Autodesk Ecotest Analysis

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Ecotect Analysis sustainable design analysis software is a comprehensive concept-to-detail sustainable building design tool. Ecotect Analysis offers a wide range of simulation and building energy analysis functionality that can improve performance of existing buildings and new building designs.

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Autodesk Ecotest Analysis review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Good, easy to use analysis tool for structural components"

What do you like best?

I like that it's an easy to use tool that is very intuitive for the user. It gives a good analysis when you need it.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it is less sophisticated than some other software out there. But it is still very useful when designing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great easy to use tool, that provides you with good design feedback as you need it. It's not as sophisticated as some top tier analysis software, but it is great to use as you are designing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to do quick analysis along the way when designing. It is a great tool to use when trying to get feedback along the way about different factors.

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Autodesk Ecotest Analysis review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"if only everyone used this"

What do you like best?

ecotect is a very robust software that can analyze so many aspects of a building. i love that it can analyze wind, weather, energy, water, etc. I love every aspect of it. if only everyone in the ae industry were using it, we would have more efficient infrastructures and buildings. It needs to be updated to 2019 but i love it either way. i believe a lot of the features are now built in other programs such as revit.

What do you dislike?

the lack of updates. as far as i know they havent updated it in a while. but i understand other implementations are important. so i do like that its getting rolled out in the autodesk platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

get familiar with the processes and youll be able to understand workflows better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

having a great deal of knowledge prior to going to the engineers is key. having a good sense of what the design impacts are as you build a model are also extreemely important.

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"Great for what it does"

What do you like best?

Visually easy to use and understand, and does exactly what you need to. I used it a lot for urban design projects in early stages to help determine the design, and found that it was easy to use after noodling around with it for a while. Used mostly for wind and solar analysis.

What do you dislike?

There's a learning curve when you first use it, and definitely need to do a few trial and errors before getting the hang of it. The interface isn't the most easy to use but it isn't difficult to figure out. I also found it was best when I went in knowing what info I wanted to get from it. It isn't for going in and discovering while doing. Definitely used as a supplemental tool to other autodesk programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do some trials and work with it on your own before jumping into using it in a professional setting. It's great but always much easier after having used it on your own. I used it quite a bit doing wind analysis for urban design projects and found it very easy to read and interpret as time went on, but initially found it to be easy to use but harder to interpret and use in projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Gives a more environmentally and location-ally accurate information. Benefits have been that it helps inform environmental decisions in the design process, and can be used in any stage of the design process.

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"Autodesk Ecotect Analysis"

What do you like best?

Ecotect had a really great customer and research department.

What do you dislike?

Ecotect it's outdated and Autodesk doesn't provide any support or maintain this software anymore. I think Ecotect is good for basic climate analysis and sun location visualization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To use Ecotect for research purpose is recommended as it offer great deal of visual interpretations and presentation. However i only recommend you to engage with the solar and daylighting analysis rather than energy simulation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I reccomend this software for energy and lighting analysis. You have to model this inside the software to get the anaysis tools to work. Walls, windows and roofs are embedded with analysis tags, so they have to be made in Ecotect- not imported.

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