advantage of Building Information Models (BIM), Innovaya Visual
Quantification performs object quantity takeoff accurately, quickly,
and intelligently from Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Architecture/MEP. Consequently,
it can increase the efficiency of the project estimating process
by more than 300%. Innovaya Visual Quantity Takeoff (QTO)’s robust and interactive
3D virtual reality environment also effectively improves communication
and coordination between designers, builders, and clients.
Automatic Quantity Generation
Visual Quantity Takeoff can automatically generate complete object
quantities directly from a design model. This process usually takes
several seconds to complete for the entire building model, while
the same job could take several days using traditional on-screen
takeoff or digitizer methods. The quantities are extracted based
on object types and their dimensions. Quantity extraction methods
are easily customized and are reusable for multiple projects. Additionally,
the quantities are all stored by group of objects based on the
object property conditions set by the user.
Drag & Drop Quantity Generation
With Visual Quantity Takeoff, the user can also choose the Drag & Drop
Quantity generation method to takeoff object quantities. With this
approach, the user can select any building section (such as a building
level), view the objects in 3D, and drag and drop it into the quantity
generation window. They can use the same drag & drop method to
choose a component type, such as walls, to takeoff the quantities
of a selected building section. During this process, the user can
also define the most appropriate way to group objects and calculate
total quantities. The drag & drop quantity generation process
can usually improve the productivity of quantity takeoff by at least
Managed Object QuantitiesIntelligent Change Management
The quantities generated are stored in a manageable manner in Visual
Quantity Takeoff. For example, they are organized by user defined
folders, which can be in different classifications such as CSI
or Uniformat. The quantities can also be sorted by building sections
or component types. When generated, the quantities are automatically
linked with the objects which can be tracked and viewed in 3D at
any point. This ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-takeoff’ theme
provides visual confirmation on objects’ quantity takeoff
status using different color codes, and it assures the completeness
of the project quantities taken-off. Each managed quantity group
can be assigned a unique color code for its 3D objects for easy
tracking and identifying objects associated with the quantities.
Furthermore, the quantities can be saved in a separate file which
can be opened in Innovaya Visual Estimating for Sage Timberline
Assembly and Item takeoffs.
Because the quantities generated are automatically associated with the
objects, Visual Quantity Takeoff can be used effectively for change management.
For example, if the design has been changed, Visual Quantification can
display changed, new, and deleted objects in different colors in 3D.
There is also a function that allows you to validate the quantities generated
previously against the new design, and then automatically update those
Quantity Reports to MS Excel
With one-click of mouse button, all of the objects quantities can be
exported as reports in MS Excel. There is no limitation on how many
quantity columns can be generated as in some on-screen programs.
The quantities in the reports can also be sorted by user defined
folders, building sections, or component types. Additionally, all
object quantity color codes are shown in the MS Excel spreadsheet
against each quantity group. Along with a snapshot of the color-coded
3D object view pasted into MS Excel, these color codes help identify,
visually and clearly, what objects are used to generate the quantities.
Interactive 3D Visualization
With our robust true 3D engine, users of Visual Quantity Takeoff (QTO) can
enjoy the best performance of 3D building model navigation. Easy-to-use
3D user interface controls allow estimators to do real-time walk-through
and to examine object details. The 3D objects are highly interactive
and selectable. Object visibility and transparency can be adjusted
by building section or component type. All object properties can
be examined. Special object information such as wall layers can also
Support for Effective Team Communication
Visual Quantity Takeoff not only integrates design and cost estimating,
it also offers essential functions to assist communication between
the project members. With tools such as Markup and E-mailing, Visual
Quantity Takeoff allows the user to enter highlighted comments directly
onto a snapshot of the 3D design and send it as a picture, via e-mail,
to project members. The powerful easy-to-use 3D navigation features
are also useful for presenting design-estimating coordination issues
in front of the project team.
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