Item Properties Window

The Item Properties Window is used to view and/or change the properties of a worksheet item. It's also used when adding or cloning items. It is invoked from the Quantity Worksheet Window

Figure 1: The Item Properties Window

Breakdown code -  Item breakdown codes are codes used to identify item branches. The breakdown code for the current branch is displayed and can be changed. The gray edit control to the right displays the cumulative breakdown code for this branch and all of its parents.
Using the Worksheet Breakdown Structure Window, you can define the characteristics of the breakdown code for each level in the quantity worksheet. You can define character type (numeric, alpha, alpha-numeric, etc.), length, padding, etc. If no breakdown structure is defined, you may enter any code up to Warning: If you want to refer to an item in a formula, you should use a breakdown code that will fit into the formula syntax. See Quantity/formula below.

Description -  This is the description to be displayed in the Description column of the Quantity Worksheet Window. It may be up to 60 characters long.

Quantity calculation -  The value displayed in the Quantity column for the item may be calculated in a variety of ways. Press the down-arrow button to select one of the following:

Quantity/formula -  The usage of this field depends on the Quantity calculation selection made above:

Base Unit of Measure -  This is the unit of measure used for the initial quantity calculation. The usage of this field depends on the Quantity calculation selection made above:

Display Unit of Measure -  If the Base Unit of Measure (above) is a linear, area or volume unit, you can select from other units of the same form. The display unit of measure can be set here or directly on the Unit of Measure cell in the Quantity Worksheet Window. When the Display units are different from the Base units, Dimension converts the quantity automatically. This makes the quantity worksheet units independent of the drawing units. For example, the drawing might be metric but the user wants to see imperial quantities.

Decimal places -  This field defines the number of decimal places used to display numeric quantities.

Measurements can be assigned to this item -  If this box is checked, measurements and annotations can be assigned to this item.

Trace -  This button is used to define the item's trace. Press the button to display the Trace Properties Window and view or change the trace properties. The face of the button displays a graphic representation of the trace.
Warning: This trace is only used if the Override Measurement trace check box (below) is checked.

Override measurement trace on assignment -  If this box is checked, when a measurement is assigned to this item, the item trace will override the measurements trace. The override will NOT take place if the "Freeze Trace" property has been checked for the measurement's trace in the Trace Properties Window.

Extension -  Select any of the Standard Extensions or "none" from the combo box. See Extensions Overview for more information on extensions. If an extension is selected, the quantity calculation can be set to any of the extension's fields.

Bid Code -  You can enter a bid code manually or press the button to select a standard bid code from the Bid Code Lookup Window. If a standard bid code is selected, the bid code description will appear to the right of the button. Bid Code formatting and usage can be set up in the User Preferences.

Clone member items -  This checkbox only appears when cloning an item. If you check this box, the new branch will have a copy of all the original branch's member items. Measurement and Annotation assignments are NOT copied.