Continuous improvement and tool development, with annual releases is a cornerstone of Systecon’s ambition to furnish the Opus Suite community with state-of-the-art analytical capability, flexible scenario modelling and an intuitive user interface. In this regard the new versions of the Opus Suite; OPUS10, SIMLOX, and CATLOC, are planned for release in April 2017. The following outlines the enhancements in the new version.
Refined Replication results, reduced runtime and improved OPUS Suite integration
SIMLOX simulation results may now be analysed per individual replication, in addition to the current results that are aggregated over all replications. This major enhancement increases the ability to optimise contract terms and other KPI parameters in Performance Based Support or Contracting for Availability agreements, assessing operational and financial risk, and to assess and illustrate the statistical variance in the outcome.
The increasing complexity and scenario size, coupled with new powerful analysis capabilities drive up CPU and memory utilisation. In response software performance has been a key focus for the last two releases. Within the 2017 release the improvement is most apparent in SIMLOX, where simulations are 20-50% faster than in version 2016, and the runtimes are also reduced in OPUS10 and CATLOC.
The OPUS Suite integration has improved in several ways, the new time blocks modelling in CATLOC simplifies the use of variable time scales, this is particularly useful when importing or linking data from OPUS10 and SIMLOX. An effective example would be that phase scenario results from OPUS10 can now be directly imported to CATLOC. In addition the establishment of a common Opus Suite cost model further streamlines the transfer of cost data between the tools. And finally, the new ability to import and export data using JSON text format provides a new effective way to integrate with external sources.
Customer driven development
The continuous improvement and functionality extension of the OPUS Suite is firmly based on user feedback, evolving best practices and technology. Customers with upgrade and support agreements receive new versions at no additional cost.
Opus Suite version 2017
Common enhancements implemented across all three tools:
- A common Opus Suite cost model makes it easier to use data from OPUS10 and SIMLOX, as input for cost analysis in CATLOC.
- Import and export of data (in addition to ODBC), JSON text format can be used which gives flexibility when building interfaces and applications around the Opus Suite.
- Introduction of new commands and tool bar buttons, such as “go to next/previous table”, “go to definition” and “go to references”, make it easier and faster to navigate the input editor. In addition, some MS Excel-equivalent short cuts have been added.
- Deactivation of input data rows, rows can be temporarily deactivated, which, for example, allow what-if analyses without having to delete data.
Tool specific improvements:
OPUS10 v2017 New functionality
- System maintenance tasks included within LORA XT, the maintenance concept optimisation functionality in LORA XT can be leveraged to include system maintenance and identify, for example, which system repair tasks should be performed at the deployment location (O-level) and which should be performed further up the support organisation.
- LORA XT maintenance candidates can be generated in a semi-automatic way. This is particularly useful in cases with a large number of candidates, e.g. when several task levels exist within each task category.
SIMLOX v2017 New functionality
- Simulation results can now be provided per replication, making it possible to illustrate the stochastic spread in different result parameters. This improvement is highly useful when, for example, establishing support contracts, and in different types of risk analysis.
- Further performance improvement, in particular for parallel execution of different replications on multi-core computers, which is typically 20-50% faster than in version 2016.
- Introduction of the option to set a PM (preventive maintenance) event limit makes it possible to constrain the number of times a PM event occurs, the most obvious use is to model a one-time PM activity, like a first service on a system.
CATLOC v2017 New functionality
- CATLOC flexible time modelling increases the ability to import and directly link to results from OPUS10 and SIMLOX.
- OPUS10 results from Phase Scenario calculations can be imported to CATLOC and time blocks will be automatically adjusted to fit the phases, where the costs can then be presented either per phase or per time unit (year, month, week, etc).
- Improved performance, with faster calculations especially when data is linked to OPUS10 or SIMLOX.
A more complete description of features in the new release is offered in the document Opus Suite Upgrade Information, which is enclosed in the delivery of the new OPUS Suite and may also be provided upon request. Contact Systecon for a copy.