Modify a rebar set

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Modify a rebar set

Modify a rebar set

You can modify rebar sets by changing the rebar set properties, by using the rebar set guidelines or leg faces, or by creating local rebar set modifiers. The guidelines, leg faces, and modifiers all have direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.



When you work with rebar sets, ensure that theDirect modification switch is active.

In case you open an existing model using a new version of Tekla Structures , always update the existing rebar sets first: on the Concrete tab, click Rebar set > Regenerate rebar sets.

See also Modify a rebar set using leg faces and Modify a rebar set locally using modifiers.

Modify the properties of a rebar set

You can change the properties of a rebar set in the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

or on the contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.


  1. Double-click the rebar set that you want to modify.
  2. If you want to use previously saved properties from a file, select the property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

    Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

    User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

    from the topmost list in the property pane:

  3. Modify the rebar set properties in the property pane.
  4. Click Modify to save the changes.
  5. To save the properties for later use, enter a name for the property file in the topmost box in the property pane, and then click.

Alternatively, you can modify the rebar set properties on the contextual toolbar.

Change the layer order of a rebar set

You can adjust the order of the bar layers when two or more rebar sets overlap.

By default, the layer order is based on the creation order of the rebar sets. Tekla Structures automatically places the bars that are created first closest to the concrete surface, and the bars created last will be the furthest.

  1. Select a rebar set.
  2. On the contextual toolbar, adjust the layer order number by using the arrow buttons.

    Alternatively, you can enter a number or use the arrow buttons in the property pane, and then click Modify to save the changes.

    The smaller the layer order number, the closer to the concrete surface the bar layer is. You can use both positive and negative numbers.

    If you set the same layer order number for several rebar sets, the bars will be placed on the same layer, and the bars may collide.

  3. If needed, fine-tune the layer order at any individual leg face separately.

    These modifications override the default settings and the layer order settings of the entire rebar set.

Modify a rebar set using guidelines

The guidelines of a rebar set define the distribution direction of the bars. The spacing of the bars is also measured along the guidelines. You can modify the rebar set guidelines by using direct modification.

See also Resize and reshape model objects , Distribute bars in a rebar set , and Create a secondary guideline.

To show or hide the guidelines when you select rebar sets in the model, go to the Concrete tab and click Rebar display options > Guideline visibility . Alternatively, you can use the advanced option XS_REBARSET_SHOW_GUIDELINES or the keyboard shortcut Alt+2.

To modify a guidelinedefinition of the distribution and direction of the reinforcing bars in rebar sets

The spacing of the reinforcing bars is measured along the rebar set guideline. The rebar set guideline can be a line, or a polyline that may have corner chamfers.

, select a rebar set and do any of the following:

  • To move a guideline, drag the line handle.
  • To move a guideline point, drag the point handle.
  • To add a new point to the start or end of a guideline:
    1. Select the start or end point of the guideline.
    2. ClickAdd new point on the contextual toolbar.
    3. Pick a location for the new start or end point.
  • To add an intermediate point to a guideline, drag a midpoint handle.
  • To remove a point from a guideline, select the point and press Delete.
  • To modify chamfers at intermediate corner points of a guideline:
    1. Select a corner point.
    2. Define the chamfer type and dimensions on the contextual toolbar.

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