Evaluate Your Completed Simulation in Licaso

When the simulation is complete the elapsed calculation time will be shown at the bottom of the Licaso interface. Additional technical details can be found in the Calculation Summary command from the Calculation menu. Daylight specific details of the calculation such as site location, orientation and weather station can be found in the Daylighting selection from the Calculation menu. Radiosity calculation details can be found in the Settings selection. Once the file is saved in Licaso none of these can be modified.


Main view

On initial completion Licaso displays a rendered view of surface luminance for all geometry included in the simulation on December 21st, 11:30 AM as shown in the View Display Settings. You can examine other times and dates using the scrolling controls. Animations can be performed from the controls in the View Display Settings panel and can be extremely useful, see this video. The Main view tab also shows the default index position of (1). Indexes are used when organizing your report and can be adjusted from the View Settings panel.

When the simulation is complete, there are no metrics superimposed on the Main rendered view. You can superimpose calculation points and Contours (Isolines and/or Spatial Maps) for various daylight metrics on the view by selecting the check boxes for Show Calc Points and Show Contours in View Display Settings.


Adding Additional Views

The ability to add additional views of various types is the key to making Licaso perform the analysis you are interested in. Use the Add View menu to select other types of views. These can be Spatial Maps (map only, no rendered geometry), Temporal Maps, Temporal Map Charts and Calculation Summaries.

As an example, the Spatial Map below shows Continuous Daylight Autonomy for a series of spaces in a Revit model. Notice how all calculation grids are checked on the left side of the Licaso interface in the Calc Points View Settings area. This means that all of these spaces are being considered in the overall Spatial number shown in the Licaso viewer.

Each calculation grid (1 per space) has specific settings for daylight metric thresholds and occupancy. These can be different if you wish. Access to the Daylight Results Settings is in the right side of the Calc Points View Settings dialog.

In this example, notice there are several spaces in the middle of the spatial map that are blue in color. These spaces receive no daylight and most likely should not be considered. They could have been disabled in ElumTools (pre-Licaso) by not including those spaces in the ElumTools calculation. However, it is easy in Licaso to simply uncheck their calc grids in Calc Points View Settings. We have done this in the capture below.

Set Daylight Metric Thresholds and Occupancy

Each calculation point grid can use a different occupancy model and set of daylight metric thresholds. These settings are controlled from the Calc Points View Settings area. The right side of the tabular list of calculation grids has a pull down menu for the Results Settings assigned to each grid. You can edit the Results Settings by clicking on the ellipsis button (...) at the right end of each line. The Results Settings includes all daylight metric thresholds and occupancy models.

You can also (and are encouraged to) create your own custom Result Settings. This can include an occupancy model (factory delivered or your own) and unique daylight metric threshold settings. Do this by copying one of the factory groups using the small icons (below) and edit the settings to meet your needs. See the Calc Point View Settings topic for additional information.

Once you have created your custom Results Settings, you can easily apply it to any calculation grid from the pull down menu in the table.

Summarizing Results

When you have all the spatial and temporal map views created for various grids, use the Add View - Calculation Summary to help in the presentation of results. The daylight metric enabled in the View Display Settings area will be summarized in the view. You can toggle easily between daylight metrics with only one Calculation Summary View, but when you are ready to create the report, you will need to add a separate Calculation Summary view for each daylight metric used.