ModelIT

The single central 3D data model at the heart of the VE provides geometry and data shared by all applications.

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Overview

  • 3D Model data management for all your performance analysis modelling: creation, import, modification, dynamic visualisation
  • Build models suitable for any stage of the design process; from simple to fully developed detail
  • Room information management, grouping and template creation
  • Geometry shared by all VE applications

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ModelIT screenshot

ModelIT screenshot

MGM Grand City Centre

Adjustable sky background (in ModelViewerII)

Solar Arc feature

Solar Arc feature in ModelViewerII

Real time shading analysis

Real time shadow feature

Burj Dubai imported into the VE for analysis

IES VE model superimposed onto Google Earth.

Geometric PV Panels

Technical Details

ModelIT enables you to build a 3D analysis model with or without CAD data.  It is the principle modelling tool within the Virtual Environment.  Any information stored can be easily shared and manipulated within VE-Gaia and any VE-Pro module.

It’s easy to learn, you do not need CAD experience; anyone can use it at any stage of the design process.

3D Model import

  • SketchUp plug-in
  • Revit plug-in
  • Trelligence Affinity integration
  • gbXML import facility (constructions automatically assigned)

2D CAD import

  • Create a 3D model using 2D DXF drawings as an underlay with our ConstructDXF tool.
  • Windows, doors and holes automatically created in surfaces
  • Building Template information automatically assigned to each 3D space as it is created.
  • Alternatively use our DXF trace over function

Geometry Creation

  • Use different 3D objects to quickly build your model: Rectangular, Non-Rectangular, Spherical, Hemispherical, Cylindrical, Pyramid
  • Full range of editing features: cut, move, copy, paste, rotate, push/pull, merge, split
  • Shading surfaces can be assigned: adjacent buildings, topographical shades, local shades
  • Windows, doors or holes can be defined on any surface
  • Components can be added from the library or created: tables, chairs, trees, columns etc.
  • Attributes can be modified for individual rooms or groups of rooms
  • Rooms can be assigned to different modelling ‘layers’ for easy inspection
  • Geometry can be visualised and edited from standard views; plan, front, back, right, left, axonometric
  • Locks and snaps make it easy to draw and modify rooms: grid, endpoint, midpoint and nearest point
  • Site location and model orientation can be easily set and modified
  • Ruler & protractor tools
  • Open Street Map (OSM) connection allows the import of surrounding buildings and geometry
  • ShapeFile and gml import support

Fast Track Functions

  • Rooms within models can be conveniently grouped to help analysis and assignment of data
  • Room and surface attributes are automatically calculated, displayed and are editable on integrated views when selected: name, ID, floor area, wall area, eternal opening area
  • Percentage glazing, sill/window heights or window arrays can be changed globally
  • Automatic pitched roof generator
  • Floor and ceiling height editor
  • Partition tool to quickly split existing zones
  • Duplicates of repeated window/door arrays can be created to quickly transfer duplicated information
  • Drag Face function allow volumes to be resized quickly
  • DXF trace over function
  • Storey extruder to create multiple stories from a single zone or multiple spaces
  • Zone split to take any existing zone/s and partition vertically into different spaces for stratified zone or floor/ceiling plenums
  • Option to assign constructions and/or Macroflo properties to openings based on current selection criteria

Building Template Manager

  • Each space you create in the model is automatically assigned generic room information which is organised by the Building Template Manager 
  • All information is editable – you can even create your own library of templates
  • The templates contain information such as occupancy profiles, constructions, surface colours and building control information
  • You can access the relevant parts of the room information from VE-Gaia or any VE-Pro module, and add additional information specific to that application.
  • The process is extremely fast and efficient, minimising the risk of data entry errors
  • Rooms can be grouped for easy assignment and editing of data
  • The system allows you to fast start projects or help prepare project bids without significant data input

Free Navigator Capabilities

These innovative, easy to follow workflows enhance capabilities already available within ModelIT.  They incorporate Quality Assurance (QA) and offer guidance on key functionality from set-up through to simulation; saving users valuable time, and promoting easy team collaboration and training.

  • Geometry
    • Settings
    • Draw Spaces
    • Draw from DXF
    • Draw Features and Shades
    • Room Groupings
       
  • Interoperability Navigator
    • Pulls all the Interoperability capability into one simple workflow with enhanced model checking, healing and guidance
    • All the import settings, modelling guidance and advanced functionality is all within this single navigator
    • Best practice and modelling guidance for creating your BIM models throughout the whole process and a useful workflow

ModelViewerII Visualisation Options

  • Fly through capability
  • Dynamic pan, zoom and orbit control
  • View from any perspective or distance
  • Textures, rendering and sketch style options
  • X-ray display mode
  • View colours can be customised
  • Easily export images & videos for use in client demonstrations
  • Simplified camera path functionality for video creation and reporting
  • Video formats supported include .avi, .mpg, .mp4 and .wmv
  • Adjustable sky background
  • Ability to turn on/off grid lines to give perspective and scale

Geometric Photovoltaic Panels

  • Create geometric PV panels using the ‘Place free-standing PV tool in ModelIT
  • Panels are modelled in SunCast as objects with the potential to both give and receive shade
  • Use the PV Types editing tool to specify their photovoltaic and metering attributes

Solar Shading / Solar Arc Options

  • View real time shadows on 3D Model – choose the date and time you want
  • Visualise sun position in the sky in relation to the 3D Model. You can choose to toggle on or off views which show: azimuth, altitude, defined time, sun rise and sun set times, autumn equinox, summer & winter solstices
  • Video animations can be created across time periods
  • Both can be viewed on a minute by minute basis across the year
  • Modify the size of both the arc and the sun to match the model footprint, should the default settings not be suitable

ModelViewer: Scenes

Define and save multiple view positions and parameters as "scenes" - this allows the user to save the camera’s position for a preferred viewpoint

  • Scenes are saved with your model – no need to reset the camera position
  • Save views and view attributes within Input Data Visualisation
  • View real time shadows on the 3D model - set a series of scenes for the same day of each month
  • Scenes can be imported - so that preferred viewpoints / styles for showing data on the model(s) can be easily reused
  • Images can be exported - for consistency within your reports or presentations