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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Project Falcon for Revit Now Available on Labs

With all of these new tools, how is one supposed to be an architect or engineer without the skills to use these new innovative ways of designing buildings?  I feel so sorry for those who haven't even started using Revit yet.  

Today, for some odd reason, something made me think of all of the times I heard architects tell me that they were waiting for that perfect first job to use Revit on.  I bet they're still waiting.  Did hand drafters wonder about that first perfect job to use AutoCAD on years ago?  We've come such a long way and have such a long way to go.  



Project Falcon is a free* technology preview that simulates air flow around vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment, consumer products, or other objects of your choosing in a virtual wind tunnel. Falcon technology is extremely geometry tolerant and easy to use, enabling you to begin seeing and understanding air flow behavior within seconds of starting the application. Results update almost in real-time in response to changes in wind-direction and speed that you specify. Visualization tools available within the Falcon family of applications include 2D and 3D flow lines, shaded result planes, vector plots, and surface pressure shading. Quantified outputs include velocity, pressure, drag force, and drag coefficient.
Project Falcon uses a revolutionary automatic meshing technology that can handle flow around any geometry at any stage of design. This technology is coupled with a transient, incompressible fluid flow solver and LES turbulence model in a way that delivers quick results and requires very little setup on behalf of the user. The validation guide available below provides some additional background on the approach and reviews some example cases. Help documentation for Falcon is available on the Autodesk WikiHelp site.
Presently Project Falcon is available as follows:
  • Project Falcon standalone (installs on Windows and Mac and requires no CAD software)
  • Project Falcon for Inventor (add-in that runs inside Inventor Professional 2013)
  • Project Falcon for Revit (add-in that runs inside all versions of Revit 2013) 


The current version includes the following:
  • The standalone is available on both Windows and Mac platforms and reads in formats from almost all CAD systems and many online CAD model providers (*.stl, *.obj, *.3DS, *.lwo, *.off, *.ply, *.tpf).
  • The Inventor add-on is compatible with Inventor 2013 Professional (32 and 64 bit).
  • The Revit add-on is compatible with Revit 2013 (onebox, Architecture, Structure, and MEP in 64 bit versions) and allows for optional wind profile input to account for wind shear.


Standalone Promo
Inventor Promo
Inventor Overview
Revit Promo
Revit Overview
Improving performance


To highlight the accuracy of Project Falcon, a full 3D analysis was applied to a number of aerodynamic cases. As shown by the coefficient of drag documented in the Project Falcon Validation PDF file, in each of the cases, Project Falcon was able to settle on a value that closely matches the published values.
Additional validation cases are available in the Project Falcon online documentation.


  • The Project Falcon standalone technology preview will operate until March 15, 2013.
  • The Project Falcon for Inventor and Project Falcon for Revit technology previews will operate until August 30, 2013.


To get started with Falcon, access the download link on the right side of this page.


To shape the future of thsi technology, share your feedback via the links on the right side of this page.


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