BSUG - The State of Autodesk Simulation Software: Insight with Revit

Upcoming BSUG

The State of Autodesk Simulation Software - Revit

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists


Date and Time:

June 29, 2020 – Noon to 1:00 p.m. MT




Zoom Webinar




WEBINAR Presentation Click Here


In this presentation will we review the state of Autodesk simulation software, Insight and how it compares to the traditional energy model workflow of EnergyPlus and Open Studio. Insight is a cloud-based analysis tool which evolved from a previous Autodesk software, Green Building Studio, and focuses on energy and environmental performance as well as improving BIM workflow integration. Insight is an overlay type of integration with Revit models of various detail from conceptual massing to detailed Architectural models so that design decisions can be analyzed to measure the impact on the overall building performance through the design process. Insight simulation and analysis focuses on the following three areas: energy, daylighting, and solar analysis. We will review in detail the workflow, types of simulation engines, simulation parameters, and results analysis for Autodesk Insight which will then be compared against EnergyPlus and Radiance models.

Learning Objective 1 - Participants will be able to explain how Insight’s workflow and interface are different from the traditional energy model method of EnergyPlus and it’s interface Open Studio, but also, the benefits or drawbacks between the two workflows.

Learning Objective 2 - Participants will be able to understand how to integrate Insight’s simulation and analysis into their design process ranging from conceptual box models to detailed Architectural models within Revit.

Learning Objective 3 - Participants will be able to demonstrate their energy simulation analysis with other design team members inform or refine the design process, but also, share the impact of these design decision through an graphic user interface online.

Learning Objective 4 - Participants will be able to use Insight and Revit BIM models for code compliance and LEED certification points.


Dylan Agnes

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Dylan studied the science and engineering of building design by completing a Master's degree in architecture. As a student he worked at the Integrated Design Lab and gained hands-on experience in the practice of Integrated Design. As an IDL Research assistant, Dylan worked with both the architectural and engineering side of integrated design, providing a broader opportunity to cross over fields of study. He started working on real world projects at the Lab in the spring of 2015 and, graduated with a Master's of Architecture in Fall of 2017 with an emphasis in urban planning and net-zero/energy efficiency building design. Shortly after graduation Dylan began working as a Research Assistant at the IDL and has since been working on a wide range of projects from Energy Modeling to Daylighting Design.