About this task
Follow these steps to manually create a basic Spaces Tree. In addition to the manual method described here, you can create a Spaces Tree using a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet (see Creating a Spaces Tree Using a Spreadsheet). You can also add folders from a user view into a Space Tree (see Adding Spaces to the Spaces Tree Using User Views).
On the Facility menu, select
. Figure 1. Edit Spaces Tree
The Spaces Tree Editor opens in the right pane. Click Edit.
Figure 2. Spaces Tree Editor
Select the Site Object in the tree on the left side of the panel. Click the
Add New Space icon to add the first space object.
Figure 3. Add the First Space
Click the plus sign next to the Site Object to expand the Site node. Then click the space object. The first space object added is a generic space object.
Note: A site can only have one parent-level root space object. Consider future expansions when you configure your site. For example, if you are configuring your site for a single-building campus that may expand to include multiple buildings in the future, then we recommend naming the parent-level root space "Campus" to accommodate potential growth.Figure 4. Parent-Level Generic Space Object
Select the parent-level generic space object to edit the object attributes. Use Table 1 to edit the object attributes.
Figure 5. Edit Parent-Level Generic Space Attribute Objects
Table 1. Space Object Attribute Descriptions
Enter the name of the space.Contains a user-defined name for the object that is independent of the item reference. Functions like the Name object attribute for the All Items navigation tree.Note: Enter plain text only.
Enter a description of the space.Contains a user-defined description of the object.Note: Enter plain text only.
Indicates the Object Type as displayed in the Metasys software and as exposed to a BACnet® network.
Choose the Authorization Category for the equipment in the Spaces Tree from the drop-down list options.
Examples: HVAC, Fire, Security
Classifies the object by the category of system or equipment that it monitors to help determine user access privileges and alarm routing.Note: Keep in mind the access privileges of users per Authorization Category and select the most appropriate category. A user without access to an authorization category does not have access to objects for spaces in the Metasys UI.
TypeChoose the type of space object from the drop-down list:
Note: You can add up to ten spaces levels from the Site object.
Generic—used as a campus-level space. You can add any number of Complex space objects (such as Buildings, Floors, Rooms) to a Spaces Tree; however, you can only add Complex space objects when you initially create a Spaces Tree.
- Building—used as a building-level space. You can add any number of Building space objects to a Spaces Tree.
- Floor—used as a floor-level space. You can add any number of Floor space objects to a Spaces Tree.
- Room—used as a room-level space. You can add any number of Room space objects to a Spaces Tree.
List of equipment serving the space or another piece of equipment.Note: We recommend that you configure the Served By equipment later in the workflow. Complete the equipment definition first and then configure the Served By equipment. For more information, see Using Equipment Definitions and Assigning Spaces Served By Equipment Relationships.
List of object references you can associate with space objects.
Click the Add New Space icon to add another space object.
Depending on your site, you can continue by adding nested space objects, such as
buildings, or you can add additional parent-level generic space objects.
Figure 6. Building Level Space
- Select the Building-level space object to edit the object attributes. Use Table 1 to edit the object attributes.
Click the Add New Space icon to add Floor-level space objects or
select the parent-level generic space object to continue adding Building-level space
objects. If you are adding a Floor-level space object, see Figure 6 and continue to Step 9.
Figure 7. Floor Level Space
- Select the Floor-level space object to edit the object attributes. Use Table 1 to edit the object attributes.
Click the Add New Space icon to add Room-level space objects or
select the Building-level space object to continue adding Floor-level space objects. If
you are adding a Room-level space object, see Figure 8 and continue to Step 11.
Figure 8. Room Level Space
Continue adding spaces. You can add a nested space object under a room by following the same general guidelines given in the steps in this section. Once you complete adding space objects to your Spaces Tree, click Save.
Figure 9. Spaces Tree Next to All Items Tree in SCT
- Continue to Using Equipment Definitions.