1. General

1.1 What technology is CoDesigner Cloud based on?

CoDesigner is based on JavaScript and WebGL.

1.2 Which browser should I use for CoDesigner Cloud?

CoDesigner currently works on Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and the newest Edge. The browser needs to be updated and should support JavaScript and WebGL applications.

1.3 Has CoDesigner been programmed according to GDPR?

CoDesigner and all other products from the Haworth ecosystem are GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant according to the guidelines of the GDPR.EU compliance overview. – https://gdpr.eu/checklist/

1.4 Who are typical users of CoDesigner?

CoD Cloud is a 2D model application used for planning large & complex floor plans. For this reason, it is mainly used by architects & designers but can also be used by facility managers, depending on the complexity of the project.

1.5 Will CoDesigner be available in different languages?

Today, CoDesigner is only available in English. Other languages could be available in the future. 

1.6 Is it possible to integrate Revit files?

No, right now it is not possible to integrate from Revit, however, you can create DXF floorplans using Revit (coming soon: a “how to” guide for Revit). We are working on integrating Revit/IFC models as one of our top priorities.  

1.5 How can I get support if I need some?

Check the learning and tutorial videos regarding the usage of the CoDesigner. If you need some more detailed assistance, feel free to contact us. CoDesigner.Projects@Haworth.com.

2. Set up

2.1 Which file formats are supported by CoDesigner?

  • Floorplans – .dxf file
  • Corporate Data/Application Profiles/Pattern Styles/Layout Styles – Excel (.xlsx file)

2.2 How do I set up the initial project information?

Click on Settings > Project Information. Then add the Project Name, Client Name, Project Manager, Email ID, Phone No., Project Type, Project Location. After you Confirm, the project name will appear at the top right-hand corner.

2.3 How can I check the quality of my project in CoDesigner?

You can track the quality of your project through the dashboard on the right-hand side of your screen. The higher the percentage expressed in the overall quality, the closer the initial user requirements and the results.

2.4 What is the default unit in CoD ? Can it be changed?

The default unit is metres. Soon the option to convert from metric system into empirical system will be available.

2.5 Can I create different variation of the same project?

A Plus Symbol (+) near the Option Original on the top right, allows you to create additional variations from the original floorplan. In this way you can create alternative layouts and switch between them (alternatives are saved in active .cop file). You can rename or delete variations by clicking the 3 dots next to the + symbol.

2.6 Can I set up specific building standard that CoDesigner needs to respect?

Yes, you can set up building standards under Settings> Clearances and Spaces. Here you set the criteria for axes & distances such as working depth, walking distance, clearance space to façade and from walls, and corridor width.

2.7 What is corporate data?

Corporate data is a set of information of the workforce you are designing the space for. It is divided in three layers of hierarchy: main department, department and team. You will be asked to include essential information like the headcount, number of workplaces or desk sharing ratio. Two of these three elements are enough for CoDesigner to generate a floorplan.

This information can be uploaded from an excel sheet with the import bottom, alternatively you can also directly create it in CoDesigner.

2.8 Do Geo-Location, Daylight or Geographic North have an impact to the planning in CoDesigner?

With the present version of CoDesigner, it is not possible to integrate geo-location.

Daylight heatmaps can be generated based on location of windows/facade only.

You can add Zone Markers to define the East/West/North/South with relation to the building and use these markers as attractors for different departments during planning.

3. Building

3.1 Can the axis/corridor be re-defined after .dxf has been uploaded?

Yes, just click on “Buildings”, choose the floor where you would like to re-define the axis. If you right click you have the option to delete and add new axes.

3.2 Is it possible to work on multiple floors/building in one project?

Yes, you can add multiple buildings and floors in one CoDesigner Project. You can upload them using the Buildings tab. You can switch between floors in a building in the Floorplan view as well.

4. Application & Pattern

4.1 What is an application in CoDesigner?

Application identifies all the different space typologies that you might have in an office space: meeting rooms, private offices, cafeteria, lounge areas, training rooms etc. All spaces except for the open plan desks which are identified as pattern (see question 4.3) are applications.

Applications can be created according to your furniture catalogue and guidelines you must work with or according to your design concept.

4.2 Can the application profile be changed manually?

Yes. Under the ‘Floorplan’ tab, select the respective department, click on ‘App profile’ and set the desired zone (silent, normal, loud, custom etc.). Then change the number of the assigned applications as required.

4.3 Can applications used in one project be used in another projects?

Yes, you can export an application library using the export button in the applications tab and then import the exported .coa file into any new project.

4.4 What is a pattern in CoDesigner?

Patterns are the setting of the workstations in open space. You can create different workspace patterns based on the activity that is going to be performed. For this reason, you might want to create different pattern for different teams, if the teams carry out different activities.

4.5 Can I use different desk patterns in the same CoD floor plan?

Yes, you can build and use different desk patterns in different departments on the same floorplan. You can also turn settings within a pattern on or off in order to see more variations (eg. Back separator/face separator).

4.6 What is a Layout style and how does it work?

Primarily there are 2 types of layout styles – Single corridor and central zone (double corridor). This defines the layout in the floorplan for each department. You can also create variations of these 2 layout styles by changing the width of the central zone or the size of the corridors.

5. Stacking

5.1 What is the Stacking and why do I need it?

The stacking function is particularly useful to evaluate if the building is suitable for the workforce and standard that you need to accommodate.

You can drag and drop each department in the desired floor so that CoDesigner can plan based on your requirements. This step is necessary in order to populate the different floors in the building and cannot be skipped.

5.2 How does Stacking work?

Once you have uploaded Corporate Data into your project you can stack the departments on different floors in Stacking.

Drag & drop the Departments in the desired active floor.

Move or add departments to floors by drag & drop. Delete departments by dragging them into the empty grey space on the screen.

6. Floorplans

6.1 When generating a floorplan, what design priorities does CoDesigner use?

When CoDesigner generates a floorplan, it first places the pattern as per corporate data requirement. Subsequently, it places the applications and creates the best possible mix based on the space available and the requirements.

6.2 After I set up a project, how does CoDesigner create the floorplan?

Once you have uploaded Buildings and Floors, Corporate Data and have done the Stacking, you can go to Floorplans and click Optimise and CoDesigner will generate its first version.

The optimise button is on the sidebar on the righthand side of your screen below the heatmaps.

After that, every time you make a change in the floorplan, CoDesigner regenerates the floorplan automatically.

6.3 How do I change the location of departments on a floorplan? How can I lock department positions?

Zoom out of the floorplan till you see the furniture only represented in white (no black outlines), in this zoom level you are able to move the position of departments.

Right click on the department and click the lock icon to lock the position of any department.

7. Exports

7.1 What kind of files can I export from CoDesigner?

  • .c2p file is a CoDesigner file readable only on CoDesigner and pCon Planner Pro*. (Use option Export Current Layout)
  • .dxf file that can be imported again in Autocad or other CAD software (note: once you open the project in Autocad, the furniture will be all in one layer called cod_Furniture)
  • pdf file that illustrates the details of the overall project or a specific department, depending on your preference
  • pdf floorplan file that illustrates the floorplan per floor in a scale of 1:500.
  • list of furniture in Excel Format.
  • departmental analysis in Excel Format.

*extra PlugIn needed, work in progress

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