This tutorial will walk you through the basic workflow from setting up your model to using the Full Floor Plate Daylight Feature.  It highlights the use of cove.tool's 3D Mode to upload building geometry with the Revit plugin v.2.3.0 or later. 



Before you Begin: 

  1. Download the latest version of the Revit Plugin
    This feature requires the latest version of the Revit Plugin (v.2.3.0 or later) from the Cove.tool App Store. This update contains additional export categories, different from the previous plugins, such as rooms and also let you export all together. If your Revit Plugin does not contain these export categories, then you will need to update the file to use the 3D Mode in cove.tool. 

  2. Create a new project in cove.tool
    Create a project in cove.tool, before starting the export process. If you have not started a project, then the Revit Plugin will not have a project location to reference for your geometry export. Start a project, complete the project-details page, then click 'save and continue'. The next step will be the Geometry Page, this is where the new Revit Plugin will come in handy. 

3. In Revit, Sign into a cove.tool project
Revit, launch your project and open a 3D View. Once open, find the Cove.tool Revit Plugin in the Add-in's tab.  

  • Sign into your cove.tool account by selecting the Update Login button, use the same login information to access your cove.tool project list.

  • Next, a project selection drop-down list will appear. If this did not automatically appear then use the Switch Project button to pull up your project list. Scroll to find your cove.tool project. If you have a mixed-use project, then begin try to follow the display order of cove.tool for your export procedure. Once you have selected a project, that selection will be the receiver of all the geometry information. If your project list does not have the project you are looking for, check that you have the project in your cove.tool account in a web browser, or that you have click save and continue and are now on a geometry page in your cove.tool project.  

  • Create Cove.tool Views

Once you have connected your file to your cove.tool account, then it is time to generate the 3D views which you will need for your geometry exports. The cove.tool views will appear in your Project Browser, as 7 new 3D Views. The categories are Roofs, Floors, Exterior Walls, Interior Walls, Windows, Skylights, and Shading Devices.

Some 3D views might appear as empty and that may be because the plugin did not identify any geometry with the correct property tag. 

  • Update each view to reflect the correct category geometry

After creating all the new views, enter into each view and hide all geometry elements that do not belong to the thermal zone of the titled use-type. If you have geometry missing in the view, then you will need to manage the visibility settings and visibility tools, to make geometry appear in the correct 3D View category.  Once this step is complete for all the views, you are ready to begin your geometry export. 

Commands that will be useful during this spot-check step will be the Visibility and Graphics Setting, the Filter Tool, the Select-Similar - in View command, the Hide - In View command, and the Show Temporarily Hidden Tool. Check out this article for why geometry might be missing in your 3D View. Note that users will have to hide interior glass partitions, as they will not impact your Daylight maps, but if included could disrupt the energy analysis.

  • Start your geometry export

After updating all the views, users can begin the export process. For each category open the 3D View then select the each export button in the Add-in's Tab. If you have different or multiple 3D Views open during a specific category export, the area data could fall into the wrong cove.tool geometry category. Therefore make sure you only have one view open at a time, the export category, during a geometry export. Also do not forget to export your building height which uses an elevation of your building and does not require a 3D View. If you got the wrong building height export, check out this article for troubleshooting. 

4. Back in cove.tool, refresh your geometry page
After starting the export process, make sure to return to cove.tool every now-and-then to see that your geometry is exporting correctly. To check, just refresh the browser page which should cause export geometry categories to auto-complete in the manual input page. Complete these steps for the rest of the categories, and you should be ready to go to the Daylight/ 3D Mode. If you are still seeing an error which requires your geometry to be uploaded, return to Revit and make sure you have exported all the necessary categories. Note that the only required fields are Roofs, Floors, Exterior Walls, Windows, and Building Height. The other categories will not be required in order to run the simulation and daylight model. Also if you have a mixed use export you should attempt to follow the export procedure as displayed in the left-displayed icons (example. Mixed-use icons, display Office-type at top, Education in the middle, and Retail at the bottom of the stack, then complete your geometry exports in this order.)

5. Get the results for full-floor daylight analysis
Once all categories are complete, then go to the Daylight Page. Check out your sDA% scores and continue with the project.

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