Press Release October 3, 2013

At daylighting lab of UAEU ends the first stage of Orange heliodon

Orange Heliodon III installed at UAEU

The installation of Orange Heliodon and its accessories is terminated at the Daylighting Laboratory of UAEU (Al Ain).

Orange Lab Heliodon version III was completed with a second grant from the University to provide advanced solutions for acquiring the data relative to the simulation. Grabbing for our knowledge in the field of architectural endoscopy at the Laboratory of Urban Simulation at Politecnico di Milano headed by Professor Fausto Curti and Professor Peter Bosselmann (UC Berkeley), we were able to integrate the heliodon with several micro cameras and endoscopic solutions. All integrated into the provided graphical user interface running on Windows 7.

Orange Heliodon is a robotic heliodon with a fixed light source. It is a device ideal to be used in the research and development thanks for its high repeatability and accuracy of the simulation and also for the powerful software tools that can make customization very easy to do by the final user in every major languages (Python and C# are the interfaces and examples provided).

Simulation of the play of sun light with the materials and the forms of any spaces at any position in the world and at any orientation can be done easily and fast in a few seconds.

The version installed (LAB) can also move fluently between two points to accurately simulate the path of the sun in the sky and allowing the capture of a movie of the shadow motion in real time.

The micro cameras provided and the endoscopic solutions coupled with micro camera (1.4Mpx and 5Mpx) and a Nikon 800 camera (36Mpx) can record at the highest resolution image and videos of the simulations.

The Orange heliodon with its large supporting table accomodates heavy (max 17kg) and large (hemisphere of diameter 1.4m) model.

Giulio Podesta of Nitter says: We are very proud of the first stage of the daylighting laboratory and we are working with the support of the wonderful Professor Khaled Al Sallal and his, very knowledgeable, assistant Architect Maitha Bin Dalmouk to the realization of the second stage: a full dome LED artificial sky.

The daylighting laboratory is located inside the new campus of the UAEU, designed by Cox Architecture and Woods Bagot.

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU aspires to become a comprehensive, research-intensive university and currently enrolls approximately 14,000 Emirati and international students. In its drive to achieve international research stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments.


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