US 9,811,612 B2
Multi condition takeoff in construction project software programs
Leonard Buzz, Spring, TX (US)
Assigned to ON CENTER SOFTWARE, INC., The Woodlands, TX (US)
Filed by On Center Software, Inc., The Woodlands, TX (US)
Filed on Feb. 26, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/777,714.
Prior Publication US 2014/0244338 A1, Aug. 28, 2014
Int. Cl. G06F 17/00 (2006.01); G06F 17/50 (2006.01); G06Q 10/06 (2012.01); G06F 17/24 (2006.01); G06Q 50/08 (2012.01)
CPC G06F 17/5004 (2013.01) [G06F 17/243 (2013.01); G06Q 10/06 (2013.01); G06Q 10/06313 (2013.01); G06Q 50/08 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer-implemented method of modifying a data file associated with a construction project, the method comprising:
displaying, on a display device, a construction drawing accessed from the data file;
receiving, via a user interface presented via the display device, a first user selection of two or more of multiple building conditions that are each quantifiable by using discrete units of measurement, linear units of measurement, or area units of measurement;
receiving, via the user interface, a second user selection of locations on the construction drawing at which live objects are to be created;
simultaneously creating the live objects to represent each of the selected building conditions on the construction drawing;
displaying, on the display device, one or more of the live objects for each of the selected building conditions for the selected locations on the construction drawing;
identifying, using a rules database, a rule for quantifying a first one of the selected building conditions and a second one of the selected building conditions at the same time;
automatically quantifying, using the identified rule, the selected building conditions at the same time; and
modifying the data file to include, in quantity totals for the multiple building conditions with respect to the construction project, the quantity of each of the selected building conditions.