Dynamo view analysis

In this previous tutorial I demonstrated how to undertake various view analyses in Grasshopper with Ladybug. Some of these analyses can also now be performed in Revit within Dynamo. This tutorial will show you how to create a 2D isovist by creating filled regions and if desired, assigning the fitness of the view to a room parameter in which it is associated.


One of the simplest methodologies for undertaking a view analysis is to use an isovist. An isovist┬áis the volume of space visible from a given point in space. Isovists are naturally three-dimensional, but they may also be studied in two-dimensions. Back in June, Nate Miller updated his LunchBox Dynamo Package to include a new isovist node, ‘Intersection.CreateIsovist’. Furthermore, with the release of Dynamo 1.2.0, there is now the ability to create filled regions with the ‘FilledRegion.ByCurves’ node. This means that not only can isovists be analysed but they can be visualised and documented within a Revit project. This is beneficial for projects where visibility is importance, such as urban planning, shopfronts in a retail mall, or patient visibility from a hospital’s nurse station. In this scenario, the ‘fitness’ of the solution can be considered the area of the isovist. The larger the area, the greater the visibility.



To simply the workflow I have created the ‘FilledRegion.ByIsovist’ node in the BVN Dynamo package. The script requires an element to define the centre or eye location. I have used a setout point generic annotation family for this. Once the script is complete, this category can then be turned off via visibility graphics if desired.



Next we need to select the walls which will act as a boundary for the isovist. The easiest way to do this on a floorplate is to select a couple of walls and then isolate by category. This will allow you to select all the walls by dragging a rectangular window. (Note that you are unable to shift select multiple elements in Dynamo). The isovist will conform to any window or door openings in the walls.




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