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Performance-based targets

posted Sep 6, 2011, 6:47 AM by Howard Noble
After looking into crazily complex possible approaches to simulating half-hourly meter readings based on sparse data (Alex mentioned Fourier Transforms!) we've plumped for the KISS principle. We simply use an array of data points from a reference building where half-hourly meter data is available. We can then generate data for a similar building by multiplying each data point by the ratio of the aggregate consumption e.g. if the reference building consumed 100kWh over a year and the similar building 200kWh then we'd just double each data point.

Once we've generated an array for a similar building we can then transform this data to show what the target consumption is based on a statement like "Oxford aims to reduce consumption by 33% by 2020". (Using for instance a reverse compound interest approach).

The difference between target and actual consumption is then the performance.

We can use the mean of the previous say 60 days performance to generate a projected consumption value, for instance for the end of the current month. 

We then have all the data we need to create the Dripping Bucket or the Boat Race visualisation.