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Concrete Masonry (CMU) Wall

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

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

Concrete Masonry (CMU) Wall

Purpose and description

Tool for creating straight walls with part or item types of concrete masonry units.

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 Wall

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 Wall

After apply appropriate settings, pick two points to define the start point and the limit of the 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.


CMU Wall settings

Wall Attributes

  1. Wall height limit
  2. Row stagger/offset value
  3. Row stagger option:
    • Even (second row is shifted)
    • Odd (first row is shifted)
  4. Mortar/groutbuilding object that represents the filling of seams between parts, or holes or voids in a part with grout

    Grouting can be used when connecting parts with anchor bolts or rods, or in seams between panels, for example.

    Grout is flowing concrete that hardens after application.


Block Attributes

  1.  Block type:
    • Part (profile based)
    • Item  (shape based)
  2. Block properties

End Conditions

  1. End closure options:
    • None
    • Start
    • End
    • Both
  2. Block type:
    • Part (profile based)
    • Item  (shape based)
  3. Block properties

Additional information

  • 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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