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Scott will be presenting “A Breathing Building Skin” at the ACADIA 2010 Conference at Cooper Union in New York, taking place October 21st – 24th. The theme of the conference this year is “the changing nature of information and its impact on architectural education, research and practice,” with a focus on the roles of information in the design process, generative and evolutionary modeling, and digital fabrication.
Virtualwind is an architect-friendly Computation Fluid Dynamics simulation tool. In a previous post, we briefly outlined the steps involved in setting up a Virtualwind study. This video goes through the entire workflow from start to finish: from cleaning up the geometry in SketchUp to create a watertight model…all the way to visualizing simulation results.
Though Ambiens is technically a piece of CFD software, it allows for rapid modeling (when you get used to its quirks) and very quick simulations (often less than 2 minutes). After playing with Ambiens for about an hour, you should be able to run relatively complex studies…which is a-typical of most airflow modeling software…so as quirky as the software is, the “bang for the buck” is fairly good.
I’ve spent a bit of time putting Virtualwind through the paces. Looks like a winning piece of software. First thing to mention is: Virtualwind is intended for simple CFD studies, pedestrian-level wind for example, not complicated mechanical system studies. Second thing to mention is: it has a SketchUp plug-in…so keep this in mind as well.