Floorplan Preparation

SiQ provides customers with the ability to import floor plans into the product during and after implementation. The floor plan will be an image file (PNG) that will be imported in to SiQ and the following details what preparation can be completed to the source file.

  • .DWG

A .DWG, or CAD file, is the preferred floor plan as it is the easiest to edit, clean, and import the image file into SiQ and if you have the SiQ AutoCAD Plugin tool enabled then you must provide the .DWG files.
Note if you do not have access to a .DWG file you can request a .DWG file from your furniture vendor, Architect, Landlord, or Estate Broker. See below for more details on .DWG files.

  • .PDF

A PDF is a common file type provided by customers and for PDF to be cleaned, you must verify with the Implementation team the file can be converted to a DWG file. If a PDF is unable to be converted, this normally means the PDF provided is not a true PDF but an image of a PDF. If this is the case, then PDF will be imported as an image file (PNG) and no cleaning up can be conducted on these types of files.

  • .PNG

A PNG is the least common of all file types by customers and PNG files are unable to be cleaned and they are imported as is into SiQ. The PNG files are used when a customer cannot obtain a DWG or PDF file for that specific building or floor.

Contents

Terminology

Term Description
BOMA

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) approved standard of measuring office buildings.

REBNY

The REBNY method is the standard method in and around New York City.

Revit Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors developed by Autodesk

File Name Convention

For all the File Types use the following naming conventions. This way we can identify the building & floor the drawing relates to.

  • [Building_Name]_[Floor_Name].dwg
  • [Building_Name]_[Floor_Name].pdf
  • [Building_Name]_[Floor_Name].png

Seat Nomenclatures (Numbering)

Seat nomenclatures or Space Names are text object containing a unique identifier, e.g., Meeting Room names (South Beach Conference Room) or Workstation numbers (W.001, W.002).

Unique Identifiers

If your business identifies their desks and offices with unique space names the provide those space names in either a .DWG, .PDF, or .PNG file. For example:

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This will allow the Implementation team to speed up their process as they will be able to import floorplans and place dots at the same time.

No Unique Identifiers

If you do not have unique identifiers for desks and offices then we will label the desks and offices in numerically 1-xxx from the left to right on the floor plan, for example:

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Seating Charts

Seating charts are important during Implementation because they are used to identify where each employee sits within the portfolio. Seating charts can either provided in a .csv or visually represented in a .DWG, .PDF, or .PNG.

Bulk Import Employees to their Assigned Desks

If your business uses unique identifiers of the offices and spaces, then you can provide us with a .CSV file that lists the employees and their associated desk. This will let us seat all employees quickly via a Move Plan import and is particularly useful if you have over 200 employees.
The file needs to contain the following columns with the populated data:
Employee Name - Email Address - Building Code - Floor Number - Space Number

Manual seat Employees to their Assigned Desk

If your business cannot provide a .CSV file, then the alternative is to provide an image file with the employees’ names and seat numbers.

This can be a time-consuming manual process to assign the employees to their assigned desks.

DWG

Most .DWG files will follow the BOMA Standard. BOMA is the standard for measuring buildings, refer to BOMA International and European floorplans will require a different standard.

File Format

Files can be provided in any AutoCAD format (used in AutoCAD 2013 – AutoCAD 2020).

Architectural Layers

Make sure the architectural components of the floor (walls, furniture, etc.) are on the .DWG and SiQ will use the Architectural layers as the "background image" of the floorplan.

For example:

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We recommend you keep the plottable layers consistent across all floors and you can use the following pre-set list of layers. For example, your set of architectural layers may include:

  • ARCH-EXT-WALLS
  • ARCH-INT-WALLS
  • ARCH-FURN
  • ARCH-WS
  • ARCH-OTHER

Let SiQ know which layers you would like to see on the Floor Map.

Other DWG Settings

Drawing Units: Ensure the drawing units are set to Architectural/Inches and are set consistently across all your CAD plans.

Layer 0: This layer will be included.

External References (XRefs): All External References must be bound or provided in the .DWG file set.

US Drawing Standards

Below is the guidance for US drawings.

  1. Ensure drawing units are in architectural and inches.
  2. Ensure all Xrefs are attached to the DWG. (Specifically walls & furniture) To check this you can type “External References” in AutoCAD and a window will display where you can see all Xrefs attached to the DWG.

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International Drawing Standards

Below is the guidance for International drawings.

  1. Ensure drawing units are in architectural and inches.
  2. Ensure all Xrefs are attached to the DWG. (Specifically walls & furniture) To check this you can type “External References” in AutoCAD and a window will display where you can see all Xrefs.

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