Review material list tabular results

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Review material list tabular results

The material content of the model can be readily assessed in the form of a Material List. This can be created and viewed either in a tabular data view or a report, according to your needs.

  • Material List tabular data view:
    • created for a specific material and entity type
    • displayed on screen (not suitable for direct printing)
    • can be sorted in ascending/descending order of a column by clicking a column heading
    • row content can be located within a 3D view by double-clicking a row
    • can be exported to a spreadsheet
  • Material List report:
    • created for multiple materials and entity types
    • displayed in a format suitable for printing
    • can be exported to a spreadsheet
Two levels of content can be generated:
  • Summary Only - this is the default level and is very condensed, for example:
    • total quantities only for each beam/ column section size
    • total quantities for each slab
    • total weight of reinforcement (by mass, and by mass/unit volume)
  • Detailed - this is a longer report, for example:
    • quantities for each span/ stack/ panel for each concrete beam / column / wall
    • quantities for each section size of a given length for beams and columns in other materials
    • quantities for each slab item
    • quantities for individual reinforcement bar/mesh types

The topics in the section all relate to the tabular data view. To find out how to create a material list report, see: Material Listing report

Create material list tabular results

To create a material list as tabular data:
  1. Open a view and change the view regime to Review View.
  2. On the Review ribbon, click Tabular Data

    A Review Data tab is added to the ribbon and a Review Data View opens in a new window.

  3. On the Review Data ribbon, in the list in the View Type group, select Material List

  4. In the Material Type group, select the material.

    The available selections in the Characteristic group (and the other groups) are reduced to those appropriate to the selected material.
    Note: To find out exactly what summary and detailed level output is produced for each material type and characteristic, see:
  5. In the Characteristic group, select the required characteristic.

    The available selections in the Construction group are reduced to those appropriate to the selected characteristic.
  6. If applicable, in the Construction group, select the construction.

    The available selections in the Fabrication group are reduced to those appropriate to the selected construction.
  7. In the Fabrication group, select the fabrication.

    The available selections in the Content group are reduced to those appropriate to the selected fabrication.
  8. In the Content group, select the content.

  9. If you have selected Members in the Content group, you have the option to create a summary or a detailed report by selecting/unselecting Summary Only in the View Type group.

    The tabular material list is displayed for every entity of the selected material and type in the structure.

    If required you can configure a filter to limit the display to sub-parts of the structure only (selected levels, selected frames etc.) To do this, see: Filter tabular data

Locate material list rows in a 3D view

Double-clicking on a specific row in the material list tabular data view locates where the row content is in the model by highlighting it in a 3D view.

Tip: Make use of the “ghost unselected” feature to make highlighted entities clearer.

Export material list to Excel

  1. Create the material list and ensure that it contains the necessary information.
  2. On the Review Data ribbon tab, click Excel.
  3. Click Yes to confirm exporting the report.

    The material list opens in Excel

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