new openLCA 1.8, released February 2018

We are happy to announce the release of openLCA 1.8 which ships with several very nice enhancements!

Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) checks

Some openLCA users already proposed this feature on our platform ask.openLCA.org and we are glad to have now implemented comprehensive LCIA checks in openLCA! Upon calculating the Analysis results of a product system (or Quick results if an LCIA method has been selected), the new tab LCIA Checks lists all flows of the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of the calculated product system that are not captured by the applied LCIA method. The flows can either be listed regardless of the LCIA category or grouped by LCIA category.

In addition, when opening a process, the new tab Impact analysis shows which LCIA categories of a selected LCIA method capture the flows of the inventory of the respective process. Optionally, zero values can be excluded.

And last but not least, when opening a flow, the new tab Impact factors lists the LCIA category(ies) and respective LCIA methods which capture the flow as well as the corresponding impact/characterization factor.

Location map

The change in an API of a popular web mapping service stopped previous versions of openLCA from displaying the map in the location tab when calculating results (“Map can not be displayed, do you have an internet connection?“). … fixed ✓

New parameter overview

A new powerful parameter overview lists all parameters in the active database regardless of whether they are local or global (Window -> Parameters). Upon opening the new parameter overview, right-click -> Evaluate formulas allows to evaluate the underlying formulas. The filter field allows to search for specific parameters or to filter for errors. Via right-click -> Edit, formulas can be changed directly from the parameter overview.

Display product systems in a project

In projects, product systems can now be displayed in the results selectively. Just check-mark the respective product systems in the Compared product systems overview.

Open provider

It is now much easier to navigate to the provider of a flow. Simply right-click on a flow and select Open provider.

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Open items from tables via right-click

Items in openLCA that can be opened in a table via a double-click now have a context menu entry (right-click). E.g. flows & providers in input-output tables, items in the navigation window, flows in the inventory results, processes in the total requirements list, flows in the LCIA results, flows and processes in the contribution tree, processes in the local contribution list, flows in the LCIA checks list and product systems in the compared product systems list.

Multi-selection for adding product systems to a project

Multiple product systems can now be added simultaneously to the Compared product systems overview/list of a project. In addition, drag and drop is now supported.

Database scheme update

openLCA 1.8 features an updated database scheme. Upon opening databases with an old database scheme, openLCA will automatically prompt for an update. Obviously, the new database scheme has thoroughly been tested. However, for very critical data we always recommend to create a backup before changing to a new database scheme.

Miscellaneous

  • ILCD import now supports data quality information

Download and support

Download the most recent version of openLCA via https://openLCA.org/download. For community support visit https://ask.openLCA.org or get a support contract for professional support via the GreenDelta GmbH openLCA help desk.

How to get the latest version?

Version 1.5.0 is available at the openLCA Downloads website. You can use either the installer (your will need to de-install your older version) or the .exe file included in the zip file also provided in the downloads page (no need to de-install your older version). In both cases, when you open a database you will be asked to update it to the new database format. By clicking OK, you accept the conversion. The content of the database will not be affected, only the structure. Have in mind that this process cannot be reversed. Once your database has the new database structure it cannot be opened with earlier openLCA versions (e.g. 1.4.2, 1.5.0 beta 1).