In partnership with Trimble Solutions UK, we’re pleased to announce the launch of a new Farrat plug-in tool. This new Tekla Structures tool will help to facilitate efficient design and detailing of Thermal Break Plates into structural steel framed buildings.
This newly released time-saving tool enables Farrat’s Structural Thermal Break Plates to be incorporated directly into a Tekla user’s BIM model, and automatically integrate with all structural attributes, scheduling and production dimensions.
Prior to the launch of the innovative plug-in tool, Tekla and Farrat customers would have had to manually model a generic steel plate with no specific attributes and simply label it as a thermal break plate. What’s more, the plate would not have been specific to any manufacturer, meaning that it would have been impossible for architects and engineers to generate precise take-offs and price estimates.
Now, once the tool has identified a steel connection where a structural thermal break is required, the dimensional and locational information is drawn direct from the connection and the appropriate structural thermal break plate is automatically created. The plate remains linked to the steel connection, so any subsequent design changes are automatically reflected in the thermal break component.
The new Farrat plug-in tool is also able to automatically assign the correct attributes and weights for the full range of Farrat’s thermal break products, meaning that all dimensional, performance and price information can be contained in the object and exported.
Steven Insley, National Sales Manager at Trimble Tekla UK said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Farrat on this new plug-in tool. A significant number of their steel fabrication customers use Tekla Structures as their primary design and detailing tool and, with Farrat’s Structural Thermal Breaks regularly incorporated in the main frame model, it made sense for us to collaborate and work on combing the two.”