Calculating building shadow

09-02-2016 10:08 AM
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I have a building footprint (.shp) including the height of buildings. (Attachment)

How would it be possible computing the shadow of buildings at a more or less a certain time of the day of the year?

I would be also interested in computing the amount of incoming solar energy in that day...

I'm using ArcGIS 10.3 (all the extensions are available) in Win 8.1.
Many thanks for your help

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I have not used this tool, but it looks like it may be what you are seeking:

Sun Shadow Volume—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

Note:  you will need a copy of the 3D Analyst extension.

If you do have access to 3D Analyst, there are also a set of Solar Radiation tools that may be of use:

An overview of the Solar Radiation tools—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

Chris Donohue, GISP