Secondary guideline properties

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Secondary guideline properties

Secondary guideline properties

Use 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.

The property pane can be customized by using the property pane editor.

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

The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

to view and modify the properties of the rebar set secondary guidelines.

Spacing properties

If you want a secondary guidelinerebar set guideline that can be used in addition to the rebar set primary guideline to modify the geometry, direction, and spacing of reinforcing bars in a rebar set

Rebar set secondary guidelines can be used to create curved reinforcing bars or to define a different spacing at the start and end of the rebar set reinforcing bars, for example.

to have similar spacing properties as the primary guidelinerebar set guideline that is created automatically when a rebar set is created

, select Yes from the Inherit from primary list in the property pane. You can then modify the Start offset and End offset values if needed. The spacing values and zone lengths are automatically scaled by the ratio of the secondary 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.

length to the primary guideline length.

If you want to define the secondary guideline spacing properties independently from the primary guideline, select No from the Inherit from primary list, and then modify the following spacing properties as needed:

Option Description
Start offset

The offsets at the start and end of a rebar set.

By default, Tekla Structures calculates the offset values according to the concrete cover settings and bar diameter. Automatic values are shown in square brackets, for example [32.00].

You can define whether an offset value is an Exact value or a Minimum value. If you select Minimum, the actual offset value can be bigger, depending on the spacing properties. In model views, both the actual and minimum values are shown, for example 50.00 (> 32.00), where the minimum value is in parentheses.

Note that the automatic offset values may change if the outermost rebar set bars are split by splitters and the split bars would end up in the concrete cover area.

End offset

The length of each spacing zone as an absolute value in the current length units (Absolute), or as a percentage of the total length of all spacing zones (Relative).

Only two of the three properties, Length, Number of spaces, and Spacing, can be set to Absolute or Exact at the same time.

At least one of the spacing properties needs to be flexible and yield to create a practical spacing combination. In model views, the yielding value is shown in red.

Number of spaces

Defines to how many spaces a spacing zone is divided.

You can define a flexible number, which Tekla Structures aims at (Target), or a fixed number of spaces (Exact).


The spacing value of each spacing zone.

You can define a flexible number, which Tekla Structures aims at (Target), or a fixed number of spaces (Exact).

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