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 converges on the optimal design quickly and accurately using an evolutionary optimisation algorithm, and is completely customisable even down to the graphics rendered. The tool can be found in the Programs menu under IES >> Virtual Environment 2017 alongside the VE shortcut.
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.
Optimisation worksheets provides a link between the problem domain and the optimisation algorithm. With the aid of prepared worksheets, the user has the ability to undertake various optimisation studies.
You can track results on the Pareto Curve Graph as optimisation is occurring, and stop/restart the process at anytime. The Pareto Graph is updated after every evaluation to represent the latest set of optimal solutions.
On the Pareto Graph, the Pareto Front represents the trade-off curve that highlights the balance between the two or more potentially conflicting objectives.
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.
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.