As we gear up for the release of PV Elite 2016, I can’t help but notice just how many material properties changed in the 2015 edition of ASME Section II, Part D.
When the big, black books arrived, I took a deep breath, as I knew in that moment that I would have to drop everything to get these changes into the software and get everything tested, all before rollout. There is something special about unwrapping those hundreds of pages and dropping them into their new binder home.
It’s almost like you’re about to go on a very long journey. A long journey filled with important data entry. But, what must be done must be done - I’m going on an adventure.
So our new, shiny material properties made their way into the massive database. I pored over page after page, punching the keypad like a savvy accountant, step after step, value after value.
My eyes bugged out and more coffee was poured. Another line was crossed off the Summary of Changes, Customary.
All of Table 1A, 1B, 5A, and 5B were finally conquered within three weeks – record time. Yes! Metric allowables fell without much of a fight. I was on a roll. I moved on to the yields. They yielded and bent to my all-consuming will. I ruled them all.
Meanwhile, Julian Lovering, our friendly, ever-helpful support guy and trusted companion, was testing my changes. There weren’t many corrections, but whatever he noted, I double-checked and changed.
Next, we ran through a multitude of test files to make sure the material values were coming through correctly. I did whatever I could to try to break the material properties in the program – “exploratory testing” we call it. Everything that I could think of checked out.
Finally, I could call this journey done. The materials are now updated to the latest edition of ASME, Section II, Part D and will be ready for use in PV Elite 2016, soon to be released!
Now, back to my little development hobbit hole and all the comforts of home ...