SBIR-2014: Commercial-Grade, Scalable Support and Training Services Platform

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Lead Performer: Big Ladder Software - Denver, CO
DOE Funding: $149,554
Cost Share: N/A
Project Term: June 2014 - March 2015
Funding Opportunity: Small Business Innovation Research FY 2014 Phase 1 Release 2 Awards
Related Projects: EnergyPlus

Project Objective

The Department of Energy has funded the development of two industry-leading simulation engines, EnergyPlus and Radiance, which are regarded in the U.S. as the state of the art in modeling capabilities and accuracy. Despite being the most powerful engines in their respective areas, both are lagging behind in adoption compared to less-capable tools. One significant factor limiting widespread adoption is a lack of high-quality, readily available support and training services for both engines. The objective in Phase I is to research, develop, and pilot a prototype platform for providing commercial-grade, scalable support and training services for EnergyPlus and Radiance.

The overall approach is to develop a platform composed of standardized systems and processes that leverage automation and web-based resources in order to deliver services at a low cost. Several support tasks will be researched and developed including a subscription-based support service, web-based documentation resources, and a question- and-answer website. Several training tasks will be researched and developed including a new training workshop for EnergyPlus, a train-the-trainer program, and a web-based training resource.

Project Impact

The primary commercial application is to market for-pay services under a subscription model or pay-per-event model. Organizations will benefit from a decrease in the cost of modeling. The nation will benefit from increased uptake and adoption of accurate, powerful modeling engines that lead to identifying more opportunities for saving energy.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Amir Roth
Lead Performer: Peter Ellis, Big Ladder Software