2017 Table of Contents


Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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The CUSTOM.REBAR_SHAPE_COUPLERS custom template attributeattribute in a template object that Tekla Structures uses to calculate and display information from a model database

Template attributes represent object properties.

shows in pull-outsmall graphic in a reinforcement mark, table, or report template that shows the shape and dimensions of a reinforcing bar

pictures the reinforcing barreinforcement that represents a steel bar used to reinforce a concrete structure

The steel bars are usually ribbed and they are used to increase the tensile strength of concrete.

geometry, bending dimensions, and the graphical symbols representing the couplers at the bar ends. The coupler data is taken from the user-defined attributes from the rebar coupler components Rebar coupler , Rebar end anchor and Split rebar and add coupler.

Note that the CUSTOM.REBAR_SHAPE_COUPLERS attribute is available only in graphical fields when the content typedetermination of which template attributes can be used in the template object value fields for a template component row

Content types are mainly based on object types.


In Tekla Structures , ensure that a drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

contains the desired table. By default, the rebar_with_couplers table is available in the Drawing layout properties.

The drawing needs to contain at least some reinforcing bars as otherwise the table does not have anything to show.

Customize the symbols for couplers and end anchors

You can customize how the symbols for couplers and end anchors are shown.

  1. You can define the mapping between the model properties and the actual symbol for various types of couplers or end anchors.

    The mapping is handled in the RebarCoupler.Symbols.dat file, located by default in ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\system. The file can be placed under the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

    Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

    In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

    or under any of the common system folders defined by the advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    XS_PROJECT , XS_FIRM , and XS_SYSTEM. For instructions on how to control the mapping, see the RebarCoupler.Symbols.dat file.

    You can give both the symbol filefile that contains symbols

    The symbol file in use can be changed in the symbol files dialog box.

    name and symbol number in the configuration file RebarCoupler.Symbols.dat. If the symbol file name is not given, the default file ( CouplerSymbols.sym ) will be used. For more details, see sample files included in the environments.

  2. You can create your own symbols that are drawn at the reinforcing bar ends.

    All symbols to be used are in the symbol file CouplerSymbols.sym , located by default in ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\symbols. You can create and add new symbols in Symbol Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying symbols to be used in drawings, reports, and templates

    The symbols are saved in symbol files.


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