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QuickEye Measuring and Estimating Overview
This topic will discuss how the "Item Creator" dialog functions, as the hub of the
take-off process and describe the flexibility of the system and it's accelerators,
as well as how they work together.
First off, all the basics discussed in Item Creator
as well as the scale setting
process, should be well understood
before delving into the Quick-Library and Quick-Creator.
is very flexible. It gives you the power to group measurements for
like items, so that you can have drawn markups for every room (for example) but a single
total of that item for each sheet. On the other hand, if you need or want, to have the
item separated on the Item Summary for each individual room, you may do that.
You also have the ability to sum the perimeter of odd shaped areas, rectangle areas
and length measurements. Or keep them totally separate.
You may draw the measurements for an item, and then set the color and specify the item,
or you may specify the item first. QuickEye
fits your way of doing things. As you use
the "Create Item
" dialog, you have the opportunity to create
entries in the Quick-Library
. This saves the work done to
create an item, including the color, for future use. The Quick-Library, with it's
organization and acceleration features, is then used to quickly specify multiple items.
acts as a palette to draw measurements
for the items on a sheet. Whether the items were created by hand (with "Create Item"),
one at a time from the Quick-Library, or all at once from the Quick-Library (if they are
single items), the Quick-Creator dialog shows you a list of all the items existing in
the volume, and with a single click you are ready to start drawing the measurements for
it, or add more measurements to it.
After completing the all the items on a sheet, when you go to the next sheet, which has
no measurements or items on it, one click on the item in Quick-Creator will create a
Measurement Group, set the color and create the Quantity Items in that group, and turn on
measuring mode, with the selected tool set to the last one you used on that item.
With Quick-Creator, you can continue progressing through all the sheets like they were one.
However, just by changing the "Location" field in Quick-Creator at the start each new sheet
or wing (for example), you may tag all the Quantity Items in each area separately.
So the process starts by heading to the "Item Creator
dialog. On the way there, if the scale hasn't been set yet for the current sheet,
" will open for that to be done. From
"Item Creator", you launch the measurement drawing process. Finally, back at "Item Creator"
you specify the color and Quantity Items.
Then, you create a new measurement group and repeat. Once you are comfortable with this
process, you can start to build your Quick-Library
accessed from "Item Creator". It is from here that you also open
as you spread out the bid, across multiple sheets.
At the end of the process, the "Item Summary" dialog shows all the items from all the sheets.
You can group together like items, to display a concise list to copy into your costing system.
is very flexible to fit the needs of a wide range of trades and a wide range of
bidding techniques. One of it's primary advantages is the ability, if you use it and your
process supports it, for QuickEye
to generate Quantities which are specified to the extent
that they can be automatically priced without needing to tweak and copy each item in your
costing system. The key to this ability is an effective coding system.
Whenever you use the "Create Item
" dialog to create a Quantity
Item, you have the opportunity to enter a code which tightly specifies what that quantity
If each code in your coding system is specific enough to pinpoint the material and
application process needed, then automatic look-ups are possible, potentially eliminating
most of the manual work in the pricing process.
The coding system you use should be considered carefully. If it's too simple, it will be
ineffective. Not that it won't help at all, but it won't help nearly as much as it could.
If it's too complete, it will be a bear to extend or maintain. The code system doesn't
really need to be easily understood or memorized, just effective at specifying what
it needs to. And, by saving the entered codes with the Quick-Library entries, they only
need to be entered once.