Tag Archive: Venue Blocking

In the very early days of MIDAS, each “venue” (room/bookable space) you added to the system could have a name and a maximum occupancy level (capacity) setting.

Over the years as MIDAS has developed and improved, the number of venue options has greatly increased; today you can set hours of operation, simple and complex hire rates, venue managers, venue blocking rules, alternatives, and rich HTML descriptions.

These additional options have given our software even more flexibility for a wider range of applications, however, when you increase the number of individual venue settings/options available, this in turn can increase the time it takes to setup or make changes to a venue.

That’s why last March, in response to customer feedback, we introduced a way to allow you to “bulk modify” venues, so that users no longer had to modify settings for each venue one at a time.

Manage Venues Screen

The “bulk modify” venue feature allowed more than one venue to be selected at a time from the Manage Venues screen, and when the “Save Changes” button was clicked, the current venue settings/options would be saved for all selected venues.

However, some users didn’t appreciate that all venue settings/options (with the exception of the venue name) would be applied to all selected venues, including capacity, rates, hours, managers, etc.

Therefore, to provide even grater flexibility for users, for v4.21, we’re making it even simpler!

Now, when you have multiple venues selected on the Manage Venues screen and you click ‘Save Changes”, MIDAS will prompt you to select which current settings you wish to apply to your selected venues:

Bulk Modify Venues Options

This new additional dialog will give users full control in making it easier and straight forward to make specific bulk changes to venues, and we’re sure you’re going to love it!

Check out some of the other new and improved features coming in v4.21 here.

MIDAS v4.21 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes available, please consider joining our Mailing List

In the next update to our room scheduling software MIDAS, we’re introducing a powerful new feature called Venue “Blocking”.

Venue Blocking allows you to define a set of “rules” for making some rooms become automatically “Unavailable” when certain other spaces are booked.

Let’s take a closer look at how “Venue Blocking” can be useful in a typical usage case…
Say you have a large “Sports Hall” that can either be booked in its entirety, or divided into two halves that can each be booked separately…

Sports Hall Bookings Sports Hall Scheduling

The 3 different spaces available for booking (“Sports Hall”, “Half Hall A” and “Half Hall B”) can each be added to MIDAS as individual venues:

Sports Facility Management

Now, if someone books the entire “Sports Hall”, you then want to prevent anyone else from being able to book a half hall at the same time – and that’s where Venue “Blocking” comes in!

You can setup a few simple blocking rules to prevent the “Sports Hall” from being booked if either half (or both halves) of the hall have been booked, and vice versa. This is achieved from the new “Blocking” tab on the Manage Venues Screen (MIDAS Admin Options → Manage Venues). In the screenshot below you can see that “Half Hall A” and “Half Hall B” have both been set to be blocked when “Sports Hall” is in use:

Venue Blocking

Once your blocking rules have been defined, MIDAS will then apply them accordingly when checking booking availability. In the below example, we’ve tried to book all 3 spaces at the same time, and because of the blocking rules that have been defined, MIDAS prevents us from booking all 3 spaces:

Booking Availability

So as you can see, “Venue Blocking” is a very useful and powerful addition to our web based software, that’s coming with our next update, MIDAS v4.05.

UPDATE: MIDAS v4.05 is now fully available! Read more…