In a series of posts, I would like to introduce using the City Energy Analyst (CEA) with Grasshopper. The linkage between the two tools is named as GTC, short for Grasshopper-to-CEA. GTC enables the users to conduct automated iterations with CEA and the parametric model in Grasshopper, serving purposes like optimization or sensitivity analysis. GTC has two main functions. One is that it functions as a parser, which converts the format of the geometries generated in Grasshopper to the CEA format. The other one is that it calls CEA to perform the simulations off the platform of Grasshopper. As the introductory post, this post introduces the installation of GTC and demonstrates creating input files in .dbf format with GTC.
This is the final part of a series of posts dedicated to describe the Data Management tools of CEA.
Back in Part 1, I described how to gather geospatial data about technology and economics with the Data Helper tool. Then, in Part 2, I described how to gather geometry data about buildings and their terrain with the District Helper tool and the Terrain Helper tool.
This article is Part 2 of a series of posts dedicated to describe the Data Management tools of CEA.
Back in Part 1, I described how to gather technical and economic data for the are of your interest with the Data Helper tool.