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Chapter 1: Set up your Flow model

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Creating a new project from scratch in Flow

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

  1. Go to https://apps.simapro.com/ and log in.
Front page/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 the projects and click on the project you just created
  7. In the left-side menu, select Canvas.
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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
 

Now that the project has been set up, go further to Chapter 3, Building the model.
 

Using an existing project from SimaPro desktop

Instead of creating a project from scratch you can also create a project in Flow using one of your SimaPro desktop projects. To do that, you first have to export the project as CSV from SimaPro desktop and then import it into Flow. 

Exporting the project from SimaPro desktop

This export comprises processes. If you have product stages you need to export from the product stages page in SimaPro. If you only have or only want to export processes, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open SimaPro desktop an dfind 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 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
  • Import 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 to ecoinvent if we can find a match
  • 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.
  • Flow does not support waste scenarios at this moment.
  • The distinction between processes and products are larger in Flow than in SimaPro 9 and older. Read more about this here.

Importing to SimaPro Flow

After creating the CSV file of your project, you need to import it into Flow. To do that:

  1. Go to https://apps.simapro.com/ and login.
  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.
  6. Select the Library tab and the relevant libraries, for example the libraries you use in your desktop project.
  7. Drag and drop (or Click ‘Import’) the CSV file in the area shown below or anywhere else in your new project.
Project details overview
  1. The upload will be processed and an import overview will be generated. Click continue.
  2. Your project will now open in SimaPro Flow.

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