Controlling the Information in a Materials List


Reference Number: KB-00510
Last Modified: February 14, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

When I create a materials list, a complete list of all the materials and objects in my plan file is created.  I don't need all of this information, how do I control what information displays in a materials list?


ANSWER

There are two ways to control what information is included in a Materials List, along with how structural members are reported.

The Preferences dialog allows you to control what information is included in a Materials List before it is created.


To set up Materials List Preferences

  1. Select Edit> Preferences  from the menu on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences  on a Mac.


  2. On the Materials List panel of the Preferences dialog, uncheck the boxes beside any category that you do not wish to include in a Materials List when it is first created.

    Materials List panel of Preferences showing different categories to include on report


  3. On the Report Style panel, uncheck the boxes beside the name of any Column that you do not wish to include in a Materials List when it is first created.

    Report Style panel of Preferences showing columns to include on report

The Materials List Display Options dialog lets you control what is included in a Materials List after it's created.


To use the Materials List Display Options dialog  

  1. Open a Chief Architect plan in which you would like to access the Material List Display Options dialog. In order to generate a Materials List, the plan should include at least one architectural object.


  2. Select Tools> Materials List> Calculate Materials for All Floors  from the menu to generate a Materials List.


  3. In the Materials List window, select Tools> Materials List Display Options  from the menu to open the Material List Display Options dialog.

    • The Categories panel is similar to the Materials List panel of the Preferences dialog. Check the box beside each category that you would like to include in the current Materials List.

      Categories panel of Materials List Display Options showing categories to include on report

    • The Columns panel is similar to the Report Style panel of the Preferences dialog. Check the box beside each column name that you wish to use. Click the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the columns' order.

      Columns panel of Materials List Display Options showing columns to include on report


    • On the Options panel, you can restrict which floor the Materials List will display, as well as limit the scope of the list to those provided by a single supplier.

      Options panel of Materials List Display Options showing Restrict to Floor and Restrict to Supplier options

You can also control the way framing materials are reported by controlling the structural member reporting.


To control structural member reporting

Select the reporting method you wish to use from the drop down menu near the top left of the materials list.

Drop Down list on toolbar showing Linear Length, Cut List, Buy List and Mixed Reporting options

For more information on modifying your structuralmember reporting, please view the article related article "Creating a Cut List of Framing Materials" in the Related Articles section below.