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Proceedings of eSim 2006: 4th Conference of IBPSA-Canada

     

A CASE STUDY DEMONSTRATING THE UTILITY OF INTER-PROGRAM COMPARATIVE TESTING FOR DIAGNOSING ERRORS IN BUILDING SIMULATION PROGRAMS

Ian Beausoleil-Morrison, Brent Griffith, Teemu Vesanen, ┬┤bastien Lerson, Andreas Weber

Abstract: The validation of a building simulation program or model is a daunting task, and one that should receive as much attention as algorithm and code development. Previous research in this field has led to a wellaccepted approach composed of analytical verification, empirical validation, and inter-program comparative testing to diagnose model deficiencies, mathematical solution errors, and coding errors. Through a case study, this paper demonstrates the utility of interprogram comparative testing. It shows that by comparing program-to-program results, solution problems, coding errors, and deficiencies in mathematical model descriptions can be efficiently identified, diagnosed, and subsequently repaired.
Pages: 181 - 188
Paper:
esim2006_181_188