Apr 12

Project RAPIER


During Ecobuild we unveiled a project that we’ve been working on for the last 18 months called RAPIER.

RAPIER at Ecobuid

Presenting RAPIER at Ecobuild

RAPIER is a Web Application that allows for early stage analysis of Cost, Embodied Carbon, and Energy usage of building ideas. Users can set up building options with various designs and parameters, run them through the RAPIER engine and then compare results across all options.

RAPIER has been been put together by a consortium of four partners: GreenspaceLive, Architype, BDSP, and Sweett Group – each partner bringing their own expertise to be encapsulated into the engines that run behind the scenes, and into the design of the front-end interface. RAPIER is a Web application that has been built by its users for its users!

Rapier Screenshot

RAPIER has a pretty awesome user interface – its completely built using HTML and Javascript, which means that RAPIER works in almost any browsers – from your mobile phone, to iPad, to Laptop or Desktop computer. All the heavy processing takes place on the cloud, so the application is extremely portable, all you need is a wifi or mobile internet connection!

RAPIER uses a card based interface which allows you to easily compare different building options, or focus in on one and drill down into the details. We’ve taken a smart default approach to data population – you can setup a building in seconds using our default templates, or you can drill down into a more complex level of detail and setup your options just the way you want them to be. You can also duplicate and change options, to try out and compare different parameters – e.g., what difference would using a steel structure make as opposed to a concrete structure? Or, what is the cost and carbon difference if I ship my materials from Scotland instead of China?

The engines running behind the scenes in RAPIER are based on years of industry expertise and best practice. The RAPIER cost model provides estimated capital and operational costs based on real building portfolios. The RAPIER embodied carbon engine provides detailed carbon estimates including comprehensive travel carbon – from component source to building location. The RAPIER thermal model is built on existing research work carried out by BDSP, and carries out a dynamic thermal and energy simulaiton of your model.

On top of this, RAPIER uses gbXML as a way of making its building options portable – you can export your options as gbXML and import them into Google SketchUp using GreenspaceLive’s gModeller and gEnergy EPC, DesignBuilder, IES, Ecotect, TAS, and a bunch of others as well – this will allow you to carry out further downstream analysis of your options.

RAPIER isn’t quite finished yet, and has just been unveiled. We are hoping to run an alpha testing programme quite soon, and are inviting people to register interest in taking part by visiting projectrapier.com and signing up. We will provide test users with accounts when we are ready to being testing. Also, please use this form to contact us for more information regarding RAPIER.

The slides we presented at Ecobuild are available for viewing below on slide share. You can also click the link to download the presentation.

Keep an eye on this blog, and on the Project RAPIER website for more further developments!

Aug 11

New Look. New Blog.

Greenspace Live Logo

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Greenspace Live’s new blog, being launched alongside our new look website, and product suite.

We aim to use this blog to report on developments in construction and energy software, discuss our toolsets, provide tutorials, and pretty much anything else that we find interesting.

We’re hoping that you will find this blog useful and informative – and also a place to have some lively discussions!

We’ve been really busy over the last couple of months – redesigning our product website and products. One of the major pieces of work here, has been on a rebuild of gWorkspace. We’re really excited about this, and hope that you will find it useful too.

gWorkspace is now completely integrated into our website and other tools – and becomes the central hub of GreenspaceLive. Collaboration is a key part of gWorkspace now. You can create projects and share them with your colleagues, team, friends, or anyone you see fit. As well as share files and folders – you can also share analyse results and models – and keep in touch with your team using gWorkspace’s messaging system. All our other tools integrate with gWorkspace, so that you can access your projects, files, and contacts from our website, Google SketchUp (using gModeller), and through gEnergy EPC. Suffice to say, that we are working on some other really cool ways of accessing gModeller as well. Keep an eye on this blog for more information about that.

Thanks for having a look at our new blog, and stay connected to find out more about Greenspace Live, what we get up to, and things of interest to our areas of expertise. Feel free to use the comments section, or our forum to ask us questions, and to keep in touch.

– Malcolm