If you use TRACE 700, eventually, you will be working on a model and you will have some sort of massive but redundant task. Maybe you’re changing 500 inputs one by one. If you’re lucky and have an intern, you think, “Maybe I’ll have the intern do this”.
But then, you think about it, and you realize that you could probably be halfway done by the time you explain it to the intern. And of course you’re worried that they will do it wrong and screw up something else in the meantime and you’re left off at square one.
That’s where automation comes in. TRACE is difficult to automate compared to other software because it doesn’t have a text based file that can be edited. Instead you have to navigate the graphical interface.
Well, if you look behind me, you’ll see my computer screen. This is happening in real time as I speak. I had roughly 5000 inputs to change on a model I inherited. Instead of spending maybe three days making changes 1 by 1 and getting carpal tunnel syndrome, I figured out a way to automate it, using a setup that is perfect for TRACE 700 because this setup can actually “see” your computer screen.
Once I set it up, which took less time than actually making the changes, I was able to automate all 5000 changes in roughly 25 minutes.
Since then, this has been incredibly useful for me, and naturally, of course it will be useful to you as well. So I added the entire tutorial with links and references to our TRACE 700 training library.
It’s a 35 minute demo showing you exactly how to what you see happening on my screen, and once you see how I did this, you can automate virtually any redundant task in TRACE and a lot more. I wish I had figured it out, 6 years ago.
It’s like having your own TRACE 700 intern, that works for you for free and does exactly as it's told.
Bob Fassbender graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Chemical-Engineering. Following graduation, he spent 3 years working as a Marketing Engineer for Trane C.D.S. In the C.D.S. group, Bob developed and supported design and analysis software, primarily TRACE 700™. In addition to his development work, Bob also traveled around the country as a TRACE 700™ and System Analyzer™ instructor. Bob is also an experienced user with eQUEST energy modeling software. Today, Bob continues training and energy modeling as a LEED accredited professional (with a focus on LEED EA credit 1).
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