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Views from the Sun

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Length: 10 minutes

Set-up

Confirm the Project North and Project Geolocation are set correctly: ARCHICAD > Project Preferences > Project Location…

Place the Views from the Sun object into the model space or worksheet. Align its centre with the centre of your project (the centre of interest).

The object then reads the Project North angle and Project coordinates (latitude, longitude) and adjusts its orientation automatically.

General settings


  • Study Type: Choose required type of study. Winter Solstice (June 21), Summer Solstice (December 21), March Equinox (March 21) or September Equinox (September 23) are available options.
  • +1hr Daylight Savings? Check this option to add one extra hour for daylight saving circumstances
  • Time Zone: Set the project Time Zone (10 for Sydney)
  • Time Range: Set the time range, available in 30 minute increments
  • Interval: Can be set to 1 hour or 30 minutes increments
  • Camera Distance: Set the distance of the cameras from the objects centre origin here > the bigger the distance the more accurate the study
    [asideguide type=”note”]Axonometric projection mode is required to generate very accurate View from Sun diagrams, however it is not possible to setup ARCHICAD Cameras as axonometric. To work around this ARCHICAD limitation, you need to set up cameras as far as possible from the objects centre to minimise the perspective distortion. We recommend to set the Distance to a minimum 2,000,000 mmu2019s.[/asideguide]
  • Camera Target Z Height: Set this height to the RL of your projects Ground Floor level.

2D representation

  • Adjust pen colours, font and line type in this dialog.
[asideguide type=”note”]When set, the object calculates each Cameras orientation and height for the respective time on the choose date.[/asideguide]

Camera setup

Create a separate Path for each respective date that is required.

Place the first Camera as shown by the object. The first insertion point is the location of the Camera, the second insertion point identifies the Target of Camera which is in the centre of the object. Open the Camera Settings dialog and set the following parameters:

  • Camera Z: Type Z Height distance indicated by the object.
  • Target Z: Is the value previously set as Camera Target Z Height (height to the RL of your projects Ground Floor level).
  • View Cone: A fairly small angle ranging from 1 to 7 degrees depending on the distance of the Camera from the centre of your project (and the project size).
  • Sun position > Date and Time: Date and Time should match exactly the date and time of the Camera as shown by the object (for example: when the study is for Winter Solstice at 9am set the Sun to 21/06 9:00:00 am)

Us the eyedropper tool to pickup the first Camerau2019s parameters and place all other Cameras with the the copied settings.
Next select Cameras one by one and adjust Cameras Z height and Sun position > Date and Time for the respective time as shown by the object.

[asideguide type=”note”]The Sun icon will align with Camera Azimuth when set accordingly.[/asideguide]

Publishing diagrams

Set the diagrams up as Views in View Map with related view settings and:

  • Place the previously saved views on a Layout or choose to publish as image files instead

  • Save the Diagrams as Keyframe (only) images via the Document > Creative Imaging > Create Fly -Through dialog.