Allplan Tools for Rebar detailing - Building Reinforcement

Reinforced concrete detailing – more commonly known as rebar design and detailing – is one of the most time-consuming, yet critical, part of the design process. Without an accurate and coordinated set of reinforcement documentation, costly and wasteful mistakes can be made. 

Reinforcing or strengthening describes the process of upgrading the structural system of a building in order to improve its performance under existing loads or to increase the strength to carry additional loads. 

Stabilization may be required for any number of reasons including soil erosion, moisture, poorly designed modifications, substandard quality of materials or craftsmanship, as well as deterioration due to aging or neglect. Any of these factors can threaten stability. Of course, there is no single solution that offers a straightforward method for every project.

What is reinforcement in construction

Reinforced concrete is one of the most widely used modern building materials. Concrete is an “artificial stone” that obtained by mixing cement, sand, and aggregates with water. Fresh concrete can be moulded into almost any shape, giving it an inherent advantage over other materials.

Steel reinforcement is available in the form of plain steel bars, deformed steel bars, cold-drawn wire, welded wire fabric, and deformed welded wire fabric. In Sri Lanka Reinforcing steel must conform to applicable British/ European standard specifications.

The reinforcement in concrete may be simple bar or series of bars, bend to a given schedule which known as bar schedule and tied according to the reinforcement drawings with stirrups. The normal diameters of bars used at this site are 6, 10,12,13,16, 25 and 32 millimetres.

Rebar Detailing - job of structural engineers

Everyday structural engineers have to deal with rigorous and time-consuming rebar detailing to comply with code requirements for building design and local rebar detailing standards. Historically, this task was done in 2D detailing software like ArchiCAD, autoCAD software, but today the industry is based on the BIM (Building Information Modeling) environment, and it’s necessary to create rebar elements inside the Allplan model.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is required by more and more clients worldwide. The benefits that BIM offers – such as improved coordination, communication, and collaboration – help reduce costs and improve productivity.

ALLPLAN Software - powerful BIM solution for rebar detailing

Rebar is a vital element to the integrity of any concrete structure, but the current means to achieve an efficient workflow, for a rebar detailer, leaves much to be improved upon. Fractured communication between the structural engineer, general contractors, sub-contractors, and field personnel can lead to costly errors and clashes on the job site.

Reinforce and detail concrete structures (rebar detailing) - quick and easy

Coordination is critical to maintain a tight construction schedule, avoid site errors and eliminate costly extensions. Building information modeling (BIM) gives drafters the ability to work in their familiar 2D drawing, while generating a 3D model. Functions like automatic bar placement and bending tools can cut the time it would take to design projects.

Allplan allows rebar detailers to quickly and accurately model, reinforce and detail concrete structures

> Integrate 3D and BIM into existing 2D workflows
> Generate accurate cost appraisals
> Automatically detect clashes

3D modeling - Reinforcement at the highest level

An integrated 3D model, complete with reinforcement, fixtures, and if necessary tendons, provides the highest possible design reliability and clarity.

Diverse areas of use in rebar detailing

Allplan Engineering is suitable for all types of construction projects – from small to highly complex, and for both buildings and civil engineering constructions.

ALLPLAN tools (Allplan PythonParts) - Speed Up The Job Of Engineers

Developing ALLPLAN PYTHONPARTS to manage the workflow of engineers which we believe will help them complete their tasks much easier, faster and reduce errors.

ALLTO is the developer professional BIM software and add-ons for the AEC industry that are compatible with ALLPLAN software. 

We value every client and strive to satisfy each person’s and firm’s needs. We stand ready to work with you to ensure easy and effective use of our ALLPLAN Python Parts.

Allplan tools for building reinforcement

Wall rebar detailing for building reinforcement

Wall Reinforcement is a feature of our PythonParts in ALLPLAN that lets you create, update and modify reinforcement for wall reinforcement from simple to complicated one in ALLPLAN. It recognizes the shape of the wall panel and distributes the main reinforcement and additional reinforcement for wall openings.

  • Mesh Placement
  • Angle end corner wall.
  • Support user steel grade from cross section file.
  • Support multiple languages
  • Wall Opening Reinforcement Diagonal (Auto recognize and crank rebar)
  • Wall Opening Reinforcement Additional (Auto recognize and crank rebar)
  • Wall Opening Reinforcement Stirrup (Auto recognize and switch between close/open stirrup)

Column for building reinforcement

In production stage, Structural Column reinforcement detailing is a time consuming process when it comes to drafting. This ALLPLAN Pythonparts created here automates the concrete dimensions in addition to the vertical bars of a structural column Cross-Section.

Beam for building reinforcement

Reinforcement details of concrete beams and slabs should specify clearly about length, curtailment, number and diameter of reinforcement to be provided.

  • Main straight bars
  • Main cranked bars
  • Hanger bars
  • Stirrups

Strip foundation (footings) for building reinforcement

Strip foundations (or strip footings) are a type of shallow foundation that are used to provide a continuous, level (or sometimes stepped) strip of support to a linear structure such as a wall or closely-spaced rows of columns built centrally above them.

Slab Reinforcement PythonParts in ALLPLAN

Reinforcement detailing of a slab is done based on its support conditions. Slab may be supported on walls or beams or columns. Now, structural engineers can easily get it done by ALLPLAN PythonParts developed by ALLTO.

Opening Wall for building reinforcement

Inevitably, openings of various sizes and shapes for doors, windows, conduit, piping, and ductwork will need to be made in structural walls. Correct placement of the rebar helps prevent the concrete around openings from cracking from structural loads or shrinkage.

Wall Edge Reinforcement

The Edge Reinforcement python part is used for detailing walls by connecting two walls to each other in ALLPLAN. Wall to wall connection – Edge shape included: Collinear Walls; L-shaped Walls; T-shaped Walls; intersect-shaped Walls

Single Foundation Reinforcement

Individual foundation (footing) are one of the most simple and common types of foundations. These are used when the load of the building is carried by columns. Usually, each column will have its own footing. The footing is just a square or rectangular pad of concrete on which the column sits. Now, engineers can easily get it done by ALLPLAN PythonParts developed by ALLTO.

Detecting IFC Model Changes with Allplan Pythonparts

This python part in Allplan Software detects the geometric differences between two IFC files and merges only the modifications (new, deleted and modified elements) into the currently drawing file (that project can also be an empty one). Modifications can be viewed and managed in both 2D and 3D views. 

➤ New Elements: elements created in the newer version that did not exist in the earlier version. 

➤ Deleted Elements: elements that existed in the earlier version but were deleted from the newer version. 

➤ Modified Elements: elements that have been moved/copied (in their position and/or size) from old version to the new one.

2D Axis Grid in ALLPLAN Engineering

2D Axis Grid pythonparts can be used for an axis grid created by lines, polyline or 3D line. With an axis grid created by ALLPLAN function, this tool can be used after we explode this axis grid. You can define to create the axis grid title the same as the project name or type a new name for it. Watch the full video to know how to use it.

Converting from 2D lines/polylines to architecture components in ALLPLAN

ALLPLAN has been an innovative pioneer in the area of 3D design, from 3D modeling to component-oriented, digital building models as the basis for the BIM design method. 3D design reduces the risk of errors and promotes greater efficiency. With ALLTO PythonParts, it can be – see how easy it is to convert from 2D lines/polylines to architecture components in just some steps with the right tools.

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