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Accuracy reports

A set of automatically created documents used to verify a takeoff's accuracy. These are essential to review before a takeoff can be considered complete.

Keep reading: Accuracy reports

Area Measurement

A measurement that can be manually added to a drawing from the "Measure" tab within Countfire. Commonly used to calculate total area of a floor, level or room.

Keep reading: Area measurements

Auto-linked

A cell state where a suitable kit has been found and matched against the item.

Keep reading: Understanding cell states

Auto-linking

The process by which Countfire estimate predicts which kit should be linked to which item. The more kits are used, the more accurate the auto-linking becomes.

Keep reading: How auto-linking works

Background

The parts of a drawing that Countfire classes as “Background” and which are possible to hide by using the “Background” button in-app.

Keep reading: Hiding drawing backgrounds

Background definitions

Rules & properties relating to backgrounds which allow you to customise what Countfire classes as background. Helpful to push parts of the drawing into the background so you can then hide it.

Keep reading: Defining drawing backgrounds

Best practice workflow

A method of working designed to ensure the most efficient and optimised use of Countfire.

Keep reading: Best practice workflows

Building type

A category to differentiate projects between different sectors or types IE: Custodial or Residential.

Keep reading: Adding a new project

Buy

The cost to you to buy and install a unit. IE: Total cost of a socket.

Category

A manual field within the kit editor. This is used to group like products together. IE: "Cabling" or "wiring accessories".

Cell

Individual cell within the data table containing various information EG: Name, discipline, drawing etc.

Cell state

The state of an item connection to a kit. It can either be auto-linked, confirmed or unconfirmed.

Keep reading: Understanding cell states

Check sheets

A document that forms part of Countfire’s accuracy reports and that is both an integral part of completing a takeoff in Countfire, and checking that take-off for accuracy.

Keep reading: Check sheets

Clean selections

An essential part of using Countfire correctly. Selections that are as simple as possible (to increase your chances of automatically matching on other symbols), without making them too simple that you run into false positives.

Keep reading: Making clean selections

Client review

A project status to signify that the project is with the client for review.

Keep reading: Project statuses

Cloning (a kit)

A way of copying an existing kit to another item, where you can then make changes. By cloning a kit you can avoid having to create a kit from scratch.

Keep reading: Cloning a kit

Colour picker

A way to change the colour of a symbol, measurement or zone.

Keep reading: Changing a colour of a symbol

Complex symbols

Occasionally, due to the way a drawing has been designed, the symbols can be more complex than normal. Selecting these results in overly complex selections (see clean selections), and selecting a large number of these, can cause a degradation in performance and drawing load times.

Keep reading: Simplifying complex symbols

Confirmed

A cell state where the user has manually confirmed the kit is correct.

Keep reading: Understanding cell states

Copy items

This tool allows you to copy items from a previously completed takeoff, or a template takeoff, to a new takeoff.

Keep reading: Copying items

Copy zones

A tool to copy zones from one drawing within a specific discipline to all the other drawings within that same discipline.

Keep reading: Copying zones

Coverage area

A circular area that can be overlaid on a drawing to visually check the coverage area of specific devices (EG: PIRs, Smoke Detectors etc).

Keep reading: Calculating coverage area for devices

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Dashboard

A location where all your companies projects are. Projects are automatically ordered by newest first, however can be filtered.

Keep reading: Adding a new project

Data table

Under the items tab you will see the data table where you can finalise the costing for each item.

Discipline

A location where drawings with similar symbols are uploaded. (EG: Lighting, Power, Fire etc). One discipline should be created for each set of drawings that have similar symbols.

Keep reading: Structuring your project

Display size

An option on measurements to show the size in app as well as on the output drawings.

Keep reading: Displaying measurement sizes

Drawing

An individual PDF file uploaded to Countfire containing a building’s outline and a number of symbols and/or measurements to be taken-off.

Keep reading: Creating a takeoff

Drawing statuses

Used to indicate whether a drawing has not yet been worked on, has been started or is completed.

Keep reading: Drawing statuses

Drawing titles

A customisable field where you can add a more human readable name to each PDF file. This field is then used as a column header when the final Excel quantities spreadsheet is created.

Keep reading: Adding drawing titles

Dropbox

A free cloud-based service Countfire uses to automatically sync its output files to your computer.

Keep reading: Dropbox

Elements

The building blocks of symbols. Each symbol is made up of a number of elements and these elements are used, in part, by Countfire’s automatic counting functionality.

Keep reading: Understanding elements

False positives

Symbols counted unintentionally by Countfire’s, necessarily “fuzzy”, automatic counting algorithm. These are a normal & expected part of using Countfire and are easily checked for and corrected by using Countfire’s accuracy reports.

Keep reading: False positives

Filter bar

The filter bar is used to determine what is shown in the data table

Final processing

A stage when the takeoffs are complete and the “Process takeoff” button is clicked. Once final processing is complete, Countfire’s output files are produced.

Keep reading: Finalising a takeoff

Find and replace

A tool in estimate to edit multiple cells in the data table in one go.

Keep reading: Find and replace

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Google Chrome

A fast, modern web browser, provided by Google, and that is required to use Countfire.

Keep reading: Google Chrome

Grouped items

A way of grouping items together in Countfire to help structure information both in-app, and in the Excel quantities spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Grouping items

Help centre

A public knowledge base which holds collections of articles that help understand how to use Countfire.

Keep reading: Help centre

In-app support widget

A chat messenger shown at the bottom right of Countfire and that is used to provide live chat support, directly in-app.

Keep reading: In-app support widget

Initial drawing preparation

An initial process that takes place immediately after uploading PDF drawings and which needs to be completed before drawings can be worked on within Countfire.

Keep reading: Initial drawing preparation

Itemising measurements

A control over how your linear or area measurements are represented in the quantities spreadsheet. Used to break quantities down into individual measurements, rather than an overall total.

Keep reading: Itemising measurements

Items page

A section within estimate. Within this tab, you can use the data table to add kits to items.

Keep reading: Adding a kit

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Joined symbols

An easily fixed scenario where parts (or elements) of a symbol are joined to parts of other, unrelated symbols, meaning you can’t select the entire symbol you want.

Keep reading: Joined symbols

Keyboard shortcuts

A set of keyboard based controls designed to increase the speed you can use Countfire. These are essential to getting the most out of Countfire.

Keep reading: Keyboard shortcuts

Kits

A kit is a product, or group of products, that can be linked to items. They are an essential part of pricing an estimate. It is important to keep all data within kits clean and accurate.

Keep reading: Creating products and kits

Linear measurements

A measurement that can be manually added to a drawing from the "Measure" tab. Most commonly used to measure containment runs or linear light fixtures.

Keep reading: Linear measurements

Lost

A project status to signify that the project was lost.

Keep reading: Project statuses

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Manual points

A point manually added to a drawing from the “Measure” tab. Useful for counting items not shown or designed onto a drawing, or in cases where your PDF is actually an image.

Keep reading: Manual counting

Manufacturer

Name of the manufacturer of a specific product. This can be added or edited within the kit editor or the product page.

Measurement headings

A descriptive heading that measurements are saved underneath (EG: 100mm Trunking, Total floor area etc). Measurement headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Linear & area measurements

Measurements

Areas and linear lengths which can be manually added to a drawing from the “Measure” tab within Countfire.

Keep reading: Linear & area measurements

Naming conventions

A particular way of naming content within Countfire to affect a helpful outcome later in the lifecycle of your project.

Keep reading: Naming conventions

On hold

A project status to signify that the project is currently paused and no action needs to be taken.

Keep reading: Project statuses

Output drawings

Two sets of output PDF files (record drawings & symbols removed drawings) produced for each drawing contained within your takeoff.

Keep reading: Output drawings

Output format

An option within the reports templage for outputs to be either in Excel format of CSV.

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Part code

A name or number of the part code of a specific product. This can be added or edited within the kit editor or the products page.

Keep reading: Creating a product

Power search

A means of quickly filtering your list of symbol descriptions down to a specific one you need.

Keep reading: Power search

Project

A collection of takeoffs, estimates and specifcation comparisons that form a complete project.

Keep reading: Adding a new project

Project status

Different statuses to track the lifecycle of a project. This give more visability on what needs to be completed or the outcome of a project IE: Won or Lost.

Keep reading: Project statuses

Quantities spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet Countfire automatically generates containing all the symbols, lengths and areas quantified on the takeoff.

Keep reading: Excel spreadsheet

Quantity

The total number of items which is taken from the takeoff, however can be edited.

Quantity multiplier

A field within the editor used to multiply the total quantity for a specific selection by a given factor.

Keep reading: Quantity multiplier

Real text

One or more text elements that include additional metadata (actual letters, font types and font sizes) that Countfire uses to automatically count. When compared to text like elements, real text is preferable.

Keep reading: Real text and text-like elements

Reports

Once you have completed an estimate you can download a report from either the Items or the Products page.

Keep reading: Printing a report

Rotate drawings

A tool to rotate drawings that are in the incorrect orientation.

Keep reading: Rotating drawings

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Scale

A factor applied to scale measurements to their real world amount. In Countfire, this can be set on the "Measure" tab.

Keep reading: Setting a scale

Scale check

A manual verification of a measurement on a drawing that you know to be correct (typically a scale bar, building grid line, doorway or ceiling grid etc). Used to confirm a drawing’s scale factor is correct.

Keep reading: Setting a scale

Screen hints

Bite sized notes explaining Countfire's different components and controls.

Keep reading: Getting help

Smart views

Existing views that enable you to configure which columns and filters are shown in the data table.

Keep reading: Smart views

Specification comparison

A tool to automatically scan and compare two PDF's and highlight any differences.

Symbol description

A descriptive heading that symbol selections are saved underneath (EG: Double Socket, Type A Luminaire etc). Symbol headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Symbol headings

Symbol selections

A selection of a symbol made on the “Count” tab that results in the automatic counting of other symbols that look similar.

Keep reading: Making clean selections

Takeoff finalisation

An essential workflow for verifying the accuracy of a project, prior to relying on the quantities spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Finalising a takeoff

Text like elements

One or more elements that are shaped to look like text and that don’t include additional metadata like letters, font types and font sizes. Automatic counting is done purely on the shape of the elements alone.

Keep reading: Real text and text-like elements

Toggle all

A tool to hide symbols that you have already counted.

Keep reading: Hiding counted symbols

Unconfirmed

A cell state where auto-linking has chosen a kit, however that kit is not confirmed.

Keep reading: Understanding cell states

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Won

A project status to signify that the project has been won.

Keep reading: Project statuses

Zone headings

A descriptive heading that zones are saved underneath (EG: Landlords, Tenants etc). Zone headings are saved at the discipline level.

Keep reading: Zones

Zone Multiplier

A tool to multiply the quantity within a specific zone by a certain amount.

Keep reading: Zone multiplier

Zones

A zone that can be added to drawings which tells Countfire you want the symbols & measurements counted within, to be broken out into a separate column, within the final Excel spreadsheet.

Keep reading: Zones


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