Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Export Unitechnik (79) and Export EliPlan file contain several new useful features, and HMS Export has also been improved.

Export Unitechnik (79)

Unitechnik export has been updated with the following improvements:

  • Bent meshes with limited rebar angles are now exported with corect origin points.

  • Option to rotate the pallet 90° if the pallet width is exceeded is now working correctly.

  • Now when you define manual rotation in the export dialog box, the line attribute override takes the rotation into account.

  • When using template variables, the export now automatically​ checks the contentattribute_xxx.lst files to get the unit of the template variable and converts the value to the precision level used in Unitechnik export. The default value of the precision level is now taken from the contentattribute_xxx.lst files.

  • Cage reinforcement main dimensions are now exported in the cage's coordinate system instead of the pallet's coordinate system, according to the Unitechnik 6.1.0 specifications.

  • You can now use the value Text[Template]#Counter for the following options:

    • Name of order

    • Name of component

    • Drawing number

    • Project line 1-4 text

    • Slab number

    • Info text 1 - 4 of slabdate

    • Info text 1 - 2 of mounting part

  • Steel parts and items now have in the user-defined attributes dialog box a new tab Unitechnik Mountpart , where you can specify data which will overwrite the settings defined on the Mounting part data specification tab. On the Unitechnik Mountpart tab you can also exclude mounting parts from the export using the new option Exclude from export.

  • The maximum number of exported elements or layers in the SLABDATE block is now limited to 99 according to the Unitechnik specification. If the limitation is exceeded, you will be notified by a console and log filefile that contains information related to changes, actions, and errors in the model or drawing

    Tekla Structures writes information in log files when the model is saved, numbered or checked for clashes, for example.


  • TS configuration tab:

    • You can now export CONTOUR as bounding boxrectangular border with the smallest measure within which all the selected points that position the model objects lie

      In Tekla Structures two-dimensional bounding boxes are used in drawings and three-dimensional bounding boxes in models.

      . It is recommended to use this option with the file structure set to Single layer, 1 slabdate, n parts on the Main tab.
    • You can now merge cutouts using the new setting Merge CUTOUTs. You can select to export a large cutout that is created out of smaller cuts as separate cutouts. The options are:

      Merged as one cutout

      Unmerged, overlapping cutouts

      Unmerged cutouts with no overlapping

    • You can now prevent exporting cutouts with the new option Export CUTOUTs.
  • Embeds tab:

    • It is now possible to export reinforcing bars as mount parts. There is a new export option Selected (also reinforcement) + steel available for Normal embeds. When you select this option, all reinforcing bars listed in the Embeds classes box are considered as embeds and plotted as lines. Also bounding box can be used. All steel parts are also considered as embeds. When you export rebars as mount parts with the option Cut outer assemblies , the rebar geometry is now exported correctly.
    • Cuts that have been specified with a classpart property that groups parts according to identifiers given by the user

      The identifiers of classes are usually numbers. Classes can be used for defining the color of parts in the model, for example. Class does not influence the numbering of model objects.

      can now be exported in the MOUNPART block with the option Cutpart former.

  • Reinforcement tab:

    • In addition to spacer type, you can now export spacer start position and spacer pitch information with the new settings Spacer start position and Spacer pitch.

    • The new option First bending angle allows setting the first bending angle of free-flection rodstock to negative as required by certain interfaces.

  • Reinf. data specification tab: The new option Welded leg designation can be used for designating the welded leg in bent meshreinforcement that represents a mesh of steel bars in two perpendicular directions

    In Tekla Structures, the reinforcement mesh bars in one direction are called main bars and reinforcement mesh bars perpendicular to them are called crossing bars.

    bars if there is only one leg that is welded to cross-wires. When you select Yes , information about welded leg designation is exported.

  • The Data specification tab has been divided into two separate tabs: SLABDATE block data specification and HEADER block data specification.

  • SLABDATE block data specification tab: Now you can specify the Transport pile level number. If there are elements in the stack that need to be layered on the same level, then the pileslender column or pole that is put into the ground to carry loads or to provide support

    Pile may be made of precast or cast-in-place concrete, or steel.

    level is used. For example, you may have a pile of 6 slabs, and they each have sequential pile level numbers 1, 2, 3.. 6. The Transport pile level number can be defined in the part UDAs.

  • HEADER block data specification tab:

    • You can now specify building site and building owner name, address, post code and city/town.

    • You can now specify the number of decimals after the decimal separator in data field template units.

For more information about Unitechnik export settings, see the following topics:

Unitechnik export: Main tab

Unitechnik export: TS configuration tab

Unitechnik export: Embeds tab

Unitechnik export: Reinforcement tab

Unitechnik export: Validation tab

Unitechnik export: Reinf. data specification tab

Unitechnik export: HEADER block data specification tab

Unitechnik export: SLABDATE block data specification

Unitechnik export: Mounting part data specification tab

Unitechnik export: Line attributes tab

Unitechnik export: Pallet tab

Unitechnik export: Log files tab

Export EliPlan file (68)

EliPLAN export has been updated with the following new settings that give you more control in plotting, without making major changes in the model:

  • Export now checks the Set Top in Form Face setting for all parts if specified.

  • Slabs narrowed by cutting are now exported correctly regardless of the modeling direction. Slabs narrowed by cutting are now oriented systematically, thereby having other cuts and plotting also positioned correctly. If there is one narrowed side, it will be the side with length L2.

  • Plotter data tab:

    • When you export cutout plotting data with the option Full depth cuts only , now the actual full depth cut geometry is only exported without recesses.

    • You can now exclude embeds by class, name or material from exported plotting data with the new setting Exclude embeds by.

    • You can also exclude embeds or cuts that are above the specified Z position from exported plotting data by using the new setting Exclude above z position. The Z position is the depth of the element on the pallet, that is how many millimeters the lowest point of the embedbuilding object that represents an object that is to be cast into a concrete structure and that is used to connect structures or as an aid when constructing a structure

      For example, a cast-in socket is an embed that is placed in concrete structures to allow parts to be fastened together on site. In Tekla Structures, embeds are typically steel parts and they are added to cast units as sub-assemblies.

      is above the casting table.

  • Data content tab:

    • In No. of digits after decimal point , you can now set 3 digits after the decimal separator. 1 digit is the default. Now this option also affects volume, gross area and net area.

    • In Net area calculation , you can select whether the export excludes all cuts or only full depth cuts from the net area calculation, or export gross area as net area. The whole assembly is checked.
    • In Weight calculation , you can select which weight will be exported.

    • In Decimal mark , you can set period (.) or comma (.) as the decimal mark.

For more information about EliPlan export settings, see EliPLAN export settings.

HMS export

HMS export has been updated with the following new functionality:

  • The UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

    User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

    source of the Bay number can now be set on the Slab data tab. The value needs to be an integer.

  • HMS export has a new tab Reinforcement including the following features:

    • HMS Export now exports pull forces for strands. The option Export strand pull force has been added on the new Reinforcement tab.

    • The Export strand code option was moved to the new Reinforcement tab.

  • The boundary line can be now be exported along the cut or uncut side of the slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

    . The two options are located on the Options tab.

  • HMS export now prevents the export of the parts that have been cut on both longitudinal sides, and the boundary line cannot be set.

  • Welded plates, solid fills and hook boxes are now exported correctly according to the exported slab rotation.

For more information about HMS export, see HMS Export settings.

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