The following enhancements have been added to the AutoBid Mechanical software in Release 2013 v2:
This release of AutoBid Mechanical is integrated with the TRA-SER pricing service (Trade Services Company, LLC). TRA-SER is an online plumbing and mechanical database, containing up-to-date pricing for import directly into your AutoBid Mechanical database. Using the TRA-SER database streamlines your bidding and estimating processes, saving you time, increasing your accuracy, and will help you realize more profit.
The online help system, as well as informational videos, are included that walk you through the process of using the TRA-SER service in the AutoBid Mechanical software.
Note – To use the pricing service, you must subscribe to TRA-SER services (for Plumbing and Mechanical). Please contact your Trimble sales representative for details.
On-Screen View TakeOff
Multiple Selection "Box-in" and "Copy/Move"
Release 2013 v2 allows multiple selection sets while using the box-in selection set options (Box in with options and Copy/Move).
- The multiple selections can be anywhere within the drawing.
- The number of box-in selections is not limited within the drawing.
When you execute the Box in with options or Copy/Move commands, hold the keyboard [Ctrl] key down while selecting areas. Release the [Ctrl] key to cancel the multiple selection process. Click anywhere in the drawing or click the toolbar button again. The box-in selection window opens. You can then complete the intended procedure.
When the selection is copied to the clipboard, you can then go to another drawing and use the shortcut [Ctrl]+[I] to paste the selection in the desired location. You can also go to the OSV Tools menu and click Insert/Paste from OSV Clipboard.
Note – Copying to the clipboard is also available when using the multiple selection procedure.
The status bar in the On-Screen View TakeOff window now displays the current TouchMenu or Smart Menu in use. This allows you to quickly view menu assignment while in TakeOff.
Drag Line Length Display
You can now choose to display the length of the drag line in On-Screen View TakeOff. This allows you to see the length of a pipe in the status bar when placing pipe between points.
The setting for displaying the drag line length is under OSV Tools / On-Screen View Customizations / General tab.
Font Size Controls
The AutoBid Mechanical 2013 v2 software update includes options to control the font size for assemblies, symbols, and valves in On-Screen View TakeOff. These settings are available under OSV Tools / On-Screen View Customizations / Settings tab.
Not to Scale Drawings
From time-to-time, you may need to take off a not to scale drawing (typically Isometric drawings). This release of the AutoBid Mechanical software allows you to "turn-off" automatic calculation of lengths. This allows you to define the length manually.
When you clear the Auto calc lengths checkbox on the On-Screen View TakeOff toolbar, and then take off a run of pipe, you can enter the length in the Enter Length dialog box.
Graphical/Audit Trail TakeOff
This release of the AutoBid Mechanical software allows you to add a specific Symbol ID to your TouchMenu (rather than only bringing up a selection list).
TakeOff (All Views)
When you process a Quick Backup from the File menu within TakeOff, you can now define the location and name of the backup file.
Variable Dimension Types
You can now define a Variable Dimension type when creating or modifying assemblies. The types include:
- Feet / Meters
- Inches / Millimeters
Note – The Legacy type processes the assemblies as in previous releases.
When you select a Variable Dimension type, the assembly is processed based on the specific selection. During calculations, if the dimension type does not match the takeoff, it will be converted and processed according to your project setup.
Last Item Dimension
When you take off an assembly with variable dimensions, the AutoBid Mechanical software now automatically uses the size information from the last item. This eliminates the need to enter dimensions after the assembly is taken off.
When you run Calculations in the Reports module, the Messages tab now provides links that will help you correct issues listed.
- When you see a Error, Decision, or Warning number, you can click on it to go directly to the Message Maps online help file..
- The second link goes directly to the module with the issue. You can easily make corrections based on the information contained in the associated online Message Map topic.
New columns are now available on the System Adjustment Worksheet: Hanger Count and Feet/Hanger.
To display the new columns in your Rapid Reports Template, go to the main Rapid Reports screen and then right-click. Select Add Hangers to template from the menu. To view the changes made, click Open & Update.
Note – Trimble recommends that you review the changes made to the template. If you are satisfied, update your master template to make the changes permanent. See the online help system for more details.
Joint-to-Joint Reference Filters
In the Joint-to-Joint Reference window, you can use the new quick filter to locate the exact item you need. When you click on the toolbar, the QuickFilter window opens, allowing you to select material, end types, and joint configuration options. As you make your selections, data corresponding to your selection displays in the Jointto- Joint table.
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You can cancel filtering in any column by clicking above any given filtered column.
Library Tree Sort
When you open the Library tree from within TakeOff, the data is now sorted alpha/numeric by default. This makes locating the item you want to select easier.
Note – Sorting in the Library tree is controlled from within the Library table. You can clear this checkbox if you do not want sorting to apply to specific items.
The Scope name field now allows you to enter up to 32 characters. Note – The alternate field allows 27 characters due to column width limitations in Microsoft® Excel®.
PipeDesigner 3D® Software Integration
PipeDesigner 3D® Route Line Exports
This release of the AutoBid Mechanical software includes the ability to export all main and branch runs created in On-Screen View TakeOff and Graphical View TakeOff as route lines. This command is located under the File menu in all methods of TakeOff.
Note – Although the command is available in Audit Trail View TakeOff, the takeoff must be created in On-Screen View or Graphical View TakeOff.