Formwork Placing tools - Slabs: Tool configuration

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Setting up the tool for a new formwork supplier


The configuration is done using comma-separated files (.csv), which can be edited with Excel or any text editor. Each formwork placing tool component for slabs has its own configuration. The configuration files can be located in any of the system folders or in the sub folder named 'Formwork tools' under the model folder.

After installing the latest version of the tools demo versions of the config files can be found in this folder: \Environments\common\system\CIP\

The configuration files are typically named by the formwork supplier or the product families. There can be any number of files, and the files are identified by a certain suffix:
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.SlabPanels.csv – Setup the formwork slab panels
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.Girders.csv – Setup the girders
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.Props.csv – Setup the prop parts in shuttering props
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.PropBases.csv – Setup the prop bases of shuttering props
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.PropHeads.csv – Setup the prop heads of shuttering props
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.StopEnds.csv – Setup the stop ends
  • xxxx.FormworkTools.Railings.csv – Setup the safety railings
Each of the files with a specific suffix controls one of the tools. The files contains a varying number of columns. The columns are named within the header line, which is the first line that is not a comment line. 


Before the header line containing the column titles you can add one extra line:

DISTANCE_UNIT=MM

When the distance unit is defined using the above setting, all distance values can be given as decimal values in the specified units. The supported units are: MM, DN, CM, M, INCH, FEET 
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Configuring the slab panel placing tool (*.FormworkTools.SlabPanels.csv)

Add one row in the file for each panel. On this row, specify columns as follows. For a slab panel, you can specify one custom part that is placed if the panel is a full panel, and part properties used for placing a filler part at locations where the panel is not a full panel.


Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, this is typically same for all rows. These names are listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is a unique panel name.
PanelNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
PanelAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
PanelInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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PanelPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
PanelPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
PanelRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
PanelRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
PanelDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
PanelDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
PanelStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, the zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
PanelEndOffsetThis is the offset of the actual end point from the generic end point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, the zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
LengthPropertyThe name of the length property in the custom part. If the length is fixed, this is empty.
LengthValueThe length of the panel. Note that the tool does not get the length from the component catalog but from this file.
WidthPropertyThe name of the width property in the custom part. If the width is fixed, this is empty.
WidthValueThe width of the panel. Note that the tool does not get the width from the component catalog but from this file.
ThicknessPropertyThe name of the width property in the custom part. If the width is fixed, this is empty.
ThicknessValueThe thickness of the panel. Note that the tool does not get the thickness from the component catalog but from this file.
CrossGirderXThese are the default X locations of the cross girders. Values  must be enclosed in () and separated by spaces.
MainGirderYThese are the default Y locations of the main girders. Values must be enclosed in () and separated by spaces.
PartNameThis is the name of the part (contour plate).
PartClassThis is the class of the part.
PartFinishThis is the finish of the part.
PartMaterialThis is the material of the part.
PartThicknessThis is the thickness of the part.
PartAssPrefixThis is the assembly number prefix.
PartAssStartNoThis is the assembly number start number.
PartPartPrefixThis is the part number prefix.
PartPartStartNoThis is the part number start number.

Panel local coordinate system

The configuration is done in the local coordinate system of the panel. The origin of the panel is located at the center point of the top of the panel.

 

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Configuring the girder line tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.Girders.csv)

For a girder, you can specify either a custom part or a beam part, which is placed in the model.

Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. The names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is the girder name. This name can be unique, or you can specify two or more girders with the same name. If one girder name has two or more specifications, the placing tool may create a line containing  girders with variable lengths.
TypeThis is the type of the girder. The type defines the list in which the girder is shown. Options are: CROSS, MAIN & ANY.
LengthThis is the length (x) of the girder. 
WidthThis is the width (y) of the girder.
DepthThis is the depth (z) of the girder.
MinLengthIf the length  may vary, this is the minimum length.
MaxLengthIf the length  may vary, this is the maximum length.
MinOverlapWhen two or more girders is placed in one girder line, the girders can be overlap to achieve the exact start and end for the line. This value controls the minimum overlap.
MaxOverlapWhen two or more girders is placed in one girder line, the girders can be overlapped to achieve the exact start and end for the line. This value controls the maximum overlap. If the girders must not overlap, enter the value 0 here.
InputPointLocationThis is the depth location of girder input points. The options are:
  • CrossGirderBottom (only for main girders)
  • SlabBottom
  • SlabTop
GirderNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
GirderAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
GirderInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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GirderPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
GirderPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
GirderRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
GirderRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
GirderDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
GirderDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
GirderStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given,  zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
GirderEndOffsetThis is the offset of the actual end point from the generic end point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
GirderLengthPropertyThe name of the length property in the custom part. If the length is fixed, this is empty.
GirderWidthPropertyThe name of the width property in the custom part. If the width is fixed, this is empty.
GirderDepthPropertyThe name of the depth property in the custom part. If the width is fixed, this is empty.
BeamNameThis is the name of the girder part (beam).
BeamProfileThis is the profile of the beam, if it is empty the beam is not created.
BeamClassThis is the class of the girder part.
BeamFinishThis is the finish of the girder part.
BeamMaterialThis is the material of the girder part.
BeamThicknessThis is the thickness of the girder part.
BeamAssPrefixThis is the assembly number prefix.
BeamAssStartNoThis is the assembly number start number.
BeamPartPrefixThis is the part number prefix.
BeamPartStartNoThis is the part number start number.

 The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the girder.

  
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Configuring the shuttering prop placing tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.Props.csv)

For a prop, you can specify a custom part that is placed in the model. In addition a shuttering prop may contain the base and head parts, but these are configured within separate files.

Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. These names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is the prop name. This name can be unique, or you can specify two or more props with the same name. If one prop name has two or more specifications, the placing tool can select the suitable prop based on the effective height of the shuttering.
MinHeightIf the length mey vary, this is the minimum length. For a prop with fixed height min & max heights are same.
MaxHeightIf the length mey vary, this is the maximum length.
PropInputPointThis specifies the location of the first input point (of the custom part). The options are: BaseBottom, BaseTop, HeadBottom, GirderBottom, GirderTop, SlabBottom.
 
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PropInputPoint2This specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part). If value None is given the second input point is calculated by an offset (PropEndOffset) from the first input point.
PropHeightPropertyThe name of the custom part property controlling prop height or empty if the height is not paramteric.
PropNameThis is the name of the custom part which will be inserted in the model.
PropAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
PropInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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PropPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
PropPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
PropRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
PropRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
PropDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
PropDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
PropStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
PropEndOffsetThis is the offset of the actual end point from the generic end point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.

If the 'ropInputPoint2 is not given or value None was given, this is an offset from the first input point to the second input point.

 The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the prop.

   
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Configuring the base parts of shuttering prop placing tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.PropBases.csv)

For a shuttering prop, you can specify an additional custom part that is placed in the model at the bottom end of the prop.

Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. These names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is a unique prop base name.
PropInputPointOptions are:    BaseBottom, BaseTop, PropTop, GirderBottom, GirderTop, SlabBottom
PropOffsetThis is the automatic offset (shortening) of the prop if the base part is created.
BaseNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
BaseAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
BaseInputPointThis specifies the location of the first input point (of the custom part). The options are: BaseBottom, BaseTop, HeadBottom, GirderBottom, GirderTop, SlabBottom.

Note that the second input point of the custom part is given as an offset (BaseEndOffset) from the first input point.

 
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BaseInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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BasePlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
BasePlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
BaseRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
BaseRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
BaseDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
BaseDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
BaseStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y & z values separated by space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis eg. (0 100 0). If no value is given the zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
BaseEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 

 The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the prop.

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Configuring the head parts of shuttering prop placing tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.PropHeads.csv)

For a shuttering prop, you can specify an additional custom part that is placed in the model at the top end of the prop.

Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. These names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is a unique prop head name.
PropOffsetThis is the automatic offset (shortening) of the prop if the head part is created.
AutoRotateWith this setting you can control whether the head part is rotated automatically 90 degrees (around prop axis) when the head is located at the overlap of two girders. Set this value to YES to get the head rotated 90 degrees. Note that this only controls the rotation when you have not given any specific value for the rotation (input field is empty).
HeadNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
HeadAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
HeadInputPointThis specifies the location of the first input point (of the custom part). The options are: HeadBottom, HeadTop, HeadBottom, GirderBottom, GirderTop, SlabBottom.

Note that the second input point of the custom part is given as an offset (HeadEndOffset) from the first input point.

 
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HeadInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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HeadPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
HeadPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
HeadRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
HeadRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
HeadDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
HeadDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
HeadStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
HeadEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 

 The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the prop.

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Configuring the stop end custom parts for the stop end placing tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.StopEnds.csv)

For a stop end, you can specify two custom parts: a sheet and angle. The sheet is typically the actual form piece, and the angles are placed with a spacing to support the sheet.

Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. These names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is the stop end name. This name shall be unique.
MinLengthThe minimum length of the stop end sheet part.
MaxLengthThe maximum length  of the stop end sheet part.
WidthThe total width of the stop end including the angles.
DepthThe total depth of the stop end.
AngleSpacingThe default spacing of the angle parts. This will be used if you do not specify any value for the spacing.
SheetNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
SheetAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
SheetInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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SheetPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
SheetPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
SheetRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
SheetRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
SheetDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
SheetDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
SheetStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
SheetEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
AngleNameThis is the name of the custom part which will be inserted in the model.
AngleAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
AngleInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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AnglePlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
AnglePlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
AngleRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
AngleRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees. The default value is 0.
AngleDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
AngleDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
AngleStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
AngleEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 

 The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the stop end.
 
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Configuring the railing custom parts for the railing placing tool (xxxx.FormworkTools.Railings.csv)

For a railing, you can specify four custom parts. The post and the shoe parts are placed along the input line with the start distance and spacing controlled by the user. The toe board and one or more guard rail parts are placed between two posts. If the toe board and/or the guard rail part is long enough compared to the post spacing, they may span over three or more posts.


 
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Column titleDescription
SupplierSupplier name, which is typically the same for all rows. These names will be listed in the 'Supplier' list.
FamilyFamily name, which will be shown in the ‘Family’ list.
NameThis is the railing type name. You can introduce multiple railings with the same name when you have two or alternatives with different lengths for the toe board and/or guard rail.

When you have alternative lengths for the toe board and/or guard rail, the placing tool will select the item automatically based on the post spacing.
MasterInputThis specifies the primary input when placing the railing. The alternatives are:
  • PanelTop: The first input is the slab panel component, and the the railing is fitted on top of the panels (this is the default if no other option is given).
  • SlabTop: The first input is the slab or pour top face.
  • SlabEdge: The first input is the slab or pour top face, and the railing location is snapped to nearest edge.
  • WallSide: The first input is the wall side face. The railing is fitted on the wall side face.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value PanelTop is used.
MainOffsetThis is the common offset of all items (post, shoe etc). The offset is a vector with components X, Y, Z given in the local coordinate system of the railing.
PostSpacingThis is the default spacing of the posts if you do not specify any spacing.
PostHeightThe height of the post.
ToeBoardOverlapThis is the minimum overlap of toe boards. 
ToeBoardOverlapOffsetThis is the offset (X, Y, Z) of the toe boards when they are overlapping.
GuardOverlapThis is the minimum overlap of guard rails.
GuardOverlapOffsetThis is the offset (X, Y, Z) of the guard rails when they are overlapping.
GuardPositionsThe railing may include one or more rows of guard rails. This setting specifies the height (Z) positions of the guard rail parts measured from the input line. Multiple values must be separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (450 650 850).
PostNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
PostAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
PostPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
PostPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
PostRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
PostRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
PostDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
PostDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
PostStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic input point (1) in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
PostEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 
ShoeNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
ShoeAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
ShoePlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
ShoePlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
ShoeRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
ShoeRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
ShoeDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
ShoeDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
ShoeStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
ShoeEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 
ToeBoardNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
ToeBoardAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
ToeBoardLengthThis is the effective length of the toe board part. 
ToeBoardInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start and end points.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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ToeBoardPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
ToeBoardPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
ToeBoardRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
ToeBoardRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
ToeBoardDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
ToeBoardDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
ToeBoardStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
ToeBoardEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis eg. (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 
GuardRailNameThis is the name of the custom part that will be inserted in the model.
GuardRailAttributesThis is the attribute file (saved from component dialog) to be used when the custom part will be inserted into model.
GuardRailLengthThis is the effective length of the guard rail part.
GuardRailInputOrderThis option controls how the final locations of the input points are set in relation to the default generic start (1) and end (2) points. Note that the generic start and end points are located in the local Z direction based on the setting.

The possible option values are:
  • StartEnd: The default if no other value is speficied.
  • EndStart: Reverses the default start/end points.
  • CenterStart: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the start point.
  • CenterEnd: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the end point.
  • CenterLeft: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the left point.
  • CenterRight: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is at the right point.
  • CenterUp: The first input point is at the center of start/end and the second point is up from the center point.
  • CenterDown: The first input point is at the center of the start/end point and the second point is down from the center point.
Note that if the .csv file does not contain any value, the default value StartEnd is used.

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GuardRailPlanePositionThis is the ‘Position in plane’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, LEFT, RIGHT.
GuardRailPlaneOffsetThis is the offset in plane. The default value is 0.
GuardRailRotationThis is the ‘Rotation’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are FRONT, TOP, BACK and BELOW.
GuardRailRotationOffsetThis is the rotation offset in degrees.The default value is 0.
GuardRailDepthPositionThis is the ‘Position in depth’ to be used to insert the custom part in plane view. The options are MIDDLE, FRONT, BEHIND.
GuardRailDepthOffsetThis is the offset in depth. The default value is 0.
GuardRailStartOffsetThis is the offset of the actual start point from the generic start point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (0 0 0) is assumed.
GuardRailEndOffsetThis offset specifies the location of the second input point (of the custom part) in relation to the first input point in the local coordinate system. The offset is given as x, y and z values separated by a space or colon and enclosed in parenthesis (0 100 0). If no value is given, zero offset (100 0 0) is assumed.
 

The position settings are given in the local coordinate system of the railing.
 

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