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Getting started with Workspaces
Getting started with Workspaces
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Written by Ria Noche
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Getting started with Workspaces is easy. When you log in for the first time, you can start exploring in two ways. We've added a few example workspaces for some inspiration. You can check out how we've set up the scenarios, browse the boards, and start modifying them. Or you can dive right in and create your first workspace.

A workspace is a central place where you build scenarios, use apps, and visualise data for a particular project. They give everyone a shared view on the assumptions and results you're working towards.

In this guide, we will walk through a simple example of modelling two scenarios, a baseline and an efficient scenario, with a single location.

Creating your first workspace

  1. From the Workspaces list, click "New workspace"

  2. Name the workspace for what you are working on. It can be the name of the development or region you are working on, or an aspiration like "Water positive city"

  3. Add a description explaining what the workspace is about. This will help give context to someone viewing your workspace for the first time.

  4. Add the apps you need. Are you looking to model sustainability of a project? Or assess the accessibility of a city?

Constructing your baseline scenario

Now that you have a workspace, it's time to define your area of interest by creating or importing locations.

  1. Go into your baseline scenario and click on "New location" > "Locations"


  2. Name your location, and click on the map to place your location or enter the coordinates. Check out Navigating to an area on the map for tips on how to easily navigate to a certain area on the map.


  3. From the location pane, add values to the relevant attributes. For example, add dwelling count and floor space to the "Usage" attribute.



Tip: You can create a workspace where you maintain all of your locations so you or anyone from your team can easily import locations from that workspace when you want to start a new project, and not have to input the attributes again.

Building alternative scenarios

Once you've entered all the details and you're happy with your baseline scenario, you can check out the boards (more on that below) or start building alternative scenarios.


Creating a new scenario essentially creates a duplicate of your baseline scenario. Think about what your new scenario is about, and how it's different from the baseline, then go ahead and make those changes. Here are some examples of common improvements:

  • Building less or more of something, or a lower/higher density — change up the usage values

  • Adding more amenities — create new locations and add the necessary services

  • More efficient appliances and fixtures — change usage settings

  • Adding solar systems — add values for the solar attribute

  • Adding water re-use systems — add values for recycled water or rainwater storage

Reviewing and comparing results

  1. To view results, select one of the pre-configured boards on the workspace page


    Tip: When navigating from a scenario, you can use the board switcher on the app header breadcrumb.

  2. You can compare results of different scenarios with the scenario switcher


Publish and share your workspace

Congratulations! You've just created your first workspace. When you're ready to share your work, go back to your scenarios and publish your changes. This way, your teammates can see the changes you've made.



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