In this article:
- Adding a Sketch
- Drawing the Room
- Adding Measurements
- Drawing the Affected Area
- Adding a Photo to the Sketch
- Marking Up the Sketch
- Saving & Editing the Sketch
Encircle Sketch provides you with an option to draw a room or floor plan with a digital tool that includes room drawing, measurements, annotations, and embedded photos. This makes it easy to get a clean and legible sketch instantly visible to the entire team and back office.
Adding a Sketch
- Tap the + button.
- Select Sketch.
- Choose from the sketching options:
New Structural Sketch allows you to draw your room and mark it up with measurements, photos, text, and more. Users often use this function on their initial walkthrough or inspection, to be used as a reference later for their Xactimate drawing.
New Moisture Map is similar to structural sketch, but with the added ability to plot moisture points and equipment. If you’re not ready for this step yet, choose Structural Sketch. You can always use the sketch as a moisture map later when you’re ready to begin plotting moisture data. Check out our article on moisture mapping for more info about this.
Sketch On a Photo allows you to use a photo as the background for your sketch - for example a photo of a hand drawn sketch or a floor plan image.
Copy an Existing Sketch will copy a sketch from elsewhere in the claim. This is handy on a multi-unit loss where your units have similar room shapes and floor plans.
The instructions below focus on creating new structural sketches using our drawing tools. See our additional articles for help with sketching on a photo or copying a sketch.
Drawing the Room
1. Tap Draw.
2. We suggest using the Room tool to start with.
3. Use your finger to tap out the shape of the room.
4. Use the slider to adjust your wall height.
5. Tap Ceiling to add a ceiling if desired.
6. Tap Opening to add opening such as doors, entrances, etc. Tap Done to save the room drawing.
7. Add some measurements to your sketch. From the drawing tools, select Measure.
8. Tap on each end of a line to add a measurement. Repeat for each line / wall. The text position can be adjusted to sit on the left/right/top/bottom of the line.
Drawing the Affected Area
9. If desired, you can use the Freehand drawing tool to indicate the position of water, mold, and other types of damage.
10. Select your line and fill colors.
11. Use your finger to draw in your affected area.
Adding a Photo to the Sketch
12. You can embed photos in the sketch to capture notable conditions, fixtures, etc. For example, say we spotted some mold on the wall. Tap the Photos tab up top, and then tap anywhere on screen to arm the camera.
13. Tap the screen again; this time, tap on the spot where you want to drop your photo. The camera will open up and prompt you to take your photo(s). Afterwards, you'll see a little photo icon on the sketch.
Marking Up the Sketch
14. You can use the other drawing tools like lines, text boxes, and arrows to add more detail to your sketch if desired.
Saving & Editing the Sketch
15. Make sure to Save when done so that you don't lose your changes. Tap the 3 dots at the top right of the sketch at any time to edit it, change the title, or delete it.