The Electrical industry is very complex. There are thousands of different devices to take off such as outlets, switches, dimmers and receptacles. It would be very tedious to have to manually count all of those symbols and highly unlikely that the quantity takeoff will be close to accurate. eTakeoff Dimension accelerates the process with the Pattern Search tool. Pattern search can be used to find multiple occurrences of symbols representing components that need to be counted with speed and accuracy.
A sample pattern is selected in the drawing. Then Dimension searches the entire drawing for other occurrences of the symbol. The results are sorted by how well they fit the original pattern and displayed in a grid. You can easily make additions or deletions. The selected matches are then converted into a count measurement. Best of all, you can also search for the same pattern on multiple pages of a project in the background while you perform other takeoff on the project such as linear feet of conduit and cable runs or other device pattern searches.
Communications-Fire Alarm Sample Project
This sample project shows how the features of eTakeoff Dimension can be used to quickly take off a fire alarm project. It demonstrates extensive use of Pattern Search including basic search, refined search and multi-page search.
Communications-Security Sample Project
This sample project shows how the features of eTakeoff Dimension can be used to quickly take off a security project. It demonstrates extensive use of Pattern Search including basic search, refined search and multi-page search.
Pattern Search quickly finds fixtures and other devices
Pattern search allows you to quickly find fixtures and other devices that are marked on the drawing with symbols. You pick one of the symbols then select the drawings and areas you want to search. The results are quickly reviewed in a grid. You can even refine the search based on smaller symbols in or near the original pattern.
Extension supports conduit runs with multiple wires and drops
A simple extension allows entry of the number of wires, the number of drops and the drop length. The total wire length is the digitized length plus the total drop length all multiplied by the number of wires.
Extension allows wire runs with individual riser lengths
For wire runs with differing drop lengths, the Riser extension can be used. This allows you to enter the drop length for each point. The lengths are displayed on the drawing. The variable LenWithRisers gives the total of the digitized length plus the riser lengths.
Testimonial from Ken Gordon, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., Illinois
“I’m quite impressed with how well your Pattern Search works – it’s been great at finding symbols buried under other symbols / lines / junk, faster than I can on a full-size drawing with a magnifying glass”
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., Illinois