[Bldg-sim] Design Optimisation Competition - deadline extended

Yi Zhang YiZhang at dmu.ac.uk
Fri Mar 28 03:59:36 PDT 2014

Dear fellow building simulation users,

The deadline for submission to the Design Optimisation Competition 2014  (DOC2014, see: http://optimisationcompetition.org) has been extended by a full month, till 30 April. The decision was made on participants’ requests, especially from those who have encountered issues with the earlier version of DesginBuilder v4, and could not utilize online simulation resources effectively. A new version of DesignBuilder v4 is now available. I am glad to report that majority of the early issues have been solved in this version.

Using online simulation in DesignBuilder is very simple – just put in your user name and password the first time you use it and everything is connected. Here are some instructions on how this works: http://optimisationcompetition.org/wiki/doku.php?id=2014:tools. During the competition period (till 30 April), the participants are each given 3,000 hours of free computing time, which worth £300 ($480), so they can use the full power of the new optimisation tool.

We intend to keep the competition registration open till Tuesday, 1 April. So if you haven’t registered, come grab the last chance of getting the new software and the free computing time. The registration page is http://www.designbuilder.co.uk/content/view/136/206/. You only need to supply your name, email address, organization, and country to register an account.

Best wishes,


Dr Yi Zhang
IESD, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom

From: EnergyPlus_Support at yahoogroups.com [mailto:EnergyPlus_Support at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Yi Zhang
Sent: 10 January 2014 19:11
To: EnergyPlus_Support at yahoogroups.com; bldg-sim at lists.onebuilding.org
Subject: [EnergyPlus_Support] Design Optimisation Competition Gen 2
Dear building simulation users,
The jEPlus team at De Montfort University is organizing the “second generation” of the Design Optimisation Competition (DOC2014, see: http://optimisationcompetition.org) with DesignBuilder Software Ltd. This competition will be quite different to the other competitions you have known, because you are not only competing with your peers, but also entries from the last round. In DOC2014, we have kept most of the design tasks and criteria identical to DOC2012; therefore the previous entries are still valid. You are free to inspect, analyse, modify an existing design, and submit it as your own entry.
What difference does this make, you may ask. Well, for a start, it gives you a starting point allowing you to focus on improving the design without the need to create a model from scratch. It is much easier to enter the competition even if you are not familiar with DesignBuilder, and your ability to create a winner is less bound by your skills with the software.
Would not the competition be too easy, you asking? Quite the opposite! The bar for winning the competition is in fact very high – your new design must outperform the champions of the last round to stand a chance. It is a real test to your ingenuity and knowledge of energy and buildings.
As software developers, we of course want to see how our new tools help the competitors in their quest. This competition will test DesignBuilder’s new optimisation tool, and the remote simulation solution by DMU. To find out more about the competition and the tools, please register for the free webinar at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday, 14 January:  http://designbuildersoftwareltd.cmail2.com/t/r-l-nurkthl-fkujdhyu-w/
Best regards,
Dr Yi Zhang
IESD, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
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