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Tekla partner with Farrat on new plug-in tool

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Trimble Solutions, in partnership with Farrat, has launched a new Tekla plug-in tool, which it said will help to facilitate the efficient design and detailing of thermal break plates in steel-framed buildings.

The tool, available for Tekla Structures, enables Farrat’s structural thermal break plates to be incorporated directly into a Tekla user’s BIM model, as well as automatically integrate with all structural attributes, scheduling, and production dimensions.

The structural thermal breaks, fabricated by Farrat at its Altrincham manufacturing facility, are designed to insulate the connections between structural components, such as steel beams, reducing both energy loss through the building and the risk of interstitial condensation.

According to Trimble, prior to the launch of the plug-in tool, customers would have had to manually model a generic steel plate with no specific attributes and simply label it as a thermal break plate.

Steven Insley, National Sales Manager at Trimble Solutions 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 combining the two.”

The new plug-in tool is now available to download from Tekla Warehouse.

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