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Use handles to modify a reinforcement

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Use handles to modify a reinforcement

Use handles to modify a reinforcement

If you do not want to use direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

to modify a reinforcement, you can use, for example, the reinforcement handles to modify the reinforcement.

Tekla Structures uses handles to indicate:

  • The ends and corners of a 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.


  • The distribution length of a bar group.

  • The corners and main bar direction of a 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.


When you select a reinforcement, Tekla Structures highlights the handles. The handle of the first end point is yellow, the rest are magenta.

  1. Select the reinforcement.

    Tekla Structures highlights the handles.

  2. Click one of the handles to select it.
  3. Move the handle like any other object in Tekla Structures.

    For example, if Drag and drop is active, just drag the handle to a new position.


    If you want to use the reinforcement handles, ensure that the Direct modification switch is not active. If the switch is active and direct modification is on, Tekla Structures displays direct modification handles for the reference points, ends, legs, and leg midpoints of the selected reinforcement. These handles are blue.

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