The Elevate Screen

Figure 1   Elevate screen

Main Display Area

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

Accessing Elevate Commands

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).

File Menu

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.

Save As

Saves an opened document to a specified document name.

Page Setup

Edits the number of lines per page for the results print out.  This increases/decreases the font sizes used.


Prints a document.

Print Preview

Displays the document on the screen as it would appear printed.

Print Setup

Selects a printer and printer connection.


Exits Elevate.

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.

Edit Menu

The Edit menu offers the following commands:

Job data

Information about the job.

Analysis Data

Information about the analysis.

Building Data

Information about the building.

Elevator Data

Information about the elevators.

Passenger Data

Information about the passengers.

Report Options

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.

Analysis Menu

The Analysis menu offers the following commands:


Runs the analysis.

Run Fast

Runs the analysis as quickly as possible.


Pauses the analysis.

Pause Look

Pauses the analysis and review the status of the elevators and calls.


Stops the analysis.

Run Batch

Select a folder and batch run all the Elevate files in that folder.

Delete Result

Deletes the analysis results.

Tools Menu

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.

System Stimulation

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.

View Menu

The View menu offers the following commands:

Zoom In

Magnifies the view of the display.

Zoom Out

Reduces the view of the display.

Summary Results

Displays a summary of all results if a range of configurations has been analysed.

Next Results

Displays the next set of results if a range of configurations have been analysed.

Previous Results

Displays the previous set of results.

Results Spreadsheet

Transfers the current set of results to an Excel spreadsheet.

Results Word Processor

Transfers the current set of results to a Word document.

Results pdf

Generates a pdf file of the Elevate report.

Results Graphs

Presents a dialog in which you can view results graphs individually.


Shows or hides the toolbar.

Status Bar

Shows or hides the status bar.

Window Menu

The Window menu offers the following commands:


Arranges windows so that they overlap.


Arranges windows as non-overlapping tiles.

Arrange Icons

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.

Help Menu

The Help menu offers the following commands:

Elevate Manual

Accesses the latest version of this manual via the Internet.

Elevate on the web

Opens Peters Research Ltd web pages for Elevate.

About Elevate

Displays Elevate’s About box.

Saving your own default data

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.