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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.

  • = Ladybug
  • = Honeybee
  • = Butterfly
  • = Grasshopper
  • = Dynamo
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    #1 Parametric Environmental Modeling with Ladybug

    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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    #2 Parametric Daylight Modeling with Honeybee

    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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    #3 Energy Modeling for Passive Design with Honeybee

    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:

    • Prepare geometry for energy simulation
    • Customize EnergyPlus materials and constructions
    • Visualize and edit zone properties, including loads and schedules
    • Run an energy simulation
    • Interpret results using flood plots, energy balances, and geometry colored with simulation data
    • Assess adaptive thermal comfort from energy model results

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    #4 Energy Modeling for Heating/Cooling Systems 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:

    • Calculate Energy Use Intensity (EUI) from Honeybee energy models
    • Customize and edit HVAC systems in Grasshopper and the OpenStudio interface
    • Extract HVAC sizing information from Honeybee energy models
    • Visualize the peak loads of a design-day calculation
    • Assess thermal comfort using energy model results on psychrometric charts
    • Apply OpenStudio measures to your Honeybee models

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    #5 Thermal Comfort and Microclimate Mapping 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:

    • Identify which thermal comfort model should be used for a given design question
    • Plot thermal conditions on psychrometric and adaptive comfort charts
    • Use energy model results to build detailed microclimate maps of building interiors
    • Create detailed thermal comfort maps of outdoor environments
    • Map local discomfort from drafts and radiant asymmetry

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    #6 Envelope Heat Flow Modeling with Honeybee THERM

    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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    #7 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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    #8 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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    #9 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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    Create a Custom Workshop

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

    Platform (Grasshopper/Dynamo)


    If any of the options above don't fit your needs, contact us and we can look into developing a custom workshop.

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    November 12-17, 2018
    09:00-18:00
    Location

    University of New South Wales (UNSW)

    Sydney Workshops, 2018

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    A week-long series of five workshop covering a range of topics including Ladybug Fundementals, Honeybee Daylight, Honeybee Energy, and Automated Parametric Workflows.

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  • November 3-10, 2018
    09:00-18:00
    Location

    Swinburn University

    Melbourne Workshops, 2018

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    A week-long series of six workshop covering a range of topics including Ladybug Fundementals, Honeybee Daylight, Honeybee Energy, Butterfly and Automated Parametric Workflows.

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  • October 25, 2018
    14:00-18:00
    Location

    Thornton Tomasetti Office

    51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Fundementals of Envelope Heat Flow with Honeybee THERM

    Instructors: Chris Mackey, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari

    This workshop will cover workflows for such iterative heat flow modeling with Honeybee, which is currently the only CAD plugin for THERM. Participants will gain literacy with geometry preparation for THERM models, will run THERM simulations from Rhino/Grasshopper, and will learn several workflows for processing THERM results for different applications.

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  • September 13-17, 2018
    09:00-16:00
    Location

    Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

    Hack Kampmanns Plads 10, Pakhus 13, 8000 Aarhus C

    Aarhus Workshops, 2018

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    A week-long series of five workshop covering a range of topics including Ladybug Fundementals, Honeybee Daylight, Honeybee Energy, and Automated Parametric Workflows.

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  • September 7-11, 2018
    09:00-16:00
    Location

    Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

    Njalsgade 17A, Pakhus 2, 2300 Copenhagen S

    Copenhagen Workshops, 2018

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    A week-long series of five workshop covering a range of topics including Ladybug Fundementals, Honeybee Daylight, Honeybee Energy, and Automated Parametric Workflows.

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  • September 5, 2018
    13:30-17:00
    Location

    2018 International Radiance Workshop

    Loughborough University, UK

    An Introduction to Honeybee for the Radiance Users

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Sarith Subramaniam

    This three-hour session will essentially be a guided-tour of Honeybee and Honeybee[+] for an audience that is familiar, or well versed, with Radiance. The goal of the workshop is to primarily demonstrate the automation, numerical-analysis and data-visualization features afforded through the intuitive graphic interfaces of Honeybee through Grasshopper.

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  • March 19-24, 2018
    09:00-18:00
    Location

    Chapman BDSP Offices

    Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London

    London Workshops, 2018

    Instructors: Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey

    A week-long series of eight workshop covering a wide range of topics including Ladybug Fundementals, Honeybee Dalight (including Honeybee[+]), Honeybee Energy, Butterfly Airflow Modeling, and Automated Parametric Workflows.

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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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