Reuse reinforcement cages in Revit

Easily reuse and share reinforcement cages with your colleagues

 

Are you tired of manually creating reinforcement cages for identical or similar hosts?

Take your productivity in Revit to the next level. Advance BIM Designers 2019 comes with a new super-useful feature built to increase productivity and offer better control while working with reinforced elements in Revit.

"The Reinforcement Cage" tool allows you to create templates  and reuse reinforcement cages for identical or similar hosts. Before creating a new reinforcement cage from an existing template, the new feature allows you to decide how the adjustments of the cage in the template will be applied to the new hosts. The settings can be done separately for the longitudinal and transversal reinforcement. Once you set the parameters, it's done.

Flexibility and reusability are the strengths of the new version Advance BIM Designers.

reinforcement cage

Reusability

"Reinforcement Cage" is a new set of commands that offers you the possibility to save and reuse reinforcement cages from existing elements to newly defined hosts. The feature is using a template mechanism that allows you to create a library of templates for each structural element. Thus, you can forget about defining each time reinforcement assumptions for identical or similar hosts.

The main advantage is that when applying a reinforcement cage from a source structural element to one or more target structural elements, the mechanism automatically takes care of the necessary adjustments for the cage to fit the target element.

If you like to build your own library of specific cage templates while you work on your Revit projects, keep in mind that all your customized libraries can be easily shared with your colleagues.

This first innovative version of this new feature supports reinforcement created by the BIM Designers modules for structural beams, structural columns and isolated footings.

Flexibility

Upgrade your software without buying a new one. The brand-new features of Advance BIM Designers 2019 are available and fully functional on Revit*. Also, the tool may be used in Revit within both packages, Rebar Detailing  and also Rebar Design and Detailing.

The templates can be easily created with BIM Designers 2019 in any of the three platforms on which Advance BIM Designers is available.  You are not limited to Revit when creating a template. A platform neutral file can be saved from the standalone instance of BIM Designers or from the instance that runs on top of Advance Design and easily be loaded in Revit.

The cage template can have any configuration of bar quantities, spacing, diameters, types of links and hooks. The user can create the cage by calling the design functions available and further use it as it is, and also, he can additionally adjust certain details to his liking or build the cage from scratch using the post-processing dialogs.

Thus, even after applying the cage in Revit, the information is fully compatible and editable using the Reinforcement post processing dialogs present in the BIM Designers addin.

Another major advantage is that the command can be applied not only for the native Revit families of footings,columns and beams, but also for the ones proposed by BIM Designers, regardless of the localization and country selected for the content.

The main functions of the new feature

saving a platform neutral file (GTCX file, a XML-based neutral file) from an element with a certain reinforcement cage

- loading the platform neutral file to one or more elements

defining the rules to be followed when making the fitting adjustments

Advance BIM Designers | Reinforcement cages - main functions

 

The resulted cage may be adjusted separately for the longitudinal and transversal reinforcement. For both options you can choose to keep spacing or to keep quantity of reinforcement for target elements having different dimensions than the source.

  • Keep quantity - keeps the quantity of the rebar distribution fixed, and recalculates spacing for each rebar package
  • Keep spacing - keeps the spacing of the rebar distribution fixed, and recalculates the quantity for each package

See how it works

The examples below best illustrate each step performed in a normal workflow of reusing existing reinforcement cages:

  • Define the geometry of the template
  • Define the reinforcement in the template
  • Define the geometry of the target
  • Apply the template to the target and obtain a new cage by keeping the spacing
  • Apply the template to the target and obtain a new cage by keeping the quantity

 

Example | How to reuse a reinforcement cage from one footing to another

Isolated footing with bevel cuts

Geometry Template Data

Footing Width = 1000 mm

Footing Length = 1000 mm

Column Width = 500 mm

Column Length = 300 mm

Chosen element to be used as template

Reinforcement Template Data

Bottom Bars along X: 8Φ10/114 mm

Bottom Bars along Y: 8Φ10/114 mm

Longitudinal starter bars along X: 3Φ10/99 mm

Longitudinal starter bars along Y: 3Φ10/199 mm

Reinforcement Template Data

Geometry Element Data:

Footing Width = 2500 mm

Footing Length = 1500 mm

Column Width = 600 mm

Column Length = 750 mm

Apply the template for the following element in Revit

Reinforcement Element Resulted Data

Bottom Bars along X: 12Φ10/114 mm

Bottom Bars along Y: 21Φ10/114 mm

Longitudinal starter bars along X: 3Φ10/99 mm

Longitudinal starter bars along Y: 7Φ10/199 mm

Keep Spacing option selected

Reinforcement Element Resulted Data

Bottom Bars along X: 8Φ10/186 mm

Bottom Bars along Y: 8Φ10/329 mm

Longitudinal starter bars along X: 3Φ10/324mm

Longitudinal starter bars along Y: 8Φ10/249 mm

Keep Quantity option selected

Example | How to reuse a reinforcement cage from one rectangular column to another

Rectangular column

Geometry Template Data

Column Width = 500 mm

Column Length = 300 mm

Column Height = 2800 mm

Chosen element to be used as template

Reinforcement Template Data

Main Bars along X: 4Φ14/108 mm

Main Bars along Y: 3Φ14/112 mm

Transverse reinforcement: 5Φ6/120 mm +11Φ6/186 mm + 3Φ6/120 mm

reinforcement template data

Geometry Element Data:

Column Width = 600 mm

Column Length = 750 mm

Column Height = 3000 mm

Apply the template for the following element in Revit

Reinforcement Element Resulted Data:

Main Bars along X: 5Φ14/131 mm

This spacing was also altered to obtain a uniform centered cage in the new host

Main Bars along Y: 7Φ14/112 mm

Transverse reinforcement: 5Φ6/120 mm +11Φ6/186 mm + 5Φ6/120 mm

keep spacing option selected

Reinforcement Element Resulted Data:

Main Bars along X: 4Φ14/174 mm

Main Bars along Y: 3Φ14/337 mm

Transverse reinforcement: 5Φ6/174 mm +11Φ6/200 mm + 3Φ6/129 mm

keep spacing option selected

Compatibility within Revit

*Reinforcement cage is a feature of Advance BIM Designers and is available starting with version 2019. For this version Advance BIM Designers is fully functional on Revit® 2019 and Revit® 2018.

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