I've created a new PAZ cell that I've defined as a Structural element within the DataGroup Catalog Editor and have placed using the 'Place User Defined Type' tool. Is it possible to include this cell in the Structural Report Spreadsheet?
In order to be included in the Structural Report Spreadsheet, an element must be a "true" Structural member such as Beam, Column, Slab, etc.. User Defined objects, even with Structural DataGroup data applied, do not fall into that category and will not have the required Structural and/or Structural Data tabs in the Building Element Info tool.
A few potential alternatives include:
1. Include the desired Structural DataGroup properties in your custom User Defined catalog item, as a new definition file if needed, and fill in their values during or after placement so that those properties can be reported using a DataGroup Explorer schedule instead.
2. A more advanced option is to create Variables within PC Studio to calculate Area and/or Volume and then use those Variables within Datagroup Explorer:
3. If your object is a simple extrusion, you could use the "Place Profile" tool with a custom 2D shape, and again add the applicable DataGroup properties whose values can be populated during or after placement.