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Project Level (RVT File)
  • Initialize Project command adds ElumTools specific views and parameters
  • Upgrade existing projects on open
  • ElumTools Project Information command shows version history
  • Data Storage
    • ElumTools is no longer storing data on Revit Project Information
    • ElumTools data stored using the ElumTools_ProjectInfo view

Luminaires, Luminaire Manager, Luminaire Families
  • Support for “flexed” light sources
  • Support for hidden (non-shared, nested) sources
  • Support for multiple sources per luminaire
  • ElumTools is delivered with a library of generic luminaire families for you to match with your choice of IES files (you can use the Instabase!)
  • Color Filters and Color Temperature are supported for calculation and visualization
  • The Instabase is now accessible from ElumTools – search for IES photometric files by source, wattage, application and more!
Materials
  • A “Luminaire Luminous” option is included in Advanced Properties to easily make family materials appear luminous
  • Name-based rules for material names:
    • If the name contains “Ignore”
      • Surface type is automatically set to Ignore
    • If the name contains “Light Source”
      • Surface type is automatically set to Opaque
      • Luminaire Luminous option is automatically enabled
Dramatically simplify your lighting calculation work flow by assigning surface reflectances by Revit Category instead of, or in combination with the by material option. The ability to assign reflectance to a Revit category permits a generic reflectance to be used for a wide ranging number of surfaces such as all ceilings, walls and floors. Other categories can be simplified as well such as all furniture, pipes, ducts and stairs for example. Assigning the reflectance to the category overrides the assignment of reflectances to all the different materials that may be used in the category.
To use the Category Override feature you need only to select the new radio button at the top of the dialog as shown. ElumTools sorts the Revit Categories and extracts several “Common” categories and places them at the top of the dialog for ease of access. Among them are ceiling, walls, floors and transparent glazing surfaces (Glass). To enable a category override, just check the box and set the reflectance (if different from the default).


View Renderings and Manage Renderings Commands
  • Renderings are saved and stored in the Revit project. This can be disabled as desired
  • The View Rendering command recalls any previously calculated visualization, just click on the calculation volume.
  • The Manage Renderings Command provides a list of calculated renderings for all calculated volumes.
  • Renderings are deleted when calculation points are invalidated
  • Works in all three calculation modes (Default, Emergency, Daylighting)
  • Renderings are attached to calculation points (must have calculation points for rendering to be saved)
Calculation/Visualization Viewer
  • Light source color temperature is supported in rendering (if enabled)
  • A post radiosity process ray trace can be applied to your renderings for crisp shadows and luminance gradients

New Patch & Element Mesh
Are you a student of Radiosity? Probably not. However, if you even have a tiny bit of curiosity as to how the ElumTools calculation engine treats surfaces for the purpose of calculating reflected light, you will see value in our mesh display option (calculation viewer mesh display options). Select the Patch/Element option to see the Patches (emitters or virtual light sources) shown in blue, as well as the Elements (receivers or lumen collectors) shown in red.

Filter visibility by view
You can elect to include or ignore entities by controlling their visibility in a 3D View titled “ElumTools Working View” which is automatically created. Simply go to that view and use Revit’s Visibility Graphics (VG) to hide geometry you prefer not to consider, like furniture for example.

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