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Autodesk Project Vasari and Revit feature an interactive 3D sunpath diagram can help you visualize shadows and understand the sun’s position throughout the day and year. This workflow diagram, and the videos below, can help you understand the tool.
Also see the Using the Sun Path page on Vasari's WikiHelp.
For your shadow study, you’ll need to model important site elements like surrounding buildings, vegetation, and in some cases topography. See the Site & Topography in Vasari and Revit page to learn how.
To get the most from sun and shadow studies in Autodesk Revit and Project Vasari, you need to both know how to manipulate the Sun Path tool, and be strategic about which days and times you simulate. The sun settings that are most appropriate for your analysis depend on your design goals.
Learn more in the solar position article about important design days like solstices and equinoxes.
This video shows basic sunpath and shadow settings in Revit and Vasari.
Setting Different Days and Times in Sun and Shadow Studies
Learn how to create sun and shadow studies in Autodesk Revit and Vasari that change based on the day and time required for analysis
Shadow study and sunpath additional tips in Revit and Vasari
See more information about the Sun Path options on Vasari WikiHelp:
Optimizing building form based on sun studies
Creating building form based on sun studies in Revit and Vasari
Example of Creating Building Form based on Sun Studies in Autodesk Revit or Vasari
Autodesk Vasari and Revit’s sun path tools are best for visual feedback and can be used to create compelling still images and animations very quickly.
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Everything in the built environment is designed, from the smallest computer chip to the largest city. With Autodesk software, users can reduce the environmental impacts of their designs. Visit the Autodesk Sustainable Design Center: autodesk.com/sustainabledesign.