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Chapter 1: Prepare your SimaPro model and project

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As mentioned in the introduction, in order to use SimaPro Share, you start with uploading the model you have built in SimaPro desktop or create a new model in SimaPro Flow. This model is then expanded on in the online extension, where you can build various Share projects and make them accessible to other non-LCA-expert users, also called business users.

For optimal use of SimaPro Share, there are some general guidelines that should be taken into consideration when building your SimaPro model, as explained in the following section. This section explains how to export your SimaPro project to Share.

Guidelines and tips for your SimaPro model

Before giving tips on how to build your SimaPro model, it is good to understand what SimaPro Share actually does. Essentially, SimaPro Share is comparing different scenarios by replacing processes/product stages with other processes and product stages. Additionally, Share can change the value of parameters. With these two functions it is allowing the user to build scenarios. Things to keep in mind:

  • When creating scenarios and choosing to replace a process/product stage, it is necessary to redefine the amount.
  • One process will be replaced with one alternative dataset. A process cannot be replaced with multiple others.
  • Only one process is replaced at a time. So, if you replace the material process, the production process will remain the same. See Figure.


To maximize the value of Share, it is good to keep these tips in mind when building your SimaPro model:

  • When you have a calculated amount in your model, create a parameter for it. In that way the amount can be adapted in Share.
  • To switch both material and processing at the same time, create a parent process that includes both the processing and the material. See figure. Create such a parent/choice process for all desired material choices you want to make available in Share. This ensures that both the material, e.g. glass, and the matching processing, e.g. glass lamination, can be adapted at the same time.
  • To allow the user to create scenarios with multiple materials choices, add dummy processes to the top processes. For example, you have a component consisting of three materials, but you want to allow the user the possibility to make this component from five materials, then add two dummy processes to the assembly (top process) of the component.
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Creating a new SimaPro Flow model

If you would like to create your LCA model from scratch follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://apps.simapro.com/ and log in.

Log in page

  1. Click on the green +.
  2. Then, select Flow model.
  3. Change the details of your project, such as Name, Comment, Author etc.
  4. Click Save details.
  5. Go to the Library tab and select the libraries you want to use.
  6. Go back to projects and click on the project you just created.

Now, that the project has been set up, you need to build the model, for that you can have a look at the Flow Getting Started guide, or import you model from SimaPro 9. 

Tips when having multiple expert users in a company

Tip 1:  You can lock a project that you have been working on, so that it is not possible to do changes in the project. This is permanent until you, as the project author/owner, unlock it.
To do this: Go to the Privacy and Ownership tab > tick Lock project

Tip 2:  You can do the same with hiding a project, so other users do not see the project. This is permanent until you, as the project author/owner, unhide it.
To do this: Go to the Privacy and Ownership tab > tick Hide project

 

Export your SimaPro model as CSV

Export projects to platform

When exporting a project that is only comprised of processes (does not include product stages), please follow the steps below:

  1. Open SimaPro desktop and find the project you want to export.
  2. From the process list, select any process and go to File > Export to Platform.
  3. That will show the export settings shown below:
Export to platform settings
  1. Click OK
  2. Enter the file name and select where you want to save the file and click Save.

Things to keep in mind

- File size should be under 150 Mb

- Model should contain less than 750 processes

- This export setting will not include libraries, but when you upload your model it will be automatically link up to ecoinvent if we can find a match (at the moment only ecoinvent 3.4 libraries are supported).

At the moment, product stages related to disassembly, disposal scenarios and reuse are not supported on the online platform. They will be imported but will not be correctly linked in your model, and will require manual rework.

If you have a project with product stages and you want to import that to the online platform, please contact support.
 

Import your SimaPro model in the online platform

  1. Log into the platform.
  2. Click on the green +.
  3. Then, select Flow model.
  4. Change the details of your project, such as Name, Comment, Author etc.
  5. Click Save details.
  6. Go to the Library tab and select the libraries you use.
  7. Then, go back to projects and click on the project you just created.
  8. Drag and drop the .CSV file anywhere in the project
  9. Wait for the loading to finish. It is recommended to read through and download the report before clicking Continue.
  10. Your project will now open in Flow.
SimaPro Flow still in Beta
Please note that while working with SimaPro Share, you will be using a component of SimaPro Flow, which is currently in beta version. That means that it is still being tested and is not fully supported yet. We welcome your feedback to make it better!
 


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