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Workshops


From the IBPSA conference, to ACADIA, to workshops in private offices, we have trained designers, engineers and building simulation experts alike. We pride ourselves on our ability to teach to different levels of expertise and we tailor our training material to meet the audience's needs. Check out our workshop packages to book a workshop for your office or institution and see our upcoming workshops to register for public workshops that are already scheduled.

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Number of days :: Workshop level (Beginner/Intermediate/advanced)

Platform (Grasshopper/Dynamo)


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  • = Ladybug
  • = Honeybee
  • = Butterfly
  • = Grasshopper
  • = Dynamo

    #1 Parametric/generative modeling essentials for Ladybug Tools

    1 day :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This course covers the essentials for getting started with Grasshopper and Ladybug Tools.

    The course is tailored towards professionals with limited or no experience in parametric modeling.

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    #2 Ladybug basics

    1 day :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This course covers essential workflows with Ladybug. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Import and visualize weather data
    • Calculate outdoor thermal comfort
    • Draw interactive diagrams and apply conditional statements
    • Run radiation and solar access analyses
    • Generate customized result visualizations

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    #3 Honeybee basics for daylighting

    1 day :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper and Dynamo


    This course covers essential workflows for daylight simulation with Honeybee. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Prepare geometry for daylight simulations
    • Create Radiance materials
    • Generate different Radiance skies
    • Run grid-based and view-based daylight studies
    • Generate customized result visualization

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    #4 Honeybee basics for energy simulation

    1 day :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This course covers essential workflows for energy simulation with Honeybee. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

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    #5 Getting started with Ladybug and Honeybee for daylighting

    2 days :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper and Dynamo


    This is the combination of workshops #2 and #3 in two days.

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    #6 Getting started with Ladybug and Honeybee for energy simulation

    2 days :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This is the combination of workshops #2 and #4 in two days.

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    #7 Honeybee basics for
    U-value modeling

    1 day :: Beginner level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This course covers essential workflows for envelope heat flow modeling with Honeybee and LBNL Therm + Window. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Prepare geometry for Therm models
    • Search and import glazing assemblies from the International Glazing Database (IGDB)
    • Run a therm simulation
    • Calculate assembly u-values to compare construction details
    • Visualize heat flow and interpret results to improve details

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    #8 Thermal comfort modeling with Honeybee

    1 day :: Intermediate level

    Available for Grasshopper Only


    This course covers workflows indoor thermal comfort modeling with Honeybee. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Calculate hourly thermal comfort from energy model results
    • Plot thermal conditions from energy models on psychrometric and adaptive comfort charts
    • Use energy model results to build detailed microclimate maps of building interiors
    • Map local discomfort from drafts and radiant asymmetry

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    #9 HVAC modeling and sizing with Honeybee

    1 day :: Intermediate level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This course covers workflows HVAC modeling with Honeybee. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Extract HVAC sizing information from Honeybee energy models
    • Visualize the peak loads of a design-day calculation
    • Customize Honeybee's HVAC templates
    • Edit Honeybee's HVAC systems within the OpenStudio interface
    • Apply OpenStudio measures to your Honeybee models

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    #10 Automated iterative modeling + analysis

    1 day :: Intermediate level

    Available for Grasshopper only


    This workshop covers the best practices for automating parametric iterative studies. In this workshop, you will:

    • Select design criteria
    • Build a parametric energy model that represents these criteria
    • Automatically run through the design space of all possible combinations of these criteria
    • Visualize your results using Design Explorer

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    #11 CFD modeling with Butterfly

    1 day :: Intermediate level

    Available for Grasshopper and Dynamo


    This workshop covers essential workflows for airflow simulations with Butterfly and OpenFOAM. In this workshop, you will:

    • Receive an overview of CFD essentials
    • Create a case folder
    • Mesh geometry for CFD
    • Run the case through OpenFOAM
    • Visualize the results

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    #12 Advanced daylight modeling with Honeybee

    1 day :: Advanced level

    Available for Grasshopper and Dynamo


    This workshop covers advanced annual daylight modeling with Honeybee[+]. In this workshop, you will:

    • Recieve an overview of essential Radiance methods
    • Run a daylight coefficient study
    • Run a multi-phase daylight model
    • Add dynamic shading and blind controls to your model

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    October 19, 2017
    09:00-18:00
    Location

    Thornton Tomasetti Offices

    51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    D3.js and Mandrill: Data Management and Visualization

    Instructors: Konrad Sobon, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    This lab will be an introduction to data visualization with D3.js, Mandrill and Dynamo. It will also be an introduction to concepts of data acquisition, formatting and visualization.

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  • October, 13th, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location

    The Center for Architecture

    536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 1001

    Energy Analysis & Modeling Tools for Architects

    Instructors: Chris Mackey, Mingbo Peng

    Through prepared (modeled) examples, on-site instructors will provide a practical understanding of current energy modeling workflows and analyses for project design team members. Analyses will include early design sensitivity studies, later design analyses that support proposals to clients, energy modeling for LEED, and code compliance modeling.

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  • August 6, 2017
    08:00-17:00
    Location

    Pacific Energy Center

    851 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Energy and Envelope Design with Honeybee OpenStudio + Therm

    Instructors: Chris Mackey, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari

    The session will focus on building energy modeling and envelope U-value modeling with the Honeybee plugin for Grasshopper. In the morning, participants will setup a parametric energy model and use it to perform a sensitivity analysis to inform intermediate stages of design. In the afternoon, instructors will explain the basics of modeling construction details with Honeybee THERM. Honeybee is currently the only plugin linking LBNL THERM and WINDOW to a CAD interface and so it provides the only alternative to THERM’s own drawing interface. At the end of the workshop, the results of the THERM models will be used to inform the energy models built in the morning.

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  • August 5, 2017
    08:00-17:00
    Location

    Pacific Energy Center

    851 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Climate Data + Daylight Workflows with Ladybug + Honeybee

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    The session will focus on creating workflows for several types of sun-related studies using Ladybug and Honeybee. The morning will cover weather data visualizations as participants learn the logic of using Grasshopper and basic principles for generating customized climate graphics with Ladybug. The afternoon will explain the workflows for daylight modeling with Honeybee as participants learn to automate and run more advanced studies. Each half of the workshop will open with a short presentation defining the motivations for running the given studies followed by a hands-on tutorial and design exercise.

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  • December 8, 2016
    14:00-18:00
    Location

    Thornton Tomasetti Offices

    51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    An introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics with Butterfly

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    This workshop will introduce Butterfly – the newest addition to the insect community of Ladybug + Honeybee. Butterfly allows one to set-up and run advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations from inside Grasshopper using the validated, open source engine OpenFOAM. It’s recommended that you have at least a year-worth of visual scripting experience for attending this workshop. Grasshopper will be used for the workshop’s hands-on exercises but a number of similar examples and workflows will be shown with DynamoBIM. Prior knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamic is preferred but not required.

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  • December 8, 2016
    09:00-13:00
    Location

    Thornton Tomasetti Offices

    51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Advanced Parametric Daylight Modeling: The Multi-phase approach with Honeybee[+]

    Instructors: Sarith Subramaniam, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    This workshop introduces multi-phase daylighting modeling with Honeybee. It is intended for intermediate to advanced Honeybee users, who know how to set-up and run an annual daylighting analysis with Honeybee.

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  • October 19-21, 2015
    09:00-17:00
    Location

    University of Cincinnati SAID

    Open data and performance

    Instructors: Elcin Ertugrul, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    The workshop focuses on computational tools and workflows for exploring, analyzing and visualizing large, complex and dynamic geospatial data in a parametric visual scripting environment. Through a series of hands-on tutorials, attendees will be introduced to several different methods of quantitative environmental analysis using geospatial 'Open Data' and temporal climate data. Participants will practice different techniques of optimization and solution-finding, such as “brute force and filtering” and “multi-objective analysis” in order to address a number of design exercises presented during the workshop.

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