This section describes how to generate a quantity takeoff directly from the device counts and wire measurements stored in the project database. Takeoffs may be performed at any time during the design process and can be quickly redone as the design changes. Each 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. It is intended as a starting point for creating an estimate that can then be finished using a complete electrical estimating program.

There are three categories for which a takeoff may be performed. A takeoff may be performed on selected areas on a drawing, on distribution equipment and feeders 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:

To perform a takeoff on an area on a drawing, 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 Print Takeoff Area command to perform the takeoff.
Distribution equipment and feeders are not included in the quantities in the takeoff area on your drawing. To perform a takeoff of these items, use the Print Distribution Equipment Takeoff command.
To perform a takeoff of the equipment that is in the database but not on a drawing, use the Print Equipment in Database Only Takeoff 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.

Include Circuit Length by Circuit: Whether the Circuit Length By Circuit section is included when the takeoff for the area is printed. See the Print Takeoff Area section for more information.

Include Feeder Length by Feeder: Whether the Feeder Length By Feeder section is included when the takeoff is printed. See the Print Distribution Equipment Takeoff section for more information.

Layer Systems to Count: Which layers are included when the takeoff for the area is printed. See the Layers section for more information about layers.

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