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Example's page not working

Hello to everyone, First of all, thankyou for the tool I'm trying to learn about it but for some reason it seems that the example's page is…

Started by Pablo Gomez Rodriguez

3 Jan 28
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Day-lighting module and possibility of using UMI with Grasshopper in Urban Context

Hello, I am looking for Energy Modeling and Daylighting analysis for a large urban setup.I am looking for following: 1. Day-lighting module…

Started by Javed Iqbal

0 Jan 25

umi energy error

Hello, I have a question regarding the energy simulation. When I try to simulate an umi file I get the  umi energy error: Could not find fi…

Started by Manousos Syngelakis

2 Jan 5
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Modelling of buildings

Hello, I am new to umi so I would like to ask you the following. I need to study some buildings from the energy prospect. I have some terra…

Started by Manousos Syngelakis

9 Nov 29, 2016
Reply by Cody Rose

Energy simulation

Hello, I have the following problem. I'm following the tutorial to show energy simulation, I just make one box, fix the layers but no data…

Started by Marco Meloni

2 Oct 6, 2016
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Operational energy simulation error

Hello I have the following problem. After changing from comma to dot as the decimal symbol in control panel, I was able to get some figures…

Started by Manousos Syngelakis

3 Aug 23, 2016
Reply by Cody Rose

Installation difficulty

Hi, Just installed Umi under Rhino 5.0 and Windows 10. The installation was clean and no errors reported on starting Rhino - but also no s…

Started by Paul

4 Jul 25, 2016
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Does UMI simulate below grade spaces?

Hello all, Does UMI simulate below grade spaces (portion below site boundary surface)? When I assign a building template, I get windows on…

Started by J Kim

3 Jul 22, 2016
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UMI not working after installation

Dear all, after installing UMI 2.1 on my Windows 7 64 bit desktop the following error occurs when trying using it from the toolbar: Loading…

Started by Vincenzo Costanzo

2 Jun 14, 2016
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UMI Grasshopper Plug-in

Hello, I'm doing a dissertation project on the optimisation of urban massing and orientation. I was planning on using evolutionary algorith…

Started by Andrew Komarnycky

2 Jun 13, 2016
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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. Since 2012, Umi has been  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. Further tool developed is now also being conducted at the Environmental Systems Lab at Cornell University.

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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