Column Tiers


Software version: 2017 - 2020

Last updated January 20, 2020 by Tekla Support US tekla.support.us@trimble.com

Environment: 
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Column Tiers

CATALOGuser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

NAME: Column Tiers

TYPE: PART

This Custom Componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

is used to create up to 5 tiers of steel columns, a concrete pier, and a concrete footing. This component can also create base platecomponent object that represents a plate welded to a column base

Base plates are used to distribute the concentrated load of the column over a wider area.

, column splice, cap 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.

, and reinforcement components as well.

Column Tab
This is where you define the bottom of base plate/bottom of column elevation, the centerline of splice elevations, and the top of column elevation. The base plate, column splice, and cap plate components and attributes are also defined here. By default, the column splice component name and attribute file will match that of the splice location below. Therefore, if you want the same component and attribute to be used at all locations, you only need to enter the information for Splice #1.

Parts Tab
This is where the column profiles and detailing information are defined. By default, the Profile, Part Prefix and Start Numberfirst number of a numbering series

, Assembly Prefix and Start Number, Material, Name, Finish, 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.

, and Design Groupgroup of physical parts that Tekla Structures uses when it searches for optimal profiles for steel parts and optimal reinforcement for concrete parts

Name properties will match that of the Column Tier below. Therefore, if you want all of the column tiers to have the same properties, you only need to enter the information for Column Tier 1.

Foundation Tab
This is where the concrete pier and footing profiles, detailing information, elevations, and reinforcing components are defined. Note that it is possible to have the bottom of column/base plate component elevation (defined on the Columns tab) different than the top of pier/footing elevation (defined on the Foundation tab).

Position Tab
This is the typical position tab that affects the location and rotation of the component. Note that the rotation of the component will affect the rotation of the steel columns, concrete pier, and concrete footing at the same time.


Starting in v21.1, the above Custom Component is available in all US Environment Model Templates

  • CIPcast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position

    -Rebar Detailing (hidden)
  • Engineering*
  • Precast Detailing (hidden)
  • Steel Detailing

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