How do I measure containment?

You can measure containment using a mix of the following:

How can I make measuring containment easier?

There are a number of workflows that make measuring containment easier and more efficient:

  • Grouping

  • Colour conventions

  • Power search

  • Selectively showing measurements

  • Measuring vertical runs

It’s also helpful to think of containment in terms of “systems”, which include the linear lengths and also the components (EG: bends and tees) that go along with those lengths.


It’s helpful to group these systems together under a common heading.

For example:

- Tray - 300mm

  • Power

  • Power - Bend

  • Power - Tee

- Tray - 450mm

  • Power

  • Power - Bend

  • Power - Tee

Learn more about grouping symbols.

Colour conventions

So you can easily see which measurements relate to what system, using the same colour for all measurements within a system is generally a good idea.

In the example above, all the 300mm Tray is blue and all the 450mm Tray is red, which then makes it easier to visually see the whole system on the drawing, including all its components,

Learn more about changing colours.

Power search

Provided you have used the deliberate naming conventions covered above, you can then use the power search field (Shortcut = F) to filter your measurements down to specific ones you care about.

In the example above, by typing in "450mm", anything not related to that containment system is filtered out, leaving just the items that matter.

Learn more about power search.

Selectively showing measurements

Building on the colour / grouping and power search use covered above, you can then selectively show containment systems you want to check or work on.

  1. Toggle all measurements off

  2. Use power search to filter measurements down to the ones you care about

  3. Use the check boxes to the left of the measurements to selectively toggle back on each measurement you care about, and use the group toggle to display entire groups

In the clip above, you can see that first the Dado trunking is selectively shown, followed by the 50mm Basket.

This can be especially helpful on drawings with busy containment schemes or for verifying accuracy.

Measuring vertical runs

You can measure vertical runs in two ways:

  • Creating a separate manual count measurement

  • Adding an equivalent horizontal measurement

Creating a separate manual count measurement

Similar to using the manual counting tools to allow for bends and tees, you can also add manual points to allow for vertical runs.

  1. Copy the existing containment system’s name to your clipboard (Shortcut = Highlight & Ctrl + C)

  2. Create a new measurement

  3. Paste the containment system’s name in as the name for your new measurement (Shortcut = Highlight & Ctrl + V)

  4. Add a suffix to describe the vertical allowance (EG: “Riser (Allow 4m)”)

  5. Ensure your measurement is set to “Point”

  6. Add a manual point to the drawing for each vertical run

  7. Change the colour of the measurement to match the rest of the containment system

Adding an equivalent horizontal measurement
Because linear measurements can be added anywhere on the drawing (IE: they don’t necessarily need to be drawn over the top of the containment actually shown), it’s possible to add additional lengths to account for vertical runs.

  1. Click on the linear measurement relating to the containment system you need to add vertical runs to

  2. Click on the advanced options (3 small dots to the right of the mesurement's name)

  3. Set the length in the "Snap to:" box

  4. Off to the side of the drawing, add a length for each vertical run you’re adding

  5. Repeat steps 1-3 for each vertical run you want to add

In the clip above, you can see two vertical runs for each riser need to be allowed for, and to this end, two 4 metre lengths, are added off to one side of the drawing.

These 2 x 4 metre measurements are then added into the total amount of containment allowed on this specific drawing.

Learn more

How to: Use temporary removal.

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