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Formwork Placing tools - Slabs: Release notes

Last updated March 22, 2019 by Riku Laiho riku.laiho@trimble.com

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Formwork Placing tools - Slabs: Release notes

Release 1.5

March 22, 2019

New features

  • Easier to control formwork items
    • Formwork placing tools now automatically write UDA’s on placed items
    • These attributes enable easier control for formwork items in model and drawing side
    • Usable for ribbon controls, selection and view filters, drawing settingssettings that control what the drawing looks like and what it includes

      Drawing settings can be defined in the modeling mode when creating a drawing, and they can be modified in the drawing mode.

      The range of the objects and elements that drawing settings affect may vary.

  • Formwork tools are writing attributes below by following basis
    • TW_CATEGORY = FORMWORK if Formwork placing tools are used
    • TW_SUBCATEGORY = SLABplate that represents a concrete structure

      In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

      Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

      FORMWORK if Formwork placing tools - Slabs is used
    • TW_TYPE = PANEL / CROSS GIRDER etc. based on Formwork placing tool dialog used
    • TW_SUPPLIER = Based on Supplier set on .csv configuration file
    • TW_SYSTEM Based on Family set on .csv configuration file
    • TW_ITEM Based on setting name set either in .csv configuration file or condition name
      • Note! Can’t be used in QTO because all items inside condition get same TW_ITEM attribute
    • TW_LENGTH / TW_WIDTH / TW_HEIGHT / TW_THICKNESS Based on panel dimensions set in the xxx.FormworkTools.Fillers.csv and xxx.FormworkTools.SlabPanels.csv files


  • Add girders and shoring quickly
    • It’s now possible to add girders and shoring in one go

  • Girder overlap adjustment options
    • It’s now possible to define where girder overlap is adjusted automatically
    • In these locations default overlap value is overriden

  • Direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

    Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

    of panel layout
    • Change panels in 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.

      formwork layout with Direct modification
    • You can also change the panels in tool dialog

  • Double the cross girders in panel seams
    • User can now choose the default girder layout and specify how is the layout in panel seams

Release 1.3

November 22, 2018

New features

  • Improved usability for using 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

    for shoring also other things than only slab forrmwork
    • The tool can be used to support any material and object types - such as  steel and precast slabs and beams
    • User can start by adding girders or add props directly under the supported structure




  • This release is fixing an issue with Formwork Placing tools used on Tekla Structures 2018i version, in which some users were unable to use Direct Manipulation functionalities with placing tool
    • Issue was experienced by user's who did not have Tekla Structures 2018 installed in their machine - user's having Tekla Structures 2018 installed on their machine were not having this issue
    • Issue was caused by certain .dll file missing from Tekla Structures 2018i installation (until version SP1)
  • Separate installers were created for Tekla Structures 2018 and for Tekla Structures 2018i (and newer)

Release 1.2

September 21, 2018

  • Slab formwork items can be automatically added to relevant pour unitentity that combines together a pour object and the other building objects that need to be in place before cast-in-place concrete can be poured

    The needed building objects can be reinforcement and embeds, for example.

    . This makes it much easier to create pour specific drawings and quantity take-offs. You can be sure that all the formwork items are included. Formwork assigned to pour unit can be exported to IFC4 as well.
    • To automatically add formwork to underlying pour set Add to pour unit: Yes
    • You can also assign the items to a different pour unit afterwards by pressing Pick new pour
    • Formwork assigned to pour unit can be exported to IFC4 as well

  • Placing formwork on tilted slabs
    • Props are now always aligned in z-direction, even if the slab is tilted


  • Girders can no be set to follow the shape of a complex slab
    • The new option can be found from Girder creation dialog

  • Formwork placing tools - Slabs can now be used in shoring precast slabs
    • First place the girders by pressing Insert new on girder dialog and then add shoring on Shuttering -dialog

  • Formwork Placing tools - Slabs extension is now placed under Concrete in Applications & Components -dialog. The main tool Formwork slab panel is clearly visible and sub-tools can be found from Sub-tools -folder.

Release 1.1

May 5, 2018

  • Sample .csv –files are installed to C:\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\common\system\CIPcast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position

    . Previously they were installed to …\system –folder.
  • Previously removing panels from slab’s skewed edge sometimes broke girder length automation. This has now been fixed.
  • Slab formwork can now be copied, copy-rotated and mirrored. Note that to have the voids visible additional Modify is needed on the Panels-dialog and as a limitation locations of shutters aligned automatically under overlapping girders are not kept - the locations can be corrected by re-creating the shuttering.

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