Information Takeoff (ITO) quickly and easily builds a view of the information within your Building Information Model (BIM). It presents a 3D view complete with isolated & color coded 3D components, along with a schedule/spreadsheet of information within the ITO view.
More information on ITO can be found here: Understanding Information Takeoff
In this article, we will look at how to save multiple views of components based on their floor, type, and count information. The example SMC file can be found here:
Initially, we create a “Component” ITO definition that reports all components in the model with the exception of openings and spaces:
We’ve added a left-most Floor column to the ITO in order to group components by floor:
You can see the components are color coded by their Type in the 3D view, and Floor, Component, Type, and Count information is reported in the ITO view.
In the ITO view, by selecting only the rows that correspond to components on the Ground Floor, those components are then isolated in the 3D View:
We wish to save views like this for each floor in the model.
A simple method is to create presentation slides of the 3D view after selecting rows in the ITO view. To do this, click Communication > Click to Add New Presentation. With the New radio option selected in the New Presentation, click OK.
An Issue Details window automatically generates the first slide. We provide “00 – Ground Floor Components” as its title.
We repeat the process of selecting the rows based on floor and creating slides in the presentation view to create a presentation of components based on their floors:
Isolating in the 3D view may be all you are looking for; however, you’ll see as you click between slides, the selected rows aren’t updated in the ITO view.
If you wish to isolate the components in both the 3D view as well as the ITO view, it is simply a matter of creating multiple ITO definitions based on their floors.
To do this, click the Edit Information Takeoff Definition button in the Information Takeoff view.
In the Components filter parameter table, we add a filter to only report the components that are on the Ground floor.
Now when we click Takeoff All, only ground floor components are displayed in the 3D and ITO views.
In the ITO view, click the Save As button, and save this ITO as “00 – Ground Floor Components.ito” somewhere on your computer. This step is required as we will modify this same ITO definition by switching out the floor in the filter to save time over creating a new ITO Definition altogether.
After saving, click the Edit Information Takeoff Definition button in the Information Takeoff view, and repeat the steps of setting the floor in the “Value” column of the Components filter parameter table. Be sure to rename the ITO and click Save As with a corresponding floor name.
Once finished, only a Roof Components ITO Definition is listed in the dropdown.
Click the Open Information Takeoff Definition button, and open the ITO definitions you saved:
Initially, the rows in the ITO View are blank. For each ITO Definition listed in the drop down, select each and click TakeOff All. After doing so, when you then select between the ITO Definitions in the dropdown, both the 3D View and ITO View will be updated according to that specific ITO Definition.
Furthermore, you’ll only need to do this once, and when you save to an SMC file, when you later open the file and select between ITO Definitions, the behavior is the same.