The QTO Manager and Takeoff tool in Civil 3D are two tools within Civil 3D proved to be more exciting in theory than it has been in fact. The biggest complaint about the tools is the fact that you cannot edit the pay items and have them automatically update the same items in the Excel CSV file. This has forced some users to just bypass the tools and continue using older methods for calculating pay items.
My friend, Marco Garza, has devised a way to work around this issue. He wrote this and, with his permission, I’m passing this along to you. . . […]