Using Licaso is quite easy. However, before you access Licaso, you must create your daylight model in AGi32 or Revit and ElumTools must be installed in Revit. The steps to prepare the models are detailed in separate sections. For the basics, see "Getting Started". For the details see the separate topics of "Preparing a Revit Model" and "Preparing an AGi32 Model."
Access Licaso from within AGi32 or ElumTools
From within AGi32 or ElumTools you will access the command to run the annual daylight simulation given the site location, project orientation and selected weather file. Lighting Analysts Weather Database must be installed. Upon execution of the command, Licaso will open and begin processing the annual simulation. Simple projects will run extremely fast while more complex/larger areas will take longer (but will still be one or more levels of magnitude faster than competitive tools).
You will see Licaso processing the sun and sky components in the main rendered view. When complete, the Licaso Main view will display a rendering of the surface luminance on December 21st, at 11:30 AM. Other dates and times can be selected from the controls.
When the simulation is complete, experiment in the Licaso Main View
You can animate the rendering and view the behavior of the model across all samples for any day of the year, or for a set time of day for the entire year. Slow the frame rate if desired. Watch this short video.
In the Licaso Main view, you can superimpose graphical Contours (Spatial Maps and Isolines) of the various Daylight Metrics and individual sampling points if you like by checking the boxes in the View Display Settings (below).
Create additional views as needed
Licaso can have any number of "Views". They are added from the Add View menu in the upper left corner of the interface. Each view will appear on its own tab as shown below. View types can be Rendered (like the main view, not shown below), Spatial map (not superimposed on a rendering), Temporal Map, Temporal Map Table and Calculation Summary. The last four mentioned view types are shown below.
Explore the Results Settings area of Licaso
All of the independent calculation grids placed in the model are listed in the "Calc Points View Settings" section on the left side of the Licaso interface. The calculation grids can be switched on and off using the check boxes. When disabled in a view, they will not participate in the statistics. Each grid can utilize a different occupancy schedule and be subject to different calculation thresholds.
Summarize and report
The Calculation Summary view type will summarize each individual calculation grid based on the thresholds applied to the metric selected in the View Display Settings as shown below.
Every view created can be included in a report that can also contain a free-form Introduction and Conclusion that can be created in other applications and pasted into the Licaso report. Images can be included as well. The Settings command from the Report menu provides access to the ability to customize your reports. Individual views can be included or ignored by the report based on the check box in the View Settings area as shown below.
The Print Preview reveals tools that can be used to further customize your reports. When happy with the format of your report (you can open and close and add/remove as you like), you can print directly or export to PDF as shown below.