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[Tutorial] Pv*sol Premium - Map Import And Extrusion Of 3D Objects For Fast Pv Systems




Software Tutorial PV*SOL premium Map Import and Extrusion Of 3D Objects (Since Version 2016)
This tutorial shows how quickly and easily you can create simple standard buildings and configure a photovoltaic system in PV*SOL premium 2016 without a costly local meeting. In this release, many time-consuming steps have been simplified, considerably accelerating the design process. This is achieved mainly through the new features "Map Import" and "Extrusion Of 3D Objects"
First, start PV*SOL premium 2016 or a later version. You are now on the "Welcome Page" of the application.
We will now reproduce a simple house with a hipped roof. Please begin a new project. 
We have chosen Los Angeles as the location.
Now click on the button "3D Design" and then on the overview screen to get into the "3D Visualization".
In the dialog "New 3D System" click on the button "Coverable Object" and select the menu item "Map Section" in the drop down menu.
Now you see an expanded view of the dialog, in which a city map is shown on the top right. Click on it.
This opens a new dialog with a large map.
The map service that provides the map data is "Bing Maps" from Mircrosoft. This service offers high-resolution aerial photographs, especially in urban areas.
An address field is located on the top left, in which you can mark off the location of the building.
We are interested in this object.
Use the arrow buttons and the buttons with the magnifying glass icon next to the address field to adjust the map section, so that the target building and relevant surrounding shading objects can be seen on it. 
You can scroll with the mouse wheel and you can move the image with the left mouse button.
The resulting "pixels per meter" determined by the map service are shown in the field "scale". If you have different data available, you can change the value.
Alternatively, you can also use your own map sections, floor plans or cadastral maps and upload them as image files from the hard disk.
Click on "Start" to begin the project. 
The software zooms immediately into the "Object View" on the map, and you can begin to sketch the floor plans.
At first we sketch a polygon for the target building. Click on this button to begin the process.
The polygon can be drawn by clicking on the map section. Please draw accurately.
You can interrupt tracing and draw a further polygon with the Enter Key.
Because the house is a building with a hipped roof, we draw a distance which marks the ridge in the next step.
With the Right Mouse Button or the Escape Key you can terminate the sketching.
If you have forgotten a corner, you can insert it by pressing the Shift Key + Mouse Click later on.
The plan can then be extruded. Click on the polygon and select the context menu item "Extrude 3D Object".
It opens the dialog "Recognize 3D Object".
Since the ridge is drawn slightly shorter than the longer side of the ground floor, the structure was automatically recognized as "Rectangular 3D Object With Ridge" and a "Building With Hipped Roof" is then offered as the preselection.
All dimensions as well as the orientation are already taken from this building. And the map section, where the house stands, has already been transferred to the roof surfaces of the hipped roof.
Now only the data for the eaves must be entered, i.e. the height of the ground floor and the roof slope to the longer eave. This data cannot be read out of the map section and should be requested from the end customer.
Here we have some shading caused by a tree. This can also be sketched and will be included in the shading simulation.
Since the object is to be covered with PV modules in the next step, it must be added to the coverable objects. Then click "Activate".
PV-SOL offers an automatic method of assigning the modules, which guarantees the optimal utilization of the roof space.
We can execute a shading analysis now. So hit this button.
You will see some moderate shading on the bottom right.
The PV module is uneconomical and can be removed.
End of tutorial
Thanks for watching!
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The computer program featured is PV*SOL premium, a design software from Valentin Software in the fields of photovoltaics and renewable energy. The software focuses on design support and yield calculation. The integrated 3D visualization determines the impact of shading on the yield. PVSOL premium also calculates the cost-effectiveness of photovoltaic systems with and without self-consumption.
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