Hi there,

Is it possible to set up an UMI model and run the simulation all in grasshopper?

To give some context:

I'm developing a generation-evaluation algorithm in Grasshopper. The code is responsible for generating thousands of random community design scenarios along with random placements of PV panels and for each generated community the code needs to simulate a community-wide energy consumption and PV energy production. The entire generation process is now automated and I'm working on the simulation part.

Currently, the generative part of the code develops a 3D model of a community and assigns random functions to the buildings (residential, commercial, etc.). I want to know that if I create some template building settings in UMI, will I be able to use the limited UMI components in grasshopper to assign each template to its designated building function, run the simulation automatically, and export the data as a .csv file? 

If yes, do you know how can I do that? 



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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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