched on that a little bit previously, but we'll fully utilize this management view to be ready to upload our model for lighting analysis. We'll also show another way of adjusting these parameters by using the view or in a schedule. So what we'll do is we'll do it in a schedule as well. Some people work better in a schedule fashion, so I'll show that. That way you're aware of it as well. After looking at all of these methods, we will look at automating these changes because at the end of the day changing these parameters in a view or in a schedule is a manual method. Any time we're doing something manually or clicking more than we should, there's probably an option to automate it, so we're going to look at a really awesome way to automate this with Dynamo. I think this method that I'll show is something that you can apply all over the place, so it's one of the key takeaways of this module.

Receiving the Results and Preparing Deliverables
Hello everyone, and welcome to this module. This module's titled Receiving the Results and Preparing Deliverables. So previously we've done a lot of stuff to make sure that we're able to upload our model to the cloud to be able to run the lighting analysis. Now it's time to receive those results and look at what kind of graphic output we can get from them. So to fully summarize what we're going to go over in this module, previously we uploaded our Revit model to Insight 360 to complete the analysis, and now it's ready to come back to us. We're going to receive the results. First, we're going to accept the run from the cloud. So it already ran, but it has not charged us yet, so that's another great thing that A360 or any cloud service from Autodesk offers is it's fairly noncommittal. You can run the analysis and then see if you want to go ahead and accept it, which is pretty awesome. After we accept the run, we're going to go ahead and generate the appropriate views that are required to be able to communicate how we're doing in regards to lighting analysis. This is really awesome because now we get to see the great graphic that indicates how well or sometimes not so well we are doing when it comes to our building and our lighting analysis.