PowerRebar is 2D/3D software for reinforced concrete detailing and scheduling. PowerRebar includes MicroStation PowerDraft®; it runs standalone with native DGN and DWG file formats and does not require a separate CAD platform. The software is used for a range of structures: buildings, domes, towers, bridges, dams, industrial structures, and marine structures. PowerRebar ensures accuracy of design, quantities, and plans – regardless of the complexity.

3D model investigation reduces the likelihood of conflicts during construction
Bar charts are instantaneously updated as details are created/changed

Drafting Flexibility
Powerful routines enable users to quickly create accurate 2D reinforcement layouts. The detailing process is simple and easy to learn. It provides for straight reinforcement, closed ties, circular, spiral, and radial reinforcement. There are no restrictions on the shape of the concrete arrangement. Plan, section, and elevation details can be regular or irregular, and can include complex and varying concrete shapes. Reinforcement is instantly updated by the software whenever changes to the concrete arrangements are required. PowerRebar is now integrated with STAAD.Pro® 2007 enabling engineers and detailers to communicate seamlessly.

Dynamic Bar Labeling
The labeling options are designed to eliminate errors traditionally associated with rebar detailing. Bar marks, bar quantities, spacings and diameters, and so on, are maintained automatically by the software across multiple views and throughout the entire drawing – saving many hours not just during detailing but also in the checking process. A list of user-defined labeling formats virtually eliminates the need to enter text manually in your bar call-outs.

Automatic Scheduling and Charting
As reinforcement details are created, PowerRebar automatically assigns bar marks, determines bar shapes, and calculates bar lengths and dimensions. The software instantly updates bar charts with accurate quantities and bar mass summaries. Changes to the schedules and bar charts are made automatically as changes to the concrete arrangements occur.

Dynamic Dimensioning
Dynamic dimensions allow you to drive the size and shape of the concrete details. When it becomes necessary to resize concrete details, dimensions are attached to a detail using the dynamic dimensioning tool. PowerRebar prompts for these dimensions and then adjusts all the related concrete and reinforcement details when new sizes are entered.

User-Definable Bar Codes
Reinforcement is drawn in accordance with your preferred design code. PowerRebar includes support for the majority of international design codes. Lap lengths, bar diameters, steel grades and designations, as well as hook and cog sizes, are all preset to the requirements of each code. You can modify this data at any time to suit special design conditions, or input your own data to comply with lesser-known codes.

Bar Shape Library
PowerRebar scans its Bar Shape Library to find a matching shape as each reinforcing bar is detailed. Required shapes are activated and deactivated at any time during a project from a selection of more than 1,000 shapes. These shapes cover all major international codes and a wide array of non-standard shapes.

3D Modeling
PowerRebar automatically creates and maintains three-dimensional models of reinforcement as 2D views of a structure are established. The 3D models are used in the investigation of reinforcement conflicts. Should a region of conflict be discovered, the 3D models repair themselves automatically as you make the necessary adjustments in the 2D views.

Powerful Bar Editing
A suite of specialized reinforcement editing routines helps you manage the detailing and scheduling process. For example, options are included to draw bars automatically in full size, to rescale entire details instantaneously, or to insert openings into a group of bar ranges.

Parametric Detailing
PowerRebar allows you to re-use your concrete details over and over, minimizing the need for duplication. Dynamic dimensions are a significant part of the parametric tool set. Adding a Prompt to a dynamic dimension allows you to quickly change that dimension from one detail to the next. Dynamic dimensions can also be linked via equations for intelligent resizing of concrete arrangements. Prompts and equations are added to individual bars to automate the changes in your reinforcement.

Rebar Object Library
User-definable objects make it easy to create new objects – from scratch or via quick modifications to existing objects. Concrete and reinforcement details are retrieved dynamically from the Rebar Object Library to suit new sizes and orientations. The objects are scheduled automatically as the dynamic dimensions are resized. Objects are useful for automating the detailing of stairways, beams, columns, slabs, walls, piers and footings, retaining walls, and bridges.


Types of Detailing Routines

  • Straight and bent multi-legged bars, including ties
  • Radiused and circular ties
  • Parallel and radial bar ranges
  • Flood-fill of bar ranges
  • Dynamic bar labeling
  • Automatic 3D modeling
  • User-defined object library for standard details

Bar Editing Features

  • Dynamic dimensioning
  • Dynamic reinforcement equations
  • Dynamic reinforcement prompts
  • Full-size detailing
  • Automatic rescaling
  • Bar member/layer adjustments

Bar Code Specifications (bar diameter data)

  • ACI-318 (USA)
  • BS8666:2000 (United Kingdom / Singapore /
  • Hong Kong / South Africa)
  • AS3600 (Australia)
  • SKBI.89 (Indonesia)
  • NZS3101 (New Zealand)
  • Swedish Code
  • User-definable bar code data
  • Supported units: English, metric meters,
    centimeters, and millimeters
  Scheduling Features

  • Automatic shape detection, bar mark numbering, and schedule lengths
  • Bar mark numbering methods – per drawing, member, layer, diameter, shape, or any combination
  • Bar revisions and bar auditing
  • Calculation of total bar mass summaries
  • Import/export of bar charts from multiple DGN files
  • Bar shape standards include: UK, Australia, France,
    South Africa, Sweden, USA, numerous US and Canadian
  • state/province transportation agencies
    User-definable bar shape standards
  • Reinforcement details from STAAD.Pro integrated automatically

Bar Charting

  • User-definable bar chart templates
  • Multi-page formatting
  • Inclusion of bar shape diagrams and dimensions
  • User-defined headers and footers
  • Bar chart export to ASCII, CSV/Excel, and
    manufacturing formats.
Reinforcing in plan and section is automatically drawn to code
Powerful bar editing routines help you independently manage detailing and scheduling

  • Processor:
    Intel Pentium-based or AMD Athlonbased PC or workstation
  • Operating system:
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
    Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP6 recommended),
    Microsoft NT (SP6 recommended)
  • Memory:
    128 MB minimum; 256 MB recommended
  • Disk space:
    140 MB minimum, 107 MB or more recommended
  • Input device:
    Windows pointing device