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OpenStudio system description measure

asked 2015-04-24 07:35:59 -0500

eloneill gravatar image

updated 2017-08-05 13:14:40 -0500

I'm doing my best to learn ruby at this point (Mechanical Engineer with limited programming experience here) to start digging into measures, but in the meantime, I'm hoping someone might be able to save me some time here.

One measure that I'd really like is a "system description" measure. This measure would parse the model and return a description of all the systems and components within the system. For example, the output report might start "The [name] facility is a 323,000 square foot facility..." It could output a description like "The walls are CMU with an insulation value of R-12", or "Air Handling Unit #1 is a variable air volume unit with a 25-hp fan and a design supply capacity of..."

This would be useful on two fronts: quality control and report template generation. For example, if I output a baseline description and it tells me the model has parallel fan powered VAV boxes everywhere, I might recognize that I forgot to add the standard reheat boxes to the new addition. Once I was happy with the output description, I could then use that as the starting point for my report (or maybe simply use it as the report text depending on the project scope/depth).

I know this is probably a pretty complex undertaking and will need customization by pretty much anyone who uses it. Is there a good starting spot for this already developed somewhere that I could use as a basis for something like this?

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@eloneill, I would + this 100 times if I could. I agree this would be a killer measure. It would also be a killer to write starting with a raw OpenStudio model. I does give me an idea though, which I will try to bake more fully over the weekend.

__AmirRoth__ gravatar image __AmirRoth__  ( 2015-04-24 07:41:17 -0500 )edit

@Amir-Roth, Sounds good Amir! I have a few projects in the near future that I'm planning on doing in open studio (long time eQUEST user), so even just a really basic framework an an example and I can try to work through it once I get to that point. Thanks for the consideration!

eloneill gravatar image eloneill  ( 2015-04-24 08:08:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-04-24 08:42:10 -0500

updated 2015-04-24 08:49:40 -0500

Seems like similar question to this one about model inputs and system details. It links to an updated version of the annual summary report measure and a video demonstrating it. Could be good starting point for what you want?

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