Introducing Elevate

An Overview

Elevate is software used by designers worldwide to select the number, size and speed of elevators for all types of buildings both new and old.  Elevate can also be used to demonstrate that modernizing an existing elevator installation can improve service for passengers.

Elevate’s main features.

Analysis of elevator performance in

  • offices    hotels     hospitals  shopping centres   residential buildings  car parks  mixed use buildings  airports    public buildings  sports and leisure complexes schools and colleges. This is achieved by techniques ranging from up peak round trip time calculations through to full dynamic simulation.
  • Dynamic simulation incorporating a graphical display of elevators responding to passenger calls.  For your clients, this provides a convincing visual demonstration of your proposals.
  • An easy to use Windows interface. Enter basic information for a quick analysis or comprehensive data for a detailed model.
  • Kinematics calculations are applied to generate accurate elevator speed profiles.
  • Fully comprehensive help system and online user support.
  • A facility to demonstrate your own dispatcher control system using Elevate Developer Interface. This facility is useful to test and develop dispatcher algorithms.

A more comprehensive list of features of the features included in Elevate is shown overleaf.

Warning!  Elevate is an extremely powerful traffic analysis tool.  However, it will not make the user an elevator traffic analysis expert.  For details of training courses, recommended books and examples, please visit www.peters-research.com.

Versions

Depending on the Version of Elevate purchased, different features and functions will be available.This manual describes the full version of Elevate.  For a summary of the features of other versions, please refer to the following table.

This manual describes the full version of Elevate.  For a summary of the features of other versions, please refer to the following table.

 

Features
Elevate
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Analysis Data
   
Up peak analysis - assumes all people arrive at the ground floor, calculates handling capacity and interval
Enhanced up peak analysis - like up peak, but you specify the target handling capacity
General analysis - people can arrive at any floor - calculate up peak, two way, basement service and more!
General analysis for double deck elevators - all traffic flows, but with double deck elevators
Simulation - models the whole process of people being transported by the elevators
Selection of control systems including conventional and destination dispatch
Use Elevate to implement, test and demonstrate your own dispatcher algorithms with simulation
Select Metric or U.S. (imperial) units
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Building Data
   
Enter floor name and floor level, up to 100 floors served per group
Express zones
Unlimited entrance floors at any level
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Elevator Data
   
Enter number of elevators, maximum 12 per group
Enter any capacity or select from standard sizes
Enter door times, or allow Elevate to choose automatically based on capacity
Enter any speed or select from standard speeds
Enter any acceleration and jerk rate or allow Elevate to choose based on speed
SELECT and SPECIFY features to help you analyse many different configurations in single run
Report options to automatically reject results that do not meet your criteria
Option for elevators in a group not to serve the same floors, e.g. basement service by only part of the group
Option for elevators to be specified individually, e.g. different sizes and speeds in the same group 
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Passenger Data
   
Enter passenger loading and unloading times
Enter passenger mass
Enter capacity factor
Enter length of simulation run
Enter stair factor
Enter floor population
Passengers may arrive at any floor
Passengers may arrive at ground (lowest) floor only
Option to mix traffic types, for example passengers, goods, porter with trolley
Option to change intensity of traffic by time of day
Tools to assist fast entry of common traffic flows
Option to provide Elevate with a list of pasengers, and define each passenger individually
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Printed Output
   
Summary of data entered and results calculated - includes your job titles, company name and logo
Select toolbar button to transfer the data and results to Excel (if installed on your computer)
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Maintenance and support
   
Support - telephone, fax and email support included from date of purchase for: 
Maintenance - upgrades issued to the software provided at no additional charge, from date of purchase for:
Option to renew maintenance and support with Peters Research Ltd at end of free period 
Option to purchase future upgrades from Elevator World
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Available Formats
   
Software and manual available for download from internet
Software available via Internet download with printed manual
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Activating Elevate
   
When you purchase, we provide a key to unlock the software on our computer (plugs into USB port)
When you have purchased, we provide an unlocking code which unlocks the software on your computer
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Updates

If you have a current maintenance and support agreement with Peters Research Ltd, you will be informed when updates are available.  To confirm that you are using the latest version, please go to www.peters-research.com/elevate8

Developer Interface

The Elevate Developer Interface provides a way of building your own dispatcher control systems into Elevate.
The Developer Interface requires you to code your control system into a Dynamic Link Library (DLL) using Microsoft Visual C++.  A sample project including a basic group control system is provided to get you started (you must own a copy of Microsoft Visual C++). 

When you compile the new DLL, it is placed in the directory where Elevate is installed.  Then within Elevate, select the dispatcher from the Custom options in Analysis Data.  All of Elevate’s simulation and analysis options are then available to use with your dispatcher.

A sample project, DispatchW, is available in the directory where Elevate is installed.

Please note that assistance with the Developer Interface is not included in the Elevate Maintenance and Support package.  Support for the Developer Interface is provided on a consultancy basis.