I’ve found my best practice for using the Count tool during takeoff is to always split them up and not have them merged. Is there a way to automatically have the counts be split or to save this as a default to my profile?
If you want all of your counts to be split by default then there are not a lot of reasons to use the count tool at that point. You can simply create a markup then add it to your tool chest. Then select that tool and start dropping it onto your drawings (make sure the markup is in “Drawing Mode” and not “Properties Mode” by double-clicking it in the tool set). Now when you sort/filter your markups list it should give you a subtotal in the grouped heading. I don’t think it will give you a count value in the “Count” column, but it will give you a count value in the “Measurement” column.
Appreciate the response. I tried it out and looks like that isn’t what I’d be looking for. I’ll continue with splitting the counts as this still allows me to total the count and various measurements added to the takeoff.
When you say “not a lot of reasons to use the count tool at that point”, what features am I losing by splitting? I was not aware of losing anything by splitting besides a more condensed markup list.
You’re not losing any features after you split them. The whole purpose of the count tool is to have items grouped and give you a total. If you split them they turn into regular markup tools. What Andrew was saying is to create a tool without the count functionality. If you have a simple markup tool and give it a Subject name when you sort the markups list by Subject by clicking on the column header, it will group all your markups by the Subject and tell you how many there are.
Often times I will have the estimators use the count tool so all the items stay grouped, but when they start to install those items, I split them, so I can change the status of each as they are completed.
I hope this makes sense, maybe I need to see it live to better understand your workflow.
Exactly Troy. The main benefit of counts is condensing the markups list by having them grouped together. If you don’t care whether or not they are condensed, then there’s not a whole lot of advantage of using the count tool.
It’s hard to know each situation with so many workflows and viewpoints. I have companies I go in and all their estimators are all doing their own thing, and it works. Thanks for posting Matt, I appreciate you in the group!