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I currently do precast panel shop drawings and i'm now using bricscad to take off jobs for quote. I am just looking for ideas that can help me make the process easier/ more repeatable
Right now I import pdfs and scale them. I check the scale on the other axis and generally I get a couple of mm out which is fine for a take off.
I draw each panel as a rectangle, we don't do factories so we don't have many repeats
I draw a mtext with fields linked to each rectangle/panel so I can see each panels area and perimeter, generally, we ignore doors and windows.
I put these on a layer, once all the panels are there i turn off the other layers and highlight all the rectangles for a given elevation and floor. This gives me the square metres and also the perimeter of the panels which i use to calculate concrete volume, steel reinforcement etc. I have to divide the panels into panel types as some might be single mesh, others double, different thickness etc.
I have toyed with the idea of using blocks with attributes but I'm not sure if this would work for me because almost all panels are unique.
I do use blocks where I need to count stuff like cast in plates and nowadays dowel bars are getting bigger and bigger we have to take them into account.
From here I go elevation to elevation floor for floor and put it into a spreadsheet. Once I have the whole job I have total sqm, total cubic metres, weights and I estimate number of trucks, how many lifts the job would take etc.