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STEVE Tool Plug-in for SketchUp: A User-Friendly Microclimatic Mapping Tool for Estate Development

  • Steve Kardinal JusufEmail author
  • Marcel Ignatius
  • Nyuk Hien Wong
  • Erna Tan
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Abstract

Due to increasing urbanization and heat island issues, current cities need to sensibly plan their future developments to preserve the quality of their urban environment. An urban climatic map (UCmap) method can be utilized for this purpose to examine the effectiveness of various urban environmental solutions in improving environmental conditions, particularly in terms of outdoor temperature and human thermal comfort. The available climatic models for both temperature and thermal comfort mapping can be deemed complicated and less user friendly; particularly for practitioners such as urban planners. Hence, the Screening Tool for Estate Environment Evaluation (STEVE Tool) and Thermal Sensation Vote (TSV) models were developed with a motivation to link research findings with urban planners. This paper showcases the models which have been developed as a plug-in for Trimble SketchUp (formerly Google SketchUp and hereinafter simply SketchUp); serving as a straightforward analysis tool for urban planners during the design and feasibility study processes. This plug-in can generate various climatic maps and sectional temperature profiles. Furthermore, it is also equipped with a plants database from the National Parks Board (NParks) and thus is able to calculate the impact of landscaping on temperature and carbon sequestration accordingly. A case study has been provided, using a central business district (CBD) area in Singapore. In the end, the generated UCMaps are able to provide microclimate information for an existing masterplan or urban morphology layout, so that planners or architects can identify the hot spots or problematic areas and then solutions or mitigation strategies can be developed afterwards by analysing the UCMaps.

Keywords

Urban climatic map Microclimate Tropics Outdoor temperature Prediction models Outdoor thermal comfort 

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Acknowledgement

The study is part of the research project “Development of Climatic Mapping Tool for Estate Environmental Evaluation” funded by Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) Singapore under NUS – JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre. The STEVE Tool plugin for SketchUp was developed by nForce Solutions Pte. Ltd.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Kardinal Jusuf
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marcel Ignatius
    • 2
  • Nyuk Hien Wong
    • 2
  • Erna Tan
    • 2
  1. 1.Sustainable Infrastructural Engineering (Building Services)Singapore Institute of TechnologySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Building, School of Design and EnvironmentNational University of SingaporeBuona VistaSingapore

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