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Merging berths / Merging units / Merging vaults (#UNTMRG01)

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Why join Berths / Units / Vaults together?

Some owners or managers may decide to merge a number of smaller Berths / Units / Vaults into a larger one; also known as joining Berths / Units / Vaults.

 

Understanding a Berth / Unit / Vault merge operation

Two diagrams of example merges are provided for your reference below. In Example 1 (even merge), we can see that three smaller Berths / Units / Vaults at 3m x 3m each is being merged to create one big Berths / Units / Vaults at 9m x 3m Unit. The three smaller Berth / Units / Vaults were all a Type 9, and the big Berth / Unit / Vault will become a Type 27. For this example, we'll need to ensure we already have a Type 27 Berth / Unit / Vault type setup before we begin the merge operation.

In Example 2 (uneven merge), we can see that two smaller Berths / Units / Vaults at 3m x 3m and 6m x 3m, will be merged to create one big Berth / Unit / Vault at 9m x 3m. The two smaller Berths / Units / Vaults were a Type 9 and a Type 18, and the big Berth / Unit / Vault will become a Type 27. For this example, we'll need to ensure we already have a Type 27 type setup before we begin the merge operation.

Unit Merge - Example 1
Unit Merge - Example 2

 

How do I merge a Berth / Unit?

Merging Berths / Units / Vaults involves some preparatory work first. Some preparatory steps that we recommend you follow, have been outlined below...

  • When you merge several Berths / Units / Vaults into one, all but one will lose their history and maintenance logs. We recommend printing this data before you begin your merge operation.

  • As per the diagrams above, the smaller Berths / Units / Vaults you are merging together would currently all have Berth / Unit / Vault types assigned. For example, a "Type 9" might be a 3m x 3m Berth / Unit / Vault. This type tells StorMan how big the Berth / Unit / Vault is. When you merge the Berths / Units / Vaults together to create a larger one, you will obviously need to re-assign the type to the Berth / Unit / Vault, so that StorMan knows that the Berth / Unit / Vault is bigger so that it can calculate the rentable-area correctly on various reports. Do you need to create a new type code to cover the new big Berth / Unit / Vault, or do you have an existing type that you can use? You might like to check this in advance. To add new or check existing types, see: #UNTADTP01.

 

Once you have checked these items, you can continue on to the steps below...

  1. Go to the Maintenance menu, then Berths / Units / Vaults.
  2. Locate the first Berth / Unit / Vault that you wish to use in the merge, and double-click it to open it.

  3. If you need to change the Berth / Unit / Vault number, do so now. If not, proceed to Step 4 below.

  4. Assign the new Type code to the Unit by selecting it from the Berth Type / Unit Type / Vault Type dropdown box.

  5. Click OK to close the Berth / Unit / Vault. You have now told StorMan that the original small Berth / Unit / Vault is now bigger, by assigning a new type code to it. Now you'll need to remove ('hide') the other Berths / Units / Vaults that are involved in the merge operation.
  6. On the Berths / Units / Vaults screen, open the other Berth / Unit / Vault involved in the merge by double-clicking on it.

  7. Set the status of the Berth / Unit / Vault to Unavailable, by selecting this status type from the Berth Status / Unit Status / Vault Status dropdown box.

  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for any other Berths / Units / Vaults that you need to 'hide' as a result of the merge. If you were merging two smaller Berths / Units / Vaults into a big one, you won't have to repeat any steps. If you use the map function in StorMan (more on this: #MAPWISMP01), then the map will automatically update the dimensions of the Berth / Unit / Vault that you have edited - but you may wish to check to ensure its position on our map is correct.

 

How do I do the opposite... split Berths / Units / Vaults apart?

Refer to: #UNTSLT01.

 

Video:

On Thursday February 12th, 2009 we held a free StorMan PowerSession webcast on the topic of Merging and Splitting Units, You can download / view the webcast recording below...

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