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Curiosity about Openstudio 2.0

asked 2016-03-31 02:19:03 -0500

lutinfr's avatar

updated 2016-10-20 19:37:03 -0500

New version of OpenStudio is planed to release on September so I would like to know that in the new version, is there any change or improvement on User Interface, especially on Sketchup plugin. And in Openstudio main application, when I have model that has many thermal zones, it has to drag & drop many times to VRF or to Airloop, it's boring task, I wish Openstudio 2.0 will have multiple selection for better drag & drop thermal zone to HVAC.

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MatthewSteen's avatar MatthewSteen  ( 2016-03-31 07:13:16 -0500 )edit

Here is a link to the OpenStudio 2.0 roadmap. As it shows much of the focus is in PAT. @MatthewSteen's tips below are very good. For features you don't see on the roadmap you may want to add them to the OpenStudio Uservoice page.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2016-03-31 13:24:46 -0500 )edit

Roger that ! Mr. MatthewSteen :) Thank you. Mr David.

lutinfr's avatar lutinfr  ( 2016-03-31 23:32:40 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-31 07:32:19 -0500

updated 2016-03-31 07:50:38 -0500

I agree there is room for improvement. However, the defining characteristic of OpenStudio is that it's not simply an application but a SDK with an API that can be used to automate repetitive tasks through formal measures or directly from a terminal. Also, there are several existing built-in features to speed up repetitive tasks.

Thermal Zones

The Apply to Selected feature can be used to add zone equipment to multiple zones. For example, adding a FanZoneExhaust to all zones. However, the steps are not intuitive (Multi-Edit Grid View video).

  1. Select zones using the check box.
  2. Click a zone equipment object name to select the type to apply to other zones, which will turn yellow.
  3. Click the Apply to Selected button at the top of the column.

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HVAC Systems

The AirLoopHVAC:ZoneSplitter object can be usesd to quickly add zones to an air loop and will magically add air terminals to the zones if there's already one assigned.

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Matthew correctly emphasizes that OpenStudio is an SDK first and foremost, and the apps are examples of using the SDK. Much of the work between now and 2.0 is under the hood to reduce software dependencies, streamline code, improve performance/robustness, and align OS Server with PAT. As such, app users will notice the biggest changes in PAT, which is getting a pretty huge facelift. It's not that we don't want to improve SU and the OS App, but DOE's focus is elsewhere this year.

ljbrackney's avatar ljbrackney  ( 2016-03-31 14:44:41 -0500 )edit

Thank you Matthew, "applying to selected" works well for individual device, except VRF terminal. Terminals show in the thermal zones tab but will not show in HVAC system tab / VRF then generate error when simulation. For HVAC split, I wish it has "select all" tick at the top of thermal zones list.

lutinfr's avatar lutinfr  ( 2016-03-31 23:48:15 -0500 )edit

Let me riff on the @ljbrackney comment. DOE's focus is not on the SDK this year, it's on the SDK period. The "OS app" is just one SDK client. There is a growing number of other clients, not to mention the exploding number of Measures. Improving the SDK helps improve all client applications. We will invest in the OS app if there are low-lift, high-leverage things we can do--feel free to make suggestions here--or to demonstrate new SDK capability. But otherwise, we prefer to invest in the SDK.

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2016-04-03 09:41:32 -0500 )edit

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