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Tabular or visual display of the program

The tools and the properties adjusts to “Program”. Space properties can be edited. Spaces can be assigned to levels and categories.

Tabular program:

Exemplary workflow:

  • 1st Step: Go to File >> Import Spaces and import external program in excel format.
  • 2nd Step: Drag the excel file onto the Import Spaces window or Select it using the file menu. The excel list is now displayed and the import process can now be configured.
  • 3rd Step: Using the drop down menus in the first row the columns can be assigned properties relevant for the import process. The following properties can be assigned:
    • Code (optional): An identification code that is displayed in the space tag along with the name
    • Name: Name of the space
    • Category (optional): A category to assign the space to. Each category is automatically assigned a different color in the floor plan.
    • Quantity (optional): Number of rooms with these properties. If no quantity column is selected, only one space will be created.
    • Net area: Target area for the space. During the automated layout process the application will try to meet this requirement as close as possible.
    • Level (optional): The level the space should be placed on. Levels can also be assigned at a later stage. If no level is assigned the automated layout process will place the space at it's own discretion.
    • Description (optional): Additional information
  • 4th Step: Import all or Import selection will add the spaces to the current program. A summary of the import is display in the console.

Once spaces have been imported or created they can be edited in the tabular view.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the column header.

 If rooms are assigned to several levels they may be placed on any of the selected levels.

Th Light column indicates whether the space requires natural lighting. During the automated layout spaces which require lighting will be placed along the façade, if possible.

The Proportion column defines the ratio of the sides l1 and l2 for a rectangular space. The ratio r=l1/l2. A square space will thus have a ratio of 1.0. A rectangular space with the proportion 1:2 will have a ration of either 2.0 or 0.5, depending on which side should be placed along the facade or circulation.

Spaces can also be grouped, three levels of grouping are available. The automated layout process will attempt to place grouped spaces adjacent to each other or in close proximity. Groups can be formed easier by pulling the rooms onto each other in the visual program.

Visual program

Assign spaces to levels, groups and categories by drag and drop operations. The arrangements update in both the visual and tabular program. Right mouse click on a selected space opens some additional options:

  • Cut, Copy & Paste the selected room
  • Jump to level switches to the floor plan view on which the respective space is placed, if any, and zooms onto the space. 

Tip: When shifting the rooms the green coloring of the circle of the room indicates if the command can be completed. It may not be possible to move the mouse to the requested spot when the function “Ortho” is activated.


Floor plans

Views of the individual floor plans.

The tools and the properties are set to Floor plans.

 Additional levels can be added using the Add Level button.


View of the site in 2D or 3D.

The tool bar and the properties bar sets to Site. The site display is for example useful for volume investigation and for utilization studies with preset building objects typologies. In the properties bar the statistical values of the building objects are displayed. By clicking on a building object its properties appears in the properties bar.