Bar Checker

Last updated November 10, 2016 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA

Software version: 
Not version-specific
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Bar Checker

Purpose and description

The Bar Checker is a sorting, checking, and reporting tool specific to rebar detailing.  The tool will automatically select the reinforcing bars in the model and give the User the ability to easily and dynamically check the reinforcing in the model.  The tool will also allow the User to change certain information from the interface without having to open the bar properties.

System requirements

Environments:   US Imperial, US Metric
Languages:   English

Installing Bar Checker

To install the applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation


  1. Close Tekla Structures (if running)
  2. Download MSI Installer from Tekla Warehouse
  3. Install and run MSI Installer
  4. Start Tekla Structures
  5. Open an existing drawing
  6. Before version 2016:  A new toolbar icon which will launch the tool should now be visible when a drawing is opened. 2016 version and newer: a new thumbnail under Ungrouped items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.

Using Bar Checker

To use the plugins:
1.  Launch Bar Checker. Note that all rebar in the model will be loaded into the interface.
2.  View, sort, update and report properties within the interface.

User Interface

 Refresh: If reinforcing is added, or renumbered while the tool is open, this will update the list
 Fit Work Areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

: This will expand the view area to model without having to click in background
 Select Mode:  User can choose “Select Only” or “Select and Zoom” when bar is picked in list
 Open Report:  Opens the reporting featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation

of the tool.  Also gives access to report templatetemplate that is used for creating a report

 Radius Fix:  This will assign the proper bending radii to the bars in model (based on bar size)
 Hook Fix:  This will assign the proper bending length and radius for each hook for that grade and bar size
 Options: This opens a list of setup options to control units and layout
 Help:  Opens Help file

Column Ordering

User has the ability to change the order of the column headings.  To change order, click on the heading that you want to move, and drag and drop it to the desired location.  If you wish to remove a column from the interface, just drag and drop the column header off of the interface.  It you later would like to add that field or any of the other supported fields back to the interface, simply “Right Click” on the column header section and select the “Show Column Chooser” option.  There are also other options contained in the shown options list that will help with sorting and organizing.  For more information on hiding and showing columns, click here.

Summary Rows

If the User would like the information summarized, options can be accessed by Right Clicking in the interface footer (dark grey area), and select the desired function.  The available options are Sum, Min, Max, Count, and Average.  This will add to the summary row, and export to the Excel report automatically. For more information on sorting and grouping, click on this link.



In order to sort reinforcing information, the User needs to simply drag and drop the column header up to the section that says “Drag a column header here to group by that column”.  It is possible to sort by multiple categories as well.  If it is desired to sort by Bar Name and Bar Size, just drag both fields into the space.  To undo sorting, drag the header from the sort area and back to the column.  Additionally, by clicking on the “filter” icon, the User can further narrow down the selection by choosing which specific information that is made visible by checking and unchecking the corresponding boxes.

Information Updating

By clicking on the value fields for Name and 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.

; the User has the opportunity to dynamically change the property information through the interface.  This prevents the need to select the bar, open and change the properties, and select Modify.  To write the change to the bar, User just needs to press “Enter” on keyboard or select another field.  There is no need to press “Refresh” in the Bar Checker to register these changes.  They are automatically updated to the model. For more information on data editing, click on this link.

Dynamic Filtering

To quickly filter for specific information, the interface is set up with a row for filtering.  It is the first row in the interface, and will be blank unless information is manually input.  For example, in the above screenshot, the Bar Checker is filtered to show only bars with a name of “REBAR” and a size of “#4”.  To remove the filtering rules, click on the “X” in the bottom right corner (in the interface footer). For more information on filtering functionality, click here.


The Bar Checker tool has its own report template tool.  It does not rely on the existing Tekla reports or use of the Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

that is found in Tekla Structures.  This new template tool is also installed with the installation of the Bar Checker.  Templates are stored with the application executable itself.  They can be copied and sent through email if needed.  For more information on how to use the Report Designer, click here.
 Export Document:  Create the report in various supported formats (pdf, html, xls, xlsx…)
 Send Via-Email:  Creates an email with the created report as an attachment
 Watermark:  Add a text or visual watermark to the report (Transparency of mark can be set)

To create a custom report template for reporting the rebar information, the User needs to select the “Create New Report Template” option from the “Open Report” icon in the Bar Checker.  This will open the editor and allow for editing and building of templates.  These templates can be stored for future us in other projects.  For more information on creating custom templates, please follow the following link to a more advanced Help section.

In addition to the customized reports, the ability to export the sorted Bar Checker tool is available by clicking on the Open Report icon and select “Export to Excel”.  This cannot be customized, but it will maintain all of your groupings unlike the customized reports.  The exported Excel report mirrors the setup in the interface.

Additional information

  • The Bar Checker will only recognize reinforcing bars.  It will not select concrete or steel elements; as well as bolts, studs, embeds, etc.
  • Additional columns cannot be added to the Bar Checker.  The fields that are currently listed are hard coded within the tool.
  • Customized reports do not maintain all of the customized sorting that can be done in the interface.  If the report needs to mimic the interface setup, then it must be completed by using the “Export to Excel” option.

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