Originally Posted by McCormack
We produce our plans, then calculate rebar quantities off them, using an excel spreadsheet to keep track of it all.
It actually isn't too tedious that way, but it does take time. It would be great to just model it all in CAD during the design phase and have the program spit out our detailing sheets.
Check out ASA's stuff, it's pricey, but worth it. Probably not as pricey as ProConcrete. I showed it to the guys at work, and we all agreed it's way overkill for what we do, still very cool though.
When detailing, I would draw the plan view and add in various ASA callouts, then the take off is generated with a simple fence command and emailed automatically. It's really slick compared to how we have to process the pencil drawings.
The ASA software is "overlayed" with Microstation, so they work together. It's a really powerful program. When a drawing is finished/approved, the program creates a barlist for production, the ASA production software creates bar tags for the fab shop.
You guys would love just having the barlist/production software. That's one of the best parts of ASA's stuff, it's all modular.