User's Guide

Takeoff

The dimensions for the Quantity Table can be taken off a floor plans. Typically, you will do the following to measure the areas and perimeters on a plan.
  1. Import the plan from a file stored on the local computer.

  2. Scale the plan.

  3. Trace the plan objects, such as rooms and landscape features.

Plan Import

  1. To import a plan, click the 'Import' button in the Plan group.

  2. The Add Plan dialog will appear and the system will prompt to select a plan file.

    If the file dialog does not open, click 'Browse...'.

  3. Select the file. It should be an image in one of the following formats: pdf, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tiff or svg.

    If the file is a PDF, use the << and >> buttons to move between pages.

  4. Click 'Add' to import the selected image. If the file is a PDF, after importing one page you can select another page and press Add again to import multiple plans from the same file.

  5. The last added plan will be opened.

    Use the thumbnails at the bottom to switch between plans.

Navigation

  1. To zoom in or out, use the mouse wheel or the magnifying glass icons in the toolbar. When zooming using the mouse wheel, point the cursor at the area that should stay in focus.

  2. To pan, press and hold the mouse button and drag the plan. Alternatively, you can use the horizontal and vertical scrollbars.

Plan Scaling

  1. Click the scaling tool button if the tool is not selected.

  2. Choose a segment of a known length.

    The longer the segment, the more accurate will be the results.
  3. Click the start and end of the segment and then enter its length.

  4. Once the plan has been scaled, the system will start showing the current scale in the top-left corner.

  5. To scale a plan that has different vertical and horizontal scales, click the Scale XY button and repeat the above steps for a vertical and a horizontal segment of a known length.

Tracing

  1. Click the tracing tool button if the tool is not selected.

  2. Choose the area or length result type. You can change the result type later as you trace.

  3. Trace an object on the plan, such as a room, by clicking its corners one by one. To finish tracing, press Enter, click the OK button in the ribbon or click the start point to close the shape.

  4. The measurement will be finalised and a new item will be added to the Quantity Table.

    Change the item name and enter the width and depth, if required. For instance, in the above example you can enter the wall height in the Width or Depth column to calculate the vertical area for the room.

  5. To cancel drawing, press Esc or click the Cancel button.

    To undo last action press Ctrl-Z or click Undo in the Ribbon.

    To redo last undone action, press Ctrl-Y or click Redo in the Ribbon.

Editing Measurements

  1. Click the selection tool button if the tool is not active.

  2. Double-click the measurement to be edited.

  3. To move a node, click it. The node will start moving with the cursor. Place it at a new location by a second click.

  4. To add a new node, click the line. A new node will be created and it will start moving with the cursor. Click the point where the node should be placed.

  5. To delete one or more nodes, click a node to start moving it and then click another existing node. All nodes between these two nodes will be deleted and the nodes themselves will be merged into one.

Selecting Measurements

In addition to ticking rows in the table on the left-hand side, calculation sheet items created with take-off can be selected on the plan using the selection tool.

  1. To select a single measurement, click it.
  2. To select a number of measurements, click them one by one holding the Shift key. You can switch between plans while selecting.
  3. To toggle selection for a particular measurement, click it while holding the Ctrl key.
  4. To unselect everything, click the current plan outside of any shapes.

Changing Measurement Result Type

Click the area or length result type button in the toolbar. That will change the result type for all items in the calculation sheet.

Reusing Measurements

To reuse the outline of a measurement created for this or a different calculation sheet, do the following.
  1. Open the plan that contains the measurement.

  2. If the shape is not used in the current sheet, click the Show All Shapes button.

    The outlines of all measurements will be displayed.

  3. Pick the selection tool and select the measurement to import.

  4. Click the Add to Sheet button to add the measurement to the current calculation sheet.

    The new measurement can have a type different to the reused measurement type, e.g. Area instead of Length. At the same time, all measurements that share the same outline will be recalculated each time the outline is changed by editing any of the measurements.