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Onuma Special Views

Floor Plan Space Component and Ceiling Plan View

Space Components can now seen on the Floor Plan or Ceiling Plan with a simple toggle; look at only certain categories or all the furniture in a building.


How To:

  • Add Furniture to a space first
  • On the Floor Plan go to Space Components menu
  • Select the categories you want to see on the Floor Plan, or select all categories by checking the box next to Select All
    Note: For buildings/floors with many spaces and a lot of equipment we recommend selectively turning on components to speed up loading times.
  • To see only objects in the Ceiling Plan, check the box next to Ceiling Plan Note: Objects are seen in the Ceiling Plan when their individual elevations are set to 6' or greater.
  • Click Save and Reload (in Edit Mode) or Reload (in View Mode)

Alternatively, you may select an individual space or a select group of spaces to show furniture:

  • Use Multiple Selection for a group and double-click on final space OR double-click on a single space.
  • This will cause the space setting window to pop up and on the right check the box next to Show all components in the selected spaces

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Ghost Floor

A ghost floor is a silhouette outline of any floor of the building specified by you. This silhouette outline, oftentimes, is used as a reference point between editing floors and spaces in a building. The silhouette serves as a guide and cannot be edited.

In Onuma, once you set a ghost floor on a particular floor, it is saved in that view and will always be seen when viewing that floor unless you change it.

  • Enabling the ghost floor can be found under Floor Level Data on the side bar. You must be in Edit Mode on the Floor Plan to access this option.
  • Click on the pull down to specify which floor should be seen as the the ghost floor for the current floor you are editing.

This is an example of the difference of having a ghost floor turned on or off:

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Space View Options

Onuma has the Bubble Diagram and Rounded Corners View feature, enabling users to visualize spatial information and relationships during the conceptual stages of design development.

  • Under the Spaces menu, choose among the Space View Options:
    • Normal View: Default space view.
    • Bubble Diagram: Shows spaces as circles of correct area.
    • Rounded Corners: Show rounded corners on squares and rectangles but not on complex shapes.

Example of space views:

Note:Changing to bubble diagram/Rounded Corners view still maintains all the data in the spaces, including any furniture.

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Space Relationships

In Onuma, space relationships can be established at the floor level. Each different colored line connects one space to another, representing a space relationship. Relationship categories can be defined by users in the settings. Multiple space relationships may be assigned between two spaces.

Space relationships are established in the Floor Plan:

  • Select two spaces at floor plan level and double click to add the relationship in the popup:


View Space Relationship lines on the Floor Plan:


NOTE: When multiple space relationships are assigned between space, only one relationship can be viewed at a time. This is useful for Printing purposes, as well as Preset Views and BIM Gallery. This way you can create separate diagrams for security checkpoints, flow of information, adjacency rules, etc. all within the same scheme.

Space relationships can be renamed and their line color can be changed

  • Go to Settings> General Settings> Space Relatinships


NOTE: Alternative method for creating or editing Space Relationships:

Export Space Relationships from the Floor Plan:

  • Edit the excel file and save as CSV
  • Choose Update Space Relationships and Import new file.

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Custom Settings

With Onuma Custom Settings you can add attributes to buildings and spaces:
  • Attribute Groups (Value Lists) allows you to color-code Buildings and Spaces based on their Attributes. Custom Attribute Groups allow you the flexibility to set-up 30 Custom Attributes in a single Attribute Group, with 30 Groups for the Building Level and Space Level.
  • Time-based Color Setting allows you to pick the color for building before and after construction end date. Learn more about this feature HERE.
  • Building Custom Attributes (Free Text Fields) allows you to create name the column header for an excel export for 20 text based fields to associate text data to buildings (e.g. A Custom Header could be "Comment" and then you can add a custom text comment for every building).
  • Space Custom Attributes (Free Text Fields) allows you to create name the column header for an excel export for 15 text based fields to associate text data to spaces (e.g. A Custom Header could be "Remarks" and then you can add a custom text remark for every space).


To Set-up a Custom Attribute Group (Value List):

  • Go to Settings> General Settings> Custom Settings
  • Select either a Building or a Space Custom Attribute Group
    • Building Custom Attributes are seen on the Site Plan
    • Space Custom Attributes are seen on the Floor Plan
  • Give the Attribute Group a name (NOTE: Once saved, this name will automatically appear in the column header on an exported excel for your space attribute groups)
  • Fill in each Attribute Name, up to 50
  • Click Save Settings at the bottom of the Settings window

For example, an Attribute Group could be named 'Interior Paint' and each Attribute Name could be the name of an interior paint color: 'blue', 'white', etc.

To Apply a Custom Attribute Groups:

  • Return to your Onuma scheme, save and go to:
    • The Site Plan, if Building Attribute OR
    • The Floor Plan, if Space Attribute
  • Click on Building or Space Attribute on the right control panel
  • Select your Custom Attribute Group Name from the pull-down menu
  • Click Edit under the Custom Attributes to update your Buildings or Spaces with their correct Attributes

Example of applying Space Custom Attribute Groups in Onuma

To View or Edit All Custom Attribute Groups on a Space/Building

  • Double Click or Ctrl + Click on the Space/Building
  • This pulls up the Settings Window for that Space/Building
  • Click on the Attribute Tab to view/edit the Custom Attribute Groups
  • If Editing, hit save when done

Example of Building Settings Attribute Tab

Example of Space Settings Attribute Tab

NOTE: Special ONLY for SPACE Attributes Groups; you may edit the Space Custom Attribute Groups numerically 1-30 on a building's exported Onuma excel sheet columns AZ-CC, and then import that excel, to update all the Space Custom Attributes at once, but you still must go to the Settings to name the Attribute Group to view the Attribute in Onuma.

To Set-up Space Custom Attributes (Text-based Fields):

  • Go to Settings> General Settings> Custom Settings
  • Select Set Custom Attribute Headers
  • Give each Header a name, up to 15 (NOTE: Once saved, this name will automatically appear in the column header (columns: AK-AY) on an exported excel)
  • Click Save Settings at the bottom of the window

To Apply Space Custom Attributes:

  • Export an Excel XLS or CSV of the building with the spaces that need text data (More help on Exporting here)
  • Go to columns AK-AY where you will see your headers
  • Type in the text data
  • Save as a Excel XLS or CSV
  • Import the Excel XLS or CSV into Onuma by select Excel XLS or CSV as your import format on the building level (More help on Importing here)

NOTE: During import of Spaces with an Excel XLS or CSV file, the importer looks at the headers in the third row and imports the values for each column into the corresponding field. If your destination building does not have the same headers for the columns that you are importing, it will return an error. To avoid this error you must do one of the following options:

  • Adjust the column header in the Excel XLS or CSV file to columns that exist in the receiving scheme OR
  • Adjust the Custom Attribute Headers in the receiving scheme to the ones you are importing

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Vector Graphics


Switch between picture and vector graphics on objects

  • Click on the Vector Graphics Icon (as seen above in the red circle) to switch between graphic styles

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User Comments
Note: Questions and comments posted here are visible to all users who have access to Onuma.

Q. I can't find out where to edit Space Relationships? [NĂ - 11/1/10]

A. Editing a space relationship is the same process as adding one, you just change the relationship in the pull-down menu. Help Info here: https://www.onuma.com/manuals/OPSSpecialViews.php#Space_Relationships [AH - 11/1/10]

Hi<br /><br />I have selected he required space relationships in Floor Level Data. Double clicked on the spaces I want to asign an adjacency but the space relationships are not appearing for selection on the General tab under Space Settings?<br /><br />NA [NA - 1/6/14]

Hi. I am confused as to how vertical alignment works. I was assuming that if you wanted 2 spaces to align above each other vertically, you could asign this attribute and the system would automatically align them on each floor? Bathrooms for example.Thus if you moved a bath room on Level 1, it would move on Level 2. Perhaps this only works if you have imported all of your spaces on one level, and THEN you asign levels by vertical alignment? Or is the space relationship not a dynamic function, purly for reporting?<br /><br />Please confirm.<br /><br />Regards<br /><br />NA [NA - 1/14/14]