Len/EA Tab

The Len/EA Tab in the Earthwork module is where you digitize the length and count items of a job using a digitizer. The Len/EA Tab is accessed by opening a job in the Manage Earthwork Estimates screen and clicking on the Len/EA Tab. In the Len/EA Tab, you can digitize length items, such as fencing, gas line, and sidewalk, and count items, such as signs, manholes, and trees.

Tips for Using the Len/EA Tab

  • Depending on what you have currently selected on the Len/EA Tab, certain keyboard shortcuts may not be available. For example, pressing [F] to enter the properties of an item only works when you are digitizing an item.
  • Double-click on a selected takeoff item to open the Properties popup window for the item. You can also click Prop. or press [R] to open the Properties popup window.
  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can magnify any region on the Len/EA Tab by moving your cursor over the region you want to magnify and scrolling up with the scroll wheel. Scrolling down reduces the magnification level.
  • You can use the keyboard for magnification purposes. Pressing [I] increases magnification on the center of the drawing; pressing [O] decreases it.
  • When you have magnified the tab, you can move the sheet by pressing and holding Ctrl and moving the mouse toward the area of the sheet you want to view. Release Ctrl to continue working as normal.
  • You can enter a count invert value even if the focus is not on the Count Invert field on the speedbar. Just type a numeric value and it will be entered into the field.
  • Right-click within the Len/EA Tab to access Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Zoom Out options without using the keyboard.

Button Reference

Icon

Description

Use in conjunction with other takeoff tools to create annotations for length items comprised of vectors. Click Vector to turn on the Vector tool. When you turn on the Vector tool, it is activated on the Takeoff, Area, Trench, and Len/EA tabs. Click Vector again to turn off the Vector tool.

Note: For newly imported PDF files that contain vectors, the Vector tool is automatically enabled. If the Vector tool is disabled in a newly imported PDF file, then the file does contain any vectors.

Allows you to select a vector, length, or count by clicking the stylus or mouse on the item you want to select. If you select one item and then select another, the first item you selected will be deselected.

Tip: Hold the Shift key before clicking the stylus or left mouse button to select multiple items.

Allows you to select multiple vectors, lengths, or counts by clicking the stylus or mouse on the items you want to select.

Allows you to create a line by digitizing the elevation points from a drawing using a stylus or mouse. The current line style is displayed below the takeoff area when this tool is selected.

Allows you to create a line by tracing a line in the existing and proposed layers using the stylus or mouse. The current line style is displayed below the takeoff area when this tool is selected.

Allows you digitize count items in the existing and proposed layers using the stylus or mouse. The current symbol style is displayed below the takeoff area when this tool is selected.

Magnifies a selected region of the tab when you click the button and drag the stylus or mouse over the region you want to magnify.

Restores the drawing view to the limits of the located drawing after you have magnified the view or zoomed into a specific section.

Displays the entire job site on which you are currently working in respect to all the other drawings or phases of a job, such as viewing a golf course hole in respect to its location and position on the golf course along with all the other holes. Fit to World is only pertinent when you use multiple drawings for a job.

Displays the Properties popup window for the selected item. You can factor, slope, and copy elevations as well as mark specific reference points on lines and display the Northing and Easting values for each point on a line.

Specifies that you have finished digitizing and creates an annotation for a line or series of borings. If the line is composed of vectors and multiple vectors are selected, clicking Finished joins the vectors together to create a single annotation. Once you click Finished, the interval increases/decreases to the amount you specified.

Tip: If a vector is selected, you can also create an annotation by clicking your right mouse button. Clicking your right mouse button when no vectors are selected creates an annotation from the closest vector.

Allows you to create point to point and trace annotations faster and more accurately. Set the sensitivity of the tool on the Preferences screen. When you turn on the Align to Image tool, it is activated on the Takeoff, Area, Trench, Len/EA, and Layout tabs. Click AI again to turn off the Align to Image tool. You can also hold Shift to turn Align to Image on or off temporarily while you are digitizing.

Note: When digitizing against a colored background, Viewpoint recommends that you turn OFF the Align to Image tool.

Displays the Select Line Style popup window, which allows you to select the line style to use for length items. The current line style is displayed below the takeoff area when a line tool is selected.

Displays the Select Symbol Style popup window, which allows you to select the symbol to use for count items. The current symbol style is displayed below the takeoff area when the count tool is selected.

Displays the Select Layers to View popup window.

Keyboard Reference

Key

Description

[F]

Finishes the takeoff item.

[U]

Activates the Multi Select tool.

[P]

Activates the Point Line tool.

[T]

Activates the Trace Line tool.

[C]

Activates the Count Item tool.

[B]

Len/EA //with Earthwork codes changes//

[R]

Displays the Properties popup window for the selected item.

[E]

Activates the Count Invert field. Press Up or Down to change the depth for the count item.

[I]

Zooms in on the center of the tab.

[O]

Zooms out on the center of the tab.

Shift

Hold Shift to activate or deactivate the Align to Image tool temporarily. Release the Shift key to return the Align to Image tool to its previous state.

Ctrl + [I]

Activates the Align to Image tool without changing the sensitivity level.

Shift + [0]

Turns off the Align to Image tool.

Shift + [1]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Low.

Shift + [2]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Medium.

Shift + [3]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to High.

Shift + [4]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Maximum.

Ctrl+[Z]

Undo the previous action.

Ctrl+[Y]

Redo the previous action.

Ctrl+[X]

Removes the selection and places it on the Clipboard.

Ctrl+C

Copies the selection and places it on the Clipboard.

Ctrl+V

Inserts (pastes) the contents of the Clipboard onto the active layer at the location from which they were copied.

Note: The contents cannot be pasted onto the same layer from which they were cut/copied.

Ctrl

If you have magnified the tab, hold Ctrl and move the mouse to the portion of the sheet you want to view.

Ctrl + [A]

Selects all vectors (if using the Vector tool on the speedbar) or annotations.

Ctrl + Shift + [A]

Deselects all vectors (if using the Vector tool on the speedbar) or annotations.