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How can you analyse the micro-climate through computer modelling?

The benefits of CAD are discussed.
Computer interface

Computer Aided Design, or CAD, is commonly used to draw and model products, buildings and places in two and three dimensions. Traditionally, such drawings and models were created by hand but since the 1990’s most designers have transitioned to using the computer for developing design information.

CAD has many advantages over more traditional forms of drawings. CAD drawings and models can be:

  • Used in a variety of software applications to run simulations such as Solar and Wind analysis.

  • Quickly updated and changed to take on board analysis and design changes.

  • Linked to information such as construction information, materials, and even costs.

  • Shared between users and act as a common platform for design and project development.

Overall, CAD is a quick and flexible way to produce two and three dimensional representations without specialist equipment. Most home computers can run basic CAD programmes and a variety of subscription and free CAD programmes are available today.

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