Count Assist Symbol Selection
  • 29 Jul 2022
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Count Assist Symbol Selection

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Count Assist drastically reduces the time it takes to Count Symbols on large Plans.
Define which Symbol to count, and Count Assist finds the rest.
This is ideal for trade industries such as Electrical, Fire and Security.

Symbol Selection

Count Assist has 3 phases: Searching for Symbols, Reviewing the selections found and applying the Search results to the Count Measurement.

  1. Click Count Measurement
    (If required) Click Count Assist

  2. Zoom in and select a Symbol to Search

    • Click and release to start selection
      Press ESC to start the selection again
    • Move mouse to the opposite side
      Symbol will turn blue
    • Click to complete selection

  3. (when required) Refine Selection Window opens
    If a clear Symbol selection hasn't been detected this will open automatically
    Elements are different components of the selection

    • Hovering over the Element/s will flash and identify the selection
    • Click to Select/Unselect the required Element/s
    • Click Save

  4. The Green Review Indicator will flash
    While there are unapplied Count Assist Search results
    eg. new searches, removed searches, excluded searches

  5. (recommended) Click Highlight Results
    To Review Count Assist Search results
    (optional) Change the Plan Opacity

  6. Click Apply Count
    To add Search results to Measurement Totals
    Review Indicator will disappear

Symbols containing the same components may select Symbols with identical components that need to be recorded against a separate Measurement.
These particular Count Assist searches can be Excluded from Search results.

  1. Click Count Measurement
    (If required) Click Count Assist

  2. Zoom in and select a Symbol to Search

  3. (recommended) Click Highlight Results
    To review Count Assist Search results

  4. Identify and select the Symbol that needs to be Excluded from the Search results

    • (if required) Click once to exit Highlight Mode
    • (optional) Select further Symbols to be Excluded
    • Repeat as required until all Symbol Exclusions are selected
  5. (Return to Stage) Click Actions on the Symbol Search to be Excluded

  6. Click Exclude
    This Search selection will now be placed in the Excluded Searches section
    The Symbol on the Plan will return to black
    (optional) to re-Include into Search results, click Include wheel

  7. (recommended) Click Highlight Results
    To Review Count Assist Search results

  8. Click Apply Count
    To add Search results to Measurement Totals
    Review Indicator will disappear

Multiple Symbol Selections

On Plans there may be Symbols that have multiple variations. Commonly these variations are due to the placement of text in relation to the Symbol or the Symbol size.
These variations create a separate Symbol and will require Multiple Symbol Selections.

  1. Click Count Measurement
    (If required) Click Count Assist

  2. Zoom in and select a Symbol to Search

  3. (recommended) Click Highlight Results
    To review Count Assist Search results

  4. Identify and select additional Symbols to be included in the Search results
    Normally, Count Assist will detect any Symbol that is a 45 degree rotation of the original selection

    • (optional) Select further Symbols to be included and repeat the steps above
      For faster Symbol selections, consider selecting just the text or just the Symbol
    • Each symbol will turn green on the Plan as it is included in the Search results
      Each new search will look at the entire Plan and may include results from a previous search within the Measurement
      If all Symbols from a previous Symbol selection are found in the new search, the original selection will be Overwritten
  5. Click Apply Count
    To add Search results to Measurement Totals
    Review Indicator will disappear

Image Symbols

Occasionally on Plans, Images of Symbols are present rather than CAD Symbols.
An Image Symbol will not be recognised by the Count Assist Tool.
Manual Counting is required when an Image is used in place of a CAD Symbol.

  1. Click Count Measurement
    (If required) Click Count Assist

  2. Zoom in and Select a Symbol to begin the Search

    • Click and release to start selection
    • Move mouse to the opposite side
      Symbol will NOT turn blue
    • Press ESC
  3. (Return to Stage) Click Count
    To Manually Count the Image Symbol/s

  4. Click to place a Count
    Click, hold and drag to pan around the Plan

  5. Repeat for all additional Image Symbols

⚠️Count Assist will not Search Scanned Plans

In rare instances, Plans are scanned turning the entire Plan into an Image
Count Assist cannot search Image Plans so all Symbols will need to be manually Counted
Loading an original PDF Plan will allow Searching via Count Assist

Removing an Applied Search Result

Removing an Applied Search Result v3

  1. Click on Measurement name

  2. (if required) Click Count Assist

  3. (recommended) Highlight individual Symbol Search results
    On Symbol selection, click Highlight (magnifying glass)
    Only symbols within this Search selection will be Highlighted, all other Symbols selections will remain green

  4. Click Remove bin
    Symbol is labelled Removed and crosshatched red
    Symbol on the Plan will return to black

  5. The Green Review Indicator will begin flashing

  6. (recommended) Click Highlight Results
    To Review Count Assist Search results

  7. Click Apply Count
    To update Search results on the Measurement Total
    Review Indicator will disappear



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