Takeoff User Guide

Measuring with the Count Tool

The Count Tool allows you to place symbols on your plans and quantify those measurements in the bill of quantities table.

Adding a New Count Measurement

  1. In the bill of quantities table, right-click and select "Create Task."
  2. Enter a description for the new item.
  3. Click the "Link Drawing +" icon and choose "Count measurement."
  4. Click on the plan to place a count.


  1. Access the top quick launch menu and select the "Count #" icon.
  2. This action will create a new count item in the bill of quantities table, listed as a child item under the drawing name/description parent.
  3. Click on the plan to place a count.

Using the Count Tool to Begin Counting

  1. On the plan, click to place a count.

Navigation Hints:

  • Click, hold, and drag to pan around the plan.
  • Use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out for greater accuracy.
  • Right-click an element to open the context menu with options to:
    • Access properties
      • Colour
      • Opaqueness
      • Line width
      • Icons size
    • Change icon
    • Remove the count
    • Hide the count

To Delete the Last Symbol:

Hold Ctrl+z.

Continuing with a Previous Measure:

At any time, you can continue with a previous measure by selecting the "+" icon from the bill of quantities table and then clicking to place a count on the plan.

Adjusting Count Totals

You can adjust measurement totals using the equation field. Measurements can be manipulated with the equation field using Excel-type formulas. For example, multiplying the count by a set number [c]*8 adds an additional eight items each time a count is placed. The formula follows the PMDAS rule: Parentheses (brackets) first, followed by multiplication, division, addition, then subtraction. Detailed information and examples on using formulas are provided in the article "Using Formulas." Refer to the Industry Articles for specific examples in construction, electrical, landscaping, painting, plastering/insulation, plumbing, and roofing.

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