What is a ‘Project’ in Saltmine?

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Projects are one of the fundamental organizational units in Saltmine to help manage the work that is occurring across your portfolio, and is a key part of working in Saltmine. When you first open the platform, you will most likely see a list of projects in either a ‘Project Dashboard’ or a ‘Project List’

Project List View in Saltmine
Project Dashboard View in Saltmine

Projects will contribute their data to your Saltmine Design cloud and may be used in some of the following situations:

  • Renovating an Existing Location
  • Growing to a New Location
  • Reducing Footprint in an Existing Location
  • Re-Branding an Existing Location
  • Much much more…

It is common to have multiple projects associated with a single site, and every change that occurs within an existing site will typically require a new project to be launched.

Typical Project Dashboard

What is included in a typical project?

Projects in Saltmine have several distinct segments that allow you to manage, create, and communicate within them:

  • Project Dashboard – The dashboard is the first page Saltmine users encounter when opening a project. From here all of the project’s information is accessible.
  • Project Team – a unique list of users within your greater design cloud that have access to this specific project.
  • Project Files – Each project has an associated File Management section where documents relevant to this project that exist outside of Saltmine can be perpetually stored to accompany this project.
  • Project Timeline – What are the key dates driving this project forward, and which project team members are responsible for approving the phases included with these dates.
  • Project Scenarios – A project can contain a multitude of ‘Scenarios’ which may have unique strategic approaches, addresses, and more…
  • Project Activity – Just like all other areas of the platform, collaboration is visible and engagable within projects. By opening the project’s ‘Activity Tab’ you can view all of the comments relating to all scenarios, design files, and more.
Project Information Panel
Editing Project In

Project Information:

The basic information surrounding a project becomes associated when a project is created, and can be edited by selecting the ‘Edit’ button in the top right hand corner. The project information includes:

  • Project Name: The name you give your project.
  • Project Status: The current status of the project. See the Knowledge Base article for more information.
  • Project Region: A project’s region is customizable as part of your implementation, and will drive how Saltmine’s Strategy Module provisions spaces, and what your Catalogs default to in the Design Module. Typical regions may include Americas, EMEA, and APAC, but you may see differences depending on your implementation and how your organization internally recognizes regions.
  • Office Type: Similar to ‘Project Region’ the Office Types available are a part of your custom implementation, and drive data in Saltmine’s modules. Typical ‘Office Types’ that you may encounter might include Headquarters, Field Office, Data Center, etc.
  • Project Type: The type of project you are running doesn’t impact any provisions or catalogs, but can help organize your various projects by their intended scope. Sample types might be Reconfigurations, New Builds, or even Training projects.
  • Industry Sector: Your project’s ‘Industry Sector’ will typically denote the type of work the inhabitants of an office do.
  • Project Description: In this open text field, you can make note of any additional specific details that may be helpful to associate to the project.
  • WPS Configuration: Much of Saltmine’s intelligence is driven by the ‘WPS’ configuration that is custom to your organization’s implementation. ‘WPS’ stands for Workplace Strategy and will contain Space Definitions, ratios, zoning principles, and much more. It is common for your WPS to be updated as your guidlines evolve and change, so check to make sure that your WPS for this project is up-to-date. If you are re-starting work on a project that has been on hold for a while, it might be best to start a new project with a more up-to-date WPS.
  • Unit System: While you can toggle between Imperial and Metric within Design Files, setting a unit system on a project’s level will make a global change to the project and all scenarios.
  • Area Configuration: This displays the current method of calculating area within your project’s files. This will typically be BOMA as one of the most widely adopted systems, but may vary based on Region

Helpful Links:

[WIP] What is a Scenario?

[WIP] Managing a Project’s Timeline

[WIP] Managing a Project Team

[WIP] Activity Panel

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