With the release of IntelliBid v7, we now have many more features and enhancements at your disposal. One feature that has been enhanced is the Replace feature located in the Audit Trail. It is one of the many features that I like to call a ” Hidden Gem “.

The Replace feature gives you the ability to change a particular item wherever it is found in the Audit Trail and replace it with an item of our choice. For example, if you need to change the size of EMT that is used for a task, you can have IntelliBid Replace that single item in an assembly, replace the item in the current phase or search the entire Audit Trail and Replace the item everywhere it is found in the job. Replace differs from the powerful Smart Substitute feature in that, you are replacing a particular item in the Audit Trail with a different item whereas, Smart Substitution provides you with proprietary algorithms to perform complex replacement functions. For example, Smart Substitution will calculate the number of conductors in a wiring method and automatically correct and resize the conduit and wire in the Audit Trail based on the latest NEC Code Tables.

This is how the Replace feature works:

  • In the Audit Trail, locate an item in an assembly that you want to replace (e.g. plastic bushing to grnd bushing)
  • Click on the item to highlight it and click the Right mouse button
  • Select the Replace feature from the pop-up menu
  • A Replace Item dialog box opensReplace_popup
  1. The item that you want replaced is displayed in the ” Find Item “ box. (see image below)

  2. The ” Category “ box defaults to the appropriate catalog depending on the item selected. The drop-down menu also allows you to change to the Category you need so that you can select the appropriate item from the database.

  3. The Headers for the selected Category are listed in the grid below. Expand the headers by clicking the + button to display the individual items in the Header.

  4. When you have located the item you want to use, select it by clicking on it. In the illustration below we have selected a 2 in Grounding Bushing to replace the 2 in Plastic Bushing in the assembly above.Replace_Feature_v7

  5. You now have 3 Replace options:

    • Selected Item Only – will replace the 2 inch Plastic Bushing with a 2 inch Grounding Bushing only on this line in the Audit Trail.
    • This Phase Only – will replace the 2 inch Plastic Bushing with a 2 inch Grounding Bushing wherever a 2 inch Plastic Bushing is found in the Audit Trail of this phase.
    • Entire Job – will replace the 2 inch Plastic Bushing with a 2 inch Grounding Bushing wherever a 2 inch Plastic Bushing is found in every Phase of the Job.
  6. When you are ready, click the Replace button. The selected item will be replaced with the one you specified in this dialog box.

 

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