Lifting Inserts

Last updated October 6, 2020 by Charles Pool

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Lifting Inserts

Purpose and description

Lifting Inserts extension adds lifters in the form of custom parts to walls, beams, columns, and slabs. You can pick which custom partcomponent for creating a part that cannot be created by using any existing part command or part profile

Typically, custom parts are used to create parts that have a complex composition. For example, castellated beams and sandwich panels are often created as custom parts.

to add and specify how many and where to place.

System requirements

Environments: US Imperial, US Metric
Languages: English


Add step-by-step information on how to install the extension.
To install the extension:

  1. Download TSEP package from warehouse here
  2. Double click or Open downloaded TSEP and follow install instructions for version(s)

Using Lifting Inserts

Extension is by default installed to Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

in group "US Extensions".

  • You can activate from Applications & components catalog
  • Click on 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.

    In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

    , beam, column, or 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.

    to insert

You can use more than once on the same part if needed. E.g. Top lifters versus Face lifters. Make sure to select a valid custom part in dialog settings and set desired part face for lifters to be applied to.

  • This exension is not recommended for strandreinforcement that represents a group of wires spun together

    /rebar lifting loops in tops of beams or columns. Use Lifting Anchor (80) for column top lifters or beam strand/rebar lifters. There are preset standard files saved away for those situations, (80) is included with installation - not an extension.



Property Description
Component Name Name of custom part that contains lifters
Component Settings Save As setting file to use for selected lifters
Face Part face to place lifters on (Front, Top, Back, etc..)
Rotate Inserts Yes to rotate customer part lifters to have X-axis to point towards COG, No to place aligned to input part
COG Type Assembly to locate lifters about Assembly COG to include combined other parts or Assembly to consider only COG of selected input part
Quantity Placement pattern that specifieds how many and patter to palce lifters (E.g. 2x4, 1x4, 2x2)
Placement Percentage to use input part length/height multiplied by a perfect factor to determine distance from edge or cog to place lifters. Distance to specify the distance specifically from edge or COG to place lifters
Spacing Whether to place lifters outwards from COG or in from edges of input part
COG Cube Whether or not to create a small 1/4" cube in model in part/assembly where COG is. This can be used in model/drawings to know where COG is located.
Component Direction Horizontal if handles follow short axis of lifter part or go along part sureface they are inserted into. Vertical if they go along lifter long axis or go into part surface they are inserted into.
Switch XY Direction Inverts local XY coordinate system for lifter placement along part face where lifters are inserted. Affects directions of travel for offset values a, b, c, etc..
Switch Z Direction Inverts direction of lifter into plane normal of part face they are inserted into. Can be used to insert lifters facing outwards from face.

Face Offsets

  • Can be used for each individual lifter to offset its location from specified to avoid blockouts or other embedded objects. These can also be used to turn on/off each individual lifter. Offset direction is based on input partpart that exists in a model and that the user selects when creating a component or another part

    coordinate system (Dx will follow handles of panel, beam, etc..). Dy will be face direction 90 degrees from Dx axis. Dz is always in thickness direction or depth.


Orientation of the lifters distance/percentage values is based on the input part coordinate system. Values a, b, c, d are in orientation of part x-axis (start handle towards end handle) orientation. The values e, f, g, h are in part face direction 90 degrees from x-axis forming face local y-direction.

Additional information

Custom Part Lifters

  • Custom parts used need to be defined as a single assembly (if made of mulitple parts) to work properly. Rebars need to be attached to lifter part, secondary parts need to be added to primary part or welded.
  • You may get "Add to cast unit" information message stating "Concrete and steel parts cannot be added in the same assembly levelassembly’s place in the assembly hierarchy

    The assembly level is expressed as a number.

    . Do you want ot add steel parts as subassembly?" - Choose, Yes. You may want to check the option to "Do not show this message again."
  • Include any rebar needed as part of custom part lifter assembly. Make sure you reports and drawing templates are setup to show rebar with proper non-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.

    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.

    numbers on all parts.
  • The handles of the lifters can be vertical or horizontal on lifter custom part, choose switch in plugincomponent that is developed using Tekla Open API

    Plugin is a .dll file and loaded inside Tekla Structures process.

    Plugins can be started from the applications and components catalog.

    dialog accordingly.

Face Placement

  • At each lifter position the face is searched to determine where to place the lifter using a line and solid collision check. If this check fails a red box is drawn around the lifter position using temporary graphics (goes away with window redraw). Typically this occurs when there is a void where lifter is specified to go, this results in the lifter placed in the the middle of the part (thickness, z-axis value).

  • This can be fixed by using Face Offset values for the lifter to move it away from the void area.

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