VESDA ASPIRE is a Windows®-based application that simplifies pipe network specification and design for aspirating smoke detection systems based on VESDA detectors. The software has tools for speeding up the design process, and for optimising network performance and installation quality. ASPIRE automatically generates component lists ("BOM"). It also generates an installation data pack for use by installers.
The Pipe Design Wizard allows a user to quickly transcribe a pipe network design into ASPIRE. Adding a component such as a pipe, elbow or sampling point requires only a single click. Pipe network components are easily moved by clicking and dragging. The 3D View updates as the pipe network is built, allowing interactive network editing by mouse. Multiple instances of ASPIRE are able to run concurrently. With the drag and drop feature, detectors, individual pipes, branches, etc, can be copied and shared between designs.
Pipe network performance requirements can be entered as standard criteria (for example, EN54-20 Class B). Alternatively, the designer can directly specify performance parameters such as transport time and sensitivity.
ASPIRE's AutoBalance function automatically calculates sampling hole sizes to suit drill bit sizes specified by the designer. Alternatively, the designer can manually set the hole sizes, and ASPIRE will calculate the predicted system performance.
ASPIRE is able to save standard design parameters for particular applications. For example, certain applications require specific transport time and sampling hole pressures, and certain environments impose specific conditions such as low temperatures. These parameters can be saved for use in multiple projects. The Group function in ASPIRE allows users to set different performance criteria for different areas of a building. For example, the design may need to cover a computer room (with high sensitivity and high air flows), and a manufacturing area (with less sensitivity).
The Installation Data Pack (IDP) contains a set of reports that describe the pipe network, detailing the locations of components, their settings, and the expected system performance. Data and diagrams from the IDP can be printed (in colour) or copied and pasted into other programs such as Microsoft® Excel® or Microsoft® Word®. ASPIRE allows notes to be made on any element of the pipe design. These notes are stored in the project file and are shown in the IDP.