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Module 10.1: Volume Computation - Fill with BuildIT Construction

BuildITConstruction-bty.png

VolumeCompFill-1.pngObjective:

Use BuildIT Construction to calculate cut and fill volumes.

You’ll learn:

  • A simple workflow to perform cut/fill volume analysis.
  • Opening a BuildIT file.
  • Creating a reference plane
  • Perform Cut/Fill Volume Analysis

Tutorial Download

If you would like to download the file used in this article, download the accompanying Training Data and extract its contents to a folder on your PC.

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Create a Reference Plane

Open the “Module 10.1 - Fill Volume - Excavation” file by selecting “File> Open” and navigating to where the file is saved.

  • Select “Refine > Extract Surface”. ExtractSurfaceIcon.png
  • Name the plane “Reference Plane”.
  • Use the Fill option to select the top points, as shown below.
  • Use a value of 1 inch for the tolerance.
  • Select Apply. ApplyIcon.png
    VolumeCompFill-2_2019-5.png

VolumeCompFill-3_2019-5.pngCut and Fill Volume Analysis

  • Now, the analysis will be performed.
    • Select “Evaluate > Floor/Grade Analysis > Cut and Fill Volume Analysis”. CutFillIcon.png
    • Select the Cloud.
    • Select the “Reference Plane
    • Specify a Resolution (zone size). Use 2 inches for this exercise.
      • The zone size is the sampling distance on a grid for the analysis.
    • Select Lowest Point for Height Evaluation.
    • Check “Display result as a mesh”.
      • This will show the resulting point cloud as a mesh.
    • Uncheck “Detect walls”.
    • Uncheck “Clean up debris”.
    • Select Apply. ApplyIcon.png

Result

Check the messages for area and volume calculations.

Note: You can uncheck "Display Object" for the point clouds (leave "Cloud Map" checked) to achieve a better onscreen view of the result.

VolumeCompFill-4.png

Recap:

Congratulations, you have completed the volume computation module! By now you should have a grasp of the following:

  • A simple workflow to perform cut/fill volume analysis.
  • Opening a BuildIT file.
  • Creating a reference plane
  • Perform Cut/Fill Volume Analysis