Large Scale Modeling of Wind Comfort and Safety
Using ‘Pedestrian Comfort Analysis’ App for Large Scale Modeling of Wind Comfort and Safety – Research Committee of IBPSA-USA Webinar
Assessing the impact of building-induced aerodynamics effects on pedestrian comfort and safety at a large scale is of great interest to local governments, architects, urban planners, designers, and developers. A common method of assessing pedestrian comfort is to perform a series of CFD simulations for different wind directions, combining the results with historical wind data obtained from the weather station near the site location and checking compliance with a suitable wind comfort criterion. However, existing simulation tools and methodology demand CFD expertise and in-house high-performance computing facilities.
With the advent of powerful cloud computing, a new ‘Pedestrian Comfort Analysis’ application has been developed by simulationHub that performs the CFD simulations on the cloud and provides comfort and safety plots for large-scale models within hours. Through introduction and case study, this session illustrates the ‘Pedestrian Comfort Analysis’ app to assess pedestrian wind comfort and safety across urban building design.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Prepare and export city context for external wind flow CFD simulations around buildings.
Perform pedestrian wind comfort analysis on cloud using simulationHub web application.
Visualize wind flow patterns around buildings and identify scope for design improvements.
Generate compelling and immersive visual experiences to communicate design intent.