What are the advantages of 3D rebar detailing?

advantage of 3D rebar detailing

What are the advantages of 3D rebar detailing?

There are various advantages of 3D rebar detailing. Reinforced concrete design and rebar detailing can now be designed and modelled in 3D with the evolution of 3D modeling technology. The new and specialized rebar detailing software helps every structural member to design, documentation, tracking and controlling.
With the right rebar detailing solution, structural calculations can be imported from structural analysis programs allowing an efficient and precise reinforcement model to be created. Automation also makes changes to the 3D rebar detailing and updates to drawings and schedules swift and simple, unlike manual changes to 2D views and sections.

Benefits of 3D Rebar Detailing

Structural engineers can create design reports, drawings, and schedules from the 3D model easier and more quickly than from 2D designs, increasing design efficiency. The rebar quantities produced from the 3D model are more reliable than take offs from a 2D drawing, leading to accurate cost projections. Quantities are also fully traceable, allowing checks and comparisons to be made effortlessly.

Detailing reinforcement in 3D offers significant advantages over the 2D process. Not only is it faster, modeling rebar in a 3D environment essentially eliminates clashes, as you can instantly see as you model when the bars will not fit into the respective area. Reinforcement can be reviewed in detail as an accurate digital representation before it is ordered from the fabricator and complex cages can even be assembled off site.

2D drawings and bending schedules are still produced and issued but we also issue a 3D model to all members of the team from the Contractor and consulting Engineer down to the steel fixers on site. Site personnel find this very useful where congestion of reinforcement or site restrictions would not normally be discovered until the reinforcement is on site and being fixed. The 3D model shows every single bar in the exact position it should be fixed as well as any existing obstructions etc.

The rebar fabricator can take data directly from the model to its machinery rather than relying on manual input from paper schedules. Concrete pours can be defined in the model along with instant volumes and quantities, ensuring more accurate management of material deliveries with much greater control, which in turn minimizes waste and reduces costs.

The benefits of having a detailed digital model do not stop at the engineering and detailing phase. With the reinforcement fully modeled in 3D, the contractor can be sure that it will fit when the time comes to fix on site.

Data from the model can then be passed to the field, allowing contractors to perform model-based layout using robotic total station devices and also track rebar and materials, identifying where and when they are required.

On site, the fixers can take a look at the rebar in the model environment, giving them an instant and clear appreciation of what is required, rather than relying on interpreting traditional 2D drawings.

3D rebar detailing provides considerable added value to our clients by introducing facilities such as clash detection and on site 3D model interrogation.

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