Adjust labor codes

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2021
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Adjust labor codes

Labor codes group labor operations together with formulas. View the labor codes applied to different material groups in Labor Code Maintenance. You can also add more labor codes for common labor, such as adding sloped clips for bolted connections. In the Estimating module, you can use a labor code for an item by selecting it in the Type list.

To access the Labor Code Maintenance dialog box, do the following:

  1. Click the Maintenance ribbon tab.

  2. On the menu, select Estimating > Labor Maintenance > Labor Codes.

The Labor Code Maintenance dialog box opens.

Labor codes are always used by certain material groups, or types of shapes. You can view the labor codes by material group by scrolling the labor code list.

In the Operations section, you can set the number of times an operation is done within the labor code, or how many times the labor data from labor standards is entered for each item. When the Qty column is blank, the operation does not belong to the selected labor code.

In the Formulas section, you can see the formulas applied to calculating weld, burn, drill, and punch times, along with the labor times spent for standard clips. You can then set the number of times a formula is applied. When the Qty column is blank, the formula is not applied.

The preloaded labor codes

Change the default labor code of a material group

  1. Scroll to find the material group.
  2. Scroll to find and select the labor code that you want to set as the default option.
  3. Select the Default Labor Code check box.
  4. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Save.
The selected labor code is now used by default for the material group in the Estimating module.

Add a new labor code

  1. At the bottom of the Labor Code Maintenance dialog box, click New.
  2. In the Material Group list, select the material for which the new code is added.

    The labor code will only be available for the selected material group.

  3. Type an abbreviation and description for the labor code.
  4. If you want to add a column splice to the labor code, select an option in the Column Splice list.
  5. To include cleaning in the labor code, select the Include Cleaning check box.
  6. To set the new labor code as the default labor code for the material group, select the Default Labor Code check box.
  7. On the Operations tab, ensure that the necessary operations are included to the labor code.

    If necessary, use the Quantity (+) and Quantity (-) buttons above the list to add or subtract the number of operations.

  8. On the Formula tab, ensure that the necessary formulas are applied.

    If necessary, use the Quantity (+) and Quantity (-) buttons above the list to add or subtract the number of formulas.

  9. Click Add.

The new labor code is created and is available in the Estimating module.

Add or subtract operations and formulas

  1. Scroll to find and select the material group.
  2. Scroll to find and select the labor code.
  3. Select the operation or formula whose quantity you want to modify in the labor code.
  4. Above the list, click Quantity (+) or Quantity (-) to change the quantity.
  5. Click Save.

Add column splices to a labor code

You can apply column splices to any labor code. Tekla EPM calculates the labor time used in the column splice automatically.

  1. Scroll to find and select the material group.
  2. Scroll to find and select the labor code.
  3. In the Column Splice list, select the column splice type that you want to use for the labor code.
  4. Click Save.

Column splices are added to the labor code.

Note that the required splice materials need to be added manually in the Estimating module.

Add cleaning to a labor code

  1. In the Material Group list, select the material group.
  2. In the Labor Code list, select the labor code.
  3. Select the Include Cleaning check box.
  4. Click Save.

Add, modify, and delete formulas

  1. Click the Labor Code Maintenance ribbon tab.
  2. On the menu, select Formula Maintenance.

    The Formula Maintenance dialog box opens. The existing formulas are displayed in the list on the left of the dialog box.

    Each formula type includes options for quantity, weld, thickness and length.

  3. Do any of the following:

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    Create a new formula

    1. Click New Formula.

    2. In the Formula Type list, select an option.

      The formula type that you select determines the variables for which you need to enter values on the right side of the dialog box.

      For example, if you select Burn, you will need to determine the quantity, burn operation, thickness, and length.

    3. For each variable, click the Edit Formula button on the right side of the field, and type a value or build a formula.

    4. To save the formula, click Edit Formula at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Modify an existing formula

    1. Select the formula that you want to modify.

    2. If necessary, in the Formula Type list, select a different option.

    3. For each variable, click the Edit Formula on the right side of the field, and modify the value or formula according to your needs.

    4. To change the position of an operation in the formula, select the operation, and move it by clicking the Move Up and Move Down buttons.

    5. To save the changes, click Edit Formula at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Delete an existing formula

    Note that the formula will be permanently deleted and cannot be used in any labor code.

    1. Select the formula that you want to delete.

    2. Click Delete.

    3. To permanently delete the formula, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box.
  4. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.

View and print a list of labor codes

  1. Click the Labor Code Maintenance ribbon tab.
  2. On the menu, select Reports, or press Ctrl+R on the keyboard.
  3. To only include particular material groups or labor codes, in the Labor Code Report Filters dialog box, select a filter type in the Type list, and click Select.
  4. Click the arrow buttons to move the material groups or labor codes that you want to include to the Included list.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Make Report.
  7. In the Report Selection dialog box, do any of the following according to your needs:

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    Do this

    View the labor code list

    • Click View.

    Print the labor code list

    1. In the Report Selection dialog box, change the number of the printed copies by clicking the + and - buttons.

    2. If necessary, click Select Printer, select which device you want to use for printing, and click OK.

      You can also select Default Printer to always use the default printer with this report, or No Printer to reset the current printer.

    3. Click Print.

    4. Click Yes.

    Export the labor code list

    1. Click Export.

    2. In the Export Format list, select an export format.

    3. Click Browse.

    4. Browse to the location where you want to save the exported file, and click Save.

    5. Modify the file name according to your needs.

    6. To attach the exported file to a Microsoft Outlook email and send it to a recipient, select the Attach to Email check box.

    7. To open the file after exporting it, select the Open Exported Document check box.

    8. Click Export.

  8. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.
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