Buildxact allows you to have both metric and imperial units throughout as required. Buildxact is by default set up in Metric, so Imperial units will have to be defined so they can be used anywhere a UOM is used e.g against an item in estimates, orders, variations etc. The quantity box changes to accept and display Imperial measurements.

There are two areas that need to be set up to use your account in imperial units:

1. Add Imperial units to the set up:

Click on My Account > Setup > Unit Measures, click the ''+'' button to add new

A new line will appear under the list of Unit Measures already in the system. Edit the name of the UOM, and tick the box to the right to indicate that it is an imperial measurement.

Note: the below units of measurement MUST be added to the list:

  • cf (cubic feet)
  • sf (square feet)
  • lf (lineal feet)

And then you can continue to add any others you would like to use.

2. When setting up an Estimate where Imperial units will be used turn on "Show Imperial Units" in the ''Plans & Takeoffs'' section

When in your first estimate go to Plans and Take Offs, click on the cog icon (you will only need to do this once)

There is an option under the cog to show imperial units, make sure this has a tick in front of it as shown below.


Once the initial setup has been taken care of, these are the general things you'll need to know in regards to how Buildxact treats imperial units.

Estimates > Plans and Take Offs

You’ll be able to see imperial units in the dropdown lists.

Estimates > Scaling

When scaling plans, you can also enter the horizontal/vertical line lengths in ‘ft’ by selecting it from the dropdown when scaling.

Entering Imperial

When entering values, there are some rules as to how BX accepts imperial:

There is no need to enter the foot ' or inch '' symbol, it will try to interpret what you mean.

Except, when entering fractions, you will need to also enter the foot ' or inch '' symbol as shown in the last 2 examples above. e.g if you type 1/4 or 5 1/4 Buildxact may not interpret this.

Unit Costs

All imperial measurements are converted and stored as decimal feet. This means that all unit costs MUST be per LF, SF or CF This means we wont work with square inches or lineal yards for example.

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