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# Measurements - Length

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The Length Tool is used to calculate metres/feet on Plans which appear in the bill of materials on the Quantities tab.

## Add a New Length Measurement

- Within a Stage click
**+Length**

Complete the required details

*Unit Cost, Markup Percentage and Unit Price are optional. If using costing, please ensure the Unit Price is populated*Click

**Create**

*If additional Parts and Labour are required, click***Create & Add More Parts**

## Using the Length Tool to begin measuring

⚠️ To measure a Length, set the Plan Scale

- On the Plan, click to begin a
**Length**

- Click once to change direction
- Click, hold and drag to pan around the Plan
- Hold SHIFT to hold in 15-degree increments
- Hold CTRL / Command⌘ and press Z to undo the last point

**Double click**to complete

## Square Drawing Mode

After a Length has been created, choose Square Drawing Mode to draw rectangles and squares.

- Click
**Freeform**then click**Square** - Click once to begin
- Move to the opposite side corner and click once to complete

## Curve Drawing Mode

After a Length has been created, choose Curve Drawing Mode to draw curves.

- Click
**Curve** - Click once to begin
- Click
*once*along the Curve

*Close to the apex / highest point for best results* - Click at the end of the Curve
- Click the Curve
*button*again to return to Freeform or click the last point to complete

When Curved Mode is enabled, it will not dis-engage until the button is clicked again.

### To create Curves and straight lines in the same Length run

- In
**Freeform Mode**, click at the beginning of the Curve **Press Q**- Click
*once*along the Curve

*Close to the apex / highest point for best results* - Continue on or click the last point to complete

When the Curve is complete, Freeform Mode will automatically engage.

### To transform the last straight segment into a Curve

- In
**Freeform Mode**, click the point at the beginning of the Curve - Click at the end of the Curve
**Press W**and moving the cursor back to the apex / highest point of the Curve and click*once*- Continue on or click the last point to complete

When the Curve is complete, Freeform Mode will automatically engage.

## How to Edit existing Lengths

- Press ESC, Zoom in and click the Length
- Click
**Settings**to:- Add Drop / Wastage in metres/feet
- Edit
**Style**changing all Lengths associated with this Measurement and turn**Show Totals**on/off - Add additional Parts and Labour

- Click
**Measurement Actions**to:- Hide this Measurement from the Plan
- Select All of the Measurement
- Rename
- Adjust the Measurement Value
- Add additional Parts and Labour
- Erase All, removing all Lengths from the Plan
- Delete the Measurement from the whole Project
**Permanently**

## Adjusting Length Totals

Adding or removing Lengths **after** Adjusting the Plan or Project Totals will **not** be reflected in the Totals.

Editing Individual Lengths will **not** be shown when the Value is Adjusted.

- To Adjust Measurement Totals, click the individual run Total ( * ), click the Plan Total ( * ) or Project Total (^)
- Enter new Value in Number form (e.g.
`3`

) or via a Formula (e.g.`2*10`

) - Click
**Save**

The **asterisk (*)** on the individual run means that the Total is Adjusted.

The **hat (^)** on the Measurement Total means it contains an Adjusted Length (s).

- To remove an Adjusted Total, click the Adjusted Total and clear the Value

**Please note:**Entering 0 will give an Adjusted Total of 0

As seen above, adding additional Lengths **after** Adjusting the Plan or Project Totals will **not** be reflected in the Totals.

## Supported References

Support References relate directly to elements on the Plan and can be used in conjunction with Excel-type Formula to calculate Parts and Labour. Each Formula must contain a Supported Reference/s to be accepted.

The Formula follows the PMDAS Rule: Parentheses (brackets) first followed by multiplication, division, addition, then subtraction. Calculations are prioritised within the brackets. More detailed information about Formulas with examples are provided in our article Using Formulas in Groundplan.

## Frequently Asked Questions

## Is there a way to show the Total of a Length on the Plan?

Yes.

Click **Show Total** in the Style section when creating a new Measurement.

Alternatively, within an existing Measurement, head to **Settings** then click **Style** to enable Show Total. Number Formats include Metric (mm, cm, m) and Imperial (in, ft).

Below image Explanation:

**Point A**- Show Totals will only show the run Total, not segment Totals.**Point B**- To display segment Totals on the Plan, use the Ruler Tool or Text Tool.

## How can I measure the same item across the Project instead of creating a new one each time?

Selecting Link from Worksheet allows an existing Stage to be selected and used to create one Project Total for the Measurement.

To combine marked-up Stages, please use the Transfer Tool. This moves Measurement Totals from one Stage or one Measurement to another.

## I need to add a junction box at the start and finish of each underground cable. How can I work out the Total number of junction boxes I need?

Yes.

Add a Part of Junction inside the Measurement and use the Formula ** count*2** and Unit of Measure as

**. This Formula takes the Count (runs) measured on the Plan, multiplies them by two and calculates the junction boxes required for the Measurement.**

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## I want to measure a trench and work out the volume from a Length Measurement. Can this be done?

Yes.

You can add a Part of Trench inside the Measurement and calculate the volume using Formula ** Len *( depth * width )** and Unit of Measure as

**. This Formula equates to Length multiplied by depth and width to calculate the trench volume.**

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## What is the difference between the Drop/Wastage setting and Adjusting Totals?

The Drop /Wastage value can only be applied to specific runs and needs a Length Measurement to apply it to. The Adjustment can be made on individual runs, Total Length Measurement or Plan Totals when there are no Measurements on the Plan.

Please note: The Adjusted Value ignores the actual Measurement and locks the Value that has been defined at that point in time. Adding or Deleting runs will not change an Adjusted Total.

You may look at using Formula within the Measurement or Part if the same Drop or Wastage is to apply to all runs within a Measurement.