You can create custom objects using the SketchUp tools (to any Level of Detail you like) and then make them intelligent BIM objects with the PlusSpec BIM Tool, so that they can also be included in your quantity take-off/estimate.
The PlusSpec BIM Tool
Unless you give these custom objects intelligence with the PlusSpec BIM tool, they won't be quantified. The BIM tool allows you to assign information to your custom objects, such as:
- Item Code;
- Notes/information; and
The BIM tool also also prompts you to assign the custom object to a layer.
Layers are very important, as they enable you to group similar items and control them in various ways (such as visibility). Layers allow you to easily manage your 3D model and your 2D drawings. Unlike the PlusSpec tools, custom objects will not automatically be assigned to a layer.
How does the BIM tool quantify objects?
It is important to note that the BIM tool will calculate these objects as items. It will not calculate lengths, m2/ft2, etc. For example, if you create a screw and BIM it, PlusSpec will know that it is a screw (and all of the other assigned information) and calculate the number of screws that you have used in your project.
But what if I need to calculate lengths, m2/ft2, etc?
Click HERE to watch a short video tutorial on how to calculate length of materials.
PlusSpec uses smart materials to enable material calculations. You will need to use one of the PlusSpec materials to paint onto your custom object, or create a new material with your Material Creator.
HINT: Before making a custom object with the SketchUp tools, always try to use one of the PlusSpec tools. For example, if you are wanting to add a new steel or timber/lumber, you could use the Beam tool and then use the Material Creator to add the new size to the Beam tool. If you want a new cladding (floor/wall) try using the Floor or Wall surface tools.