Intelligent Services For Energy-Efficient Design and Life Cycle Simulation

Project acronym: ISES ⎪ Project number: 288819 ⎪ Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2011-7 ⎪ Project coordinator: Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Public deliverables

  • ISES Deliverable D1.1: State of the Art and Gap Analysis for Energy Performance Assessment

    The objective of WP1 of ISES is to (1) perform analyses of user roles, existing information resources and anticipated usage scenarios and needs, (2) develop typical use cases that shall be used as baseline for all subsequent RTD work and, (3) provide objective specification of the requirements regarding a) ICT‐related energy and CO2 emissions modelling, and b) the interoperability needs for efficient application of advanced simulation methods. This deliverable performs a survey of existing ICT resources for energy and CO2 performance assessment. Gaps are identified and their possible impacts on the ISES platform are discussed. The functionalities of state‐of‐the‐art tools to be used in ISES are also analysed. Not addressed are issues already identified within the EU project 260088 HESMOS with regard to the building life cycle process and the use of architectural BIM‐CAD and BIM‐FM tools. These issues are covered in the HESMOS Deliverable D1.1 (Bort et al. 2011). Hence, the attention is specifically on weather and climate data, user behaviour and user comfort, product components and catalogues and stochastic considerations which are not in the focus of HESMOS.

    This deliverable covers the overall work performed in WP1 within Task T1.1 Gap Analysis. In order to better prepare the focused detailed work in the WPs 2‐6, a broad horizontal study of the relevant aspects has been first performed, which is reflected by the content and the extended title of the deliverable.

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  • ISES Deliverable D2.1: Overall Stochastic Approach for the Virtual Energy Lab Platform

    The objective of WP2 of ISES is to (1) set up the overall cloud‐based ISES platform architecture, including data preparation via local CAD and FM systems as well as distributed and local databases for climate data, user profiles and product catalogues, (2) specify the component services and their interrelations to prepare for the needed harmonized APIs that will be developed in WPs 3‐7, (3) define the prerequisites for multiple parallel simulation runs on the cloud, thereby setting the basis for the RTD work in WP7, specifically dedicated to the cloud environment, (4) develop the overall stochastic approach for the Virtual Energy Lab platform in alignment with the objectives of the project and the technical platform architecture. The platform will take into account both remote web services, especially the services for life cycle energy, CO2 and cost simulations executed on a cloud, and the local CAD, FM and product catalogue systems that will be used in ISES.

    This deliverable covers the overall work performed in WP2 within task T2.2 development and specification of the overall stochastic approach. During this task the baseline for the detailed stochastic approach in WPs 4, 5 and 6 is set up. The stochastic processes involved in the envisaged energy, emissions and cost simulations are analyzed from systemic point of view in order to develop a pragmatic, manageable treatment of the stochasticity of the product life‐cycle. The developed stochastic approaches are described in concise form, highlighting its innate features. Special attention is put on the use of material properties, climate models and energy consumption profiles.

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  • ISES Deliverable D2.2: Architecture and Components of the Virtual Energy Lab Platform

    The objective of the Deliverable 2.2 "Architecture and components of the Virtual Lab Platform" is to provide a concept for the cloud‐based software architecture of ISES. This includes the components specification of all connected tools, services and databases that will be developed in WPs 3‐7. The prerequisites of multiple parallel simulations will be defined and a loosely coupling of services aspired.

    In this report, we describe the overall development approach, the developed principal software architecture and the service orchestration which provides a first proof of the concept and the expected benefits.

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  • ISES Deliverable D3.1: Ontology Specification

    The objective of Deliverable 3.1 "Ontology specification" of WP3 is to provide a formal conceptual specification of an open and extensible energy-enhanced BIM framework (eeBIM), to support the synthesis and the interoperability for energy-related data necessary for efficient building design. It builds upon Deliverable D1.1 “Gap Analysis” and Deliverable D1.2 “Use Case Scenarios and Requirements Specification”, which identified the principal information flows for which the user and application viewpoints are considered and the modelling requirements are highlighted.

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  • ISES Deliverable D3.2: Ontology Prototype

    The ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform depends on a variety of heterogonous data for the life-cycle simulation of building energy performance, including characteristic meteorological parameters and climatic events, specific activity patterns characterizing energy usage in building zones and building spaces (e.g. office spaces, factory production line spaces, exhibition hall) and energy related properties of building materials used in building construction.

    The main objectives of WP4 “Energy Profile and Consumption Patterns for Built Facilities and Their Components” are

    1. To develop the necessary service framework for the search and retrieval of data held as distributed, semi- or non-harmonized IT resources so that to enable their integration into the ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform, and
    2. To structure and organize resource templates that can be arranged and used for energy analyses in different combination and contexts for given facility and component configurations.

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  • ISES Deliverable D4.1: Technical specification of the overall framework and the principal energy profile & consumption patterns

    This document reports on the results from the work carried out in WP 4 “Energy Profile and Consumption Patterns for Built Facilities and their Components” within task T4.1 “Framework and stochastic templates for product life-cycle”.

    This first version of the deliverable provides the conceptual basis, specific requirements and specification of the overall data and services framework and the stochastic templates capturing principal weather, occupancy and energy load profiles as baseline for the prototypes to be developed within tasks T4.2 and T4.3. The performed work draws on the results from the detailed surveys on the state-of-the-art and gap analysis reported in WP 1 on energy related ICT resources for energy performance simulation, occupancy patterns and occupant behaviour in buildings and weather data, along with the work presently available from WP2 and WP3 to facilitate the framework integration into the overall ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform.

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  • ISES Deliverable D4.1+: Addendum to Deliverable D4.1: Stochastic energy profiles and consumption patterns

    Deliverable D4.1 (Gudnasson et al. 2012) provided the conceptual bases, specific requirements and specification of the overall data and services framework and the definition of the stochastic templates. Early planning of work tasks required a shift of planned work for the implementation and software development for the stochastic approaches elaborated in task 2.1 to WP4. This required a amended version of deliverable D4.1 accepted by the project officer.

    This follow-up document named D4.1+ and prepared as an addendum to D4.1 includes an overview of the methodology, principles and application examples for the stochastic approaches that are being implemented. The types of data that are being addressed include stochastic sampling for material properties and occupancy, and semi-stochastic weather/climate data.

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  • ISES Deliverable D4.2: Prototype of the intelligent search, access and interoperability services to the energy‐related ICT

    The ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform depends on a variety of heterogonous data for the life‐cycle simulation of building energy performance, including characteristic meteorological parameters and climatic events, specific activity patterns characterizing energy usage in building zones and building spaces (e.g. office spaces, factory production line spaces, exhibition hall) and energy related properties of building materials used in building construction.

    The main objectives of WP4 “Energy Profile and Consumption Patterns for Built Facilities and Their Components” are (1) To develop the necessary service framework for the search and retrieval of data held as distributed, semi‐ or non‐harmonized IT resources so that to enable their integration into the ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform, and (2) To structure and organize resource templates that can be arranged and used for energy analyses in different combination and contexts for given facility and component configurations.

    This document reports on the results from the work carried out in WP 4 within task 4.2. “Prototype of the intelligent search, access and interoperability services to the energy‐related ICT”.

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  • ISES Deliverable D4.3: Intelligent services for model-based product catalogue profiling and BIM integration

    Deliverable D4.3 comprises the software prototype and this supporting report covering the work done in WP4 “Energy Profile and Consumption Patterns for Built Facilities and Their Components” within Task T4.3 “Intelligent services for model-based product catalogue profiling and BIM inte- gration”.

    The objective of this task is to:

    • provide Intelligent services for model-based product catalogue profiling
    • extent BIM with product catalog data (focused on the issues addressed in ISES)
    • implementation of interface between product representation standards from ISO 10303 STEP and ISO 13584 (PLIB)

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  • ISES Deliverable D4.4: Characteristic Energy Profile and Consumption Patterns for the ISES Virtual Energy Lab

    The ISES Virtual Energy Lab (IVEL) platform depends on a variety of heterogonous data for the life- cycle simulation of building energy performance, including characteristic meteorological parameters and climatic events, specific activity patterns that impact internal heat gains and the energy use in building zones and building spaces (e.g. factory hall, exhibition hall, office space) and energy related thermo-physical properties of building materials used for the construction of a building.

    The main objective of WP4 was to (1) develop the necessary service framework for the search and retrieval of data held as distributed, semi- or non-harmonized IT resources so that to enable their integration into the IVEL platform, and (2) structure and organize resource templates that can be arranged and used for energy analyses in different combination and contexts for a given facility and component configurations.

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  • ISES Deliverable D5.1: Prototype of the multi-model integration services

    Deliverable D5.1 comprises the developed software prototype and this supporting report in accordance with Task T5.1 “Host product multi-model integration” of WP5. The objective of this task was to provide basic interoperability services which can link the host model (BIM) to external resources or other data, e.g. climate data can be linked to the building site, user profiles can be linked to rooms and so on. The developed eeBIM framework from the HESMOS project is used as basis to fulfil these requirements. General link mechanisms defined in HESMOS are also used in ISES, but extended with additional features for stochastic profiles and product catalogue data. Moreover, the technological basis is substantially reworked to provide integration with the advanced energy template framework provided by WP4.

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  • ISES Deliverable D5.2: Prototype of the multi-model combiner

    Deliverable D5.2 comprises the developed Multi Model Combiner Service (MMCS) which enables the working with multi-models and this supporting report.

    The MMCS allows inspection and creation of multi-models comprised of elementary (domain) models and links between their elements. It provides a plug-in mechanism for the generation of multi-model domain views where BIM/IFC is the Lead/Core Model. Its purpose is to bring together the involved multiple data models and link them on instance level as necessary. To achieve such combinations, the system ontology developed in WP3 will be used, which will capture and resolve references to the linked models.

    The developed multi-model combiner and the simulation matrix configurator will not be executed fully automatically. They require substantial user interaction to adjust project and tool/service parameters to the specific user needs and application context.

    The report is structured in four parts: an Introduction, a description of the overall development concept, a description of the MMCS with focus of the implemented APIs and a short Conclusion section.

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  • ISES Deliverable D5.3: Prototype of the Simulation Configurator

    This deliverable report focuses on the simulation configuration and describes the functionality of the software prototype which enables:

    • The definition of variable building properties,
    • The generation of multiple simulations,
    • The analysis of multiple simulation results.

    The first aspect is enabled through the generation of a so called Simulation Matrix which is based on user definitions requested by the interface of the ISES Virtual Energy Lab (IVEL). The overall workflow and the purpose of the matrix are explained in the first part of this report. A detailed description of the suggested file format is given in part three of the report. The second point, namely the generation of multiple simulations, is split into three steps to improve the overall performance. This multi-step procedure for the derived sensitivity analysis is described in part two of the deliverable report. The last part of the report is concerned with the analysis of simulation results.

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  • ISES Deliverable D6.1: Prototype of the Host Product Model Filters

    With the services and tools from the ISES WPs 4 and 5 a basis for detailed analyses and life‐cycle simulations of energy performance will be provided – to help designers to improve the design of new products, and architects to improve the behaviour of built facilities. However, it is equally important to be able to understand correctly, evaluate properly and present in compact form the results of such comprehensive analyses to decision makers. To achieve these goals, WP6 develops a set of services and tools for (1) Preparing the input and filtering the output of simulation runs, (2) Synthesising the results obtained from multiple parallel simulations, (3) Managing the various simulation models used, and (4) Efficient evaluation and navigation, providing for fast and convenient examination of the results by non‐simulation experts (product designers, architects, managers, process engineers). The overall objective is to enable the different roles engaged in the design and life‐cycle operation processes to take informed decisions on the basis of the advanced functionality enabled via the ISES Virtual Energy Lab (VEL).

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  • ISES Deliverable D6.3: Prototype of the simulation evaluation service and the multi-model navigator

    Deliverable D6.3 comprises the result of the RTD work in Task 6.3 “Simulation Evaluation Service” and Task 6.4 “Multi-model Navigator” of WP6, thereby completing the work package. This includes (1) the developed software prototypes, and (2) this supporting documentation, describing briefly the functionality of the deployed services.

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  • ISES Deliverable D7.2: Cloud-enabled software integration

    The document is structured in two parts. The first part briefly describes the integrated analyses/simulation software. The second part covers design and implementation of the ISES cloud API. The full ISES Cloud API reference is available online at http://vel.ises.eu-project.info/api/api-docs.

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  • ISES Deliverable D7.3: Prototype of the developed intelligent workflow definition, execution and monitoring services

    The document is structured in two parts. The first part of the document briefly describes the overall preferences of the developed prototype of the cloud related workflow services. The second part covers the description of the running prototype.

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  • ISES Deliverable D7.4: Use of the Prototyped Virtual Energy Lab on a Cloud Environment

    c The supporting deliverable report documents the initial experiences gained and the lessons learned (benefits, strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, threats and current gaps) from the deployment and use of the ISES Virtual Energy Lab platform on a cloud environment. It serves as a recommendation for similar cloud-based ICT developments in the energy, AEC and other related domains.

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  • ISES Deliverable D8.3.1: Intermediate Public Workshop

    The objective of the First Public Workshop of ISES was to validate the results achieved so far by an external audience and to receive feedback and/or raised critical problems.

    This Deliverable D8.3.1 provides an overview of the performed workshop. The agenda, the partici- pants and the presentations are described. In the conclusions, the further objectives from the work- shop results are formulated.

    The work in WP8 “Dissemination and Exploitation of the Project Results” includes the organisation and the execution of this intermediate public workshop. The workshop was set up to bring together interested companies from the building construction, the ICT and the energy sectors, providing them with active insight to the project results and enabling synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas as well as creation of network effects.

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  • ISES Deliverable D8.3.2: Final Public Workshops

    The objective of the Final Public Workshop Deliverable of ISES was to show and explain the developed platform features and to make the benefits from ISES tangible and clearly visible to a broad audience. To present the results of ISES and to demonstrate the use of the ISES Virtual Energy Lab (VEL) as thoroughly as possible, the consortium decided to organize two final workshops as follows:

    • Final Public Workshop at Athens, Greece, in the frames of the international ASHRAE conference “Energy in Buildings 2014”
    • Final Public Workshop at Ljubljana, Slovenia, organized as end-user event of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS)

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  • ISES Deliverable D8.6.3: Contribution to eeBDM Harmonisation (final report)

    Harmonization is one of the basic goals in the European Community. The first step, achieved in July 1968 was the abolition of all tariffs on trade between Member States. Since then, many attempts of standardisation in distinctive fields of expertise have failed or have not been approved by the authorities. Today, the so-called “new approach” targets mandatory EU-wide common standards, which should help to strengthen basic European requirements. The question is how should this refer to our domain of interest?

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  • ISES Deliverable D8.7: Third eeBDM Workshop – Summary and Proceedings

    The third eeBDM Workshop was originally announced by the HESMOS project. Rogelio Segovia, Scientific Officer of the European Commission and Prof. Raimar J. Scherer, Head of the Institute of Construction Informatics at the Technische Universität Dresden coordinated the organization.

    The event was organised jointly by the projects ISES and HESMOS. The local organisation was conducted and performed by the ISES partner NMI. Head of the local organisation committee was Gudni Gudnasson.

    The proceedings of the workshop were completed in the frames of the ISES project.

    This Deliverable D8.7 provides an overview of the performed workshop. In this first part, the general idea and the targeted objectives of the workshop are presented. The second part provides an overview of the three held sessions, the presented papers and the speakers. The report contains also a third part, which includes the complete booklet and proceeedings of the workshop.

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  • ISES Deliverable D9.1.1: First public demonstrator of the Virtual Energy Lab and developed ee-performance indicators

    The objective of WP9 of the ISES project is to test and validate the developed Virtual Energy Lab (VEL) in practical environments. Accordingly, the ISES prototype will be deployed and demonstrated in real-practice scenarios that target three feedback cycles: (1) design of new products and components, (2) design or retrofitting of existing facilities for the use of more energy efficient building components, and (3) obtain more accurate results and/or refine use cases for future application. The goal is to show the practical achievements of ISES but also to demonstrate the benefits of the developed overall approach and to provide a grounded comparison of state-of-the-art solutions and the results of ISES, comparing the energy demand of one and the same facility designed by current state-of-the-art and new ISES methods, thereby enabling quantification of the exploitation potential and benefits.

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  • ISES Deliverable D9.1.2: Final public demonstrator of the ISES Virtual Energy Lab

    This deliverable report presents the final prototype of the ISES platform as demonstrated in the performed pilot projects and shown at the ISES final public workshops in November 2014 in Athens and Ljubljana. It provides an update of the previous deliverable D9.1.1 which was issued at project mid time to show the first (alpha) prototype of the platform and verify the overall approach from end user point of view. Therefore, some of the sections which described tools already developed at that time appear with only little changes in the current report, whereas others, reflecting the latest developments and findings, were thoroughly reworked or are completely new. The structure of the report was also thoroughly revised to provide more comprehensive and better organized view on the VEL architecture, specifically taking into account the end user perspective. Unlike the previous report D9.1.1, the services comprising the VEL Core Module are now also described - for completeness and better insight as to what is happening “behind the scene”. However, while providing an integrated view on the full ISES platform, the deliverable report does not go into all details of the developed services and tools in the project.

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  • ISES Deliverable D9.2: End user report on the Virtual Energy Lab pilot

    This report elaborates Task 9.4: Comparison of state-of-the-art and ISES-based design and further needs, which is the final task of WP9 on the Pilot Virtual Lab and Public Demonstrators. The main goal is to summarize the main ISES findings from the viewpoint of end users and to compare the ISES method against the state-of-the-art practice and the findings of the European FP7 project HESMOS (www.hesmos.eu). The report summarizes the ISES process and tools, demonstrates the process and reviews the results from a demonstration building and finally outlines the main benefits, reveals possible shortcomings and proposes future development needs.

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  • ISES Deliverable D9+: Energy-related key performance indicators within ISES

    This report elaborates Task 9.2: Energy-related performance indicators in order to enable objective validation of the results obtained via ISES. Various commonly used indicators are outlined in order to select and derive aggregated energy/emissions values and relate these to investment and operational costs as well as other (soft) constraints.

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  • ISES Deliverable D10.4: ISES Final Report (updated version)

    Final report of the ISES project.

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  • ISES Deliverable D11.1: Technical Specification of the Ontology for Prefabricated Building Elements Representation

    The key objective of Task T11.1 of the new ISES WP11 is the development of ontology for prefabricated building elements (PBE). Being formally specified, it should be utilized in the next project steps dedicated to the implementation of intelligent product catalogues and relating services.

    This objective is motivated by the need to provide technologically advanced and comprehensive platform so that the producers, customers, and engineers can share and reuse the information about PBE elements, in particular, data relating to their geometric and energy-saving characteristics.

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  • ISES Deliverable D11.2-2: Prototype of the intelligent ontology-based library for prefabricated building elements use

    The key objective of task T11.2 of WP11 is the development of an ontology-driven component library as part of the intelligent product catalogue specification and services. The library is intended for saving product specifications in persistent data stores and enabling multi-functional services to manage catalogue information and resolve semantically-meaningful queries. To achieve this goal the library design is based on the novel ontology model proposed in the previous project step.

    In this extended version of the deliverable, attachments contain key specifications relating to the design and implementation of the product library. In Appendix II we provide specifications of the underlying ontology model in EXPRESS language. Appendix III contains the developed DAI interfaces in C++ language [8]. The developed relational schema for SQL databases [9] is placed in Appendix IV. Appendix V provides the XML/XSD schema [10] for serialization of product libraries. Except for these attachments, there is only marginal difference in the content of the report chapters between versions 1.0 and 2.0.

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  • ISES Deliverable D11.3: Prototype of the intelligent services for prefabricated building element selection, instantiation, consistency checking and configuration in the host facility

    The key objective of the T11.3 & T11.4 tasks is an implementation of the services for prefabricated building element selection, instantiation, consistency checking and configuration in the host facility as components of the developed intelligent product catalogue. These tasks imply a design and implementation of the operational software prototype of the product catalogue with the capabilities needed for validation of its underlying principles and functions as well as for preparation of demonstrations in the final project steps.

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  • ISES Deliverable D12.1: BIM extension for stochastic modelling

    The overall goal is to develop an insight into the stochastic nature of the factors affecting energy efficiency, and incorporate this insight into the developed eeBIM framework.

    Hence, the specific RTD objective of WP12 is the understanding of uncertainty, risk and sensitivity in energy-efficiency calculations, and the provision of basic interoperability services which can link the host model (BIM) to external resources or other data (climate data can be linked to the building site, user profiles can be linked to rooms and so on). The developed eeBIM framework from the HESMOS project is used as basis to fulfil these requirements. General link mechanisms defined in HESMOS are also used in ISES, but extended with additional features for stochastic profiles and product catalogue data. Moreover, the technological basis is substantially reworked to provide integration with the advanced energy template framework provided by WP4.

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  • ISES Deliverable D12.2: Stochastic modelling approaches for holistic analysis of the energy performance of buildings

    Deliverable D12.2 comprises a risk analysis report in accordance with Task T12.2 “Stochastic modelling approaches for holistic analysis of the energy performance of buildings” of WP12. The objective of “WP12 - Risk analysis” is the understanding of uncertainty, risk and sensitivity in energy- efficiency calculations, and the provision of basic interoperability services which can link the host model (BIM) to external resources or other data (climate data can be linked to the building site, user profiles can be linked to rooms and so on). The developed eeBIM framework from the HESMOS project is used as basis to fulfil these requirements. General link mechanisms defined in HESMOS are also used in ISES, but extended with additional features for stochastic profiles and product catalogue data. Moreover, the technological basis is substantially reworked to provide integration with the advanced energy template framework provided by WP4.

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