Creating a Project Material List
One of the powerful features of Realtime Landscaping
Architect is the ability to automatically generate a list of objects used in
your landscape design. This Project Material List can aid in determining what
needs to be purchased in order to construct your design, as well as helping to
determine the total cost.
Important: All quantities and measurements are
approximate. Always double check calculations for accuracy.
To view the Project Material List, click Tools and
Project Material List. The picture below shows an example
of a Project Material List.
Objects you have
added to your landscape design will appear on the list. To change the name of an
item, simply click the name and enter a new one.
The unit price for
each object is set to zero by default. To set the price for a particular object,
click the unit price and enter the desired amount.
If you make
changes to item names or prices, the changes will be saved when you save your
landscape design. However, if you would like to use your price and name changes
in other landscapes, the price list will need to be saved separately. To save
the price list, click the Save Price List button and enter a name for
your list. To load the price list in another landscape design, open the Project
Material List and click the Load Price List button. This can be done at
Creating a Comprehensive Cost Estimate of your
Material List only includes objects in your landscape design, not additional
items such as labor and excavation. To create a more comprehensive cost estimate
of your project, you can export the material list to Excel or other spreadsheet
program and add the additional items as needed.
To export the project material list:
Within the Project Material List, click the Export button.
In the dialog that appears, type a name for your material list and then click
the Save button.
If you have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer,
then Realtime Landscaping Architect will automatically detect it and ask you if
you would like to run it after the material list has been successfully exported.
In the picture below, an example is shown of a Project Material List that was
exported into Excel.
Important: The unit quantities shown on the
Project Material List, such as area, volume, and length, are estimates based on
the sizes of the objects that have been added to your landscape design. You
should always have an experienced contractor inspect your jobsite and double
check your measurements before purchasing materials.
Adding a Spreadsheet to the Plan View
Excel spreadsheets, Visio drawings, Word documents, and
more can be added directly to the Plan view using the Embedded Object tool. For example, a
custom material list could be displayed within your landscape design when
viewing or printing the Plan view.
Include hidden layers
By default, objects in hidden layers are included in the
Project Material List. If you want to exclude them instead, then uncheck the
Include hidden layers option
Include product information
Check this option to include additional product information
for branded products.
Use these options to determine how plant names are
displayed (common, botanical, or both). You can also determine whether or not to
include the key and size of each plant.
To create a project material list that only includes
Move the objects you wish to be excluded from the Project Material List to a
hidden layer. See Using Layers for details.
Open the material list by clicking Tools and Project Material List.
Uncheck the Include hidden layers option and click
OK. The objects in all hidden layers will now be removed from the
To hide a layer, click the layer to the lower-right of the
screen that you wish to hide. Next, click the right mouse button on the layer
and select Hide objects in this layer.
For more information about layers, see Using Layers.