Course Details

With the release of VMetric® - the first Windows version of the Metric series of models - significant new functionality was added. The user is now able to input unlimited indentures in the hardware structure and unlimited echelons in the support structure; each item at each site can have a distinct value for every parameter of interest; the numbers and types of systems can vary between sites. The graphical user interface allows the description of more complex operating and support environments, while retaining the ease of data entry for which the earlier versions were known. VMetric includes an enhanced capability of importing from, and exporting to, a variety of data formats.

This course is aimed at previous users of VMetric who have upgraded to version 4, but is equally applicable to those who are new users. It covers the general theory of analytical models and the place of VMetric in the TFD Suite; a detailed tour through all aspects of the software, interspersed with practical exercises to ensure that participants are comfortable in the modeling environment; discussion of the use of VMetric in dealing with real-world problems, illustrated with case studies; general comments on how to approach analytical problems; and a description of the operation of the VMetric engine. Participants are encouraged to bring with them data and/or descriptions of general or particular problems they face in their work; these will be discussed in open forum and, hopefully, guidance or recommendations on possible approaches given.

Course Outline

Section 1: Models and VMetric

  • Model Classes
  • Introduction to VMetric
  • Summary of Technical Model Features
  • VMetric - Model structure

Section 2: Data and VMetric

  • VMetric Inputs
  • VMetric Outputs

Section 3: Using VMetric

  • Guided tour through the model
  • Practical exercises

Section 4: How VMetric works

  • Availability and other targets
  • System-based sparing
  • Optimization
  • Shadow pricing

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