What are some use cases for the linear measurement tool?

  • Measuring containment runs or linear feature lighting.

  • Measuring busbar, cabling and conduit runs.

  • Measuring pipework or ductwork runs.

How do I measure a length?

  1. Click on the “Measure” tab at the top left of the page (Shortcut to cycle through tabs = W)

  2. Set a scale for your drawing (learn more about setting a scale)

  3. Click “Create” (Shortcut = C)

  4. Type the description for your linear measurement

  5. Below the description, make sure that “Length” is highlighted (as opposed to an area or point)

  6. Switch to selection mode by clicking “Select" (Shortcut = S) until the mouse cursor turns into a crosshair

  7. Draw the line you require by clicking at the start, on each bend or turn, and then finally at the end of your line (hold shift to snap to a straight line)

  8. Complete / finish the line by clicking on the final node again, or by right-clicking

  9. Click "Select" (Shortcut = S) again to return to navigation mode

  10. Click "Save" (Shortcut = A) to save your linear measurement

(Note: The minimum default length for any linear measurement is 0.1m. To change this, you can update the "snap to" length)

How do I edit a linear measurement?

There are two ways to edit a measurement:

  • Right-click on a measurement while in select mode

  • Click the edit button to the left of the measurement in the sidebar

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

  • Drag and drop individual nodes to adjust the length and orientation of the linear measurement

  • Drag and drop the entire measurement to adjust its position

What else can I do with linear measurements?

  • Hold shift while moving or resizing a linear measurement to snap adjustments to 90 degree angles

  • Add extra nodes by double clicking on the edge of a linear measurement

  • Double click existing nodes to remove them

  • You can temporarily pause drawing a linear measurement by pressing the "Select" button whilst creating the measurement. This is helpful if you need to pan around the drawing or zoom in / out. To continue drawing the linear measurement, press "Select" again

How do I delete a linear measurement?

There are two ways to delete a linear measurement:

Option 1

  1. Each length is listed on the left-hand side of the screen

  2. Hover your mouse over each to highlight it on your drawing

  3. Click the “Trash” icon to delete

Option 2

  1. While editing a linear measurement, press "Delete"


Learn more

How to: Measure areas.

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