Designer Block Selection & Bulk Updates

Selection Updates

The following object selection updates have been added to the Saltmine designer to improve the overall ease and speed of use based on user feedback.

Select Similar Updates

  • Select similar now supports selection of:
    • Similar objects in view
    • Similar objects across the floor plan
    • Similar objects by drawing a selection
  • Select similar options are now grayed out now as opposed to hidden when an object is not selected
  • Keyboard shortcuts have been introduced for each selection type.

This allows for faster selection and reduces the number of clicks needed to create a selection set.

Group Selection Updates

  • The new polygonal select is introduced to support use cases where user may want to select specific objects that may not fall into a rectangle. This will enable drawing a selection boundary around the desired selection.
  • When filters are turned off , the menu shows a warning that there is nothing currently selectable on the floorplan
  • Look and feel of the filter has also been enhanced to improve usability

Tool tips have been added to explain what is included in each of the filters

Selection of Overlapping Objects

When trying to select an object that is underneath or overlapped by another object, the “TAB” key can now be used to cycle through the objects.

Wall Types Bulk Updating

Wall types can now be updated in bulk by Group Selecting, filtering to walls and then updating the wall types of selected walls together. This will enable faster updates to existing models when a floor-wide change had been made.

UX Group Select Panel

As the Saltmine Group Select feature set has continued to grow the properties panel needed some revision to ensure that all of the most used features were prioritized in the menu. This update has been completed so that now the most used feature are on the top of the panel.

Block Alignment

Snapping with Multiple Reference Lines Together

Functionality has been added to allow for snapping against multiple reference lines. This was done to enable a greater level of accuracy when adding or moving blocks in the Saltmine Model as well as assist in speeding up the design process.

Snapping with Group Selected Items

Just as in the above functionality to snap to multiple reference lines, the ability to move a group of blocks and snap to a reference lines has also been updated. When selecting multiple blocks they can all be moved together as one and snap to a reference line. Previously this was only enabled for moving a single block at a time.

Block Panel Updates

Several updates have been added to the block properties panel to support easier access to commonly used features saving time and improving usability.

Block Panel UX Updates

The following UX updates include:

  • 3 different tabs have been added to the Block Properties panel with each tab having its own related group of functions
  • Commonly accessed features have been arranged to make them more easily accessible

Bulk Actions for Blocks

The ability to bulk update the block tags has now been added to the properties panel. This feature will allow multiple blocks to be selected and the block tagging to be updated all at once greatly improving efficiency in tagging updates.

Creating Custom Block-Rooms

Block-Room ID’s to be shared by the customer during Design Digitization and implemented by Saltmine’s operations team.

To update the Block-Room for workstations:

Using Rows and columns:

  • Select the block and click ‘Edit Block’.
  • Update Rows & Columns to get the correct split of blocks. 
  • Update Block-Room IDs.

Using custom drawing:

  • Select the block and click ‘Edit Block’.
  • Click on ‘Custom’ tab under Block-Rooms.
  • Click on the Block-Room Split Tool Icon to start drawing.
  • Start and end on the outside of the Block’s area.

What are Block-Rooms?

Block-Room Features and Benefits

  • Block-Rooms provide the ability to uniquely identify spaces on the floor plan with an ID
  • Block-Rooms allow WS clusters to be P-lined accurately
  • Users: Space Planners
  • Foundational element for Occupancy Planning** – need to know the Room IDs to place a butt on a seat
  • Allows to connect Utilization data from sensors to actual rooms on the floor plan (using IDs) – and generally for interoperability

Block-Rooms provide the ability to uniquely identify spaces on the floor plan with an ID.

  • Block-Rooms allow WS clusters to be P-lined accurately
  • Capability to create custom report or dashboards (dataset updates reflected every 60 mins)
  • In IWMS world – all space types: workstations, office, conference are called ‘Rooms’…

Add in Block-Room ID’s in Block properties

Creating a block

To create a block from an existing room:

1. Click on the room floor and ‘Select All Contained Entities’ of that space in properties.

2. Add or remove items from the block by clicking on shift + the item. And click ‘Blockify’

3. Now all selected items are a block. Turn on Edit Mode and tag the block with its respective tags.

Turn off Edit Mode


For workstation blocks,

Capacity (Seats) = No. of seats/chairs in the block = Block Multiplier

For all other blocks,

Capacity (Seats) = No. of seats/chairs in the block, and Block Multiplier = 1

Please contact your Customer Success Manager to add a block to your design guidelines catalog.