Aspen Calc: Using and Configuring

Course Id:  MES123   |   Duration:  1.50 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  1.1   |   Level:  Introductory

Course Objective

Learn how to create calculations integrated with Aspen InfoPlus.21 without the need for programming languages. Create simple calculations integrated with Aspen InfoPlus.21 using CalcScript, - Excel spreadsheets, VBScript and Datasets. Learn how to incorporate standard Functions into a calculation, create a new formula and manage libraries. Learn how to create Ad Hoc and Shared calculations.

Course Overview

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Navigate through the AspenCalc Application
  • Create simple calculations integrated with Aspen InfoPlus.21  using
    • CalcScript
    • Excel spreadsheets
    • VBScript
    • Datasets
  • Incorporate standard Functions into a calculation
  • Create a new formula
  • Manage Libraries
  • Create Ad Hoc and Shared calculations
  • Course Benefits
  • Build simple and complex calculations, integrated with Aspen InfoPlus.21,  without the need for programming languages
  • Support operational excellence initiatives through use of  Aspen Calc; included with Aspen InfoPlus.21, which  is a wizard-driven, scalable calculation engine that aids users in advanced Analysis and Intelligent Decision Support


  • End users who need to quickly build small applications involving calculations within Aspen InfoPlus.21 database
  • Advanced users who need to integrate complex calculations external to Aspen InfoPlus.21 into the InfoPlus.21 environment
  • Those designated as Aspen InfoPlus.21 system administrators or backup administrators.
  • System integrators
  • Anyone involved in technical evaluation of products


  • Although the course does not assume any prior experience with Aspen InfoPlus.21, those attendees that already have a working familiarity with the product will benefit greatly by discovering how calculations are integrated into InfoPlus.21 database processing
  • Short lecture sessions focused on concepts and terminology
  • Structured hands-on lab exercises that promote lasting learning experiences
  • Product features up to and including Aspen InfoPlus.21 version 2006.5 are covered


  • Some understanding of InfoPlus.21 database structure:
  • Attendance of PME122 or MES122 Aspen Process Explorer: Using and Configuring or PME201 or MES201 Aspen SQLplus for Aspen InfoPlus.21: Using and Configuring for Power Users Course is helpful though not mandatory

Subsequent Courses

MES311 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Applications Development

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

MES123: Aspen Calc: Using and Configuring

Creating a New Calculation

  • Identify and explain Aspen Calc capabilities and show the access and navigation within the graphical user interface
  • Review the data entry requirements for creating a calculation and discuss the different calculation methods available
  • Workshop: Use CalcScript to calculate the average value of raw material tanks in a simulation.

Activation Methods
  • Describe how to execute a calculation on a scheduled basis
  • Show how to use the interval and periodic schedule groups
  • Show how to use an event driven execution
  • Workshop: Execute a calculation on a scheduled basis. Create a new schedule group. Execute a calculation on a trigger basis

  • Identify and explain the role of Formulas and how the work
  • Show how to create and store formulas
  • Use a new formula in a calculation
  • Use a pre-defined function within a calculation
  • Create a new Function and use it in a calculation
  • Workshop: Create a new calculation that uses a formula to calculate the minimum value of a tag over a specific time range..

Calculation Types
  • Review how to create calculations using Excel
  • Review how to create calculations using VBScript
  • Workshop: Create a new calculation using an Excel spreadsheet as the calculation type

On Demand Calculations
  • Review different types of On Demand calculations; Ad Hoc, Stored and Shared
  • Review how to create an ADSA Data Source to be used with Stored calculations
  • Show examples of how to use On Demand calculations in client applications such as Aspen Process Explorer and Aspen Web.21
  • Workshop Create an Ad Hoc calculation in Process Explorer.
  • Workshop: Create an Ad Hoc calculation that uses in IF statement

Other Features
  • Review how to view reports.
  • Review Engineering Units and Types
  • Review Engineering Units conversion
  • Workshop: Complete the lab exercise to:
  • View AspenCalc reports
  • View a calculation as an XML file
  • Create a new Engineering Unit Type and Engineering Unit
  • Creating Multiple Calculations
  • Review how to create multiple calculations at the same time.
  • Workshop: Create calculation using the Excel spreadsheet provided.

Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.