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OST 3.97 - 05.01 What Are Conditions?

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A Condition is a measurable building object such as a floor, wall, parking lot, mechanical component, window, etc.  Some estimators call Conditions "items" or "assemblies" but in the On Center world, we use those terms in our Estimating product and use "Condition" to describe an object that is being measured. A Condition includes information about the building object such as: Name, Dimensions (wall height, for example), Layer, Quantity results, and Appearance settings, that makes it unique. There are four styles of Conditions in On-Screen Takeoff: Linear, Area, Count, and Attachment. Each Style of Condition is discussed in the articles that follow. (The term "Styles" also refers to Conditions you've saved to your Masters to be used again on future projects - see Related articles).

Each unique object on a plan must coincide with a separate Condition. For example, to quantify the various walls in a project, a Condition is created for each Type of wall such as 8'00" 1 Hour Fire Rated, Exterior Wall, 10' Demising 2 Hr Wall, etc. Each change in height requires a separate Condition - duplicating a Condition and then simply modifying the Properties (height, width, color, layer, etc.) of the duplicate is a fast way to create the Conditions necessary to accurately quantify a project.

Notes on Conditions

  • A Condition for a specific object only needs to be created once - a Condition can be used throughout the project, even copy and pasted to a child Bid (or, best yet, stored in the Masters for use anytime, anywhere).
  • The Condition List contains every Condition created in a project. The Condition List is located in the Condition Window of the Image Tab (shown below).
  • Because the Condition List can be grouped by Condition Type, it is recommended to assign a Type to every Condition. We will cover creating your Conditions in the articles that follow.
  • Because Layers can be hidden or shown to make the Image Tab less cluttered, it is important to assign a Layer to every Condition. See the next article for more information on Layers.

There are four ways to add a Condition to a Bid:

  • Create a Condition from scratch (covered below)
  • Duplicate an existing Condition (covered later in this Chapter)
  • Add a Condition from the Style Library (covered later in this Chapter)
  • Insert a Style Set (which is just a collection of Styles in the Masters, covered later in this Chapter)

We will start with Creating a Condition (from Scratch).

Helpful Hints

  • Once a Condition is built it can be used on any page in the project - you do not need to create a new Condition for each Page.
  • You will use the same Condition to measure like building objects throughout your project. Use Bid Areas and Zones to breakdown your Quantities.
  • Duplicate one or more Condition to to setup many similar Conditions quickly and efficiently (covered in a later article)
  • Save Conditions to the Style Library for future use (see Related articles).

Before we hop into creating Conditions, let us talk about Layers - where takeoff objects are stored (we are getting a little ahead of ourselves). We need to talk about "Layers" first, because they are used when creating Conditions to tell On-Screen Takeoff how to organize the takeoff you draw later on.

 Image Tab - View Window (2nd Image Window)What Are Layers? 

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