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Wed, May 2, 2007 at 12:54:10 PM | Steel Takeoff

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lmnewkirk


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I am looking for an option to do a Weight takeoff of the beams and columns? Am I missing this option somewhere? The contractors I deal with want piece count and weight takeoffs. Is this not common in the industry?

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Tue, May 8, 2007 at 5:31:04 PM | Steel Takeoff

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Have you modified or added parameters to other families... The steel related families I looked at did not have such calculations.  This would be reasonable as the creators did not appear to want or need them.. but like so many others you want to blaze into the new world and let the work you do create the reports you need.  I have been very successful the scheduling items for the needed takeoff information.  My template project has about 100 schedules already created.

To make the schedules work properly I have had to modify many objects/families.  I add and clean up my families and then save them to a custom folder for my primary family selections. 

I would have modified the steel work to ensure that I have length, volume, weight per (length or volume).  One of the suggestions I would give is that in beams and posts, as well other steel objects.... create a secondary length or volume field in the objects family parameters for "actual length/size" or "cut" "buy" length or size.  This is helpful for me because I place beams regularly but have not created them such that they snap or fit perfectly.  I just place them and make sure they are long enough (many times - others I fit them exactly).  later while scheduling I evaluate each beam  by moving through the schedule (with the views open and showing me the beam application and location) and apply my business knowledge to the item and review the existing schedule data and then fill in the "buy" length.  from this you would then have a calculation to apply the weight to the length in a formula (you would need the weight * (buy length (or buy volume)) to create the info you want.

 I add a lot of parameters to objects to control which schedule they appear on... this also works to isolate which view they appear on.  Best...


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