In Revit Architecture, you can create a solar
study as either of the following:
- An animation, which is a series of frames
that show shadow movement over a defined period of time.
- A still, which is a single frame that
shows shadow patterns for a specific date and time.
You save solar study
settings under a unique name so that you can view or modify the
solar study at a later time.
To create a solar study
- In a project, open a 3D view.
- Customize the view as needed to enhance
solar study analysis.
For example, you can use SteeringWheels and
ViewCube options to adjust the view. See
- On the View Control Bar, for Model Graphics
Style, select Hidden Line, Shading, or Shading with Edges.
You cannot see shadows
using the Wireframe style.
- Click View tabGraphics panel (Graphic
- Under Sun and Shadows, for Sun Position,
- In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog,
click the Still, Single-Day, or Multi-Day tab to create the desired
type of solar study:
- Still: Creates
a single frame showing shadow patterns for a specific location and
time. For example, you can view shadow patterns for a project in
Los Angeles, California, on May 10 at 3:55 PM.
Produces an animation that shows the movement of shadows at the
project location during a defined range of time on a specific day.
For example, you can track shadows from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on June
- Multi-Day: Produces
an animation that shows the impact of shadows at the project location
at a specific time of day over a defined range of days. For example,
you can view shadow patterns at 2:00 PM every day from June 20 through
The tab displays the
predefined sun and shadow settings. To create a new sun and shadow
setting, click Duplicate to copy an existing setting. In the Name
dialog, enter a descriptive name, and click OK.
- Specify settings for the solar study.
- In the Graphic Display Options dialog,
under Sun and Shadows, do the following:
- Under Edges, for Silhouette style, select
the type of lines to use if the model graphics style is Hidden Line
or Shading with Edges.
- (Optional) Under Background, select Gradient
background, and select the desired colors for the sky, horizon,
- To test the new sun and shadow settings,
- When you are finished setting up the
solar study, click OK.