RebarMate – Rebar Detailing

RebarMate – Rebar Detailing & Scheduling software

Use RebarMate detailing and scheduling software for all your rebar (reinforced concrete) detailing and scheduling needs with support for BS4466:1989, BS8666:2005 and SANS282:2011 Edition 6 codes of practise. Runs inside AutoCADand derivative products.

RebarMate is a totally integrated application software product from Technocad, running inside any AutoCAD based package, offering all of AutoCAD’s powerful drafting features plus RebarMate’s own unique rebar detailing and scheduling capabilities. You have the ability to produce fully detailed reinforced concrete drawings with a minimum of effort. Drawing for any type of reinforced concrete structure may be produced as RebarMate is as, or more flexible, than any manual drawing system.

Extensive error checking, bar placing routines and automatic bar bending schedule production ensure that the finished results are both consistent and accurate. RebarMate makes no assumptions about detailing methods and absolutely any type of structure may be detailed. The detailer is offered unprecedented freedom to exercise his/her own skill, judgement and license.

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Throughout the drawing process a wide variety of powerful facilities are available to the detailer. Bar geometry can be defined using any combination of on-screen measurement or direct input. Images within user friendly dialogue boxes are available for the selection of standard bar shapes. All standard bobs, hooks and radii are automatically added. Bars can be instantly edited or can be left partly completed and correct data filled in at a later stage. Bars can be arrayed and copied as often as required. The system will continuously update the database during this process. Any bar in the database can be re-drawn automatically with all bends, radii, bar thickness and bending creep accounted for by simply entering the bar mark. Alternatively, enter the bar Shape Code and leg dimensions and have RebarMate draw the bar for you.

Bar bending schedules may be generated at any stage in the process. Any updates, revisions or additions to the drawing will be picked up by RebarMate. The scheduling option automatically creates a drawing schedule or a text schedule. Error checking is superb; RebarMate tells you where you have made errors and even points you to the place on your drawing!

RebarMate can cut your detailing costs by more than 50% – you’ll be amazed at your productivity! Check out some of the features below.

Bar bending schedules

  • Automatic creation of bar bending schedules to BS and SABS standards.
  • Scheduling to other codes of practice possible as you have complete unhindered access to cutting length formula
  • Drawing schedules or text (ASCII) schedules can be produced at the touch of a button. Unlimited number of bars can be scheduled at lightning speed!
  • Absolutely no manual input is required; all bars and bar details extracted directly from the drawing
  • Create multiple formats for your bar bending schedules with a ‘wizard’ approach and then simply select which one you wish to use from a list-box
  • No limitations on the format of the bar bending schedule; A4, A3, A2 etc.- you name it!

Reinforcement drawing and ‘call-off’ routines

  • Absolutely no typing required – simply point and click at the placing details required from a user friendly dialogue box
  • Automatic accumulation of all bars
  • All leader lines, annotation, symbols, bar marks, numbers, spacing and placing descriptions are automatically inserted
  • Prompts only for information that cannot be gleaned from the drawing
  • Automatic extraction of all reinforcing details
  • Random bar entry permitted! Bars can be entered in any order as the scheduling routine automatically checks and sorts the bar marks in ascending order
  • Duplicate bars will be summed irrespective of the position in the structure avoiding the necessity for the scheduler to keep track of the total number of bars in the structure
  • Bars in groups (e.g. beams) – Point to the bar and position for leader
  • Bars in multiple mats – Point to the start of the first mat; identify the reinforcing bar; point to the end of the mat; successively point to the start and end of each mat. Options for mats with constant bar spacing and mats that have variable bar spacing. Also option for mats that have varying length bars, as in retaining walls etc.
  • Bars in multiple ribs – Point to a typical rib bar; insert number of bars per rib; successively point at all ribs
  • Laps – automatically draw exact lap lengths; choose number of diameters and RebarMate draws the exact lap length. Draw laps on existing bars or create new bars

Editing reinforcing bars

  • Point at a reinforcing bar and a data base table instantly appears
  • Point at a field in the table (Bar Mk., Shape Code, Diameter, Number Off etc.). Revise data to instantly update the reinforcement database.
  • No need to remember Shape Code data; RebarMate always displays an image of the bar for the chosen shape code

Automatic bar mark counter and numbering

  • Start at any bar mark you choose
  • Reset the bar mark at will
  • Continue from the highest bar mark in your drawing; simply ask RebarMate to scan the drawing for you!
  • Repeat any bar mark number as often as required
  • Select the number of units being detailed and totals for the entire project are accumulated for you
  • Automatic calculation of the number of bars between two faces of a concrete mat
  • Have bar mark prefixes and suffixes (e.g. A19 or 19E) to identify reinforcement for different parts of your project
  • Have RebarMate tell you where you have gaps in your bar mark sequencing
  • Use the bar mark re-organise feature to have RebarMate re-organise your bar marks for you in the event that a drawing has been heavily edited and there are gaps in the bar mark sequencing (note, this is not a requirement that bar marks are sequential)

Insert Bar marks

  • Bar annotation (call-off labels) are totally customisable by you! No need to adopt a different symbology from that you are using at present
  • Bar mark annotation on the bar can be toggled on or off
  • Every single automatically inserted item including all bar references, bar symbols, arrows, leaders, bar id’s etc. are all easily customisable

Parametrics and drawing aids

RebarMate has a wide range of built-in parametrics and a toolbox to assist you in producing your detail drawing even quicker; here’s just a few:

  • Beams with RebarMate’s ‘Auto-Annotate’ feature
  • Pad foundations; also with ‘Auto-Annotate’
  • Setting out grids; all fully dimensioned and annotated according to your criteria
  • Stairs – sections and plans
  • ‘Quickline feature’ – drawing lines never was this easy!
  • Section properties – simply draw your cross section and have RebarMate show you the centroid and calculate the section properties about major and minor axes. Works for voided sections too!
  • Construct cover lines with ease; also reinforcement curtailment markers; bars that fit on the drawing will fit on the job!
  • Construct cross sectional bar arrays with input by user friendly dialogue box; built-in calculator too!
  • Clean-up routines for double lines forming corners, T-junctions and X-intersections – great for ring-beam work!
  • Draw centroidally placed squares and rectangles with ease

As bent bars

  • Select any bar from the bar schedule. RebarMate will automatically draw the selected bar exactly as bent
  • Select any shape code, key in the requested leg dimensions and have RebarMate draw the bar exactly as bent
  • Insert the bar in it’s relevant position; instantly check clearances and bending; rapidly create sections without having to draw the reinforcing bars

Text handling

  • All text sizing is handled for you – simply tell RebarMate what size you want your plotted text and RebarMate does the rest!
  • Read and insert any text file into your drawing – great for storing notes in word processor format
  • Export text in your drawing to an external drawing file – works with AutoCAD Mtext too!
  • Set your required text style and plotted text height in one go!

Hide or display bar annotation

  • Copy bar call-off labels as many times as required
  • All call-off labels are added to the reinforcing database
  • Hide labels if required; simply point at the label and the label disappears without affecting the bar database


  • RebarMate’s ‘IntelliText’ feature keeps your editing time to a minimum; when RebarMate places text for you, it skilfully positions that text to avoid interference with other drawing entities
  • Draw any structure with any degree of complexity. If you can draw the bar, RebarMate can call it off!
  • Reinforce your structure with far greater ease than with any manual method
  • RebarMate places no limitations on the detailer
  • Goodbye to manual scheduling forever!

Save time – Save money!

  • Lots of error checking done for you! RebarMate helps you find those elusive errors
  • Can cut detailing and scheduling time by more than 50%. Pays for itself on your first project!
  • Decreases costs incurred on site due to manual scheduling errors

Hardware requirements

  • 64-bit: 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 64-bit (x64) processor>
  • RAM – sufficient to run AutoCAD software; 4GB+ preferred
  • Hard disk capacity – program files need approx. 50MB
  • Graphics resolution – minimum resolution 1024 x 768
  • Printer/Plotter – sufficient for your drawing presentation purposes, such as A0 / A1. Practically all plotter/printers supported as printing performed through AutoCAD

Software Requirements

  • AutoCAD® 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 supported. Also equivalent AutoCAD Map 3D® and other AutoCAD based products, such as AutoCAD Civil 3D®.
  • Operating systems: Windows 8.0 & 8.1 (64-bit) and Windows 10 (64-bit).

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