Sketch and Photo Side-by-Side (Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter)

By: Terri Scheuermann

Did you know that you have the ability to have a Review Summary report that includes the Sketch and Photo side-by-Side?  What better report is available for you to take for field review?  Yes the remote system is the most efficient method for review but this is a simple report with pricing including one sketch and one photo.

Sketch and Photo Side-by-Side

From the Review Summary Report Option Images tab choose the One Photo side-by-side with sketch option.  When this option is chosen the Print only first sketch and Print only first photo options are automatically checked.

Notice the Review Summary now includes all the typical property detail information but also includes just the 1st sketch and the 1st photo side by side.

Sketch and Photo Side-by-Side

Sketch and Photo Side-by-Side

ScratchPad in CAMAvision v21 (Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter)

By: Nick Klein

A new feature coming in CAMAvision 21, which many saw at the User Group Meetings, is the new pen-based scratch pad utility aptly named ScatchPad.  This new feature is available to users with a Remote license but can be viewed on either Main or Remote.  It has a separate access-right which users may need to have enabled through the User Manager.

ScractchPad in CAMAvision 21

scratch_pad_2ScratchPad is ideally suited for tablet devices where use of a keyboard is not possible.  It can be thought of as a simple drawing tool to make quick notes or drawings out in the field.  Users can access ScratchPad from the new icon that appears within Parcel Maintenance.  Users that have DMS can also view ScratchPad image files as they are stored within DMS itself.

The idea behind ScratchPad is to allow users to make quick notes in the field on their tablet and then later transcribe these hand-written notes and drawings into CAMAvision.  Users can adjust the pen color and thickness or set these settings in their user profile.

ScractchPad in CAMAvision 21

ScractchPad in CAMAvision 21

Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins (Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter)

By: Bob Ehler

The grading classification of steel grain bins can be difficult to determine. Many variables should be considered when calculating the replacement cost of a steel grain bin. The load bearing capacity of the soil the bin is placed on can have a significant impact on the foundation and site preparation cost. The speed and frequency the bin will get loaded and unloaded is considered when the gauge of materials, spacing and number of bolts, etc. are determined. The proximity to railroad can also have an impact on how a bin is engineered as the vibration from railroad activity causes the grain to vibrate which creates stress to the exterior bin walls.

For the preceding reasons it is very difficult to give absolute guidelines on how to determine the grade of a steel grain bin. However, the following guidelines are given to promote uniformity in how we grade steel grain bins.

The replacement cost calculation in the cost manual assumes “typical” site preparation. It is very important for the weight bearing capacity underneath a bin to be uniform. If not, the weight of a filled bin can cause the foundation to shift which would likely result in a blow out. This is especially true of large bins in excess of 90’ diameter. When a bin is placed on soil with poor weight bearing capacity it is not uncommon for geopiers, pilings, etc. to be introduced. This can cause a significant increase in cost. Since this cost is incurred to rectify a substandard soil condition this additional cost is considered an “atypical” cost. It is questionable whether this atypical cost should be reflected in our determination of replacement cost.


Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

Adding stiffeners to a bin transfers roof loads directly to the foundation, resulting in less stress on the sidewall sheets. This allows the use of lighter gauge sidewall sheets without sacrificing structural strength, making a stiffened bin more economical. Stiffened bins also provide excellent structural stability against grain, wind and seismic forces. Any bin with stiffeners will be a minimum of a 4 grade.

6 grade:

Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

Many old bins that are constructed of lighter gauge materials. Typically will have dirt, or metal floor with little in the way of a foundation. These bins will likely not have built in conveying or aeration equipment. Many old government bins fall into this category.

5 grade:

Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

Similar to a 6 grade bin, however these bins will have a minimal concrete foundation and floor. They will typically be filled by portable augers and may require portable unloading equipment or will have a simple unloading auger. These bins may have small aeration fans. Typically, bins at a license grain elevator will not fall into the category. They would likely be found on farms.

4 grade:

Grading Classification of Steel Grain BinsGrading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

The vast majority of all bins will fall in this category. Will have a foundation and concrete floor. Will likely have built in aeration and unloading system. Could be filled by portable or permanent conveying equipment.

3 grade:

Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

These bins will have heavy duty raised foundations. They will be more heavily engineered to withstand the pressure of fast conveying equipment, typically in excess of 15,000 bushel per hour. Being located near railroad can also be cause for a more heavily engineered bin putting it into this category. Bins located at a high speed licensed grain elevator many times will fall into this category due to the bin requiring to be engineered to withstand the pressures of being filled and unloaded numerous times a year.

Greater than 3 grade:

Grading Classification of Steel Grain Bins

Grading a bin in excess of a 3 grade will be very uncommon. However, bins located in certain Industrial type applications may require a 3+10 to 2 grade to achieve cost. These bins will demonstrate all the attributes of a 3 grade bin. Will certainly be near railroad and be accompanied by very fast conveying equipment.

Licensed Bushel Capacity

To calculate the bushel capacity of a round storage unit it is first necessary to calculate the volume. This is accomplished by the following formula “radius squared x 3.1416 x height”. This will give the cubic foot capacity. The cubic foot is then multiplied by .8036 (or ÷ 1.2444) to convert cubic foot into bushels.

As a grain bin is filled with grain the weight of the grain will compact the grain below. This is known as “compaction”. This compaction will actually increase the amount of grain the unit is able to hold. The formula noted above results in a “bushel capacity” for a storage unit. Adjusting this bushel capacity to allow for compaction results in what is known as the “licensed bushel capacity”. The following factors are applied to the bushel capacity to convert to licensed bushel capacity.

Diameter             Compaction Factor

15’                              1.055

18’                                1.06

21’                              1.068

24’                               1.078

27’                               1.085

30’                                 1.09

33’                               1.095

36’ or larger                          1.10

The compaction factor rates have been extrapolated from the Federal Warehouse Examiners Handbook. This handbook is used by the USDA and State Grain Licensing agencies when calculating the storage capacity for commercially licensed grain facilities. The licensed capacity should be the “unit of comparison” when comparing the per bushel value of one grain facility to another. On farm storage is many times expressed by using “bushel capacity” rather than “licensed bushel capacity”. This is why it is not uncommon to get differing answers when asking “what is the bushel capacity of your grain bin”. The answer lies in “did they calculate in the compaction factor”?

Get Your Radials Right! (Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter)

By: Sherry Surrett

How many times have you hit the “Home” button to close a sketch to get that final pesky angle of the house, only to know that you need to sketch another item against that angled line?

Get Your Radials Right

Of course, you can use the Trace Feature to trace that entire line, as shown below.

Get Your Radials Right

However, what if the new line you are drawing doesn’t extend the full length of the line and only goes part of the way?  How do you get that partial line on the same angle?

Get Your Radials Right

I suggest you use the radial line or Ctrl + R for my keyboard enthusiasts.  Once in radial drawing mode, press the Page Up or Page Down button to display the hidden arrow (blue arrow as shown below).

Get Your Radials Right

Now, as the instructions below indicate, use the Page Up or Page Down arrow to move that blue arrow in 45 degree increments, press the Ctrl Key with Page Up or Page Down to move that arrow at 5 degree increments, or press the Alt Key with Page Up or Page Down to move that arrow at a 1 degree increment.

Get Your Radials Right

Continue using the various combinations until the blue arrow lines up to the angle you wish to draw, and press Enter.

Get Your Radials Right

Next, type the length of the line you want to draw, and press Enter.  Press Enter one more time to confirm the line.

Get Your Radials Right

Continue on with your sketch, repeating the process as necessary, and press Home to complete it.

Get Your Radials Right

Reminder: Register now for the 2016 Missouri User Group Meeting in September

We are just a week away from our return to Missouri for our annual User Group and Personal Property Meeting in Columbia!

Here are some details including how you can register to join us.

Missouri User Group and Personal Property Meeting

September 20-21, 2016

Stoney Creek Inn (Columbia, MO)

CAMAvision updates and enhancements, Sketch, PhotoVision, DMS, Data, Agricultural Buildings, Questions and Answers session

Use this link to register:

2016 Missouri UGM Registration | 2016 Personal Property Registration

You can check out a copy of the full agendas below:

2016 Missouri Personal Property Meeting

2016 Missouri User Group Meeting Agenda