Posted Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:30:41 GMT by Bart Rohal

In the BOM I see the material WIDTH under DESCRIPTION in (feet-inches).

All my shops (for 30 years) & In the AISC Steel Detailing Manual 2nd edition called out a plate width =<12” as (¼” x 12      x2’-0”). I’m new to AS but asking can this (always inches) be applied in the width AS BOM in lieu of how is shown now (¼”x1-0      x2’-0”)?

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:52:33 GMT by Dumitru BERTEANU Graitec ROMANIA

To display the dimensions or labels in inch only (even when you pass 12'') you need to change the unit setting for the drawing (or for the prototype if you need this change for all the drawings) to Unit Format = Fractional and
Precision = 0.

Best Regards,
Dumitru Berteanu
Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:34:17 GMT by Valentin Dumitru Graitec ROMANIA

Hello Bart

To have the width in inches you have to modify the name of the plate in the default(Management tool) to have:

PL %Thicknessx%[20,5006,64]Width . %[20,5006,64] in front of the Lenght  is changing the format of your lenght.

Best regards
Valentin Dumitru

Posted Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:42:17 GMT by


Per AISC plates shall be billed as for example:  PL1/2 x 18 15/16 x 2'-0"

I entered in MT:

PL %[20,5006,474]Thicknessx%[20,5006,474]Width   

This will show the plate as shown above.

Regards, Ilko   

Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:48:12 GMT by Mike Mitchell

Is it possible to keep the " designations after the thickness and width? So instead of the plate reading PL 1/2 x 18 15/16 it reads PL 1/2" x 18 15/16".

Posted Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:03:58 GMT by Janet Black Graitec CANADA Advance Steel Specialist

Hi Mike,

I hope I am understanding you correctly Mike. It is possible to keep the “designations after the thickness and width. Check to see if the drawing template you are using is imperial. The drawing prototype should reflect the project template; meaning if you are modeling in imperial your drawing prototypes should also be in imperial.  I did some tests on my side producing a BOM for plates, materials, l used the Parts List-Imperial and chose the material list template. See attached screen shots.

Best Regards,



Attachment: BOM-Material width in inches over 12

Posted Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:23:41 GMT by Bart Rohal

I never had this fully resolved but found a (poor) work around.

Under project data I set my length units (format for dimension units) to FRACTIONAL & precision 1/16 in lieu of ARCHITECTURL & 1/16.  This will update all dwgs BOM (test first)

Of course when modeling I need to go back to Architectural & precision 1/16, then when I update and create dwgs I go back to FRACTIONAL & precision 1/16 (you always need to reset precision too). You need to go back & forth throught-out  the project like this.


The BOM should show width in inches when updated in fractional (like attached), but this poor work around needs to be fixed by Autocad!!!!!

Janet - please send in a fix for this so when using "poroject data" - "length units" - "Architectural" the BOM WIDTH is ALWAY in INCHES (not feet) 


Attachment: S9-0 Layout1 (1).zip

Posted Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:47:02 GMT by Bart Rohal


just saw ILKO DIMITROV fix and it may work.

Thanks Ilko!!

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