AutoCAST was developed specifically to make
your job of drawing precast concrete erection drawings and
production drawings considerably easier and faster through
the use of industry specific menus and stored information.
Inserts, steel shapes, industry standard concrete shapes and
weld symbols are only a few of the tools available in AutoCAST.
AutoCAST version 2000 is intended to be a drawing
tool that can help you make your AutoCAD drawings more clear,
concise and understandable while improving your productivity.
AutoCAST includes HardCOUNT, a powerful database of automated
production drawing features to further improve the efficiency
of your precast/prestressed concrete drawings.
AutoCAST operates in conjunction with AutoCAD
Release 2000, 2000i, 2002 with Windows 2000 Pro and XP Pro
platforms. We recommend a minimum 256 MB RAM be used for AutoCAST
and AutoCAD. The commands in the documentation are shown by
pull down menu locations.
HardCOUNT was developed specifically for the
Precast Concrete Industry to make your job of counting and tracking materials much easier, so you can spend more time
thinking about developing drawings and efficient designs for
precast concrete buildings. The basic premise behind HardCOUNT
is that a given connection detail will be used many times
in a structure. It must be determined how many times each
connection occurs in the structure and what material each
connection requires to be successfully completed. HardCOUNT
begins by requesting that you identify the connection on the
plans and elevation views of your building by using any drawing
element that can be "tagged." This "tag"
information is ultimately used to identify the connection
and to thereby track the material required to complete all
of the connections in the structure. HardCOUNT can also track
piece mark numbers and provide a well organized piece mark
HardCOUNT is capable of opening multiple drawings
and counting and tracking different connections that are used
to assemble the structure. Once HardCOUNT has counted how
many times each of the connection details occurs on the structure,
it will then go to the detail sheets where it will find detailed
information about completing the connections. HardCOUNT will
extract the different materials used to make the connection
(contractor material, production material, and erection material).
HardCOUNT will do the necessary mathematics to give you a
complete count of contractor material, production material,
and erection material for the project. HardCOUNT will combine
materials from various connections that are identical so that
common materials used in more than one connection detail can
be combined as a single entry on your final bill of material.
Material lists presented by HardCOUNT are divided
into like components:
All contractor material is presented in a single list. All
production material is presented in a single list with plates,
angles and bars grouped with similar materials. Erection material
is presented in an organized fashion with plates, bars, pads,
etc. grouped with like materials.
HardCOUNT is also capable of making you more
efficient at fully detailing the connection information. HardCOUNT
does this by "remembering" previously specified
materials in a database. You can then access the hardware
name from the database, effortlessly providing leaders to
each item that you wish to call out on the drawings. This
feature alone will allow you to do substantially less keyboard
input in generating your AutoCAD based drawings.
To raise your comfort level that all connection
locations have been "tagged" and therefore will
be included in the material counts, HardCOUNT has a special
feature that allows you to highlight all "tagged"
entities that will be counted by HardCOUNT when you are ready
for a material list. You may also use the LABELALL command
to label all tagged entities with AutoCAD text. This is very
useful for checking purposes so the checker can see which
entities have been tagged and with what information. Now you
can rest assured that all connection locations have been identified
and will be provided for in your hardware ordering.
The robust features of HardCOUNT will help you
eliminate errors in material counting by finding errors that
you may overlook in setting up connection systems for your
HardCOUNT is a valuable tool in establishing
material preorders, allowing adequate time to order materials,
and helping to eliminate the additional expense that last
minute ordering may necessitate. Every effort has been made
to make HardCOUNT as user friendly as possible. Training on
its use is recommended to maximize the benefits of HardCOUNT
in as short a period as possible. Please call us for support
and training for HardCOUNT.