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Concrete Masonry (CMU) Wall Opening

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 Opening

Purpose and description

Tool to create an opening in the walls created by the CMU 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.

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.


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 Opening

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 Opening

After applying appropriate settings, select a wall created by the CMU Wall tool and then select a point in the wall for the opening location.

CMU Wall Opening settings

  1.  Total opening height
  2.  Total opening width
  3.  Arc start height (set equal to Total opening height if no arc is desired)
  4.  Location point vertical offset
  5.  Location point horizontal off

Additional information

  • Picked point is projected to center planeplane whose position is defined so that it passes through the midpoint of a part cross section

    of wall which then needs to fall within the boundary of the wall parts.

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