This section describes how to generate a quantity takeoff directly from the device counts and wire measurements stored in the project database. Takeoffs may also be performed at any time during the design process and can be quickly redone as a design evolves and changes. The takeoff is generated as an HTML file and will automatically be opened in your web browser. It can also be opened in Microsoft Excel.

This feature is not intended to be used as a complete estimating tool by itself. It is intended to provide the starting point for creating an estimate that can then be finished using a complete electrical estimating program.

There are three places a takeoff may be performed. A takeoff may be performed on selected areas in a drawing, on the entire one line diagram for the project, or on equipment that is stored only in the database and not on a drawing file.

Follow the links below to learn more about the takeoff tools available using the Takeoff commands:

To perform a takeoff on an area of a drawing file you must first Insert a Takeoff Area. These takeoff areas will remain on the drawing until erased and can be used again for future takeoffs. The definition of the takeoff area can be modified using the Query Takeoff Area command.
Once you have created a takeoff area, use the Create Takeoff from the Drawing command to perform the takeoff
One-line devices and feeders are not included in the quantities in the takeoff area on your drawing. To perform a takeoff of these items, use the One-Line Takeoff command
To perform a takeoff of the equipment that is in the database but not on a drawing, use the Create a Takeoff from Equipment in the Database command

Common Takeoff Information

Takeoff Area Name: The name of the takeoff area. The name is displayed when the takeoff for the area is printed.

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