Supply structure overview

By defining the supply structure, visual energy 4 enables automatic generation of balancing groups with totals and differences. On the one hand, this serves the graphical representation, on the other hand, it also ensures that the system processes measurements correctly. That’s why you should be careful when creating distribution views and the supply structure.

Even if you do not consider the graphical representation of the distributions to be that important for your project, you still need to map the basic supply structure. Otherwise, visual energy 4 cannot create the necessary evaluations and reports. To be able to evaluate the energy consumption, it is, for example, sufficient to create a distribution with a drawing object of the 'input' type, then set the input type to 'external energy supplier' and select the corresponding meter point.

The supply structure per medium is created automatically when you set up distributions. To connect the distributions to each other, the respective drawing objects are used (output->input / input->output).

The following chapter describes the individual steps to create and, if necessary, adapt the distribution structure. Make sure that the desired medium has been created for the location.


To be able to add or delete distributions and distribution elements, you have to be a network data manager and have to own the rights 'write' or 'full'.


The next steps:

Considering the connection type of the drawing object

In visual energy 4, a drawing object serves several purposes. Drawing objects make it easier to create a distribution view, as you only have to combine existing graphical elements. Additionally, a drawing object also has a logical function, as it informs the system about the type of structural element used:

Type Mathematical function Options
Input Measured consumption values are added to the balance (distribution). External input, internal input, distribution
Output Measured consumption values are subtracted from the balance (distribution). Consumption, distribution
Internal connection none none


Distributions can be connected to each other. To do so, you have to allocate the output to the input side. The drawing object positions indicate the supply structure.

From a graphical point of view, every drawing object consists of six individual symbols, which, arranged one above the other, form a column. 

Currently, there is no additional logical connection between the graphic symbols, which means that a symbol does not exchange any information with other symbols within a drawing object. Indicating the connection type however, is crucial in this context. If a measurement is of, e.g., the type "output", this means that there won't be any other measurements and that the energy can be assigned to this measurement to 100 %. The type "distribution", by contrast, stands for a section measurement. The measured amount of energy is not consumed in the distribution but is passed through so that the system can automatically create evaluations and reports.