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Smart Assemblies


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An overview of Timberline Estimating Smart Assemblies

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Smart Assemblies

  1. 1. Smart Assemblies A quick overview of Timberline Smart Assemblies By David Nicholson [email_address] A configurable Bill of Materials (BOM)
  2. 2. An Assembly
  3. 3. An Assembly Consist of <ul><li>Items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed quantity per As (Mobilization) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Custom Calculation (Demolition) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A stored Formula (Item Tables) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Item Tables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One Dimension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Dimension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select at Takeoff </li></ul>
  4. 4. Assembly Elements Items Item Tables Fixed quantity Custom Calculation Stored Formulas Select at Takeoff
  5. 5. Other Options <ul><li>An Assembly Unit of Measure (UOM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Assembly Calculation Formula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A variable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A formula </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. One Dimensional Item Table A Variable, Formula, or Formula Table Numeric Values Only Any formula in this field overrides the Assembly Formula Item or Phase Description
  7. 7. Two Dimensional Item Table A Formula, Variable , or Formula Table Numeric Values Only A Formula Table , Formula , or Variable Item Phase
  8. 8. Item Table Constraints <ul><li>All values must be numeric </li></ul><ul><li>Values must be sequential </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Maximum Combination of Rows & Columns </li></ul><ul><li>An Assembly Cannot Call another Assembly </li></ul>
  9. 9. Formula Options <ul><li>Variables </li></ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul><ul><li>Formulas </li></ul><ul><li>Formula Tables </li></ul>A formula can use any combination of these functions
  10. 10. Formula Creation Enter Formula Here – If you can create an Excel Formula, you can create a Timberline Formula! Be Consistent with Naming Structure
  11. 11. Variables Numeric Values Only Creativity In Simplicity
  12. 12. A Sample Formula with all Functions Variables in Blue Formulas in Green Formula Tables in Purple Names are Case Sensitive Functions in Black
  13. 13. Formula Tables <ul><li>Are Similar to Item Tables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One Dimensional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Dimensional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can Use Formulas, Variables, or other Formula Tables </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Returns Numeric Values Only </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity Required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very Powerful tool </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Formula Table Variable, Formula, or Formula Table Variable, Formula, or Formula Table Returns a Numeric Value, Variable, Formula, or Formula Table
  15. 15. Formula Table in Action Returns the minimum stud size allowed in a 14’ high wall with double studs at 24” o/c in an exterior wall
  16. 16. Why the effort <ul><li>Reduced Errors </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous accessories/connectors selected based on previous selection </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased Takeoff Time </li></ul><ul><li>Easily Changed </li></ul><ul><li>More Details </li></ul>
  17. 17. Reduced Errors <ul><li>Prompts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select Items Tables base on Construction Parameters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include an item that can be calculated on this pass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select from brand or style options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warnings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invalid entry or selection provides warnings </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Reduced Errors This Prompt varies based on previous Selection Your Choice to Include or Exclude This also drive the Anchor Bolt required for the Selected Hold-Down
  19. 19. Hold-down Anchor Bolts Selection Based on the Hold-down device required
  20. 20. How is this Accomplished This Formula Table Calls other Formula Tables Based on the Series Selected
  21. 21. Assembly Calculations Assembly Calculations Assembly Formula must be included in all assembly quantity Calculations
  22. 22. Wall Assembly Calculation Formula Assembly Formula must be included in all assembly quantity Calculations Prompts are the first in the Assembly Takeoff
  23. 23. Included Assembly Calculation The Assembly Calculation
  24. 24. The Assembly Takeoff Variable Help Variable Prompts Change an Estimate with Replace Pass Multiple Passes Include items that can be calculated from the dimensions entered
  25. 25. Accuracy <ul><li>Calculate variable dimensions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Window Header Length based on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Window Materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wood </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vinyl </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aluminum </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mull Type </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Double </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Triple </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li># of Jack Studs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Jack Stud Requirements <ul><li>Most Structural Plans have the # of Jack Studs by width by floor </li></ul><ul><li>Create a formula table that reflects those requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Modify as need for each project </li></ul><ul><li>No need to constantly refer to the table </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a basis for conceptual estimates </li></ul>
  27. 27. Jack Studs By Width & Floor 5’ will fined the next Value in the table 3 required
  28. 28. Header Length Header Calculation Rough Opening +( (# Jack Studs * 2 Sides)* Stud Width) (36+ 2+ ( 3 * 2) * .125) / 12
  29. 29. Material Length Required Thus a 3’ door would require a 5’ Header Item Description Item Calculation Override Formula Divide the quantity by the yield Use the most cost effective item 16’ cost less per lf than 12’ etc
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