SimScale Updates Platform for Wind Microclimate Guidelines CoL

MUNICH, Germany, Apr 8, 2020 – SimScale, the provider of the world’s first production-ready SaaS application for engineering simulation, today announced platform enhancements to enable compliance with the Wind Microclimate Guidelines for Developments in the City of London. The features allow urban engineers who are planning new development proposals within London to meet the required guidelines with minimal time investment and reach optimal designs through iterative design and testing.

Wind velocity streamlines from southwest (SE) direction showing downdraft effect against The Shard facade (The highest skyscraper in London) (Source: SimScale simulation using AccuCities CAD model).

Published in August 2019, the Wind Microclimate Guidelines for Developments in the City of London describe the required studies to assess a planned structure’s impact on the comfort and safety of nearby pedestrians and cyclists. Within the guidelines, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is among the recommended approaches for buildings 25 meters or higher and is a requirement for buildings 50 meters or higher. Further, the guidelines encourage developers to address wind impact early in the design process and require that multiple scenarios are studied.

Urban designers, architects, and engineers using SimScale can now do the following with minimum user input:

  • Directly use the exact wind statistics data as defined in the guidelines
  • Run wind analyses for 36 wind directions
  • Assess pedestrian wind comfort and safety according to the London LDDC criteria on an annual, seasonal, and also worst-case scenario
  • Analyze the transient wind flow patterns around the buildings using streamlines, velocity vectors and much more for each of the 36 wind directions.

“SimScale’s workflow makes it possible for engineers to comply with the CFD requirements of the Wind Microclimate Guidelines for developments in the City of London quickly and easily,” said Richard Szöke-Schuller, product manager at SimScale. “Developers are guided by SimScale’s workflow to enter parameters and perform needed calculations. Because SimScale is cloud-based, multiple simulation scenarios can be run in parallel. All of this not only saves time, but allows for design validation to happen early and iteratively.”

To learn more about how SimScale’s cloud-based CAE platform helps engineers comply with the Wind Microclimate Guidelines for Developments in the City of London, visit SimScale’s blog.

About SimScale

Founded in 2012 with offices in Munich, New York, and Boston, SimScale is the world’s first production-ready SaaS application for simulation. By providing instant access to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) to over 150,000 users, SimScale has moved high-fidelity physics simulation technology from a complex and cost-prohibitive desktop application to a user-friendly cloud application accessible via a subscription-based pricing model.

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