Tuesday 26 November 2013

Analyze your Building in a Wind Tunnel

Project Falcon, from Autodesk Labs  is application that allows you to simulates air flow around vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment, consumer products, or other objects of your choosing in a virtual wind tunnel. 

"Falcon technology is extremely geometry tolerant and easy to use, enabling you to begin seeing and understanding air flow behavior within seconds of starting the application. Results update almost in real-time in response to changes in wind-direction and speed that you specify. Visualization tools available within the Falcon family of applications include 2D and 3D flow lines, shaded result planes, vector plots, and surface pressure shading. Quantified outputs include velocity, pressure, drag force, and drag coefficient."


Recently they also added a plug in for Revit which will allow you to analyze the affects of your building design to wind allowing you to position the building to either maximise the gain from a prevailing breeze or to shelter a specific area such as outdoor gathering spaces or a pool area.

It's very easy to use and set up using the correct time, location and desired orientation of the building.

you can also use Project Falcon on:
  • Project Falcon stand-alone (installs on Windows and Mac and requires no CAD software)
  • Project Falcon for Inventor (add-in that runs inside Autodesk® Inventor® 2014 64-bit software)
  • Project Falcon for Revit (add-in that runs inside all versions of Autodesk® Revit® 2014 64-bit software) 
  • Project Falcon for AutoCAD (add-in that runs in Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2014 64-bit software)
But not for long, this preview will operate until January 31, 2014.
I'm hoping then it'll be released as a add on tool from the App center.

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