Time to complete: 5 mins

UrbanFootprint’s analysis modules are equally useful for assessing existing conditions as for assessing scenarios, and you can easily compare the base and other scenarios. Modules take care of the complexity of developing defensible models of your own and the time-consuming tasks of sourcing data, testing outputs, and documenting your methodology. Best of all, analysis is no longer a task for after you’ve developed alternatives - you can run and rerun modules as often as you like, supporting an iterative workflow that enables you to glean important insights earlier in the project. 


1. Overview   2. Tutorial   3. Outputs

1. Overview

Goal: Learn how to run UrbanFootprint’s analysis modules and use their outputs (in this case, the energy use module).

Data used

  • Building Energy Use

Features used

2. Tutorial

First, open analyze mode. Click on Analyze in the left-hand modes bar. This will open the right-hand pane, with a list of all the analysis modules available for your project area.

Two, familiarize yourself with analyze mode. On each module, there is a play button to run and/or update the module, as well as a menu which has a link to the module’s methodology documentation. You can also click on each module to open a detail view. Click on Land Consumption. Because we have not run the module, there are no results to look at yet. Like in the list view, you can click play to run the module and open the module’s methodology documentation. Click the back button to return to the list view.

Three, run a module. Let’s run the energy use module for our scenario. Make sure you are currently on the desired scenario’s tab (not the base scenario), then click the play button. An indicator will appear that the module run is in progress. You will be notified once analysis is complete. The module will also display “Analysis complete” in the analyze mode view (status is scenario-specific and can change when you move from one scenario’s tab to another).

Four, review results. Once analysis is complete for the energy use module, click on it to view the results charts. You will see several metrics, including annual energy use (total, electricity only, gas only) and per capita and per household energy use. These are typical outputs for many of UrbanFootprint’s analysis modules (you can view this in a side-by-side comparison with other scenarios in report mode).

Five, review results on the map. Turn off all layers. Find the layer called Building Energy Use and click the eye icon to show it on the map. Change the column to Residential Energy Use per Capita. You will see a curated data classification and symbology, so it's easy to quickly make sense of results. You can modify this by clicking EDIT SYMBOLOGY. You can always return to the default option.

Six, make updates to a scenario. Open build mode in the scenario canvas. Select a parcel at random. Choose the building type High-Rise Mixed Use. Click PAINT. The energy use analysis will become out of date because of the update we made to the scenario (see screenshot below). There are two other ways that analysis can become out of date: modifying the variables in the land use manager and updating constraints in the constraints manager.

Seventh, update the analysis results. To update the analysis, simply press the run button again. 

3. Outputs

Example of energy use map: Annual residential energy per household

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