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UMI v2.0 or any recommendation

Hi UMI team

Just want to say that UMI seems to be a very useful tool in architecture and urban planning issues. Right now i'm working with a professor investigator and we are very interested in using UMI in a research about hi density housing and all the implied issues.…


Posted by Oswaldo Lau on October 30, 2014 at 2:58pm

UMI version 2

Hey UMI team

I am really looking forward to the new version. We are in June now - when can we expect the new release? ;)



Posted by daniel nielsen on June 3, 2014 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Excellent Seminar.

Great presentation of best urban practices and UMI applications through speakers and student work. I look forward to trying out the software!

Quick question - is the financial-based aspect of UMI place specific?

Posted by Adelle York on May 8, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment


Outdoor Comfort calculation 1 Reply

Hi, Please can you tell me if the outdoor comfort simulation is still available.ThanksContinue

Tags: comfort, Outdoor

Started by Ben Cuter. Last reply by Cody Rose Dec 17, 2015.

Error saving project 3 Replies

I have a serious problem installing your software in Rhinoceros 5My problem is that, when I create a new file or I open an existing project, never have written the project information in the pop-up…Continue

Started by Berna. Last reply by Cody Rose Nov 23, 2015.

no ".ill" file created for Direct Sun calcs 1 Reply

I'm getting the following errors in the rhino toolbar - "hea file error...runDAYSIM failed" which isn't allowing the simulation to create the required .ill file. any chance this has to do with…Continue

Tags: .ill, DAYSIM

Started by Joel Yow. Last reply by Cody Rose Nov 12, 2015.

operational energy sim -> results 2 Replies

Hello forum!I have 2 inquiries :1. Running the operational energy simulation over and over without changing any of the parameters every time and on the exact same building produces results that are…Continue

Started by Thanasis Paraschos. Last reply by Thanasis Paraschos Nov 3, 2015.


In Short

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Umi is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation EFRI_SEED project, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Kuwait-MIT Center, the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT, Transsolar Climate Engineering and United Technologies Corporation.

A first public version of Umi was released during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Version 2.0, which also includes an embodied energy module, was released on November 7th 2014.

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