To give students hands-on experience developing and using parameters in the SimaPro LCA software.
Take this in-depth course to learn how to best use parameters in your LCA study. Intended for advanced SimaPro users, this course will start with a basic review of how parameters function in SimaPro. We will cover linear modeling and then move on to non-linear modeling, linking to Excel data, and SQL queries. Your instructor will be an experienced LCA/SimaPro professional.
- General overview of the use of parameters, why they are helpful for sensitivity studies, time studies, frequently changing data, etc.
- Process parameters
- Project parameters
- Database parameters
- Calculated parameters
- Linking to Excel data and SQL queries
Parameterization of conversion factors, assumptions, and changing or uncertain data allows rapid model building and scenario analysis in SimaPro. By building your SimaPro model using parameters, performing sensitivity checks becomes quick and easy—you can quickly determine how sensitive your results are to modeling choices and assumptions. With parameters you can include non-linear factors such as efficiency of scale and even link to external sources when data are being used for multiple analyses.
We suggest that students have either previously taken our LCA in SimaPro online or onsite courses or have a working knowledge of conducting LCAs within SimaPro.
The class will meet online at www.gotomeeting.com. You will be provided with an invitation and password a couple days before the class. The best set up for taking the class is to have one computer to view the slides and one computer set up with SimaPro to follow along and gain hands on experience. If you would like to take the class but do not have access to the software, we will provide you with a temporary license. Before the class you will receive a print-out of the presentation slides, which you can use for note taking during the class. These prove to be a great help when conducting your future LCA’s.