What is an “Area of Interest”?
An area of interest is simply an area or part of a building which shares a common purpose, or requires delineation for the purposes of navigation. Four common types of areas of interest that are often utilized on floor plans include:
- Departments – Departments refer to an area within an building that share a common purpose. For example, there may be a group of desks and offices constituting an HR department, or an IT Department. This is the most common utilization pattern for Floor Plan Mappers Area of Interest add-on.
- Meeting Areas – Meeting areas refer to either a purposed conference room, or locations throughout an office that may be suitable for adhoc meetings.
- Common Areas and Amenities – Common areas often take the form of coffee rooms, lunch rooms, gyms, restrooms and First Aid rooms, etc.
- Emergency Evacuation Routes – Evac routes are areas drawn on a floor plan to show the pyhsical routes to take to evacuate an office area.
Creating Areas of Interest on a Floor Plan
There are just a few simple steps to create an Area of Interest on a floor plan:
- Draw/Sketch – The first step involves using a mouse to click and draw/sketch the Area of Interest shape on the floor plan. The Area of Interest shape need not be confined to a rectangle or square. There are no restrictions on the shapes of an Area of Interest.
- Assign a Name – Assigning a name to the Area of Interest is an important step as this name will be referenced by Floor Plan Mappers powerful search engine.
- Assign a Colour – Assigning a color to an Areas of Interest is not only a way to ensure floor plans are visually appealing, but also a useful feature to mimic existing on floor coloring schemes.
See the Floor Plan Mappers Areas of Interest in action care of this video:
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