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Training Overview

Available Courses

TESS offers the following four remote and in-person TRNSYS training opportunities:

(NEW in 2020) The TRNSYS Academy (Self-Paced Training):

Videos are sequenced to guide the user from the basics through entry-level TRNSYS concepts and projects. The video suite contains approximately 7.5 hours of content over 23 videos.

$US 100 allows 2 months of unlimited on-demand access to the Getting Started with TRNSYS course on TRNSYS Academy.

A username and password are required to access the TRNSYS Academy.Contact Us to purchase login credentials for the site.

Once you have purchased access and been given a username and password, you can proceed to the TRNSYS Academy site.

Live-Taught Online Training:

Twelve hours of webinar-based live instruction are offered in four three-hour sessions over a 2 week period. Users may ask or submit questions during training, and special topic requests may be addressed following the core competencies as time permits. These webinars are scheduled about 2-3 times per year.

The cost is $US 900 for the session.

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In-Person TRNSYS Training

We offer in-person trainings either at your location or at our headquarters office in Madison, Wisconsin. Trainings typically last 3 days and are very hands-on. Beyond the core competencies, additional time can be spent to cover specific topics of interest to you and/or your organization.

The cost for in-person classes at TESS is $US 1200 per attendee. Breakfast, lunch and break food is provided. Discounts are offered to university students and for multiple attendees from the same organization. Local hotel discounts are also available.

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Computing Resources and License Requirements

Self-Paced Training: Attendees will need a web-connected computer but do not need to have a TRNSYS license unless they want to work in parallel with the videos. The videos cannot be downloaded for viewing offline.

Live-Taught Online Training: This course is largely demonstration and lecture based. Attendees will need a web-connected computer with audio and video capabilities as well as the ability to run GoToMeeting, a web-based screen sharing application. Attendees need not have a TRNSYS license unless they want to work in parallel with the course instructor.

In-Person Training: These classes are workshop based. Attendees will need to have a computer with TRNSYS installed. Some accommodation can be made for students without access to their own computer. A three-month TRNSYS license is included with the course tuition.

Teaching Staff

David Bradley – (MSME)

David (Self-Paced, Live Online, In-Person) is a partner-owner of Thermal Energy System Specialists (TESS), LLC., which has provided TRNSYS development and consulting services since its inception in 1994. At TESS, David serves as Principal TRNSYS Training Coordinator and liaison to the international TRNSYS development community. His experience with TRNSYS began in 1997 when he served as the TRNSYS Technical Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, he has seen TRNSYS through four major distribution versions, made significant contributions to both the TRNDll.dll kernel (the ‘brains’ of TRNSYS) and the TESS Libraries, and led countless in-person and online TRNSYS trainings for a global audience. He also serves as principal investigator on numerous TRNSYS energy modeling projects with a focus on building energy modeling and energy management.

Angela Weiss – (MSME)

Angela (Live Online, In-Person) joined Thermal Energy System Specialists (TESS) in 2010. Her experience with TRNSYS began in 2004, as a graduate student in the Solar Energy Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her time at TESS she has authored new TRNSYS components, offered technical support on TRNSYS components and system models (with a focus on solar domestic hot water systems), run multiple validations of TRNSYS models against measured data, and provided other consulting support services. She has also led TRNSYS trainings in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. She is the principal developer of the self-paced TRNSYS training course.