An outcome of the R&D project UMBRELLA, Hone is a standalone tool that references a VE model with the advantage being that the VE can still be used whilst any optimisation is being performed. It is completely customisable even down to the graphics rendered, making it an ideal tool for expert users. The tool can be found in the Programs menu under IES >> Virtual Environment 2017 alongside the VE shortcut.
First time users can use the Elements tool to create inputs for the Hone tool. The tool helps select variables and outputs, which are then converted into Scripts.
Input variables can be referenced from any VE model:
Optimisation worksheets provides a link between the problem domain and the optimisation algorithm. With the aid of prepared worksheets, the user will gain the opportunity to undertake a several optimisation studies. The readily available studies accessible to the user are as follow:
The Pareto front represents the trade-off curve that highlights the balance between the two or more potentially conflicting objectives. The Pareto curves are updated after every evaluation of the cost function to represents the set of optimal solutions.
The results of the Hone study are outputted into an excel worksheet and can be appropriately reformatted at wish to emphasise the trade-off between the objectives of the study.