This article is in the Studio section of the App.
This is a short instructional video going through the steps of the tutorial shown below:
Note: 27 Somerset St, Mosman, NSW, Australia was used for this walk-through if you wish to follow along.
OpenSolar gives you the capability to make use of Oblique Imagery when it is available, so you can calculate the slope of a roof using satellite imagery.
If oblique imagery is available, the North, East, West and South Google views will automatically appear along with the top-down view when you first create your new Studio design.
Create a 3D model (tutorial above) with a ridge defined and without any panels in the top-down view.
- Click on a different map type in order to view the design from a different angle. (West shown here)
If the model does not line up with the map: 1) Click 2) Click and drag the map so that the model lines up with the map view
- Click again to stop aligning the map.
- Click the yellow ridge line (the left-hand sidebar will show that your current selection is an “Edge”).
- Click and a blue arrow appears. Click and drag the arrow to move the ridge to align with the map imagery.
- Click to get out of this function.
Now if you select the roof face, the slope will be defined and you can add panels freely.
Note: If the slope of the roof is beneath the minimum angle defined in Control, tilt racks may be automatically applied, you can change remove these by selecting the panels and editing the settings under the heading “Advanced Layout” in the sidebar.
Note: If you are moving an edge up or down to define the slope according to the oblique map views, do not change the slope of the roof face in the menu sidebar.