Demarcations are zones, drawn using the “Split” tool, where all the symbols contained within are split / broken out into separate columns within the final Excel spreadsheet.

How are demarcations helpful?

Demarcations are useful to achieve the following:

  • Remove unwanted areas of a drawing (e.g. a symbol legend shown within a title block)
  • Split areas (e.g. if you need a landlords area separate to a tenants area, and both of these areas are shown in the same drawing)
  • Isolate two different items where the symbols for these items are depicted as identical (e.g. general sockets and sockets shown on DADO trunking)
  • Partition off part of a drawing that is duplicated on another drawing (e.g. there are duplicated symbols on drawing A (sheet 1 of 2) and these are also shown on drawing A (sheet 2 of 2)

How do I create a demarcation?

  1. Click on the "Split" tab at the top left of the page (shortcut to cycle through tabs = W)
  2. Click "Create" (shortcut = C)
  3. Type the description for your demarcation and press "Enter"
  4. Switch to selection mode by clicking "Select" (shortcut = S) until the mouse cursor turns to a crosshair 
  5. Draw an outline of the area you require by clicking each corner in turn (hold shift to snap to a straight line). Remember, only symbols inside a demarcation are included in the final quantities spreadsheet.
  6. Complete / close the demarcation by clicking on the first corner again or by right clicking
  7. Click "Save" (shortcut = A) to save your demarcation

How do I edit a demarcation area?

There are two ways to edit a demarcation area:

  • Right-click on an area while in select mode
  • Click the edit button to the left of the demarcation area in the sidebar

Once in edit mode, you can adjust the demarcation area in two ways:

  • Drag and drop individual nodes to adjust the size and shape of the demarcation area
  • Drag and drop the entire area to adjust its position

What else can I do with demarcations?

  • Hold shift while moving or resizing a demarcation area to snap adjustments to 90 degree angles
  • Add extra nodes by double clicking on the edge of a demarcation area
  • Double click existing nodes to remove them

How do I delete a demarcation area?

There are two ways to delete a demarcation area

Option 1

  1. Each demarcation area is listed on the left-hand side of the screen
  2. Hover your mouse over each demarcation area to highlight it on your drawing
  3. Click the “x” to delete

Option 2

  1. While editing a demarcation area, press "Delete"

What are demarcation headings?

These are headings (shown in the top left) that your demarcation areas are saved to. Demarcation headings sit at the discipline level, meaning they're shown on all PDFs within the discipline.

Importantly by deleting a demarcation heading, you are deleting it from the entire discipline, and also deleting all demarcation areas saved underneath it.

Learn more about deleting demarcation headings.

Demarcations & Excel spreadsheet outputs

When a job is processed and an Excel output spreadsheet is produced, demarcations behave in the following ways:

  • No demarcation areas—a single column will be created in the Excel spreadsheet containing all numbers / symbols matches over that entire drawing
  • A single demarcation area around a whole drawing (but excluding an area such as a symbols legend)—a single column will be created in the Excel spreadsheet containing numbers that are exclusively inside your demarcation area
  • Multiple demarcation areas (non-overlapping) (e.g. one for a “Core” area and another for a “Tenants” area)—multiple columns will be created in the Excel spreadsheet containing numbers split according to what demarcation area they exclusively are located in
  • Multiple demarcation areas (overlapping) (e.g. one demarcation area inside another)—multiple columns will be created in the Excel spreadsheet containing numbers split according to what demarcation area they exclusively are located in, and also how their demarcation headings are ordered

Learn more about demarcation heading ordering.

Learn more

How to: Re-order demarcation headings.

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