New Bi-directional FBEAM® Link for design of FABSEC® Beams

Added September 16, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Tekla Structural Designer 2020

New Bi-directional FBEAM® Link for design of FABSEC® Beams

New Bi-directional FBEAM® Link for design of FABSEC® Beams

Listed on the new dedicated BIM Integration Ribbon, as shown below, is a new link with the FABSEC®FBEAM®software for the design of beams with their Fabrication set to FABSEC in Tekla Structural Designer models.

  • FABSEC sections are a form of proprietary plated beams used in the UK construction market. There is no native design for such sections within Tekla Structural Designer.

  • The new link now allows beams specified as FABSEC in the Tekla Structural Designer model to be sent to FBEAM via Export for detailed design and optimization. Finalized design data can then be passed back to the Tekla Structural Designer model from FBEAM via the Import function.

  • The table below shows the data transferred between the programs for each stage:

  Exported to FBEAM Imported to TSD
Beam section properties
Beam name, span properties -
Beam layout, secondary beams and restraints -
Loading and load combinations -
Floor (slab) properties -
Web openings and stiffeners (rectangular and circular only)
Shear connector properties and layout
Transverse reinforcement and slab reinforcement
Fire design details -
  • Import status and data imported from FBEAM populates the following new UDAs in the Tekla Structural Designer model which can then be reviewed in Review View > Show/Alter State/UDA as shown below:

    • Import status,

    • Position of elongated openings

    • Fire design details

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