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The Simulation Mapper Class maps the Features in the FeatureFile to arguments required as simulation inputs in the OpenStudio workflow files (OSW).

Recall that a Feature refers to a single object in a district energy analysis, such as a building, district system, or transformer. The FeatureFile includes all data for all Features and could be written by a third party application or user interface; for our example we use the GeoJSON format. The input GeoJSON file must be valid and must meet the additional requirements for data supported or required by the appropriate URBANopt GeoJSON Gem sub-schema. In version 0.1.0, the Simulation Mapper only supports mapping the Building feature_type and has the capability to support mapping the following building types from the building_properties schema in the GeoJSON Gem:

  • Multifamily (5 or more units)
  • Multifamily (2 to 4 units)
  • Single-Family
  • Office
  • Outpatient health care
  • Inpatient health care
  • Lodging
  • Food service
  • Strip shopping mall
  • Retail other than mall
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Mixed use*

*Note - The Mixed use building type can accommodate up to 4 building types and their corresponding fractions of total floor area. If the number of building types is fewer than 4, additional building use types must be added but the fraction of total area can be entered as 0.

Within the Mapper Classes, functionality can be added to apply measures based on the Feature properties. For example, Measures can be implemented only for a certain building type, or can be implemented only if the number of floors is greater than a particular number, etc.

The URBANopt GeoJSON Example Project includes a default Simulation Mapper Class to translate an URBANopt GeoJSON Feature to an OpenStudio Model. The HighEfficiency mapper class inherits from the BaselineMapper class and can override measures that were skipped in the BaselineMapper.

When the Scenario is run, a new Simulation Mapper instance is created and the create_osw method is implemented for each Feature assigned to the Simulation Mapper Class in the Scenario CSV.

The default Simulation Mapper Class can be used directly, extended, or modified. Alternatively, a completely different Simulation Mapper Class can be created.

When adding additional Measures to the OpenStudio workflow file, the Simulation Mapper Class would need to be modified to add any necessary Feature properties from the FeatureFiles and mapping them to new Measure arguments.

The OpenStudio::Extension.set_measure_argument method sets the Feature property from the FeatureFile as simulation input, passing the Measure and argument name and the corresponding Feature property from the FeatureFile as arguments.

For example:

OpenStudio::Extension.set_measure_argument(osw, 'urban_geometry_creation', 'feature_id', feature_id)

Where 'urban_geometry_creation' is the measure name, 'feature_id' is the argument name and feature_id is the Feature property from the FeatureFile.

To add custom Measures, or Measures that lie outside of the ruby gems specified in the Gemfile, add the following line (which specifies the file path of the new Measures) to the Mapper Class: @@osw[:measure_paths] << File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), '../new_measure_folder/')
This adds the measure_path to the OpenStudio workflow file.