Efficient Reinforcement Detailing - Part 1: Process Considerations


Burkhard Rützel, Product Manager Allplan Engineering, ALLPLAN

Reinforced concrete detailing – more commonly known as rebar design and detailing – is a complex activity, one that consumes a significant portion of every engineer’s design schedule. And rightly so – errors and conflicts between documents, inefficient information transfer, and poor communication can create costly and wasteful mistakes. Spending time or money rectifying these errors can quickly erode profit margins while also impacting your company’s reputation. However, projects are becoming increasingly complex and time-consuming to design and reinforce, budgets and schedules are tighter than ever, and skilled staff are harder to find and retain. Creating an accurate and coordinated set of reinforcement documentation within the project constraints while staying profitable can seem like an impossible task.

Fortunately, technology can help. The key to addressing all these problems is efficiency: developing efficient design workflows that enable staff to work effectively and deliver high-quality reinforcement designs on time and to budget. With the right reinforcement software, design and detailing efficiency is increased, data can be seamlessly transferred to fabricators, and collaborating and sharing information with stakeholders is more effective. Getting this decision right can bring significant time and cost savings, protect profit margins, and add value to your projects.

Therefore, when you are considering how to choose the best rebar detailing software for your needs, there are several aspects to consider in order to find the best solution. In Part 1, we look at some of the setup and workflow management issues that may be a factor in your decision.



  • Do you need to design in 2D or 3D?
  • How compatible is the software with your current workflow?
  • Can your supply chain use the information?
  • Is BIM supported?
  • Conclusion

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