The Parametric Tool, an outcome of the IES R&D project UMBRELLA, enables users to create and batch run a series of Apache simulations, without the need of manual parameter changes (e.g. weather files, HVAC or constructions etc.). In addition to providing a simple batch queue mode, the tool allows a single parameter to be changed before running the Apache simulation. This extra mechanism enables the user to perform simple parametric studies on the same base model. The tool can be found in the Programs menu under IES >> Virtual Environment 2017 alongside the VE shortcut.
Within the Parametric tool, you also have the option to ‘combine’ or ‘link’ variables:
The associated ELEMENTS TOOL provide one central location to manage both HONE and the PARAMETRICS TOOL. Within ELEMENTS, you can set, edit, define and store all parameters and variables. The tool helps select variables and outputs, which are then converted into Scripts for use in the tools.
The tool works using rules, where it gathers common parameters from the VE, allows the range of the parameter to be set and then defines whether the variable is to be used in the same way for all instances or whether the variable is to be altered independently.
The following Standard Templates are available within the system and can be used as they stand. Or you can edit them as required, or create your own.
All templates are completely customisable and can be shared for quality and repeatability across other users.
Utilise up to 12 simulation engines
If available, run multiple licences on your machine to drastically reduce simulation time. Every simulation engine utilised will half the simulation time. For example, on a 16-core machine, an 8hr simulation run would be cut to 1hr*
*You can run one simulation engine per 4 cores. Which means that if you have a 16-core machine, an 8 hour simulation run using a single engine, could be cut to 1 hour if you used 4 simulation engines across all 4 cores.
Standardise and Automate Reporting using Python Scripting
Integrate the new Python Scripting feature with HONE to set up fully customisable, automated reporting for these tools.
The new Python Scripting (PS) API for the VE enables you to standardise reportage across your company to ensure consistency and reduce the time spent extracting and formatting particular results sets.