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Form face creator (for pours)

Last updated May 9, 2019 by CIP extensions tekla.extensions-castinplace@trimble.com

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Form face creator (for pours)

Enhancing Tekla’s material quantity take-off [QTO] solution, this unique tool offers contractors unrivalled insight and control to reduce risk when planning, procuring and deploying formwork. Users in maintenance may download the Form Face Creator extension from Tekla Warehouse.


Enhancing Tekla’s material quantity take-off [QTO] solution, this unique tool offers unrivalled insight and control that reduces risk when planning, procuring and deploying formwork. Enabling fast, accurate formwork area calculations, the Form Face Creator tool analyzes and reports on representational formwork that it applies logically to the correct concrete surfaces.


The tool gives control to a user to decide which surfaces of the object are quantified as formwork or concrete finishing areas. Often a concrete object has a free face at top and it joins to existing structures. With Form face creator tool these areas can be excluded from area calculation. It is also possible to calculate areas over holes like windows and doors if so desired. The tools create surface objects to quantify formwork areas.

  1. Download the Form Face Creator extensions from Tekla Warehouse
  2. Enable Pour view
  3. Open Applications and components catalog
  4. Search for "Form face creator"
  5. Open "Form face creator (for pours)"
  1. Set which object faces should be formed and how intersecting areas are handled
  2. Apply form faces by selecting objects in the model



Property Description
Create property controls if form faces are created to specific sides of the object or not. The control is available for different faces of the object: sides, bottom, opening sides, pour breaks, and top.
Name of the surface object. Name is often used to short reports and filtering content in Tekla Structures model.
Surface type
Type of the surface. The attribute is designed to make report content selection even easier. By default there are two options: Formwork and Concrete finish. The options are defined in surface_types.dat file and can be customized.
Class and color of the surface object.
Create holes
Create holes option defines if the form face continues over holes or not. Usually formwork area is quntified over small holes but bigger holes are excluded.
Create cut-outs
Create cut-outs option defines if the form face continues over cut-outs or not. Usually formwork area is quntified over small cut-outs but bigger cut-outs are excluded.
More ...
More button opens a dialog to apply user-defined attributes for surface objects.
Do not create surfaces smaller than
An minimum area of the form face. Smaller faces than the value won't be created.
Do not create holes or cut-outs smaller than
An minumum area of the hole that will be created. The form face will continue over the holes that are bigger than the value.
Areas intersecting with neighbor parts
Select how the form face areas intersecting or touching the neighbor parts should be handled.
When selecting options 2 or 3, you need to specify also the list of names to exclude or include certain neighbor parts.

When option 'Cut with filter' is selected you can select the filter from the drop down box on the right. In this case only areas intersecting or touching neighbor parts matching with the filter will be removed form the form face.

Hints and tips

  • Use predefined settings to speed up the process
  • Organize the model based on pour types -> form faces could be created based on pour typeproperty of a pour object that uses a cast-in-place part name or a manually given value to describe the pour object

    By default the part name is used for pour type. The part name used is the name of the part with the largest volume in the pour object.

  • Organizertool that is used for categorizing and managing model information, object properties and object property queries, and model object classification

    Organizer consists of two tools, object browser and categories.

    offers fast and visual formwork area reporting
    • Formwork areas can be exported to Microsoft Excel and used in cost estimations and scheduling.
  • When pour numbers are set, pour breakbuilding object used to split a pour object into smaller pour objects

    forms are automatically assigned to the object that has smaller pour numberproperty of a pour object used to define the sequence of pours

    • If pour numbers are not set and form faces are created to one object at the time, the pour break form will be part of the pour that was selected first
    • If pour numbers are not set and form faces are created as mass operation (multi selection), the pour break form will be part of pour with smaller ID.


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