What happened to the Import Database Button in OLI Studio V10

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Starting with version 10 of the OLI Studio software the format of the databases changed from the old ESP format (the 39 file format) to a single SQL file which either represented as an SQ3 or DDB file. To use a user database in the new version a conversion is required. This is similar to the steps needed in OLI Flowsheet or OLI ESP FS.

We have created a video to show you how this is done:

How to convert databases for OLI Studio V10?

How to a Private Database in OLI Studio V10

Too add an old database to the OLI Studio V10 please follow the steps below:

  • 1. Locate the directory where you have saved your database. You should see 39 files in this directory.


  • 2. Copy the path of this directory


  • 3. Open the OLI Database Converter V10.0
    • You can search for it in the search bar
    • Or go directly to the path: Path: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\OLI Studio\OLI Database Converter 10.0.lnk


  • 4. A new window opens. Click on the … button to add the source database


  • 5. This will open a new window. Paste the path of your database in the blank space next to File Name. Then click Open.


  • 6. Select the *.DIC file, and then click Open.


  • 7. The OLI Database Converted now has the Source Database and the Database name. Now we need to define the directory path for Destination folder.
    • a. Open OLI Studio V10
    • b. Go to Tools>Options


    • c. This opens a new window. Under the category window, go to File Locations, and select the Configuration Tab. Copy the directory path under Private Database Location. Then Click OK or close the window.


  • 8. Go back to the OLI Database Converter, and paste private database location directory path in the Destination Folder cell. Then click Convert.


  • 9. Once the conversion takes place, click on the Exit button.


  • 10. Open OLI Studio V10. Note: If you had the software already open, please close it and launch it again for the changes to take effect.
  • 11. Add a new stream, and then go to Chemistry>Model Options


  • 12. This will open a new window. Under the Databanks tab.
    • a. Select the Thermodynamic Framework that was used to create the Database. (In this example the dataset was created using MSE)
    • b. Select the private database – it should appear under the Available window.
    • c. Use the blue right arrow to move the database to the Selected window.
    • d. Click OK to accept the changes.


  • 13. Go to the Definition tab. In the Summary box you will see the name of the database. You have successfully added the database!