The Elevate Screen
Figure 1 Elevate screen
The main display area provides a graphical representation of the building. When a simulation is running, the elevators and calls placed on the system are displayed. When a Round Trip Time calculation is being performed, a progress report is displayed. This is discussed in more detail in Running the Analysis. Once the analysis is complete, the main display area provides a preview of the data and results that can be printed. This is discussed in Viewing the Results
Commands can be accessed from the menu system in the conventional manner using the mouse. Alternatively, shortcut keyboard commands can be used, e.g. press Alt plus F to select file menu, then P to select print (the underlined letter denotes the shortcut key). Some frequently used commands can also be accessed from the Toolbar. A description of each button’s function is displayed when the mouse pointer is placed on the button (without clicking). The Toolbar can be dragged to a new position if required (point to a blank portion of the Toolbar, click and drag).
The File menu offers the following commands:
Creates a new document.
Opens an existing document.
Closes an opened document.
Saves an opened document using the same document name.
Saves an opened document to a specified document name.
Edits the number of lines per page for the results print out. This increases/decreases the font sizes used.
Prints a document.
Displays the document on the screen as it would appear printed.
Selects a printer and printer connection.
The File menu also provides a numbered list of the four most recently used documents. Select from this list for quick access to these documents.
The Edit menu offers the following commands:
Information about the job.
Information about the analysis.
Information about the building.
Information about the elevators.
Information about the passengers.
Options that select which results are presented.
The contents of these dialog boxes are discussed in the following chapters. Once you have opened one of these dialog boxes, you can switch between them quickly by using the Next and Back buttons.
The Analysis menu offers the following commands:
Runs the analysis.
Runs the analysis as quickly as possible.
Pauses the analysis.
Pauses the analysis and review the status of the elevators and calls.
Stops the analysis.
Select a folder and batch run all the Elevate files in that folder.
Deletes the analysis results.
The Tools menu offers the following
Provides analysis of a trip according to the specified speed, acceleration and jerk.
Starts the Elevate Passenger Count application.
Provides a list of calls in a format that can be used to stimulate a real elevator system.
Starts the Elevate Motion application.
Select this option to record the next simulation to a video file.
Elevate Live Web Control
Starts the ELive Web Control application.
Elevate Live Fetch Log File
Retrieves ELive Historical web logs.
The View menu offers the following commands:
Magnifies the view of the display.
Reduces the view of the display.
Displays a summary of all results if a range of configurations has been analysed.
Displays the next set of results if a range of configurations have been analysed.
Displays the previous set of results.
Transfers the current set of results to an Excel spreadsheet.
Results Word Processor
Transfers the current set of results to a Word document.
Generates a pdf file of the Elevate report.
Presents a dialog in which you can view results graphs individually.
Shows or hides the toolbar.
Shows or hides the status bar.
The Window menu offers the following commands:
Arranges windows so that they overlap.
Arranges windows as non-overlapping tiles.
Arranges icons at the bottom of the window.
The Window menu also provides a numbered list of the documents that are currently open. Select a document from this list to make it the current, active document.
The Help menu offers the following commands:
Accesses the latest version of this manual via the Internet.
Elevate on the web
Opens Peters Research Ltd web pages for Elevate.
Displays Elevate’s About box.
Each time you start a new Elevate document, a standard set of default data is loaded. To create your own default data:
- Start a new Elevate document.
- Make any changes you want (e.g. U.S. units instead of metric, lists of standard elevator capacities, number of lines per page for the print out).
- Save the file as default.elvx in the directory in which Elevate is installed (normally C:\Program Files(x86)\Elevate).
This data will now be loaded each time you start a new document. If you delete default.elvx, the program will revert to using Elevate’s standard defaults.
Depending on your security settings, Windows might not allow you to save default.elvx directly into the directory in which Elevate is installed. In this instance, save default.elvx onto the desktop, and then copy the file into C:\Program Files(x86)\Elevate. You might need an administrator's password for this.