Create pad bases

Tekla Structural Designer
2024
Tekla Structural Designer

Create pad bases

A reinforced pad base is an isolated foundation that supports a single column.

Create a pad base under a specific column

  1. On the Foundations tab, click Pad Base Column.
  2. In the Properties window, adjust the pad base properties according to your needs.
  3. Click anywhere in the wall under which you want to place the pad base.

    Tekla Structural Designer places a pad base under the selected column.

Create multiple pad bases

  1. On the Foundations tab, click Pad Base Column.
  2. In the Properties window, adjust the pad base properties according to your needs.
  3. Move the mouse pointer to a corner of an imaginary box that will encompass the columns under which you want to place pad bases.
  4. Hold down the left mouse button.
  5. Drag the mouse pointer to the opposite corner of the box.
  6. Release the mouse button.

    Tekla Structural Designer places pad bases under all columns within the box.

Override the loaded area to be used in the pad base punching check

When you create a pad base, initially the punching shear loaded area is based on the area of the column section being supported. If you require the punching check to consider an unmodeled base plate or pedestal you can do so by specifying a User loaded area as follows:

  1. Select the pad base.
  2. In the Properties window, go to the Foundation Parameters section and select User loaded area.
  3. Specify a Loaded Area Breadth and Loaded Area Depth appropriate to the base plate or pedestal.
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