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Aspen Fleet Optimizer

Release Notes
Version Number: V9
May 2016
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Contents
About these Release Notes......................................................................................1
General Information .........................................................................................1
Related Documentation .....................................................................................2
Help Files ..............................................................................................2
Manuals ................................................................................................2
Other Documents ...................................................................................2
System Requirements and Recommendations ......................................................3
Database Upgrade Scripts .................................................................................4

New Features ..........................................................................................................5


AFO Map Monitor..............................................................................................5
Terminal Name Display .....................................................................................5
Split Order Expansion Default ............................................................................5
Order Dialog Accelerator Keys............................................................................6
Customer Search from Order Lists......................................................................6
Enhanced Overflow Order Processing ..................................................................6
New Configuration Settings ...............................................................................7
Adding New Parameters ....................................................................................7

Data Tables .............................................................................................................9

Software Fixes for V9 ............................................................................................10


Defects Fixed................................................................................................. 10

Known Issues........................................................................................................11

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About these Release Notes

Aspen Fleet Optimizer V9 is the latest version of the fuels marketing


applications. These release notes include information about new features,
software fixes, and known issues associated with version V9. They contain
information for all fuels marketing applications (Aspen Fleet Optimizer, Aspen
Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web, Aspen Link and Exchange, and the
database).

Important: Read this document in its entirety, as some information is


necessary for the successful operation of Aspen Fleet Optimizer V9.

General Information
Aspen Fleet Optimizer is a petroleum supply chain management solution that
manages and optimizes the shipment of bulk fuel from wholesale terminals to
customers such as airports, service stations, and fleet depots. It features
proportional inventory replenishment with optimized resource scheduling.
Key applications within the Fleet Optimizer include:

Aspen Fleet Optimizer


Fleet Optimizer includes components such as Automated Stock Replenishment
(ASR), Resource Scheduling Optimization (RSO), and Data Quality Manager
(DQM). This is the primary product in the Fleet Optimizer suite of
applications.

Aspen Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web


Aspen Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web (Order Manager – Web) provides
Web-based access to Fleet Optimizer functions and database. The Order
Manager – Web server can also be used by Fleet Operations, and Credit
Management.

Aspen Link and Exchange


Aspen Link and Exchange automates the flow of information in and out of the
Fleet Optimizer database.

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Aspen Fleet Optimizer Map Monitor
AFO Map Monitor allows the users to view their schedules, and also displays
their truck routes over a period of time.

Related Documentation
In addition to this document, a number of other documents are provided to
help you learn and use Aspen Fleet Optimizer applications. This
documentation set consists of the following:

Help Files
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Help
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer INI Configuration Utility Help
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Map Monitor Help

Manuals
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Installation and Configuration Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Administration Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Data Dictionary
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Workflow Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Modeling Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web User’s Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Customer Credit Utility User’s Guide
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Release Notes

Other Documents
 Software License Manager (SLM) Installation and Reference Guide

Aspen Fleet Optimizer Documentation Overview


The following gives a description of Aspen Fleet Optimizer documents and
their primary use:
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Installation and Configuration Guide – This
document is used primarily by those who install and configure Fleet
Optimizer and its subfeatures. It includes information on how to install,
configure, reinstall, upgrade, repair, remove, and verify Fleet Optimizer
features and subfeatures as well as how to install and upgrade the Fleet
Optimizer database.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Administration Guide – This document is used
by Fleet Optimizer administrators. This document includes information on
Windows Services, INI Configuration Utility, Link and Exchange, Aspen
Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web, and system recovery techniques.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Data Dictionary – This document is used
primarily by Database Administrators (DBAs). This document lists all the

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tables in the Fleet Optimizer database, describing each field. This includes
descriptions of how tables and their fields are used as well as keys, data
types, default values, and accessibility and requirements information.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Workflow Guide – This document is used
primarily by people who are interested in the general day-to-day workflow
of Fleet Optimizer. It includes basic functions of the fuels marketing
industry, Fleet Optimizer functional overview and benefits, and dispatch
operations workflow, as well as information on typical warning messages.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Modeling Guide – This document is designed
for Fleet Optimizer system designers. It provides a general understanding
of how to populate the Fleet Optimizer database as well as a
comprehensive approach to key concepts, features, and functionality of
Fleet Optimizer that can be used to model your business processes.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Order Manager – Web User’s Guide – This
document is designed for people who use Fleet Optimizer web-based
server applications. The applications include Aspen Fleet Optimizer Order
Manager – Web, Aspen Fleet Operations, and Credit management. System
administration instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are
also provided.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Customer Credit Utility User’s Guide – This
document is used by corporate credit representatives to review and edit a
customer’s credit status and selected order information. This document
contains information on using the Customer Credit Utility and generating
reports.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Help – This Help file is accessible from the Aspen
Fleet Optimizer application. It gives instructions on how to use Fleet
Optimizer, including setup the Replenishment Planner (RP), Data Quality
Manager (DQM), Resource Scheduling Optimization (RSO), reports, and
other features.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer INI Configuration Utility Help – This help file
is accessible from the INI Configuration Utility Help menu. It includes
information about the INI Configuration Utility, as well as detailed
information about configuration parameters used by the Aspen Fleet
Optimizer system.
 Aspen Fleet Optimizer Map Monitor Help – This document is
accessible from the Aspen Fleet Optimizer Map Monitor application. It
gives instructions on how to use Map Monitor to view the schedules and
truck routes.

System Requirements and


Recommendations
Before you install or upgrade to Aspen Fleet Optimizer V9, refer to the Aspen
Fleet Optimizer Installation and Configuration Guide for system requirements
and recommendations.

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Database Upgrade Scripts
Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server creation and upgrade scripts are now
available solely via the AspenTech Maintenance and Support website. The web
address is https://support.aspentech.com.

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New Features

This section provides a general overview of the new features of Aspen Fleet
Optimizer V9.

AFO Map Monitor


AFO Map Monitor allows the users to view their schedules, and also displays
their truck routes over a period of time. With AFO Map Monitor, you can:
 Click on trucks for selected time-period and is able to view each trip
individually on the map.
 Select and view Groups, Terminals, and Trucks on the map.
 View Group, Terminal, and Truck details.
 View orders associated with the Groups, Terminals, and Trucks.

Terminal Name Display


The terminal name is now displayed under the terminal number on the Order
Detail dialog. Since the SortTerminal option displays the terminal name with
the terminal number already, the terminal name will not be displayed under
the terminal number if SortTerminal=1.

Split Order Expansion Default


In Resource Scheduling Optimization (RSO), split orders that have been
assigned to a transport are displayed as a tree structure which is initially in a
collapsed state. This new feature allows the default display for split orders to
be either collapsed or expanded based on the new RSO option
ExpandSplitOrders.

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Order Dialog Accelerator Keys
Several accelerator keys have been defined for the Order Detail dialog to
improve its usability. The functions can be accessed by holding down the Alt
key and pressing the accelerator key which will be highlighted with an
underscore. The accelerator key is active whether or not the shift key is
pressed, and will not be active when the applicable function is grayed out or
otherwise inactive.

Accelerator Key Function


K “Locked” checkbox
S “Source Lock…” button
U “Buffers…” button
R “Transport Info” button
F “Tank Info…” button
I “Restrictions…” button
M “Order Items…” button
P “Split Order…” button
(Replenishment Planner order export
only)

Customer Search from Order


Lists
The existing RSO Edit->Search->Customer Number feature can now be
accessed directly by right-clicking on an individual order in the Available,
Transport, Overflow, and Storage lists and on the Gantt View schedule.

Enhanced Overflow Order


Processing
Additional post-optimization processing steps have been added to RSO to
reduce the occurrence of must-go (and optionally can-go) orders in the
overflow list. When enabled, selected orders in overflow will be tested
against transports in either the current terminal or the entire group and
placed on the transport if there is a match. This post-processing is not
guaranteed to result in an optimal placement of such orders, but is intended
to reduce or eliminate manual dispatching for orders which the optimizer does
not place on a transport.

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New Configuration Settings
The following settings have been added to Aspen Fleet Optimizer to support
the new features provided in this release.

File/section Name and description Values


Customize.ini ExpandSplitOrders (RSO) =0 (default)
[winopt]
Split orders on transports will be displayed as an =1
expanded order tree when ExpandSplitOrders=1.
Customize.ini PostOptimizeCheck (RSO) =0 (default)
[winopt]
Must Go orders which are in the Overflow list at the =1
end of optimization will be checked against all
transports in the truck terminal one final time when
PostOptimizeCheck=1
Customize.ini PostOptimizeFitOnAnyTerminals (RSO) =0 (default)
[winopt]
The post optimization check will test Must Go orders =1
in overflow against all group transports rather then
transports in the truck terminal.

Note: Requires PostOptimizeCheck=1


Customize.ini PostOptimizeCheckCanGoOrders (RSO) =0 (default)
[winopt]
The post optimization check will include Can Go =1
orders in addition to Must Go orders.

Note: Requires PostOptimizeCheck=1

Adding New Parameters


The Utilities->Settings dialog can be used to add the new settings to an
existing installation using the following steps. Replace the default values
shown with new values if necessary.
 Add the following lines to a minimal Customize.INI file (containing only
the [RetailTCIF] and [RetailTPS] sections):

[winopt]
ExpandSplitOrders=0
PostOptimizeCheck=0
PostOptimizeFitOnAnyTerminals=0
PostOptimizeCheckCanGoOrders=0
 Import the Customize.INI file using File->Import…

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 Update the settings for all users using an SQL tool (such as TOAD, SQL
Server Management Studio, or SQL Developer) to run the following
updates:

UPDATE PARAMS SET VALUE=’0’ where


PARAMNAME=’ExpandSplitOrders’;
UPDATE PARAMS SET VALUE=’0’ where
PARAMNAME=’PostOptimizeCheck’;
UPDATE PARAMS SET VALUE=’0’ where
PARAMNAME=’PostOptimizeFitOnAnyTerminals’;
UPDATE PARAMS SET VALUE=’0’ where
PARAMNAME=’PostOptimizeCheckCanGoOrders’;

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Data Tables

The schema version for the V9 release is 2015.01.00.001.

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Software Fixes for V9

Aspen Fleet Optimizer V9 includes a number of software fixes that further


improve the product. This section provides a description of the major fixes by
product functionality.

Defects Fixed
This table lists all customer-reported issues that have been fixed in the V9
release.
CQ Number Description Resolution

CQ00695986 3 day sales number Fixed


CQ00652919 TCIF_TRUCK_SCHEDULE Fixed
Service Functionality V8.7
case.
CQ00689519 Problem with out of service Fixed
tanks.
CQ00557760 The max load is not being Fixed
respected inside the
optimizer.
CQ00557765 When violating "use only" Fixed
truck restriction load must be
souce locked to go on truck.
CQ00680812 TCIF_TRUCK_SCHEDULE Fixed
Service Functionality V7.3
Case.
CQ00467850 What if Delivery(Tank Info... Fixed
in order) check license.
CQ00463306 In RSO, Split order default Fixed
display does not show orders
to stations.
CQ00418750 Add "customer orders" to Fixed
mouse right button meanu in
RSO

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Known Issues

The following is the significant known issue as of V8.7 by product


functionality.

Order Manager – Web


Unable to send email from within Order Manager – Web
CQ00507097
The MAPI interface that used to send email from within Order Manager – Web
using the “Contact” link is not working. The workaround is to use a separate
email program to send email to the dispatching staff.

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