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 Your SimaPro experience is improving! Each new release comes with a wealth of updated data libraries and impact assessment methods. With the most recent data libraries and new and updated methods, you will be ready for the latest LCA challenges.

 

    SimaPro desktop software

    SimaPro 9.4

    Software release date: 31-5-2022
    Deployment date: 8-7-2022
    Full details: What's new in SimaPro 9.4

    Changes to data libraries

    Changes to impact assessment methods

    • New method | Ecological scarcity 2021
    • New method | Land use impacts on biodiversity (Chaudhary et al. 2015)
    • Extension of IPCC 2021
    • Minor method updates and corrections

    You can find more information in the What's new in SimaPro 9.4 and the SimaPro methods' manual.

    Changes to software

    • Improvements have been made regarding the following functions:
      • Activation server (deactivation of licenses)
      • Packing when opening databases
      • Carrying out a database check (improved speed, does not crash)
      • Error logging and bug reporting
    • Bug fix for multiusers - ‘Selected location is in use’ will no longer appear after a user has opened a database via local server first.
    • Bug fix when adding analysis groups from the network 
    • Users have to accept updated ecoinvent EULA in the SimaPro installer.  More information on the impact of the updated EULA to SimaPro users can be found here.


    Would you like to install or update to SimaPro 9.4? Please check our installation & update instructions.


    SimaPro 9.3

    Software release date: 30-11-2021
    Deployment date: 21-12-2021
    Full details: What's new in SimaPro 9.3

    Changes to data libraries

    • Main data library update: ecoinvent 3.8. The latest ecoinvent version contains around 360 new and 700 updated datasets related to agriculture, batteries, chemicals and plastics, electronics, and more.
    • New and updated waste scenarios: We added new municipal waste scenarios to all ecoinvent libraries. Waste scenarios are used by product stages in SimaPro. They use the waste treatment processes of ecoinvent but are not created by ecoinvent.

    Changes to impact assessment methods

    • New method | Freshwater eutrophication (Payen et al., 2021) – a spatially differentiated impact assessment method to quantify impacts on freshwater eutrophication.
    • New method | LC-IMPACT – a global life cycle impact assessment methodology at endpoint (damage) level.
    • New method | IPCC 2021 – the successor of the IPCC 2013 method; based on the final government distribution version of the IPCC report "AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis". The IPCC 2021 method provides different types of characterization factors, which results in six methods that quantify global warming potential (GWP) and two methods that quantify global temperature potential (GTP).
    • Implementation of the 2.12 corrective update of USEtox
    • Addition of newly-regionalized flows from the new methods to other LCIA methods.

    You can find more information in the What’s new manual and the SimaPro methods' manual.

    Changes to software

    • Improved performance (speed) when appending substances
    • For multi-user installations: Improved error message when trying to display the number of licenses used.
    • Fixed problem in the mapping of substances during CSV import
    • Bug fix for font size scaling on 125% screen scaling

     

     

    SimaPro online platform

    SimaPro online platform v256

    Software release date: 02-08-2022

    Changes to software

    • New process form has been improved through several changes. Two of these are that:
      • You can click and edit the process name, geography and tags in the header. Which means it can be edited throughout the process form.
      • Library tags are displayed in the process form with the drop-down when selecting processes and products. This makes it easier to find the right product or process. 
    • More meta-data fields are displayed for library processes, and you can change between ecoSpold and ILCD.
    • Further performance improvements and bug fixes.


    SimaPro online platform v255

    Software release date: 19-07-2022

    Changes to data libraries

    • Agri-footprint 6 with economic allocation will be made available for all users. If you are also interested in Agri-footprint 6 mass or energy allocation, please contact SimaPro Support for access.
    • The following data libraries will also be available on the platform, as these already are available in the SimaPro professional database:

    Changes to methods libraries

    • Two new impact assessment methods:
      • Ecological scarcity 2021 
      • Land use impacts on biodiversity (Chaudhary et al. 2015) 
    • Several updated methods. If you would like to use the updated methods, you need to manually change this in the calculation set up of your project.

    Changes to software

    • The updated process form will be available also for read-only library processes.
    • Several, previously experimental, API endpoint have become supported. These are now listed on the Swagger site
    • Other small improvements and fixes.

     

    SimaPro online platform v254

    Software release date: 05-07-2022

    Changes to software

    • Updated process form in SimaPro Flow which now includes a documentation tab, and has been improved for easy search of parameters and making edits.
    • Acceptance of updated ecoinvent EULA for Expert users upon login
    • Other small improvements and fixes

     

    SimaPro online platform v253

    Software release date: 17-06-2022

    Changes to software

    • For SimaPro Explore, users will be able to reuse the answers from the original project, after creating a copy.
    • Small improvements and bug fixes across the platform
    • New supported endpoints available for all API users:
      • create nodes (bulk possible as well)
      • delete processes (bulk possible as well)
      • upload document (for import)
      • get libraries for project
      • save libraries for project
    • For calculations with the API, parameter overrides & virtual model modifications can now be used in parallel. The values of the overrides & modification take priority over selected parameter set and/or answer set.

     

    SimaPro online platform | Explore release

    Software release date: 05-04-2022

    Changes to software

    • Our brand new module SimaPro Explore is now available for you on the SimaPro Online platform.
    • With Explore, you can set up a project linked to an LCA model and a questionnaire and let your colleagues or clients explore the environmental impact of alternative product configurations. This way you empower product designers and other business users to design and develop more sustainable products. SimaPro Explore is part of your SimaPro license package, so you can use it at no extra costs. Your package also includes 1 Business user for SimaPro Explore. Additional Business user licenses can be purchased separately.  
    • Learn more about SimaPro Explore or get started right away with you first Explore project! Tip: Check our Getting started guide to learn how to set up an Explore project.

     

    SimaPro online platform v251

    Software release date: 29-03-2022

    Changes to software

    • Increased autonomy for user management:

      • Company administrators can from now on add and remove licenses for users within their company. Read more about company administrators and how to do these changes here.

      • Each user, including Share and Collect business users, can edit their own email address, in addition to their display name.

     

    SimaPro online platform v250

    Software release date: 15-02-2022

    Changes to software

    • The app and API domains are separated for increased security. 

    | WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM USING THE API? |

    • Check that your API connection is working after the release.
    • Check that the API calls being used is available on this Swagger site.
    • Whenever possible, change the domain from https://apps.simapro.com/api to https://api.simapro.com. The old domain will still be available after the release, however, it is recommended to change it as soon as possible.

     

    SimaPro online platform v233

    Software release date: 05-01-2022

    Changes to data libraries

    • ecoinvent 3.8 made available to all online platform users. The latest ecoinvent version contains around 360 new and 700 updated datasets related to agriculture, batteries, chemicals and plastics, electronics, and more.

    Changes to methods libraries

    • New method | IPCC 2021 – the successor of the IPCC 2013 method; based on the final government distribution version of the IPCC report "AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis". The IPCC 2021 method provides different types of characterization factors, which results in six methods that quantify global warming potential (GWP) and two methods that quantify global temperature potential (GTP). Read more about the methods here.

    Changes to software

    • Changes moving to more self-service for company and account creation.
    • Improvement on company database management, which allows for more customization in the future.
    • Improved calculation speed.
    • User interface improvements for the user management page and improved responsiveness throughout the platform. 

     


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