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Calculating solar radiation values for vertical surfaces

Question asked by jjohnson510 on Jan 16, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 29, 2015 by natestocker

I am currently working with ArcGIS 10.2 with 3D analyst as well as a trial version of CityEngine 2014.1 to try and derive a single solar radiation value/average for each building of a scene.  I have run the solar radiation tool in the spatial analyst within ArcMap- having converted the feature class to a raster- but need to somehow incorporate shadowing effects from neighboring buildings onto the target building's facades.  I am aware that there are several journal articles available that highlight differing, rather complex techniques to accomplish this task but am curious to know if this community knows of a simpler method for doing so.  So far in CityEngine I have the 3D scene constructed from which I would like to run an analysis but am stumped as to how to move forward. 



>Jeff J