Building an Elevation with Two Different Series or Profiles

How to: Build an elevation with different attributes per component

Environment: Advantage

In this article:

  1. Overview
  2. Workflow
    1. Starting Out
    2. Elevations Costing
      1. Replace Frame Component


Occasionally, an elevation will require two different Series, Profiles, or other attributes across its multiple components. The Elevations Costing window's standard workflow is designed for retrieving components where all attributes match. However, defining non-standard components is possible.


When building elevations with combined series efficiently, users should follow a specific workflow to ensure the materials list populates properly.

This example will use Ceco's SU and SC Series profiles on the same elevation, where the frame opening is SU and there is a cased open half-height sidelite.

Please note this article demonstrates how to build the frame material list for components only. Not all necessary or preferred preps are included.

The following instructions are based on this elevation:

Starting Out

Initially, the frame can be detailed with either of the two required attributes, whether in the Frame Quick Takeoff window or the Elevations Costing window. Comsense's recommended best practice is to select the attribute that pertains to the door opening rather than the non-standard attribute. In this case, the cased open Series SC for the sidelite is the non-standard attribute.

Frame Takeoff:

Elevations Costing:

Next, draw your elevation in Frame Elevations. Ensure that you've enabled "Display Labels" under Options.

Elevations Costing

In Elevations Costing, run the material list. Only components for the selected attributes will be found and priced.

In our case, to bring in the SC Series components and pricing it will be necessary to use the “Replace Frame Component” tool. To ensure you know which components to replace, use the Drawing tab and refer to the labelled components.

Replace Frame Component

Right-click the first component to be replaced and click on Replace Frame Component:

The Frame Component Replace window will open. If you know the "Short Desc" value of your required component, you can enter it manually. Alternatively, click on the drop-down arrow to select the component from a list. You should also ensure your "Series" value is set to the new required "Series" and your "Face" dimension matches your required component. For components such as filler plates, the "Face" dimension may be 0".

Once your required component is defined, click the search button. If your search criteria match a supported catalog item, you will be prompted with a warning message to draw your attention to the conflicting attributes across your materials list. 

As this is our intended result, we can hit OK and proceed. The selected component row will be replaced with the required component and priced accordingly. 

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