Not sure if I'm being dense because this is already a thing and I just don't know about it, but please could the Longitude, Latitude and North Orientation for the solar light be automatically aligned with the geographic coordinates of a file - if these are attached, or referenced in.
It seems absurd to go to the trouble of geo-locating a project to the degree-minute-second, and then have to do it again for rendering because there is no connection between the two. This possible has connections to the Solar Exposure calculator too?
I agree with this. The Solar Position dialog in the Light Manager should be able to automatically determine the project location.
Once it's done that, there's no reason why we should have to enter GMT Offset and Daylight Savings. Surely those two variables are predetermined by Location, Date and Time?
Thanks for the input. I will have to check with development regarding the future inclusion of this enhancement request. The VUE engine will eventually replace the current engine used and may provide this functionality. Please file a Service Request to be updated on this enhancement
If you have a Geo-Coordinated design file it only takes a few steps to update the Light Manager solar information using Google Earth.
This also works without an attached GCS, but you will need to manually navigate Google Earth to your desired location before the shift-click..
Hi Ron, I thought I should try this as you have described - because I've still not had success connecting Google Earth to Microstation CE since my post in Nov 2018 https://communities.bentley.com/products/microstation/microstation_visualization/f/visualization-forum-1977638070/171264/solar-position-from-google-earth The way around this is (in v8i) was to start Google Earth independently, but even now I get the Windows UAC dialog asking if I want to "allow this app to make changes to my device" and then nothing happens. I change my UAC settings to Never notify, and still am not able to sync with Google Earth. All I get is "Wait Google Earth initializing..." Just curious, Ron - assuming this works for you, does it propagate the GMT Offset as well as Daylight Savings fields? If so, it must be using information from Google Earth to do so, because Microstation doesn't seem to have that information available.
Regarding the UAC prompt there is an issue with the latest update of Google Earth 7.3.3
It is recommended to roll back to 7.3.2 to resolve this issue.