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STEM User Group Meeting 2012

15 May 2012

A learning agenda to challenge existing thinking

The 17th annual STEM User Group Meeting will run from 03–04 October in the timeless surroundings of King’s College in Cambridge, UK. Robin Bailey will present opex models on topics including power, spares, air-conditioning and human resources as a training demonstration of the new aggregate demand and consumable resource features implemented in STEM version 7.3.

A varied agenda of model showcases, guest presentations and hands-on, catch-up training is punctuated by unflinching critical review and discussion among a world-class audience of modelling professionals. The meeting is targeted at prospective, new and existing clients alike. Registration is now closed.

This regular and interactive event has always offered ‘a free lunch’, and much more besides, so the recurring theme of ‘consumption’ evident in the provisional agenda shown below will sit comfortably among the feasting and other refreshments.

Wednesday 03 October Thursday 04 October
Comparing old opex models with new: an introduction to aggregate handling In transition: finding your way around the new input dialog layout in our wake-up modelling exercise
Guest presentations Managing consumption: how not to have a persistent cake resource and eat it again and again
In and out of time: the tale of an aggregate demand and a consumable resource Finding the ‘h’ in kWh and an engineer’s rate: the implicit time factor as a function of capacity
An update on business models for the web: tracking, saving and the Implied Logic hosting solution Latest development directions: heading online, and the end of right-clicking as we know it
GALA DINNER at King’s College Informal meal at Robin’s favourite pizza restaurant

Figure 1: Provisional programme for the STEM User Group Meeting 2012

Partners are welcome to attend the memorable gala dinner and any of the working sessions which may appeal.

A radical re-think on STEM pricing

We announce a new freemium strategy for accessing the STEM software, including a free and fully-functional demo system for small projects and study as a taster for an innovative minimal-support subscription to the Conventional STEM (C-STEM) desktop solution at just GBP 330 p.a..

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STEM User Group Meeting 2017

Our annual customer forum on 27–28 September 2017 will see us build a generic business case from scratch, comparing the approach of a fixed resource base with a more agile, driver-based approach. We will generate all the essential technical and financial outputs while exploring the impact of varying levels of service activity.

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Vision for the forthcoming STEM 8.0

As part of our vision for a more intuitive way of working that bridges previous mental leaps wherever possible, we preview another two features of the forthcoming STEM version 8.0 – direct-draw connect mode and more flexible user data – that form part of a joined-up approach to fulfilling this dream.

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Win a student group subscription in our quarterly competition

We are now offering an affordable package for educational groups to access the fully-fledged C-STEM platform which will enable teaching staff to connect their students with the issues of scale and complexity that they will face in real life, as well as a quarterly competition to win an annual subscription for the most interesting modelling proposal.

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Using a partition to ease discovery of a model

A collection is a neat way to group elements and provide systematic aggregation across all results available for those elements, and can be nested to form an element hierarchy. We are working on a new partition concept which checks a hierarchy for completeness and uniqueness, and enables a top-down results navigation where you can expand and drill-down into individual branches.

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Tracing drivers with smart results in the Editor

Suppose it were easier to connect results with what you can see in the Editor, or that STEM could anticipate which results would be of most immediate interest. Soon you will be able to display results from the context menu for a selection of elements in the Editor. A new Trace command will draw the most pertinent graphs to explain the calculation flow for a series of elements.

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Exploring cost-breakdown results in conjunction with template replication

The interface for drawing graphs has been streamlined in STEM 7.5 with dimensional selection as the norm, and more specific Linear Selection of individual combinations when required. We consider the complexities of notation, selection and spareseness, and show that STEM is the go-to application for handling cost allocation and controlling organisational spending at scale.

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STEM User Group Meeting 2016 proceedings

Our 21st customer event was held on 05–06 October at King’s College, Cambridge, UK. New and regular users alike engaged in animated debate on two dominant themes of network virtualisation, as well as further game-changing developments in the STEM platform. The full proceedings of the 2016 event are now available for download. Next year’s event will run 27–28 September 2017.

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