3D city modelling for urban applications

The course focuses on applications based on semantic 3D city models. These applications will deal with urban energy modelling and urban micro-climate simulations.

Urban energy modelling covers topics such as: bottom-up computation of energy demand at urban/district scale (having the building as the smallest unit), definition of refurbishment scenarios, impact of renewables, linking semantic 3D city models with energy dynamic simulation tools, coupling buildings with supply networks, etc.

Urban micro-climate simulations covers topics such as: wind predictions, dispersion of air pollutants, prediction of urban heat island, etc. All the above-mentioned topics play a role when designing and/or improving urban areas to assess and guarantee urban sustainability, livability, and energy efficiency.

Every year, two specific topics (one for urban energy modelling, one for micro-climate simulation) will be selected and treated during the course. Therefore, the course consists of two parts, each one lasting approximately 4 weeks. The course has both a theoretical and a practical part. Every year, depending on the selected topics, the necessary theoretical background will be provided during lectures.

For the academic year 2019-2020 the selected topics will deal with:

1) Estimation of energy demand for residential buildings.

2) Simulations of wind in the urban environment.

More info to come at the beginning of November.

Clara Garcia-Sanchez
Assistant Professor

CFD, OpenFOAM, urban flows