In this edition of “Tip of the Week”:
I need to estimate an area in cubic yards for a concrete slab. Is there a way to do that?
Area Volume (AVM) is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards, or volume needed to cover a square footage area. An example of such use would be a garage slab.
How to estimate area volume:
The steps below involve estimating cubic yards (CY) of concrete for a typical garage slab. These same steps would be used in converting any square foot area into a cubic foot coverage area, thus the term “Area Volume” or “AVM”:
Important: To take full advantage of the volume feature, your template file (.pedb) must be updated with our latest DB updates if it is older than 9/22/15 (Our last software release date). For help with this, please contact PrebuiltML Support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 1. Using the Area Tool in the digitizer, draw the area to have a concrete slab and select the application of “Garage Slab” in the right click menu.
Step 2. In the right click menu, select the product of “Concrete (CY)” and any attributes required, ie. strength, admixture, finish, reinforcement, pattern or color by using the right arrow key. click “OK” when finished.
Step 3. In the right click menu, select the thickness of the slab, in this example (6″) is selected.
Project List: In the Project Lists, notice the Concrete Pack shows the garage slab input field as 1031 sq.ft. by 6″ of depth, giving an output of 20 cubic yards.
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If you want to learn more about Area Volume (AVM), click here for the Knowledge Base article or watch the video!
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