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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course AEB001F valid from Spring 2016

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  • English
  • If sufficient demand
  • The main aim of this course is to learn to use digital simulation tools to assess daylighting and electric lighting inside and outside buildings. The course will thus introduce the daylighting simulation programs DIVA for Rhino, DIVA for Grasshopper and Dialux. Preliminary plans and sketches of a physical environment will be provided to the students who will have to model the building and predict daylighting levels, electric lighting and some standard daylight metrics indoors and outdoors.

    Secondary objectives of the course:
    1. Compare the output of two simulation programs (Dialux versus DIVA).
    2. Propose and verify the effect of three design alterations on daylighting levels and metrics in the building.
  • Simulation tools and analyses of light indicators are presented. Digital tutorials are presented and seminars dealing with methods to simulate and present simulation data. The course consists of lectures and exercises in which these simulation tools are tested.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • show a general orientation of different simulation tools for lighting and daylight used in construction planning and in research.
    demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the natural light indicators that can be used to assess a lighting environment, quantitatively as well as qualitatively.
    demonstrate an understanding of the algorithms behind these simulation tools and how they can affect the simulation results.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • describe the simulation tools and indicators and to account for any meaningful information they communicate.
    constructively formulate and discuss the choice of light indicators to respond to a research question or to a building issue.
    be able to present a simulation study of a building or a room with indicators and simulation tools.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of simulation methodology and indicators and how it affects the results.
    reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of simulation methods used in their research project.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • Miscellaneous
  • Tutorials and presentations by participants
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Miscellaneous
  • To pass on this course, the participants have to attend all the lectures and tutorials about the computer software and present the results of their own simulations of the building using the software introduced during the lectures.
    The final presentation will consist of a 10 000 words report stating the goal, method, results and conclusion of the study and discussing their results. Alternatively, the students could instead prepare a conference paper about their study. Suitable conferences will be suggested by the teacher.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
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Further Information
Course code
  • AEB001F
Administrative Information
  •  -06-21
  • Rektor Viktor Öwall

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