Unable to see my plot in example 85-Schedule example

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choy tuck wai

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Aug 3, 2020, 8:48:28 PM8/3/20
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hi, I have been trying to simulate the 85-schedule example with my own idf file but there is no plotting of the graph after the simulation is done.

I am using Energyplus 9.2.0 but I have already configured the bcvtb 1.6  to work with 9.2.0 and also configure the simulator actor accordingly and also added the necessary code to my idf file as instructed from this manual https://simulationresearch.lbl.gov/bcvtb/releases/latest/doc/manual/tit-EnePluCon.xhtml.

It seems that I am able to run the energyplus simulation in bcvtb but that is this ReadVARESO problem at the end of the simulation.

Please help me as I am very new to bcvtb . really much appreciated.

Below is the output text from my energyplus simulation in bcvtb if it helps:
Running EPMacro...
ExpandObjects Started.
No expanded file generated.
ExpandObjects Finished. Time:     0.250
EnergyPlus Starting
EnergyPlus, Version 9.2.0-921312fa1d, YMD=2020.08.03 14:12
Initializing Response Factors
Calculating CTFs for "CARPETED 100MM REINFORCED-CONCRETE CEILING", Construction # 6
Calculating CTFs for "[JTH] 100MM RC + PLASTER", Construction # 23
Calculating CTFs for "[JTH] FALSE CEILING", Construction # 25
Calculating CTFs for "[JTH]100MM RC WALL+ PLASTER", Construction # 26
Calculating CTFs for "[JTH]75MM_DRYWALL PARTITION + 50MM INSULATION", Construction # 27
Calculating CTFs for "[JTH]POLYSTYRENE + 200MM RC + SCREED", Construction # 29
Initializing Window Optical Properties
Initializing Solar Calculations
Allocate Solar Module Arrays
Initializing Zone and Enclosure Report Variables
Initializing Surface (Shading) Report Variables
Computing Interior Solar Absorption Factors
Determining Shadowing Combinations
Computing Window Shade Absorption Factors
Proceeding with Initializing Solar Calculations
Initializing Surfaces
Initializing Outdoor environment for Surfaces
Setting up Surface Reporting Variables
Initializing Temperature and Flux Histories
Initializing Window Shading
Computing Interior Absorption Factors
Computing Interior Diffuse Solar Absorption Factors
Computing Interior Diffuse Solar Exchange through Interzone Windows
Initializing Solar Heat Gains
Initializing Internal Heat Gains
Initializing Interior Solar Distribution
Initializing Interior Convection Coefficients
Gathering Information for Predefined Reporting
Completed Initializing Surface Heat Balance
Calculate Outside Surface Heat Balance
Calculate Inside Surface Heat Balance
Calculate Air Heat Balance
Initializing HVAC
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #1 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DB=>MWB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #2 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DP=>MDB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #3 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS ENTH=>MDB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #4 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS WB=>MDB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #5 SINGAPORE ANN HTG 99.6% CONDNS DB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #6 SINGAPORE ANN HTG WIND 99.6% CONDNS WS=>MCDB
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Warming up
Performing Zone Sizing Simulation
...for Sizing Period: #7 SINGAPORE ANN HUM_N 99.6% CONDNS DP=>MCDB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #1 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DB=>MWB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #2 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DP=>MDB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #3 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS ENTH=>MDB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #4 SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS WB=>MDB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #5 SINGAPORE ANN HTG 99.6% CONDNS DB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #6 SINGAPORE ANN HTG WIND 99.6% CONDNS WS=>MCDB
Calculating System sizing
...for Sizing Period: #7 SINGAPORE ANN HUM_N 99.6% CONDNS DP=>MCDB
Adjusting Air System Sizing
Adjusting Standard 62.1 Ventilation Sizing
Initializing Simulation
Reporting Surfaces
Beginning Primary Simulation
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 06/21 for SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DB=>MWB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 06/21 for SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS DP=>MDB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 06/21 for SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS ENTH=>MDB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 06/21 for SINGAPORE ANN CLG .4% CONDNS WB=>MDB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 12/21 for SINGAPORE ANN HTG 99.6% CONDNS DB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 12/21 for SINGAPORE ANN HTG WIND 99.6% CONDNS WS=>MCDB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 12/21 for SINGAPORE ANN HUM_N 99.6% CONDNS DP=>MCDB
Initializing New Environment Parameters
Warming up {1}
Warming up {2}
Warming up {3}
Warming up {4}
Warming up {5}
Warming up {6}
Starting Simulation at 01/01/2009 for RUN PERIOD 1
Updating Shadowing Calculations, Start Date=01/08/2009
Continuing Simulation at 01/08/2009 for RUN PERIOD 1
Updating Shadowing Calculations, Start Date=01/15/2009
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Updating Shadowing Calculations, Start Date=12/17/2009
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Updating Shadowing Calculations, Start Date=12/24/2009
Continuing Simulation at 12/24/2009 for RUN PERIOD 1
Updating Shadowing Calculations, Start Date=12/31/2009
Writing tabular output file results using HTML format.
Computing Life Cycle Costs and Reporting
Writing final SQL reports
 ReadVarsESO program starting.
 Requested ESO file=FYP36.eso
 does not exist.  ReadVarsESO program terminated.
 ReadVarsESO program terminated.
 ReadVarsESO program starting.
 Requested ESO file=FYP36.mtr
 does not exist.  ReadVarsESO program terminated.
 ReadVarsESO program terminated.
EnergyPlus Run Time=00hr 03min 19.24sec
EnergyPlus Completed Successfully.

Thierry Nouidui

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Aug 4, 2020, 6:58:15 AM8/4/20
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Do you see the results when you are running the example file that comes along with the BCVTB?
Does EnergyPlus generate a .csv file that contains the results?


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choy tuck wai

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Aug 5, 2020, 2:18:36 AM8/5/20
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No i am not able to generate a csv file.

Actually right now I cannot even run my energy plus file standalone(not on bcvtb) when i add in all the external interface coding and output variable in this idf file.

It will generate this error and my simulation will stop:

 Severe  ** ExternalInterface: Did not find file "socket.cfg".
   **   ~~~   ** This file needs to be in same directory as in.idf.
   **   ~~~   ** Check the documentation for the ExternalInterface.
   **  Fatal  ** Error in ExternalInterface: Check EnergyPlus *.err file.
   ...Summary of Errors that led to program termination:
   ..... Reference severe error count=1
   ..... Last severe error=ExternalInterface: Did not find file "socket.cfg".



I am really thankful for your help.

Thierry Nouidui

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Aug 5, 2020, 3:27:07 AM8/5/20
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First, I suggest reading the documentation of the BCVTB a bit, especially the section that discusses EnergyPlus examples if you haven't done yet.

Second, make sure that the EnergyPlus example file you have mentioned runs

Third, you can then customize that example file according to your needs.

Note: If you have external interface objects in your IDF, you won't be able to run that IDF as standalone.

Thanks!

choy tuck wai

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Aug 6, 2020, 12:55:42 AM8/6/20
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Thank you for the information and I have also read the following documentatio as mentioned.

I have tried running the SMoffPSZ IDF file in the example for 85-Schedule and I managed to run it however when i run my own new own example IDF file, I encounter the error as shown below despite me changing my own example idf to the same configurations for external interface:schedule, thermostat dualsetpoint and output variable as the SMoffPSZ IDF file

My own example idf file(standalone) is able to work before i input all these configurations into it but when i input all these configurations into it then it suddenly dont work anymore. 


1. This error is from output of .systemEnergyplus:

Running EPMacro...
ExpandObjects Started.
No expanded file generated.
ExpandObjects Finished. Time:     0.172
EnergyPlus Starting
EnergyPlus, Version 9.2.0-921312fa1d, YMD=2020.08.06 12:42
Instantiating Building Controls Virtual Test Bed
ExternalInterface initializes.
Opaque part contains invalid character: \
Number of outputs in ExternalInterface = 4
Number of inputs  in ExternalInterface = 2
**FATAL:Error in ExternalInterface: Check EnergyPlus *.err file.
EnergyPlus Run Time=00hr 00min 10.97sec
Program terminated: EnergyPlus Terminated--Error(s) Detected.
Error: Unspecified error when reading from socket.

2. The second error is from the bcvtb java script:

ava.lang.NumberFormatException: For input string: " 2"
at java.lang.NumberFormatException.forInputString(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at lbnl.actor.lib.net.Server.read(Server.java:251)
at lbnl.actor.lib.Simulator._readFromServer(Simulator.java:386)
at lbnl.actor.lib.Simulator.initialize(Simulator.java:788)
at ptolemy.actor.Director.initialize(Director.java:939)
at ptolemy.actor.Director.initialize(Director.java:908)
at ptolemy.actor.sched.StaticSchedulingDirector.initialize(StaticSchedulingDirector.java:159)
at ptolemy.domains.sdf.kernel.SDFDirector.initialize(SDFDirector.java:544)
at ptolemy.actor.CompositeActor.initialize(CompositeActor.java:929)
at ptolemy.actor.Manager.initialize(Manager.java:715)
at ptolemy.actor.Manager.execute(Manager.java:354)
at ptolemy.actor.Manager.run(Manager.java:1252)
at ptolemy.actor.Manager$PtolemyRunThread.run(Manager.java:1903)

Thierry Nouidui

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Aug 6, 2020, 2:16:10 AM8/6/20
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Please share a zip-file containing all the resources needed to reproduce your problem (IDF, .cfg, xml).

Thank you

choy tuck wai

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Aug 6, 2020, 5:27:48 AM8/6/20
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Thank you so much for your prompt response, I really appreciate it!

This is the google shared link that can find my .zip file : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L7eh2TMXWb9BEkfIO3p8-NNM93f7EP7e/view?usp=sharing

The FYP38.idf is my own example idf file with all the configurations already added in such as the external interface and output variable etc.

The SmOffPSZ.idf is the example file found in the 85-schedule example which is able to work.

The system.xml file is the bcvtb programme for 85-schedule example

The variables.cfg is the cfg file for the 85-schedule example

Both IDF file is running on version 9.2.0 .

Thierry Nouidui

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Aug 6, 2020, 8:48:08 AM8/6/20
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Please share a zip file that contains the file that will reproduce the error you are encountering.Looking at the xml you have shared, I see that it is not invoking your IDF file. So please send the correct xml file. 

BTW: Best will be to transition your IDF file to EnergyPlus 9.3. Check if the transitioned file works well in EnergyPlus standalone by commenting out the next two lines.

ExternalInterface,
    PtolemyServer;           !- Name of External Interface

  You can leave the other external interface objects in the file.  

choy tuck wai

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Aug 6, 2020, 7:52:58 PM8/6/20
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Thank you for your reply. My sincere apologies, I am not sure which XML file I should send you so I will included all the files that I received after running my own example (FYP38) on BCVTB once in the google link below.

This is the google link for all the files as mentioned: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10PTGFjXD_iQthvxMfPX1aop7DD9Orpw1/view?usp=sharing
This is the google link for the weather file i use in bcvtb : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c-5z3dx-BgyUUw82V5FkXb-ixu2B8ccY/view?usp=sharing

P.S I have change the energyplus name"ZSF1" to "Learning Workshop 4" in the variable.cfg file.

Actually after trying for one whole night, I managed to get the bcvtb to work with my own weather file and FYP38 as I did not not include the other 2 output variable which are the "site outdoor air drybulb temperature" and "Zone air Temperature" in my output variable for my FYP38 idf file. However regarding this , may I check with you  on the following question:

1. when I specify a certain EnergyPlus name for a energyplus variable in the variable.cfg, means that in my output:variable in my own idf, that variable must have the same key name as the energyplus name stated in the variable.cfg file right?
2. what does * means in a keyname in output:variable?

Even though i managed to run energyplus successfully in BCVTB, when i open the FYP38 error file, i still get the following error:

 Severe  ** Output:PreprocessorMessage="EPMacro" has the following Severe conditions:
   **   ~~~   ** at approximately input line number=2304: column=13
   **   ~~~   ** undefined macro name referenced
   **   ~~~   ** symbol=degree[
   **   ~~~   ** refer to <file>.epmdet for details

3. May I check with you if this error will affect my result in anyway?

Thank you so much your guidance and I hope to hear from you soon. 

Thierry Nouidui

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Aug 7, 2020, 8:37:06 AM8/7/20
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My answers inline

On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 2:53 AM choy tuck wai <choyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
Thank you for your reply. My sincere apologies, I am not sure which XML file I should send you so I will included all the files that I received after running my own example (FYP38) on BCVTB once in the google link below.

This is the google link for all the files as mentioned: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10PTGFjXD_iQthvxMfPX1aop7DD9Orpw1/view?usp=sharing
This is the google link for the weather file i use in bcvtb : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c-5z3dx-BgyUUw82V5FkXb-ixu2B8ccY/view?usp=sharing

P.S I have change the energyplus name"ZSF1" to "Learning Workshop 4" in the variable.cfg file.

Actually after trying for one whole night, I managed to get the bcvtb to work with my own weather file and FYP38 as I did not not include the other 2 output variable which are the "site outdoor air drybulb temperature" and "Zone air Temperature" in my output variable for my FYP38 idf file. However regarding this , may I check with you  on the following question:

1. when I specify a certain EnergyPlus name for a energyplus variable in the variable.cfg, means that in my output:variable in my own idf, that variable must have the same key name as the energyplus name stated in the variable.cfg file right?

Please read the BCVTB documentation as well as the External Interface documentation of EnergyPlus

2. what does * means in a keyname in output:variable?
 
Please check the Input/Output reference of EnergyPlus.
 

Even though i managed to run energyplus successfully in BCVTB, when i open the FYP38 error file, i still get the following error:

 Severe  ** Output:PreprocessorMessage="EPMacro" has the following Severe conditions:
   **   ~~~   ** at approximately input line number=2304: column=13
   **   ~~~   ** undefined macro name referenced
   **   ~~~   ** symbol=degree[
   **   ~~~   ** refer to <file>.epmdet for details

3. May I check with you if this error will affect my result in anyway?

This seems to be related to EnergyPlus. I hence suggest to see if you can reproduce the problem when you run the IDF in EnergyPlus standalone excluding the external interface objects. If that is the case, submit your question to unmethours.com.

choy tuck wai

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Aug 7, 2020, 10:40:47 PM8/7/20
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ok noted thank you so much for your help!
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