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Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU)

Last updated June 30, 2017 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA solutions.us@tekla.com

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United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU)

Purpose and description

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.

for modeling a concrete masonry unit as either a part using a profile or an item using a shape.

System requirements

Environments: US Imperial, US Metric for other environments you may need to create or export/import cmu profiles and/or shapes.
Languages: English

Installing CMU

To install the extension:

  1. Download the CMU Tools TSEP package from Tekla Warehouse
  2. Import the TSEP into the Applications and components catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

    The term component catalog is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

    (see TUA article for instructions)
  3. Start Tekla Structures
  4. Open/create a model
  5. The tool will be found in the CMU Tools sub-category of the US Extensions category of the Applications and components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


Using CMU

To use the extension the user needs to select and apply appropriate properties.

Then select two points with the first being the start point of the block and the second defining the orientation of the block. It is recommended to place the second point according to the length of the block for improved usage within other plugins.


Additional information

  • When embedding in other plugins, speed issues can occur if used extensively.
  • CMU profiles need to exist in Profile Catalogcatalog that displays profiles and information on the profiles

    In addition to the available profiles in the respective Tekla Structures environment, the user can add fixed or parametric user-defined profiles to the profile catalog. It is also possible to import profiles to the profile catalog.

    to be utilized
  • CMU shapes are imported with the installation and may cause conflicts with existing duplicate shapes

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