Is it possible to create a pay item file that has more the 3 items and have Civil 3d 2013 Generate a Report with all Items (columns) listed?
I have a .csv pay item file that is formatted as followed:
ITEM #,ITEM DESCRIPTION,UNIT,ITEM ID,
1.1,2 WAY 6' W X 13 L X 6'-6 IN H (INSIDE DIMENSIONS) MANHOLE,EACH,UA15
1.101,ANODE MAGNESIUM - 17 LB,EACH,UA17
1.102,GROUND BUS - SOFT DRAWN 4/0 AWG 19 STR COPPER - 153' COIL,LNFT,UA21
The problem I have is that I cannot get Civil 3d to generate a report with the last item "ITEM ID" listed.
I only get the ITEM # , ITEM DESCRIPTION, UNIT, QTY. It leaves off the "ITEM ID" column
If you take a look at the following tutorial is appears that this is possible.
Take a look at the Pay Item list that is based on a TXDOT implementation listed in this article. Its has 10 items listed.
Here is a strange email I received from Autodesk regarding my question about pay item files.
"Thank you for contacting Autodesk Technical Support. Your question posed to the forums regarding QTO Pay Item Files has been automatically escalated to a Support Request Case due to lack of any response on the forums. Normally, when this happens we offer support for the question at hand.
So you are aware, as part of Subscription Support we address questions about Autodesk product installation, configuration, and troubleshooting only. This Web Support does not include product training, code debugging, consultation, customization, or support for third-party hardware, operating systems, networks, or peripherals.
Unfortunately, this question falls directly under customization. I recommend trying to contact the folks at cadalyst. More specifically the author of the article Mr. Zimmerman. Another option is to ask your reseller [those who supply your CAD software] about help with this customization.
Per process, because this is for unsupported customization, I will be closing this support request now."
At least they could of said they had no idea...Now I feel like I have been kicked to the curb.
After looking into QTO this past summer where I discovered several confirmed defects, I found that no one at on the Civil 3D staff really knows how the C3D implmentation of QTO is suppose to work anymore.
This includes our first tier subscription support, and Dave Simeone, the Senior Product Manager.
It appears unfortunatley the person responsible for QTO has left the company:
Thomas M. Inzinga
..About the Speaker: Thomas is a software architect for the Autodesk AEC Division. With 25 years of experience, he is an expert in the design, development, and implementation of civil-engineering applications. For the past 11 years, Tom has helped architect Civil 3D into the leading AutoCAD-based civil engineering application. He has degrees in mapping, and civil engineering and surveying. A recent project at Autodesk has been the implementation of the quantity take-off feature within AutoCAD Civil 3D...
As fcernst said, there are many flaws with QTO. It doesn't calculate volumes correctly, only does 2d areas instead of 3d areas, etc. QTO is pretty much useless unless you want to get simple 2d distances, counts, and 2d areas.
For the most part all I am trying to use QTO manager is for item counts.
If I was to use the pay item file "Getting Srarted.csv" that comes with Civil 3d how do I create a report that list any of the following items: Bid_Dec, Pay_Dec, Pay Item Type, FP_YR....etc that are defined in the "out of the box" pay item list?
All I can get Civil 3d to report is Pay Item ID, Description, Quantity, & Unit.
That answers my question. Where did you find this info? I wish I understood this better. What is the point of using the example pay item list with extra fields that Civil 3d can not report?
At first I wondered about the extra fields also. Now when I copy the parts network list into excel, I put it in one of the columns that isn't used by Civil 3D, and make a simplified description that will show up in the QTO Manager (600mm Circular Concrete Pipe Metric CL 140-D shows up as 600mm CONC CL 140-D). I will use unused columns just to organize and keep track of items within the excel file. The extra columns are also good for notes, such as any formulas that are used.
But you're right, it would be nice if they were brought into the QTO Manger.. would make organizing/checking even easier.