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First steps in the Solution Builder

Welcome to the Solution Builder, the ultimate tool for creating digital twins of your facilities!

Whether you’re an expert or new to the world of digital twins, this user guide will walk you through the first steps of using the Solution Builder to unlock its full potential.

Let’s dive in and explore how you can create customized solutions for your specific needs and experience the power of digital twins with HakoBio!

Access the Solution Builder and create your first project

To create a digital twin project :

  1. Sign in: If you haven’t already, sign in to your HakoBio account to access the Solution Builder and create your first digital twin project. New to HakoBio? Easily create a free guest account on our on our demo platform.
  2. Access to the Solution Builder: Once logged in, navigate to the Solution Builder from the HakoBio platform’s main menu. Click on Solution Builder to launch it.
  3. Create a new project: In the Solution Builder, you can start a new project by clicking on the “New Project” button on the top right of the page.
  4. Give a name to your project: After the builder loads, give your project a unique name that reflects its purpose or location.
  5. Save your project: It’s important to save your project to ensure that your progress is preserved and can be accessed later. Once you have given a name to your project, look for the “Save” button, located near the title you has just given at the top left of the page.

Now you’re ready to create your first digital twin project using the Solution Builder.

Import a 2D plan

Importing your 2D plan into the Solution Builder is a breeze:

  1. Open the Blueprint add-on: Click on the Blueprint add-on button in the Solution Builder to open the blueprint upload tool.
  2. Upload your floor plan image: Click on the “Upload an image” button to upload your floor plan image. The Solution Builder supports PNG and JPG formats, making it easy to import your facility’s layout.
  3. Resize the plan to scale: Use the Blueprint add-on’s tools to resize your floor plan image to the correct scale. Navigate through the plan by holding down the left click and moving to any element with a dimension. Click on each extremum of the element to create green dots, which then form a green segment.
  4. Enter segment dimensions: In the left menu, enter the size of the segment, in meters only. This ensures that your floor plan is accurately scaled within the Solution Builder. Once entered, click on the “Next” button to proceed.
  5. Finalize the plan upload: Review your resized floor plan image and click on the “Done” button to finalize the plan upload. You can then close the Blueprint add-on by clicking on the “Done” button.

By following these steps, you can easily import your 2D floor plan into the Solution Builder and ensure it accurately represents your facility’s layout. Now you’re ready to move on to designing your 3D layout and customizing your solution.

Draw your 3D layout

After importing your 2D plan, use the Solution Builder’s intuitive tools to draw your 3D layout. You can add walls, doors, windows, and other building elements to accurately represent your facility’s layout in three dimensions. First, let’s see how to create your rooms with two specific tools available into the tab “Rooms”:

  1. Quick shape
  2. Manual shape

Quick Shape

Need to create a square room? Just drag and drop the Quick Shape onto the grid, define the room name, area, and walls’ height. A square shape will automatically appear with the defined name and area.

It’s also possible to resize and change the shape of the rooms while in 2D view, by pushing or pulling the walls and corners.

To add a corner, double-click on a wall.

Manual Shape

For more complex room shapes, use the Manual Shaping tool to design your space.

  1. Just click on the “Pen” icon and start placing your anchor points on the grid by clicking once on the designated place.
  2. Right-angled corners will directly appear as you move your cursor to place the next anchor point.
  3. After placing the last anchor point, close the room you’re creating. Either click on the first anchor point or double-click where you want to place your last anchor point. There you have it, a brand new room!

Tips to edit faster

Here an another method to draw your facility layout:

Customize your 3D layout

After creating your 3D layout, it’s time to add elements like doors, windows, and equipment to simulate your facility’s workflow systems. Let’s see how you can easily incorporate these elements from the “Utilities” and “Equipment” tabs.

  1. To get started, choose an item from the menu, like a blue door that’s 93 cm wide. Click and hold the left mouse button on the door icon in the menu.
  2. While holding the button, move the door to where you want it on the wall in your 3D layout. You’ll see the door follow your cursor’s movement.
  3. When you’ve placed the door where you want it, release the mouse button. This locks the door in place, keeping it fixed in your digital twin project.
  4. If you need to make changes to your layout, double-click the door. This allows you to move it to a new location in the 3D space. Simply hold the mouse button and drag the door as needed.

By following these steps, you can easily customize your 3D layout by adding doors, windows, and equipment. The Solution Builder’s drag-and-drop feature gives you full control over placing and modifying these components, ensuring your digital twin accurately represents your facility’s configuration and workflow systems.

With these simple instructions, you’re on your way to creating your first project in the Solution Builder and optimizing your facility’s operations with the power of digital twins. Stay tuned for more advanced features and functionalities in the next sections of this user guide!

Updated on July 10, 2023

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