Using the 3D modelling software I extruded buildings from a base plan used as a layer which i traced through to get the boundaries. The building heights were calculated based on the amount of floors.
Then a series of graphics were exported to show the shadows cast by the Sun, with the comparison between winter and summer showing morning, midday and evening shadows.
This has proved very useful in identifying microclimates and potential problems with wind while also giving a real sense of scale. I was sup prised that the terrace area of my design, by the Thame side, is not as shaded as i thought it would be and even though I was well aware of the tall building which surround the site, it is difficult to imagine the scale until creating a model.