When future construction software users are looking into the SmartUse Application, the most common questions I get ask is: “what does SmartUse has to offer that other big players in the software construction industry don’t have?”
Well, they all have their pro’s and cons. In my opinion, I don’t think you can compare construction software. However, I can probably pinpoint you to cool options that SmartUse has that some other software don’t have.
Meanwhile, if you’ve been following my blog, you probably read my first Did you know? Blog, which was about a cool SmartUse feature, the Favourites. For those of you that are just joining us, here’s the link to this blog: Did you know? —Tricks for collaboration, no magic here!
However, today, I want you to discover the Measurements tool. So far, nothing exciting here. But the SmartUse Measurements tool is one of the most use features, and certainly one of the most love tools in SmartUse.
So, what’s so special about it?
First, we need to remember that SmartUse is not a takeoff tool per se. I’ve tried the measurements tool with my Apple Pen on my iPad, and with a Surface Pen on a Microsoft Surface. And I have to admit, it is easy and much more precise than with my big finger on my small phone or tablet screen. But keep in mind that SmartUse read PDF format only (for now). That being said, the measurements cannot be as precise as if you were doing them from another format or from a PDF editing tools.
The SmartUse measurement tool works pretty much the same way as with other software.
- Step one, you need to calibrate.
- Step two select your type of measurement (line or area).
- And lastly, draw the measurement on the drawing. And there you go.
If you need to take another measurement but require a new calibration, no problem. SmartUse will keep your first measurement calibration, and if you want to have a different scale for your next measurement, it will apply the new scale to that next new measure. Regardless how many measurements you will do on the same drawing.
That’s not it! Another thing you can do with the measurement feature is using the Group Measurements option. Indeed! You can regroup your measurements, and let SmartUse calculate the total of your group measurements areas or lines.
Bonus point! The group option will allow you to enter more measurements option such as height to calculate square feet and volume of your measure. Then, you can export these groups in a .CSV file and merge the numbers with another Excel sheet you are keeping.
It’s that simple! But so efficient for field users.
SmartUse offer a free trial on their website here. Don’t take my word for it! Get your free trial, and test the measurement tool yourself. Don’t forget to leave your feedback in the comment section! We always like to hear from field users!