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We hope you’ve been enjoying the summertime! We’ve been busy working away and continuing to expand the capabilities and enhance your Insight 360 experience. If you’ve been using Insight 360 between your beach vacations, you might have noticed that there have been some recent updates. Keep on reading for an overview of the updates and come back during the following weeks for deeper dives.

Still haven’t tried out Insight 360 but want to get started? Check out our new Insight walkthrough. It will give you guidance and tips on getting started. Enable it for the sample models or for any of your own Insights.

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Compare Insight factors to BIM settings

We’ve gotten a lot of user feedback that while the factors and sliders in Insight are helping them inform their design decisions, sometimes they need to be able to compare Insight options to the as built Revit model. To help with that, we’ve built in a “BIM” option in each of the Insight factors.

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Selecting the BIM option will use whatever was specified in your Revit model. For example, the Insight window-to-wall ratio factor now has a BIM option (the triangle) that will reflect the percent glazing on the specified elevation. You’ll also note that for all the factors, the BIM option has value of “0.” This is so you can easily compare different options to those that you set in Revit.

 

Glazing per Elevation

You’ve also probably noticed that the window glass factor has expanded to include the ability to change glazing selection per elevation. Now you can test and compare different glazing options on the north, south, east, and west facades. This was also a popular feature request.

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Table View

Now in addition to being able to visually compare models like in the view below, we’ve added to option to toggle between a model view and a table view.

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When you select the table view, you’ll see your insight results in tabular form like in the image below. In addition to being able to sort by max, min, and mean values, you can quickly find out what scenarios are currently applied to each model. Remember that back in May we released the ability to apply scenarios to multiple models at once, and now you can dive deeper, whether you’ve applied the same scenarios to all the models, or have a different scenario applied to each model.

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You can also control what information appears in the columns such as EUI min/max/mean, ASHRAE 90.1 and Architecture 2030 benchmarks, building area, and project date.

We’ve got more plans for this table view, so be sure to check back soon to see how it’s going to evolve.

File Export

You can already easily export a range of file formats from Revit, now you can do it directly from the Insight interface. Just select Export Energy Files and you’ll get your model in INP, IDF, and XML format. This enhancement might not help you compare design results directly in Revit, but an important one for furthering design exploration!

Export

We’ll talk more about these workflows in the coming weeks as we feature the Autodesk LowDown-ShowDown energy modeling team.

 

By now you’ve probably caught on that since Insight 360’s launch in November of last year, we are constantly working to grow and expand Insight 360’s capabilities and add new workflows that will continually help inform design decisions through the design process. Try them out and let us know what you think.

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Stephanie Egger

Stephanie Egger is a building scientist and engineer, and passionate about reducing building energy use through education. She works on the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Team where she exposes customers to the latest high performance building design tools and provides training on to how best use them. Previously she co-authored and launched a series of online courses that educate the next generation of designers. These courses and related certificate programs (Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate) teach architects and engineers the basics of sustainable design and building performance through simulation and analysis tools. Stephanie pairs the creation of these educational offerings with the commitment to continuous improvement of building-design technology to enable designers to create sustainable and meaningful designs.