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How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols?

  • Software:

    Autodesk Advance Concrete
  • Module

    Reinforcement
  • Question:

    How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols?
  • Type:

    Modeling
  • Difficulty:

    *

Answer

Reinforcement symbols consist of graphic elements (lines, circles), texts (separators like slash or hyphen, the "-, /" Symbol) and attributes.
The attributes read the corresponding values from the reinforcement elements (bars and distributions) and allow placing reference marks on the distribution bars.

For example:

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

Attributes in details

Attributes are inserted as normal text between angle brackets: "< Attribute >".
For example, attributes corresponding to the symbols shown above:

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols


How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols


How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

The most important attributes for the reinforcement symbols are the following:

Attribute name Function
< PositionNumber > Position number
< Elementquantity > Element quantity (with multiplication factor)
< RepartElementQuantity > Quantitative distribution (without multiplication factor)
< DiameterName > Diameter name
< ElementDistances > Distances between the distribution elements
< Length > Bar length
< MultiplicatorFactor > Multiplication factor of the distribution (for example 2x)
< Label > Label text for additional data. It is inserted in the bar definition and can be analyzed together with the label (for example, by location, deviation etc.)
< Label 2 >
< Label 3 >

The input mask for the attribute "Label*" can be found in the properties dialog of the bar definition:

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

Creating user-defined reinforcement symbols

The easiest way to create user-defined symbols is by modifying the existing ones. The existing reinforcement symbols are grouped by country and are available on the Windows drive, in the following folder:
\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Graitec\Advance Concrete\2010\Support\Symbol\Reinforcement\

In the selected folder, open one of the existing symbol templates and make the desired changes (e. g., the color). Save the modified file under a different name.

You can also create a new folder and save the new symbols under the name of the design office:

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

After creating the folder with the new symbols, you can access it from the Smartbar:

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

In Advance you have the option to create user-defined symbols using a specific function. This way you can create new symbols without accessing and modifying the existing ones.

How can I create user-defined reinforcement symbols

Click the "Insert an attribute..." button. A new dialog box is displayed with all the attributes available in Advance. Creating a symbol using the "Create a symbol" tool is similar to the creation of a block in AutoCAD.