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Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2018i

Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Updates in tools for concrete fabrication

Export Unitechnik (79) and BVBS export contain several new useful features, and Export EliPlan file (68) and HMS Export have also been improved.

Export Unitechnik (79)

Unitechnik Export (79) has been improved in the following ways:

  • Cut part formers are now exported with thickness and installation height of the host part cutcut that is defined by a cutting part

    section, instead of the thickness and position of the cut itself.

  • Embeds that are outside the double wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

    In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

    shells are now exported to the intended shell if added as a subassembly. If added to a cast unit, they will be exported in a main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

    (1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

    (2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

    (2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

    shell, usually the 1st shell.

  • Electric tubes are now exported correctly when you specify to cut outer assemblies.

  • Braced girders created as steel parts are now exported correctly.

  • When a rebar fails the validation of the diameter length limitation, you are now notified by a log message.

  • Reinforcement types 1, 2, 5 and 6 are now correctly exported in double wall shells 1 and 2 regardless of the turning.

  • Freely selectable bending forms with 6 bending rows are now exported without an extra row, which caused errors in some user interfaces.

  • 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 bolted together on site. In Tekla Structures, embeds are modeled as steel sub-assemblies that are inside a concrete nested assembly.

    plotting option now works correctly for embeds that have more than two hierarchy levels.

  • The Text[Template]#Counter option was improved, and now more than one template can be used, and text delimiters are also supported. The Text[Template]#Counter option was also added for the settings Article number - rebar and Article number - mesh on the Reinf. data specification tab.

  • The user-defined attributes dialog box for surface objects now contains a new tab Unitechnik , where you can define line attributes that override scanned line attributes.

  • Line attributes override functionality is now working correctly for turned double wall shells.

  • TS configuration tab:

    • There are two new options for the setting Export CUTOUTs : Exclude selected excludes from the export the modeled cut parts that you define by 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.

      or name, and Selected only includes in the export the cut parts that you define by class or name.
  • Embeds tab:

    • The following new special assembly export codes (installation types) can now be used: 0, 41, 42, 43.

      • 41 - 43 can be used for orienting the embed symbols according to model orientation:

        • 41: Insertion point embed assembly COG, orients towards the start to end point axis.

        • 42: Insertion point embed part start point, orients towards the end point.

        • 43: Insertion point embed assembly COG, orients towards the axis of the longest edge.

      • 0 ignores the symbol and will use the subassembly 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.

        setting according to the insertion COG setting (1 - 5), for example, PLATE(1) part that represents a flat structure

        (1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

        (2) plate that represents a steel structure

        (2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

        0 0 4.

    • There is a new option Yes, no rotation on pallet available for the setting Special assemblies export. With this option, the embed symbols are placed according to the panel rotation, but the symbols themselves are not rotated.

    • Embeds, insulation, electric tubes, opening embed, opening cutout, cutpart former, opening with corner symbols, braced girder and ignored parts from export can now be designated by class or by name in the dialog box. Previously, only class could be used.

    • Embeds in special assembly symbol definition file can now be designated by template property and its value in format [TEMPLATE:VALUE] instead of the embed name.

  • SLABDATE block data specification tab:

    • You can now export weight in the SLABDATE block as cast unit weight or as template property using the new Production weight options Cast unit weight and Template.

    • You can now select which value will be exported as the total thickness by using the new setting Total thickness. The options are:

      - Cast unit thickness

      - Concrete part thickness

      - Main part thickness

      - Template

  • Reinforcement tab:

    • There is a new option Bent meshes with end hooks available for the setting Bent reinf. as unfolded. This option exports end hook shapes L, S and U (flection form 1, 4 and 5) as terminal hooks according to the Unitechnik specification. Other shapes are exported as free flection forms like before.
  • Mounting part data specification tab:

    • It is now possible to define the type of the mounting part by class or by name in Type of mounting part. Define the exceptional classes or names in the first dialog box field separated by a space, and paired mounting part types in the same sequence separated by a space.
  • Pallet tab:

    • Now when you have selected Combined, n slabdate, 1 part as the output file structure, you can select the logic of the sequencing panels on the pallet using the main part or the cast unit ACNuser-defined attribute of an assembly or a cast unit that identifies the assembly or cast unit main part

      A control number does not affect numbering.

      Control numbers are running numbers.

      or number, the main part 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.

      or the main part template, or the Unitechnik transport UDAs. You can set the sequence as Ascending or Descending.

    • With the new setting Y offset you can specify the Y offset of the elements on the pallet.

  • Log files tab:

    • With the new setting Write file name to UDA , you can select to write the full export file name ( File name with extension ) or the export file name without the file name extension ( File name without extension ) to the hidden main part UDA UT_FILE_NAME.

BVBS Export

The BVBS export has been improved in the following ways:

  • You can now select pours and pour units in drawings and export the related reinforcement.
  • Circular rebars now have the correct total length
  • Operations with drawing data and reinforcement positions now use the same method to get the UDA values. If a UDA does not have any value, this is reported in the log.
  • The @ sign was occasionally missing in front of parameter c. This has now been fixed. Multiple tapered groups with the same rebar positions are now merged if applicable. Parameter t is calculated if it is needed for stepped rebars.

  • Ridge tapered rebar groupgroup of reinforcing bars that are side by side and have identical properties, except the possible variation in bar lengths

    was combined in one row. This has now been fixed.

  • Parameters tab:

    • Now the option Selected reinforcement only also works in the drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

      Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.

      .
    • The Drawing name source setting has two new options: Reinforcement UDA and Template. These two new options offer you custom ways of controlling drawing marks, especially if you are working with cast-in-place structures.
    • A new option for exporting Reinforcement for selected pours was added for the setting Model objects to be exported for exporting of reinforcement from pour objects and pour units. There are also info messages displayed for pours.
    • Two new settings Position source and User-defined reinforcement position have been added to define the reinforcement position. The options for setting the position source are Reinforcement position , Reinforcement UDA and Fixed text. An exported item with the same position numberidentifier that is assigned to all similar parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement

      Position number consists of a prefix, separator, and running number. The prefix is part of the position number, identifying a numbering series. The running number is part of the position number, and is the assigned number in the numbering series, based on the start number. The separator is an optional character, such as a slash, that separates the prefix and the running number.

      In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

      In the US, the term piece mark or ship mark is used to refer to a position number.

      but a different UDA position number will now be exported to different rows.
  • UDAs tab:

    • This is a new tab for defining the UDA fields to be used, and fields for defining the content to write into reinforcement, part, cast unit and pour objectbuilding object that is formed of one or more cast-in-place concrete parts, or a part of a cast-in-place concrete part

      The cast-in-place concrete parts are merged into one pour object if they have the same material grade and pour phase, and if they touch each other. Pour objects are visible in pour view.

      UDAs. You can tag UDAs based on the release code, release status, release date and released by information. You can also select whether the existing UDAs are checked and handled by using the new setting Check existing UDAs. The options are No , Prevent export , Report to log , Report to log and overwrite , and Overwrite only.

      Now when you select Prevent export , the existing file is no longer overwritten with empty file after prevention.

Export EliPlan file (68)

The EliPlan export has been improved in the following ways:

  • With the new setting Filter by part on the Parameters tab you can designate parts that will be excluded or included in the export by class or by name. You can do this for element data, material quantities or secondary concrete.

  • It is now possible to export elements with ACN. To do this, select 2.00 ACN for the Export version number setting on the Parameters tab.

  • The export log now contains detailed information about unmapped records.

  • You can now export cutouts and embeds as lines using the new setting Plot cutout/embed as lines on the Plotter data tab. You can specify the cutouts and embeds by name, class or material.

HMS export

The HMS export has been improved in the following ways:

  • There is a new setting Generate drain/weep holes on the Options tab for exporting drain holes and weep holes. You can also specify the offset.

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