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General Umberto NXT CO2 / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.8
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:03 »
We have released a new version ( 7.1.8 ) of Umberto NXT CO2.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered license holders have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is an intermediate update.It brings a number of usability improvements. Some bugs have been fixed.

Changelog:
  • The default allocation method for new processes is now "Physical". In case you use physical allocation for reference flows with differing unit types you will get a warning for this process (physical allocation is only meaningful if the unit types of the reference flows match) and are invited to change to another allocation method.
  • "Use Entry as Manual Flow" now uses coefficient from linear specification where applicable
  • Manual flows in process specification can now be created even if there is already a calculated flow for the same material
  • Linear coefficients can now be 0 - this can be used to deactivate parts of your models etc. and gives you more flexibility
  • Value for the material property GWP is now shown and edited scaled to the display unit of the material (e.g. this allows you to enter energy costs per kWh instead of MJ, etc.)
  • Drag & Drop enhancements for process specification
  • Search Material dialog: You can now add more than one material in one step to the process specification
  • Several bugs fixed

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.8.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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General / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.8
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:01 »
We have released a new version ( 7.1.8 ) of Umberto NXT LCA.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered license holders have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is an intermediate update.It brings a number of usability improvements. Some bugs have been fixed.

Changelog:
  • The default allocation method for new processes is now "Physical". In case you use physical allocation for reference flows with differing unit types you will get a warning for this process (physical allocation is only meaningful if the unit types of the reference flows match) and are invited to change to another allocation method.
  • "Use Entry as Manual Flow" now uses coefficient from linear specification where applicable
  • Manual flows in process specification can now be created even if there is already a calculated flow for the same material
  • Linear coefficients can now be 0 - this can be used to deactivate parts of your models etc. and gives you more flexibility
  • Values for the main material properties (GWP and market price, depending on your Umberto version) are now shown and edited scaled to the display unit of the material (e.g. this allows you to enter energy costs per kWh instead of MJ, etc.)
  • Better indication of usage of market price in calculation: Adjusted labels ("Market Price" / "Disposal Costs") in property editor depending on material's type
  • Drag & Drop enhancements for process specification
  • Search Material dialog: You can now add more than one material in one step to the process specification
  • ecoinvent 3 database: Clickable links pointing to the ecoinvent website for full documentation of data (Internet connection and ecoinvent account required)
  • Several bugs fixed

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.8.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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General / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.8
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:00 »
We have released a new version ( 7.1.8 ) of Umberto NXT Efficiency.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered license holders have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is an intermediate update.It brings a number of usability improvements. Some bugs have been fixed.

Changelog:
  • The default allocation method for new processes is now "Physical". In case you use physical allocation for reference flows with differing unit types you will get a warning for this process (physical allocation is only meaningful if the unit types of the reference flows match) and are invited to change to another allocation method.
  • "Use Entry as Manual Flow" now uses coefficient from linear specification where applicable
  • Manual flows in process specification can now be created even if there is already a calculated flow for the same material
  • Linear coefficients can now be 0 - this can be used to deactivate parts of your models etc. and gives you more flexibility
  • Values for the main material properties (GWP and market price, depending on your Umberto version) are now shown and edited scaled to the display unit of the material (e.g. this allows you to enter energy costs per kWh instead of MJ, etc.)
  • Better indication of usage of market price in calculation: Adjusted labels ("Market Price" / "Disposal Costs") in property editor depending on material's type
  • Drag & Drop enhancements for process specification
  • Search Material dialog: You can now add more than one material in one step to the process specification
  • Several bugs fixed

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.8.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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General Umberto NXT Universal / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.8
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:59 »
We have released a new version ( 7.1.8 ) of Umberto NXT Universal.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered license holders have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is an intermediate update.It brings a number of usability improvements. Some bugs have been fixed.

Changelog:
  • The default allocation method for new processes is now "Physical". In case you use physical allocation for reference flows with differing unit types you will get a warning for this process (physical allocation is only meaningful if the unit types of the reference flows match) and are invited to change to another allocation method.
  • "Use Entry as Manual Flow" now uses coefficient from linear specification where applicable
  • Manual flows in process specification can now be created even if there is already a calculated flow for the same material
  • Linear coefficients can now be 0 - this can be used to deactivate parts of your models etc. and gives you more flexibility
  • Values for the main material properties (GWP and market price, depending on your Umberto version) are now shown and edited scaled to the display unit of the material (e.g. this allows you to enter energy costs per kWh instead of MJ, etc.)
  • Better indication of usage of market price in calculation: Adjusted labels ("Market Price" / "Disposal Costs") in property editor depending on material's type
  • Drag & Drop enhancements for process specification
  • Search Material dialog: You can now add more than one material in one step to the process specification
  • ecoinvent 3 database: Clickable links pointing to the ecoinvent website for full documentation of data (Internet connection and ecoinvent account required)
  • Several bugs fixed

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.8.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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PE International has announced the upcoming release of a new extension database.

This database "Food & Feed" will contain 350 LCI datasets on crops (e.g. corn, tapioca, rapeseeds), animals (beef, sheep), and food products (dairy products, starch, grain mill products, sugar, meat, chocolate, animal feed, vegetable and animal oils, etc.).

As soon as the database has been officially released, and we have received the datasets, we will start importing them and offer the data as an additional, optional LCI extension database XX - Food&Feed to our Umberto NXT LCA and Umberto Universal users.

We expect this to be completed in Q1/2015.

Users of Umberto NXT have the choice which database to use in their LCA studies: ecoinvent v3.1 or the GaBi LCI databases.

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Many of the Umberto NXT LCA users will currently be working on an LCA project, where they use the previous version of the database v3.01. They may ask themselves what will happen when they update to the recently released ecoinvent v3.1 database.

The installation process and the three steps to get from v3.01 to v3.1 (including the update of existing models) is described in this PDF file. Make sure you read the PDF before you install and follow the hints.

I am sharing some information on the update to the new ecoinvent v3.1 data with you, and am inviting discussion.

The explanations given are from a user perspective rather then explaining the new data scientifically: My intention is to provide practical user advice to Umberto NXT users for handling the new datasets, and to give hints how to act and react when questions come up.

There have been changes in the ecoinvent data from v3.01 to v3.1. These changes will most likely lead to changes in your inventory and LCIA results. This is partly due to smaller changes or updates made to the background datasets, but may also have other reasons such as activity datasets being abandoned or replaced by other activity datasets. Read more about the changes in the database from v3.01 to v3.1 on this webpage. There are also two linked PDF files that are of interest: one is the change report (70-page PDF), the other is the comparison file.

There is a "new" system model available, called 'Allocation, cut-off, by classification'. As a user of the datasets you can now choose to use all of the approximately 10.000 datasets in the ecoinvent v3.1 database from one the three system models available. Read more about the new system model on the ecoinvent web-page. A 4-page PDF linked on this page has more detail.

Two additional impact assessment methods have been added: One is IPCC 2013, now reflecting updated emission factors published in AR5. The other is Ecological Scarcity 2013. Other impact have not been modified or updated, and we still have to wait for a long expected update e.g. for the CML 2001 method. Changes made with the introduction of ecoinvent v3.0 regarding energy exchanges, that led to changed results when using the cumulative energy demand (CED) indicator have been reverted and renewable energy uptake was re-introduced with v3.1. Consequently the use of CED will yield different results.

I recommend to choose the right moment in regard to ongoing LCA studies to run the master databases updates from v3.01 to v3.1 in Umberto NXT. You may want to finish ongoing studies first, especially when you have already built LCA models, and produced inventories and LCIA results for your report.



 

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We have updated the GaBi LCI databases in Umberto NXT to Service Pack 25.

This is an intermediate bugfix release for users of the GaBi databases. Changes made to the data is documented in a PDF flyer published by PE.

Users of Umberto NXT with GaBi LCI databases will be provided with information on how to run the update and a link to download the databases.

Users of our software tools Umberto NXT LCA and Umberto NXT Universal have the choice of working with ecoinvent v3.1 data or with GaBi LCI data depending on their specific data requirements.

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General / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.7
« on: October 22, 2014, 13:47 »
We have released a new version (7.1.7) for the Umberto NXT Efficiency.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered users will also notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is a smaller intermediate update. Some smaller bugs have been fixed. Another bug in the display of costs for model sections has also been fixed.

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.7.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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General / Version release Umberto NXT 7.1.7
« on: October 22, 2014, 13:46 »
We have released a new version (7.1.7) for the Umberto NXT LCA.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered users have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is a smaller intermediate update. Some bugs have been fixed. This version is required to install the new ecoinvent v3.1 data or the latest GaBi LCI databases Service Pack 25.

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.7.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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We have released a new version (7.1.7) for the Umberto NXT Universal.

Users of the software can obtain the updated version directly via their local Umberto NXT installation. The update notifier should exhibit a message and a download link on the software start page. Registered users have also been notified directly by e-mail.

This new release is a smaller intermediate update. Some bugs have been fixed. This version is required to install the new ecoinvent v3.1 data or the latest GaBi LCI databases Service Pack 25.

We recommend to install the update and run the latest version 7.1.7.

Should there be any questions, please contact the Umberto help desk at support@umberto.de

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The ecoinvent v3.1 LCI database is now available as integrated database for Umberto NXT Universal.

This update to the ecoinvent v3.1 LCI database includes:

  • new datasets, e.g. in the sectors wood, agricultural products, building materials, energy, ....
  • many updated activity datasets (see report for details)
  • new impact assessment systems IPCC2013 and Ecological Scarcity 2013
  • All of the more than 10.000 datasets are available for three system models: 'Substitution, consequential, long-term', 'Allocation, ecoinvent default' and 'Allocation, cut-off, by classification'.

We are shipping the updated ecoinvent v3.1 database as of today, October 22, 2014. Existing users should update their Umberto NXT to access the database updates. We will also inform registered users directly via e-mail.

Read more about changes made in ecoinvent v3.1 on the ecoinvent website.

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The ecoinvent v3.1 LCI database is now available as integrated database for Umberto NXT LCA.

This update to the ecoinvent v3.1 LCI database includes:

  • new datasets, e.g. in the sectors wood, agricultural products, building materials, energy, ....
  • many updated activity datasets (see report for details)
  • new impact assessment systems IPCC2013 and Ecological Scarcity 2013
  • All of the more than 10.000 datasets are available for three system models: 'Substitution, consequential, long-term', 'Allocation, ecoinvent default' and 'Allocation, cut-off, by classification'.

We are shipping the updated ecoinvent v3.1 database as of today, October 22, 2014. Existing users should update their Umberto NXT to access the database updates. We will also inform registered users directly via e-mail.

Read more about changes made in ecoinvent v3.1 on the ecoinvent website.

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General / Use of Umberto in plant engineering - an example
« on: October 16, 2014, 09:57 »
Successful use of Umberto in plant engineering: An example from our customer ARCADE Engineering

ARCADE Engineering GmbH, a German engineering company is active in plant planning and construction.

In one project for a client from semiconductor industry, ARCADE Engineering used the software Umberto to analyze capacities of an existing ultra pure water (UPW) facility and the subsequent planning of the expansion of the system.

Read more about this exciting project and the use of Umberto in this success story (PDF)

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The presentations of the 19th Umberto User Workshop (16./17. Sep. 2014 in Hamburg) are now available for download in the download center on our website.

Note that download of the PDF files is only possible for registered users.

Please enjoy browsing through the presentations on Umberto use in industry, consulting and research.

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The presentations of the 19th Umberto User Workshop (16./17. Sep. 2014 in Hamburg) are now available for download in the download center on our website.

Note that download of the PDF files is only possible for registered users.

Please enjoy browsing through the presentations on Umberto use in industry, consulting and research.

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