Release Notes for Umberto (11.8.0.97)

Installer

  • The Umberto 11 installer has been redesigned to achieve a more modern look and to fit into the new corporate identity.

  • Umberto accepts licenses of its older versions: Universal, LCA+ and Efficiency+. If one of those versions is installed with a valid, authenticated license the new Umberto installer will copy those licenses to become the new Umberto license. I.e. a user is not asked to install a license, if Umberto is installed on a system with a valid and authenticated license of those older versions. Already existing Umberto 11 licenses will not be overwritten by the installer.

  • To better distinguish between new Umberto version and previous version, installer and application icon have been changed.

Licenses

  • All licenses accepted by Umberto 11 will be displayed as "Umberto" licenses, version specific suffixes (LCA+/Efficiency+/etc.) have been removed to avoid confusion when Umberto 11 is run using the license of an older version.

  • Starting with the next Umberto release and using the latest Floating License Server (v1.2.9.11) it will be possible to use Umberto 11 with a floating license like it is possible for e!Sankey and the older Umberto versions.

  • Umberto 11 now accepts EDUC (limited) licenses. They are displayed as for non-commercial use only on start screen and in About Umberto dialogue. But the licenses do not contain the restrictions they entailed in the older Umberto versions.

UI/General

  • All Help buttons and help links now redirect to the new Knowledge Hub website. This includes help links for Model Options, Calculation Log, Analytical Dashboard, Process Specification, Logs, Top Bar as well as the Start Page Knowledge-Hub link (section Help and Support).

  • Changed company name from "ifu Hamburg" to "iPoint-systems". This also affects databases and the converter. Older versions of both are no longer accepted by Umberto, so you need to install the latest databases and converter. Although company name changed, a renewed activation of the license key is not required. Additionally, the old e!Sankey help has been removed. Instead, you will be directed to the Umberto help web page when you press F1 or a help button.

  • The start screen has been redesigned: recently opened files contain a preview; demo files can contain a short description; the number of demo files displayed is no longer limited; in order to make it easier for users to get started with LCA and modeling with Umberto, new tutorial videos have been added (four in licensed version, two in trial version); license and database information have been cleaned up. It is also possible to log in and out of iPoint Product Sustainability Web directly from the start page. To change the target system "Account Settings" are available in start screen header or via user popover, if user is logged in. The application toolbar is only shown when a model is open.

  • The demo models available on the start screen have been adjusted. There are now two demo models (Side Mirror Cradle-to-grave (Automotive) and Keyboard Cradle-to-grave (Electronics)).

  • New templates have been added to Umberto. The default template is named "Empty model" and does not contain any elements. Two additional templates have been added ("Linear modeling" and "Generic modeling"). They contain model stubs that make it easy to get started with modeling. The delivered templates do not contain database references any more. The references are inserted when a new model is created, depending on the databases installed on the user's computer.

  • Updated "Spinner" when starting Umberto and "About Umberto" dialogue layout, images and text to be more in alignment with corporate identity and iPoint Suite.

  • Adapted most often used tables in "Model Configuration" so headers of columns with icon content do show an icon instead of text consistently.

  • All material type icons have been adapted to new UIX standard.

  • To make it easier to distinguish the different types of processes in a model the process list now opens with "All" as default selection, which shows a list of all processes with color and tool tip depending on process type. The process list is displayed in the Property panel (left side of application window) after clicking on background in the editor.

  • The support for multi-selection has been extended to the data grids of all views of the Configuration dialog. The activation of related buttons has been adjusted to this: "Edit" buttons are activated when exactly one element is selected and "Remove" buttons now require at least one selected element.

  • The "Model Parameter" view has been modified for improved usability. The "Text" column was renamed to "Description" and its value will be included in Excel and Raw Data JSON exports. The new column "Hide for Web" can be used to exclude parameters from being shown in iPoint Product Sustainability Web. The value of hidden parameters can only be changed in Umberto.

  • A column showing the calculated values of parameters was added to the Model Parameters dialog (Configuration > Model Configuration > Model > Model Parameters). If the value of an expression cannot be calculated, an error message is shown in the "Calculated" column. A detailed log of the expression calculation can be accessed via the "More" button. The calculated values are also included in the export of the parameters to Excel and in the JSON export of the raw data results in the Analytical Dashboard. For import the values in column "Calculated" are ignored. The import algorithm was also slightly changed. Column names are now used as keys to identify content e.g. variables are located in column with header "Variable" (in previous version variables were assumed to be in first column). This change was made because column order in export should be same as in Umberto dialogue and to assure maximum compatibility with old versions of NetParameter import/export Microsoft Excel files.

  • Added dialogue to show properties of database exchange entries. Dialogue can be opened via context menu in process specification (Process Specification > Inputs/Outputs > Grids) and in Search Entry Dialogue (Process Specification > Inputs/Outputs > Insert Buttons). The context menu entry is only enabled for database entries with eligible properties.

Production Orders/Bill of Materials

  • Introduced the output BOM category 'Final Product'. It can be used to route (final) products of production orders to a different place or process than the (sub)assemblies of production orders.
    The description has been adapted for the 'Edit BOM Categories' (Process Specification > Specification > Input/Output > 12 More > Insert and Edit BOM Categories) to explain recently added BOM Categories. The 'default categories for assembly processes', have been changed to "Raw Materials" and "Subassemblies" on the input side and "Final product" and "Waste" on the output side to be consistent with naming in Production Orders.

  • Introduced new production order type "Scalable Production Orders". They can be used to depict the end of life of products or the expenses that cannot be assigned to individual production orders.

    Figure 1: Menu Specification > Model Configuration…, view Manufacturing > Production Orders, button "Insert" or "Edit Header"

    In contrast to other production orders, the order quantity (the quantity of the final product) is not specified, but only determined during the calculation. The production order is only calculated and written to the network as soon as a flow that corresponds to the final product is present at the process on which the final product is manufactured.

    Figure 2: Menu Specification > Model Configuration…, view Manufacturing > Production Orders

    Also, the life cycle inventory of scalable production orders may be allocated to other production orders because this type of production order assumes that the final product of those production orders are not final products of the model.

iPoint Product Sustainability Web Integration

  • Enhance support for custom iPoint Product Sustainability Web systems (technical enhancement; derive authentication URL from service URL and consider URL redirect).
  • When searching for iPoint Product Sustainability Web projects (File > 'Download…') only LCA projects are shown in the search result list. BOM and material comparison projects are no longer included in the result list. The explanation text has been adopted accordingly. When trying to download a project that had been marked as "Disable Model Download" the user is informed about the access restriction and the download is aborted. 

Databases

  • Included the new ecoinvent EULA in all U11 ecoinvent database releases (3.6-3.8). The new EULA is in effect since 1.5.2022.

Converter

  • Umberto 11 Converter for LCA+ models has been updated. The converter is a tool which has to be installed separately, but then can be used from within Umberto (File > Convert Umberto+ Project). The new version gives an option to convert Ecoinvent Intermediate Entries to Aggregated Entries, when the model is opened for the first time after conversion. The user has the option to either use an default mapping as in LCA+, or try finding the Aggregated Entry using the "Activity Link" which are provided by Ecoinvent (Default mapping as fall-back) or to keep the Intermediate Entries. Also, Ecoinvent version 2.2 materials are mapped to ecoinvent version 3 materials if available.
    A description with more details will be added to https://help.ipoint-systems.com/sustainability/ps/umberto/Expert_Articles/How_can_I_convert_my_models_to_Umberto_11_.htm.

  • Fixed: During the conversion of a model with duplicate (manual) flows at rationalized 1-1 connection places, the converter has thrown an exception. The exception is now caught and instead a corresponding log message is created.

 Bug fixes

  • Fixed: Scalable Production Orders to apply in any period if "All Periods" was selected.
  • Fixed: Display of internal flow LCIA contributions (Results -> Impact Assessment -> Contribution Analysis -> Internal Flows). Only one contribution (internal flow) has been shown, regardless of the actual amount of contributions.
  • Fixed: Deactivated Endpoints of ecoinvent ReCiPe V1.13 method because it is incomplete and produces inaccurate results.
  • Fixed: Exception when pasting live links in entry properties dialogue.
  • Fixed: Only show selection of System Models and Evaluation Methods that are supported by at least one of the available (i.e. installed & licensed) databases.
  • Fixed: Negative factors of mappings will no longer be ignored.
  • Fixed: A specific Excel version prevents Umberto from adding LiveLinks. Please update Excel if you are using Excel version 2206 (Build 15330.20264).
  • Fixed: Added performance warning for big number of scenarios, limited scenario parameters to active scenarios and added process dialogue for all configuration dialogues.
  • Fixed: Display of internal flow LCIA contributions (Results -> Impact Assessment -> Contribution Analysis -> Internal Flows): Only one contribution (internal flow) has been shown, regardless of the actual amount of contributions.
  • Fixed: Login / logout to iPoint Product Sustainability Web sometimes showed inconsistent state after changing target system in account settings dialogue.
  • Fixed: Missing carryover costs in cost / quantity center views in Analytical Dashboard.
  • Fixed: Incorrect scaling of splash screen when using Windows screen scaling other than 100%.
  • Fixed: A helpful log message is shown in the Bill of Materials (BOM) import log in case of entry unit mismatch of existing entries matching import entries by name and id.
  • Fixed: An issue in connection place calculation: user defined processes now also accept flows if they have a matching input / output variable. Previously only linear processes accepted them. THIS CAN LEAD TO CALCULATION ERRORS AFTER UPDATING! It is possible that models were able to calculate by mistake due to connection places "calculating" by disregarding UDF processes.
  • Fixed: Almost all GaBi databases were missing rucksacks for the PCF ISO 14067 method. This has been fixed in the DB version 22.1.1 and aggregated materials in all GaBi DBs should now show a value for this method as well.
  • Fixed: Issues were reported using the Material BOM Importer (Configuration > BOM Management > 4 More > Import). Columns required for the import were not recognized correctly and this caused invalid import results, e.g. importing Material BOMs with numbers as component names. The issues of the column look-up have been fixed.
  • Fixed: If "Recalculate" for Remote Processes fails (Process Specification > Parameters > Recalculate), user will now be informed with a Message-box and can also open log file to see the reason. Recalculate could fail e.g. if process was loaded from another target system than the user is currently logged in. The same error Message-box will be show in Search Product Sustainability Processes, if user searches for a Remote Process and download fails (Process Specification > Inputs/Outputs > More > Load iPoint Product Sustainability Process).
  • Fixed: Issue with remote model mappings: For some indicators the LCIA results of remote mappings have been assign to the wrong indicator. Affected were indicators which occur multiple times in different variants of an evaluation method (e.g. indicator "GWP 100a" in evaluation method "CML 2001 (2008)" with variants "With long-term emissions" and "Without long-term emissions").
  • Fixed: In some cases an exception occurred when user clicked on stock details (Analytical Dashboard > Stocks > Details).