Version 7 New Features


Double Deck Simulation

Improved Passenger Generator
Improved Graphics
Graph Data
Motion
Count
XML Interface
Facility for multiple external (custom) dispatcher libraries
Pause and Look feature

Double Deck Simulation

Elevate now includes double deck simulation for both conventional control and destination dispatch. 

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Improved Passenger Generator

A new passenger generator makes it easy to generate profiles for a range of traffic configurations including double deck. Multiple entrance floors and a range of traffic templates are supported.

 

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Improved Graphics

Graphics are now drawn using enhanced metafiles instead of bitmaps. If you copy and paste them into Word, PowerPoint, or other Windows application, they can be resized without loss of definition.

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Graph Data

You can now access the data used to plot Elevate graphs directly by clicking on the "data" button in Elevate's Results Graphs dialog.

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Motion

This is a new Elevate application which allows you to plot ideal and measured distance/speed/acceleration/jerk profiles - then compare ideal to reality. To measure kinematics you will also need a ride analyzer, e.g. PMT EVA-625 from www.pmtvib.com.  Motion will help you to assess start delay, leveling time and deviation from ideal kinematics for actual installations. These are important comfort/performance parameters to measure pre-modernization and during the commissioning of new/modernized elevators. Elevate documentation and training will discuss this issue and why measuring performance time with a stop watch provides only partial information. Measured values will assist modeling of the installation using Elevate.

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Count

This is a new Elevate application to assist passenger traffic surveys. It replaces traditional clipboards and forms for lobby and in-car surveys. Traffic is logged by the observer who controls the software. The output log recorded by the software can be processed manually. Alternatively, send the log files to Peters Research and we will convert it into an Elevate file for you (nominal processing fee). Count is part of Peters Research's strategy to improve the industry's understanding of traffic flows in buildings; if you allow us to process your traffic survey data we will use it to help us make recommendations about expected traffic in future publications.

 

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XML Interface

Elevate can now be used for basic elevator monitoring using an open standard XML interface defined by Dr J Beebe. Elevate can read and write data in XML (so you can monitor Elevate with Elevate!). This is a demonstration feature, which will be extended if our clients wish to apply Elevate as a monitoring tool. Again, using Elevate as a monitoring tool is part of Peters Research's strategy to improve the industry's understanding of traffic flows in buildings.

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Word Output

This new facility transfers Elevate's results (including graphs) to Word so that you can edit the report to suit your needs.

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Facility for multiple external dispatcher libraries

Elevate has, for many years, been used by third parties to develop and to demonstrate their dispatchers. Elevate provides an excellent platform to benchmark systems and to demonstrate any improvements achieved over the generic algorithms provided within the standard Elevate package. Now Elevate will accept multiple DLLs (dynamic link libraries) so that any number of researchers and suppliers can send you their dispatchers independently, and you can run them all within a single copy of Elevate. We do not promise that people will send you their dispatchers, we have just provided the facility! If you are a supplier of dispatching systems, then we can offer a service to distribute these systems for you to Elevate customers, incorporating software protection where appropriate.

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Pause and Look

Now you can pause a simulation at any time and take a close look at exactly what is happening!  "Pause and Look" provides you with a list of passengers in the simulation, the current elevator status, and a full list of hall/car/destination calls.

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