The following attempts to provide a rough guide to quantify the complexity of mimics based on the elements they contain.
Mimic Complexity in 5 Simple Steps
The following steps can be used to calculate mimic complexity;
 Use the Mimic Diagnostics utility within ViewX to extract the numbers of each basic mimic element from your mimic.
 Using the Mimic Elements table below, calculate the total complexity score based on the basic elements within your mimic.
 Use the Animations table below to calculate the total complexity score based on configured animations. Use your best guess if you don't know exactly.
 Sum the results from step 2 and 3 together.
 Use the Scoring table below to grade the complexity of your mimic.
Mimic Elements
Mimic Element 
Complexity Score 
Additional line segment 
0.1 
Additional pipe segment 
0.2 
Primitive graphic element (text, line, shape) 
1 + animations as below 
Pipe 
2 + animations as below 
Bitmap image 
5 * file size in Kb 
Layer 
10 + animations as below 
Pie Chart 
20 + animations as below 
SQL List 
30 + animations as below (+50 if SQL query is animated) 
Embedded mimic 
30 + complexity of embedded mimic + 5 per parameter + animations as below 
Alarm list 
50 + animations as below 
Embedded trend/XY/XYZ/Dynagraph 
100 
Remote image 
100 
Animations
Animation Type 
Complexity Score 
Simple tag animation 
5 
Object method animation 
15 
Historic animation 
20 
Indirect animation 
50 
SQL animation 
200 
Scoring
Summary 
Complexity Score 
Status 
Simple mimic 
Complexity < 1000 

Medium mimic 
Complexity < 5000 

Complex mimic 
Complexity >= 5000 
