Column Reinforcement tool for ALLPLAN users

ALLTO has released tools that automate the modeling of reinforcement for column in ALLPLAN.

ALLPLAN PythonParts for Column Reinforcement makes it efficient to model main rebar, stirrups, side bar, calculate overlap and create sections… a task that structural engineers and structural engineers have to spend a lot of time on if they’re stuck doing it manually. 

Here's the basic workflow for using Column Reinforcement.

1. ALLTO Library

Open ALLTO window of Column reinforcement and create new configuration. 

allto software - allplan pythonparts

2. Stirrup Rebar

In ‘Stirrup’ tab, you can define hook length, hook angle and concrete cover. Enter cover settings for column, main reinforcement, and stirrup layout. Hook angle has 2 options 90 and 135. Stirrup can be defined in 3 different spacings.  

3. Coner Rebar

Corner rebar can be a straight or crank rebar. We can define it in corner rebar tab.  

  • All lengths can be customized.  
  • Extra stirrup can also be included. 
  • Crank distance for both sides is possible to be defined. 
corner rebar for column reinforcement

4. Side Rebar

Side rebar can be defined similarly to corner rebar in side rebar tab. You can set hook length to 0 to create straight rebar without hook.

side rebar - allplan pythonparts

5. Creating column rebar

Reinforcement can be created for any object or only for column object by clicking the icon column reinforcement - allplan pythonparts. Select one by one to create reinforcement. You could also select in plan view in ALLPLAN software.

Modify, rearrange marks and create legend for these objects have been created by allplan pythonparts such as bar schedule – bending shapes. It’s like you do manually with ALLPLAN.

Modify, rearrange marks and create legend for these objects have been created by allplan pythonparts such as bar schedule – bending shapes

6. Defining different rebar

In some cases, you need to define differently for corner and side rebar. To do that, you go to general tab –> turn off ‘same as’, the ‘corner 2’ tab will appear and you can define the corner 2 rebar differently.

Defining different rebar

The same way for side bar. To do that, you go to general tab –> turn off ‘same as’, the ‘side 2’ tab will appear and you can define the corner 2 rebar differently.

The same way for side bar. To do that, you go to general tab --> turn off ‘same as’, the ‘side 2’ tab will appear and you can define the corner 2 rebar differently.

7. Get Geometry

Assure that you have 2 columns, column above is smaller than column below, you can use feature ‘Get Geometry’ to define quickly corner rebars and side rebars.

  • Go to setting –> column above. In in tab, you can define setting for column above or make it the same with column below by click choose ‘same as below’. Defining whether the corner rebar will crank and avoid above rebar.
get geometry - allplan pythonparts
  • Defining diameter for corner and side rebar, turn off same as if necessary.
Defining diameter for corner and side rebar, turn off same as if necessary
  • Click on button ‘Get Geometry’ –> choose column below and column above.
Click on button ‘Get Geometry’ --> choose column below and column above.

8. Extra pin

In ‘Extra Pin’ tab, you can define pin setting such as hook length, diameter. Spacing can be adapted to stirrup spacing or define independently.

extra pin for column reinforcement

Click to the side rebar at the bottom and right to define extra pin. Click again if you want to remove the point you’ve chosen.

Click to the side rebar at the bottom and right to define extra pin. Click again if you want to remove the point you ‘ve chosen.

9. Intermediate stirrup

Intermediate stirrup can be defined similarly by clicking start and end bar. Stirrups could also be seperately cleared. 

Intermediate stirrup for column reinforcement

10. Generic stirrup

Same way above can be applied for Generic stirrup. Selecting directly on the right side to define generic stirrup (you can click to any point on the right side). Undo to remove last edge and clear to remove stirrup. 

Selecting directly on the right side to define generic stirrup

11. Calculating Overlap

Calculator support you to calculate starter length base on your company standard.

calculate column overlap

You can also manage the calculation in ‘setting’. Select database to calculate overlap length.

Or you can create your own overlap dababase –> save as your own database with specific name.

Create your own overlap dababase by clicking the icon

create your own overlap dababase --> save as your own database with specific name

Named your own overlap database so that you can choose later.

Your database custom has been saved.

Choose your custom database standard to calculate overlap.

12. Save and Load Favorite

You can save your all input as a favourite file (.json). Then you will see a pop up box said ‘save data sucessfully’.

Load favorite file can help you quickly define all input for column.

load favorite

13. Section and cross section

Section also supported in ALLTO column python part.

Included elevation and define its location.

column section
  • Click ‘title’ to define title: Name title for the section.
  • Define the title with parameter buttons in the right side.

You also set font for the title.

NOTE: the front size is 10 times bigger than ALLPLAN text height.

  • For example: you want the title text height is 5 mms, you’ll set the font size 50. Title can also be bold, italic, or underline.

Then, click save to finish and section is created. 

Cross Section

  • Easily create cross section by clicking on ‘Cross section’ feature.
  • Defining the distance to the main section.
  • Also spacing fom dimension and title.
  • Define the label for stirrup and fomat the labeling
  • Click to the column, then click on 1 point in plan view to create column reinforment with section created.
cross section for column in allplan

14. Create as reinforcement or PythonPart element

You can create reinforcements as nomal rebars or PythonPart element with position name.

You can create reinforcements as nomal rebars or PythonPart element with position name.

Click column reinforcement - allplan pythonparts to create one python part element, also contain reinforcement. You can double click to python part element to modify it. You are freely copy, paste/move/rotate the python part element. 

You can create reinforcements as nomal rebars or PythonPart element with position name.

14. Edit and Automate updating by double click or by defined name

  • Click any PythonPart element and modify it. Then, click to update and re-confirm the message you want to update. All the PythonPart elements with same shape and position name will be updated.
Automate updating by double click
  • Open the dialog to creating new element and modify it. Click update button and input an position name. All the PythonPart elements with same shape and position name will be highlighted. Re-confirm the message to update all position name was found.
updating reinforcement

Column Reinforcement is a feature of our PythonParts for ALLPLAN, which covers modeling and documentation of elements and reinforcement of walls, beams, and now columns.

Take a free 7-day trial of Column Reinforcement.

  • Email us at trial@45.77.52.12 to get the installation file that matches your Allplan version.
  • Open ALLPLAN.
  • In the ALLTO library, select Column Reinforcement.
  • Activation code will be sent to you via email.
  • Enter the activation code.
  • Trial away!
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