It is very important to model Revit models as if one were building them. I have had some input from the construction industry where there are comments that the model that reaches them from the design phase is not suited to construction sequencing and that a lot of reworks is required to make the models work for them.
Even when you are not modeling for the contractor, it is better to model as you should. Specifically, focus on elements like the walls and columns. Do you model them all the way from the floor up to the roof of a multi-storied building? Rather model the walls from story to story.
This allows you to create a material takeoff that can give you the quantities that matter to you. How much concrete do you need for your structural walls on a specific floor? How many bricks do you need to order per floor?
This is easily done when you create schedules that use the Base Level and Top Level of a wall to filter all the walls on a specific level or between two specific levels.
I suggest creating schedules per material and then grouping them per level. Use a calculated field to divide the total of the volume by the unit that defines, for instance, a brick, and then allow for some wastage.
You could create them for a specific category (Walls) or create a multi-category schedule that incorporates the total quantity for the entire project.
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