Tekla Structures 12

Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006
Copyright © 2006 Tekla Corporation

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1.1 General .................................................................................................. 6 Improvements in installing Tekla Structures...................................... 6 Working with single-user and multi-user models................................ 7 Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models ..................... 7 Improvements in working with objects.inp file.................................. 10 Gradient background color in model views ..................................... 10 Icons in menus ............................................................................ 12 Templates and reports.................................................................. 12 Miscellaneous.............................................................................. 14 Modeling............................................................................................... 18 Nested assemblies....................................................................... 18 Grid line labels always visible........................................................ 23 Create, select, and modify single grid lines..................................... 24 Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part ....................... 27 Selecting a profile ........................................................................ 28 Warping steel parts ...................................................................... 29 Points not created automatically at ends of parts ............................ 30 Object representation ................................................................... 33 Miscellaneous.............................................................................. 34 Drawings .............................................................................................. 35 Saving and freezing associative drawings ...................................... 35 Nested assemblies in drawings ..................................................... 36 Anchor bolt plan........................................................................... 38 Display large dimension values more clearly................................... 39 Improvements in level marks......................................................... 41
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................................................. 46 Highlight changes in associative dimensions........... 56 Connections.............................................4 1............................................................... 42 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines ...................... 42 Improvements in section symbols .......................................... 59 Cold rolled ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 62 2 Release Notes ...... 55 Components......................................... 57 Details........................................5 1.... 53 Custom components ...... 54 Miscellaneous ...................... 56 Miscellaneous ................................................... 49 Import and export.........................................................1................................................................................. 54 Define and create connections for custom parts .......................... 53 Miscellaneous ...........................................................................6 Define elevation level.......................................................................... 49 Miscellaneous ... 43 Group identical objects on the same dimension line.................................................................

........... 77 Nested assemblies................................................................................................................... 108 Miscellaneous............................................................................................... 96 Saving and freezing associative drawings .......................................................................................................................................................... 109 Import and export .................... and modify single grid lines.............................................................................4 2.................................. 98 Display large dimension values more clearly............. 101 Define elevation level ........... 102 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines.................................................................................................................................................... 102 Improvements in section symbols ...0 Precast Concrete Detailing .................................... 99 Improvements in level marks........................................................... 71 Miscellaneous.............................................................................. 113 Miscellaneous........................... select........................................1 General .2 2.... 83 Create........5 3 ............. opening.................................. 77 Grid line labels always visible................................................................... 106 Highlight changes in associative dimensions . 88 Selecting a profile ............. 64 Working with single-user and multi-user models.........................................2 Tekla Structures 12...... 89 Points not created automatically at ends of parts ............ 64 Improvements in installing Tekla Structures................ and saving models .................................................. 66 Improvements in working with objects.................................................... 96 Nested assemblies in drawings ................................... 97 Anchor bolt plan........ 103 Group identical objects on the same dimension line ............. 69 Icons in menus .. 68 Gradient background color in model views .... 63 2........................................................................ 71 Templates and reports.................. 65 Improvements in creating................................. 84 Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part ..... 73 Modeling..................................... 113 Custom components ...........................................................3 2..........inp file.............. 93 Miscellaneous................ 90 Object representation ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 114 Release Notes 2............................................... 94 Drawings ..............

.......... 120 Miscellaneous ................................. 121 Analysis model interfaces......................................... 116 New components........................................................................................ 118 Reinforcement ...................... 117 Details.................. 114 Miscellaneous .....2........7 Define and create connections for custom parts ..... 125 4 Release Notes .................................................................................................................. 122 Tekla Structures 12.......0 Analysis and Design ................................................................................................................................................. 121 Miscellaneous ................................................................................................................................................................................ 125 Miscellaneous ............ 116 Miscellaneous .................................................................................. 114 Components... 120 3 4 Tekla Structures 12........................................0 Project Management ...........................................6 2.............................

0 Steel Detailing • • 5 . You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12.0 may cause problems. Note the following issues: • Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12. Compatibility Tekla Structures 12. To avoid conversion problems. If you choose to update the component. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements.1 Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing Tekla Structures version 12. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted. If you do not update the component. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor.0. it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements.0. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name).0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update.0 is compatible with all previous versions. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

0 Steel Detailing . Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work. In Tekla Structures 12. the manual installation is no longer located in the .1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. When you install Tekla Structures from CD.. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. 54) Components (p. Tekla Structures 12.\nt\dongle folder. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 18) Drawings (p. 35) Import and export (p. the online help is automatically installed.com.exe to start the manual installation.0. 53) Custom components (p. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. 6) Modeling (p. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder.dll files are updated.0.tekla..0. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures.22.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7. 56) 1.

opening. and saving models It is now easier to create and open a model.Working with single-user and multi-user models You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode. and saving models (p.0 Steel Detailing 7 . use the the Model Type option in New dialog box to create the model as a multi-user model or as a single-user model. Select the mode by selecting an option on the right-click popup menu in the Open dialog box: You no longer need to use the variable XS_SERVER identify the server that contains the multi-user database. 7) Improvements in creating. See also Improvements in creating. and to save a model with a different name. opening. When you create a model.

click File > Open. Opening a model To open a model. enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.0 Steel Detailing . Select the Open as multi-user model option. or accept the default location. For a multi-user model. click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box.Creating a new model Enter the location for the model in the Save in field. To browse for a model. where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box. Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. 8 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. 2. To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed.

2. To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1.3. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. Select the Open as single-user model option. Click OK.0 Steel Detailing 9 . Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models. Click OK. When you open or create a model. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field.

inp file The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects. in this order: Folder Model Project Firm System inp XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP Defined by variable The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects. For more information on how to use the objects.inp file. It searches for the objects.inp files. 10 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file.0 Steel Detailing . Gradient background color in model views Use the new option to create a gradient color background in a model view to ensure parts drawn in a single color are visible in the view.inp file in the following folders. see Adding properties.Improvements in working with objects.inp file. according to the search order defined above.

set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner.0 1.0 is white and 0. For example.0 1. The scale is from 0 to 1. 1.0 is black. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.To set the colors for a gradient background. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values.0 0. To use the traditional single-color background.0 Steel Detailing 11 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. clear the values in all four variables.0 0. To restore default values. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. use the same value for all four variables.

To do this: 12 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .20 or 3. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.

0 Steel Detailing 13 . add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. 3. If desired.20 or 3. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. If desired. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. In the Template Editor. 5. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. 2. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. Select descending sort order by: • • 4. select the Hide in output field. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. 3. 2. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. In Template Editor 3. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. 4.1.30. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. select the Hide in output field.

which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. click Setup > Rollover highlight.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.0.2. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29). Each feature contains a description with pictures. To switch this feature on. 11. 11. To access the New Features Tutorial.0 includes a New Features Tutorial. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial.0 Steel Detailing .1. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time. To switch off the rollover highlight. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.3 and 12. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it.

0 Steel Detailing 15 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically. Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file.0. The arrow buttons you use to open and close views in the Views dialog box are now only active when you have selected a view.

0 Steel Detailing . the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view. If there are several grids.Creating views When you create a view using Views > Create view > Grid views. Tekla Structures prompts you to select a view: 16 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

because Tekla Structures now draws the model first in wire frame as you are moving the model. the selected view moves to the top. it is automatically selected in the Visible views list. To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the warning messages again. Navigating in the model Navigating in the model is smoother when you are for example rotating a large model.Bringing a view on top Now when you select a view in the Visible views list in the Views dialog box. with the first one on the list on top. all selected views will be moved up.0 Steel Detailing 17 . Also. If you have selected multiple views. for example when you are about to copy or move objects outside the work area. press Shift when the warning message should appear. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. select the Do not show this message again checkbox. for example when you are copying or moving objects outside the work area. when you select a view in the model. To re-display the warning messages. and Tekla Structures displays the warning message again. Re-displaying warning messages Tekla Structures displays warning messages when necessary.

brackets.2 Modeling Nested assemblies Description You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. railings or pipe racks.1. for example.0 Steel Detailing . You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. For more information. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses. 18 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: • • It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports. 36). A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p.

The level of the assembly you have selected is displayed on the status bar. each assembly is highlighted as you move the pointer over it. press Shift and scroll the mouse wheel. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. down to single parts and bolts.Example of a nested assembly: Selecting assemblies Activate the Select assemblies switch on the Select toolbar so that you can select any level of a nested assembly.0 Steel Detailing 19 . with it highlighted. through the subassemblies. With this switch active. from the highest. To move to a specific level in the assembly.

see How to select objects in the Modeling manual. activate the Select objects in assemblies switch on the Select toolbar.To be able to select objects in assemblies. 20 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information on how to select assemblies.0 Steel Detailing .

0 Steel Detailing 21 . Modifying assemblies The right-click pop-up menu also includes several new options. select it. right click and select Properties. which you can use to modify assemblies: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12... from the pop-up menu. You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies in the same dialog box.Assembly properties To view the properties of an assembly.

22 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. under Detailing > Assembly. start number and name for the assembly in the assembly properties dialog box.These options are also on the main menu.0 Steel Detailing . Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. see Cast units and assemblies. Define the prefix. You can modify assemblies by: • • • • Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly part You can combine assemblies in the following ways: • • • Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units.

in grid labels. and circumflexes.0 it is not yet possible to view or select filter by assembly user-defined attributes or by nested assemblies. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. User-defined attributes For information about defining user-defined attributes for assemblies. use the variables XS_DEFAULT_FONT and XS_DEFAULT_FONT_SIZE in Tools > Advanced options > Model view. such as umlauts. accents. such as e acute. Grid line labels always visible Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible. To modify the font used in grid labels. see Userdefined attributes. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model. as well as combined characters.Filter In Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 23 . You can now use special characters.

and modify single grid lines In addition to creating entire grids. Creating single grid lines To create a single grid line: 1. you can now create single grid lines. and move individual gridlines. 3. Gridlines now also have handles. and select.Create. modify. icon. Pick the first position for the grid line. 24 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 2. copy. Go to Points > Grid line or click the Create grid line Select the grid.0 Steel Detailing . Pick the second position for the grid line. select. 4.

Grid and grid line properties Define the properties of the grid line in the Grid line properties dialog box. setting the grid properties back to the original settings is not possible. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To revert to the original settings. delete the skewed grid line first and then modify the settings. see Grid properties in the Modeling manual. If there are skewed grid lines in the model. For more information.0 Steel Detailing 25 .

Click Display. You can use copy and move commands on grids. Go to Properties > View..0. In the Display dialog box.Selecting grids and grid lines Working with grid lines Use the Select grid grids and grid lines. When needed. see Working with grids in the Modeling manual. 2. modifying and deleting single grid lines.. Improvements in grids • • Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines.0 Steel Detailing . Avoid overlapping of magnetic grid planes. Checking the location of grid planes You may sometimes need to check the location of grid planes for example to see if parts are close enough to a magnetic grid plane that you have moved. command.. 3. modify the grid planes in several steps to prevent the overlapping. copy an entire grid by selecting the grid and using the Edit > Copy > Translate. Magnetic grid planes The Magnetic grid plane and Extension for magnetic area options have been added to the Grid dialog box. and Select grid line select switches to select For more information on creating... Rotating a magnetic grid may not yet function correctly in Tekla Structures 12.select the Construction planes checkbox in Visibility. Go to Tools > Advanced options > Model view and set the variable XS_GRID_PLANES_VISIBLE_WITH_USERPLANES to TRUE.. For example. 26 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To do this: 1. 4. • • • Save the model before editing magnetic grids and grid planes.

Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part You can now add a surface treatment to the entire surface of a part by using the command.0 Steel Detailing 27 . Create part surface treatment Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information. see Create part surface treatment in the online help.

Only the relevant profiles for a steel object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box. 2. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu.0 Steel Detailing .Selecting surface treatment To select the entire surface treatment of a part: 1. but they are displayed in the same tree structure. Pick the surface treatment. To select surface treatment on a face of a part: 1. see Profile in the Modeling manual. 2. Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Selecting a profile The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. 3. Remove surface treatment Click the Select objects in components toolbar. 2. Click the Select component icon in the Select switches toolbar. 28 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Pick the surface treatment to select it. icon in the Select switches To remove surface treatment from faces of a part: 1. For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles. • • Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more. icon in the Select switches Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part.

Click OK to close the Beam properties dialog box. 3. enter the angle of the beam at its end point. To warp a steel beam: 1. enter the angle of the beam at its start point. Rotating by entering numeric values in the fields that define rotation in system components still works in the same manner as before. For example. Double-click the beam to open the Beam properties dialog box and go to the Deforming tab. In the Start field. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. In the End field. enter 40 in the Start angle field and 0 in the End angle field.0 Steel Detailing 29 .Warping steel parts You can now use the warping functionality also in Steel Detailing configuration. relative to the part reference line. 4. 2. to warp the beam 40 degrees at the start point. Click Modify to warp the beam. 5. relative to the part reference line.

2. you can still create it manually.0 Steel Detailing . See the following examples. see Creating points in the Online help. Tekla Structures displays the handles of the part. The handle at the end that was the first point picked to create the part is yellow and the handle at the other end is magenta. If you need a point at the end of a part. 30 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information. Select handles To select the handles of a part: 1. Select the part.Points not created automatically at ends of parts Tekla Structures no longer automatically creates points at the ends of parts. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often. You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. This uses less memory and reduces processing time.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. 3. Tekla Structures moves the two objects. 1.0 Steel Detailing 31 . 5. Click Move. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 4. 2. move objects more easily. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. for example.Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects.

Handles in the online help. As you move the pointer over a part handle. 2. Part reference lines When you pick two points to position a part. In the Advanced tab. You can define the visibility of the part reference line in the Display dialog box. check the box in Part reference line field. Left click to select the part handle. the snap symbols appears. Click the Display. activate the Snap to reference points switch on the Snap toolbar... 3. You can snap to and pick these handles..Snap to reference points To make it possible to pick part handles. See also 32 Click Modify and OK. and handles appear at the line ends. Go to Properties > View. 4. To show the part reference line: 1..0 Steel Detailing . button to open the Display dialog box. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. these points form the part reference line.

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. use object representation settings. click Setup > Object representation. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12. • • To open the Object representation dialog box. see Object representation settings and Object representation example in the online help.How to select objects in the online help. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view.: For more information on how to use the object representation settings.0. which was available in previous versions.. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view.. Create customized presentation of defined object groups. Snapping in the online help.0 Steel Detailing 33 .

Use the object groups: • • In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views. in the Project Manager configuration. Views • If you try to open more than nine views. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. This has been fixed. 34 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. This has been fixed. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. For more information on object groups. Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared. In 4D tool. Miscellaneous Numbering • When you use the Clear numbers command.Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions. Surface treatment • The Select button next to the Material option in Surface treatment properties dialog box is now grayed out when it is not possible to select a material. see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help.

unfreeze it. This has been fixed.Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing.0. When you change a drawing and then save it.0 Steel Detailing 35 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. 1. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. Numeric snapping You can now start entering the coordinates in the Enter a numeric location dialog box by pressing the decimal key on the numeric pad first. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing.

to open the drawing list. the drawing was re-created. 3.0 Steel Detailing . to open the drawing list.. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu.To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu. Previously when you updated an assembly. See also Go to Drawing > List.. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. Select the drawing. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. To recreate the drawing: 1. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings. Select the drawing you want to recreate. 2. Nested assemblies in drawings You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. 49) in the Release notes. single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. Go to Drawing > List.. 3. 2. 36 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. which are easier to read and to understand..

see Producing reports on nested assemblies. see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. content. Bolts and welds Dimensioning Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 37 . You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. For more information. This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. For more information. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings. Marks You can define the visibility. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. see Mark content in the Drawing manual. For more information. It is much easier to read.This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read.

0.0 Steel Detailing . Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. If detail views are not included in a drawing. 38 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. so that they only appear once in a drawing. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans.Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure.

To do this. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 39 . select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.Display large dimension values more clearly You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings.432 or 15 432.

40 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Use the variables XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_CHARACTER to define the separator and XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_COUNT to define the number format (in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general).0 Steel Detailing .

see Create > Level mark in the online help. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 41 .Improvements in level marks The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks: For information.

Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of. 3. to display the view properties dialog box.. select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field. a plate... Define the properties of the plate side marks if required. to open the Dimension properties dialog box. select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. Click View. do one of the following: • To set a specified datum level. for example. This is particularly useful: • • In complex drawings In large-scale drawings. Go to Properties > Drawing.Define elevation level You now have the option to define the elevation level in general arrangement drawings and in drawing views also according to the view plane. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation. • Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. 42 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. In the Attributes tab.0 Steel Detailing .. 2. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab. where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to. To create plate side marks: 1. Click Properties > Dimension. set Type to Specified. web or flange. To set the datum level according to the view plane. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field. 2. 3.. To define the datum level: 1. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views..

0 Steel Detailing 43 . and the distance between the symbol and the section: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Improvements in section symbols New options in the Section symbol properties dialog box allow you to define arrow head size.For more information. see Marks in the Drawing manual. arrow length.

44 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. for example sections@1. In the example above. for example sections@0. Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line.0 Steel Detailing . If the arrow length is equal to zero. If you do not set these variables. the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2.Define the appearance of the arrow head symbol You can now also define the appearance of the arrow head symbol in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box using the following variables: • XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance. Tekla Structures uses the traditional style arrow head symbol in the drawings. Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. • XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance.

Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view. You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable.Aligning section symbols The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box only works on when you open drawings created with Tekla Structures 11.0. Here the variable is set to TRUE. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12. The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11.0 Steel Detailing 45 . Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. to position the cut symbol on the vertical line.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12. Here the variable has been left blank.25. Set the variable to TRUE.0 (or greater).

bolts. components.. to open the dimensioning properties dialog box. and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line. Go to the Dimension grouping tab. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1.0 Steel Detailing .. In the drawing. Click Dimensioning. Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical. You have the following options: • • • Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to group. from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. 46 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 2.. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags.Group identical objects on the same dimension line You can now group identical parts. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen- sion line tags that are created automatically. right-click and select Properties. or to define the contents of tags manually..

3. In Tags. use the variable XS_DIMENSION_GROUPING_COUNT_SEPARATOR in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. Double-click the dimension line whose tag you want to modify. 2. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text. In the Dimension properties dialog box. 4.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1.0 Steel Detailing . 47 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Click Modify. The default value is x. go to the Marks tab. To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text.

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set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Miscellaneous New part mark leader line type There is a new part mark leader line type.Highlight changes in associative dimensions To have Tekla Structures highlight the dimension text that has been changed and dimension points that have been moved when you update associative drawings. For more information.0 Steel Detailing 49 . which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part. see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual.

the dimensions are now on the same line.0 Steel Detailing .Dimensions • • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. When you create a dimension with three or more points using the Create > Dimension > Free command and end the command on the same point as the previous dimension. 50 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions.

Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks.1 and earlier. This has been fixed. When you changed the profile of a part. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. they change size according to the scale of the view. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE.Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings.0 Steel Detailing 51 . With this variable set. when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. This has been fixed. • Intelligent cloning • Sometimes part marks in single-part drawings were incorrect when you cloned single-part drawings and the variable XS_INTELLIGENT_CLONING_ALLOWED was set to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties. This has been fixed.

setting the variables in Tools > Advanced options > Plotting will override the settings in the Plotter catalog dialog box. Part marks Merged part marks are now placed correctly when you change the part mark leader line type. • Using the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y also affected the scale of the plot.0 Steel Detailing . 52 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This has been fixed.Plotting and printing • You can now define plot origin offset separately for each plotter in the Plotter catalog dialog box. However. The new options replace the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y.

Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. IFC • • Tekla Structures 12. Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file. for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before.0. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12.1. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases.0 Steel Detailing 53 .0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.

for example. see Editing custom components in the online help. see Defining custom components in the online help. detail or seam for custom parts. use the custom component wizard and pick the custom parts as main or secondary parts. Tekla Structures accepts only custom parts as input parts if you have defined the connection with a custom part as an input part. seam or detail so that when you use component in a model. This has been fixed.5 Custom components Define and create connections for custom parts You can now define a custom connection. Use the Custom component editor to edit the properties of custom parts. 54 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information on defining custom components.DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. CHS profiles with cuts • The variable XS_TUBE_UNWRAP_WITH_CUT_HOLES is now set to FALSE by default. When you are using the custom connection. This is useful when modeling window details in a multi-layer panel when the panel is a custom part. To define a custom connection. Set the variable to TRUE to include cut holes in workshop drawings or NC files of unwrapped CHS (circular hollow section) profiles.0 Steel Detailing . you can pick custom parts as the main and/or secondary parts. 1. For more information. You do not have to pick each part within the component.

In previous versions. you sometimes had to click Modify repeatedly if a component had many dependencies. the custom component objects get the current phase number. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This has been fixed. The Variables dialog box in the Custom component editor includes a new value type. Factor. You can set the number of decimals for the value type in Setup > Units and decimals dialog box..0 Steel Detailing • 55 . This is a decimal value without type. use the variable XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_MAX_LOOPS in Tools > Advanced options > Modeling properties. Fixes • • • When you selected a custom seam. the handles of the custom detail were not displayed.Miscellaneous Improvements in the usability of custom components • Now you only have to click the Modify button once in any custom component dialog box to apply changes. • When a custom component is not working correctly and the problem is with the equations. This has been fixed. When you selected a nested custom detail.. click Tools > Display log file > Log file. To see the log file. To define how many loops Tekla Structures makes to solve dependencies in custom components. its handles were not displayed. Tekla Structures now displays error messages in the log file that help you recognize the problem source. The default is 2. Now when you create custom components.

0 Steel Detailing . Now when you define a custom part. you will also need to open any nested custom components in the custom part and select to use the new method. 56 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. If the reference points you picked for a custom part were not at the center of the bounding box. Tekla Structures asks if you want to use this new method of positioning custom parts.• • Occasionally. Offsets are calculated from the center of the bounding box. edit the variable XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER in the Tekla Structures batch file to point to the folder that contains the custom components and sketches. • • 1. its coordinate system is in the center of the bounding box.6 Components Miscellaneous Component catalog • It was not possible to use the Paste command on the right-click popup menu in the thumbnail view of the component catalog. all the equations are shown even if the result of the equation cannot be calculated. To do this. When you edit a custom part created in an earlier version of Tekla Structures. This has been fixed. Now when you reopen the Variables dialog box. the custom part was not positioned correctly. Error flags in connection lists • Connection lists now also list connection flags correctly for Excel design also when the result is 4. If you do. You can now automatically import a set of custom components and sketches when you create a model. This has been fixed. adding a custom component in a skewed position generated an application error.

The lower flange is now aligned properly at the splice also when you are not using a haunch. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. When you do not specify a part mark series for the non-welded splice plates. This new option is available in: • • Bolted gusset (11) Tube gusset (20) Corner tube gusset (56) and (57) Wraparound gusset (58) Hollow brace wraparound gusset (59) Wraparound gusset cross (60) Gusseted cross (62) Corner wrapped gusset (63) • • • • • • Tapered Column-Beam Stub (150) • • • You can now create a splice connection for a haunched built-up stub.Connections Gusset plate connections In gusset plate connections you can now define the distance of the first bolt for brace2 and brace3. The splice is now also created correctly when the primary beam is haunched at the opposite end from the splice.0 Steel Detailing 57 . US Splice connection (77) • • The connection now also works with beams that are over 2000 mm high. The lower flange backing bar occasionally clashed with the diaphragm. This has been fixed. the default options are now taken from the Pos3: Loose parts option in the Options dialog box. column or panel part.

• Weld preparation (44) • Weld preparation angles are now read from the correct fields and cre- ated correctly. the length of the two plates differed by the length of the taper extension entered on the Picture tab. Column with shear plate (131) • When a two-sided shear plate connection was created. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Shaped valley cleat (8) • The connection now works correctly regardless of the profile of the secondary part. 58 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the gap is now correctly offset to the outside. there was a gap between the plate and the flange. Welded shear plate (43) and Stiffened shear plate (17) • If the stiffener was thicker than the flange of the connecting beam.• There is a new option for the location of the splice gap: to fit the primary part. When you use double shears with a hollow tube.0 Steel Detailing .

This has been fixed. Apex haunch (106) • The default profile name is now haunch.0 Steel Detailing 59 . Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. Stiffened shear plate (17) • Tekla Structures now creates the slots in the correct locations.Winbrace connection (110) • You now have the option to enlarge the slot made in the tube bracing. Portal bracing (105) • The connection now takes the correct part prefixes from the Setup > Options dialog box. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. 60 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. height of ribs. You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them. One side of the column was weld prepped at 45 degrees regardless of what angle you specified. hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment. Now if nothing has been changed. In the details.Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064) Previously. Box column base plate (1066) • Various issues concerning weld preparation. plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly. Stiffened base plate (1014) • Welds are now created in the correct position. you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. the update is not needed.S. • Inner diaphragm (1059) • Double bevel cut weld preparation is now created correctly for each side of the primary column and the angle of the lower bevel cut is now taken from the correct field. Base plate (1047) • • • • When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. This has been fixed. U.0 Steel Detailing .

Stairs (S71) We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. left. This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating.Stair base detail (1043) • The detail includes new options to define the distance between the beam and the plate for top. It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and right sides. end plates and bolts.0 Steel Detailing 61 . • The Stairs (S71) detail includes all the options available in Stairs (S82) and also some additional options. You can now create steps using custom parts or seams with Stairs (S71).

• 62 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . Now when you use the Metsec panel connection rail (31) component.Cold rolled Fixes • • The Cold Rolled Overlap (1) component now also works correctly when used with columns with a profile of WB900 or larger. The component now also works correctly with rafters.Column/Rafter (81).Column (81) component has been renamed Ayrshire Diagonal Tie . you no longer receive unnecessary file transfer warnings. The Ayrshire Diagonal Tie .

you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name). Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes. To avoid conversion problems. If you choose to update the component. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted.2 Tekla Structures 12. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor. it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made.0 is compatible with all previous versions.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Tekla Structures version 12.0 may cause problems.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Compatibility • • 63 . but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements.0. If you do not update the component.0. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. Note the following issues: • Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. Tekla Structures 12.

96) Import and export (p. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. 120) 2. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • • General (p.0. 64) Modeling (p. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. 113) Custom components (p.0. 114) Components (p. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. This ensures that all Windows system folder *.dll files are updated.tekla. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. the online help is automatically installed.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .com. 64 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 116) Reinforcement (p.1 General This section describes the following new features and fixes: Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. 77) Drawings (p.

. use the the Model Type option in New dialog box to create the model as a multi-user model or as a single-user model.\nt\dongle folder.• Tekla Structures 12. It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 65 .0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup.22.. When you create a model. In Tekla Structures 12.0.exe to start the manual installation. Working with single-user and multi-user models You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually. Select the mode by selecting an option on the right-click popup menu in the Open dialog box: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the manual installation is no longer located in the . You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder.

0 Precast Concrete Detailing . opening. 66 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). Creating a new model Enter the location for the model in the Save in field. click File > Open. See also Improvements in creating. and saving models It is now easier to create and open a model. opening. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. For a multi-user model. or accept the default location. Opening a model To open a model. where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. and saving models (p. which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed. click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. enter the name of the server in the Server name field. and to save a model with a different name. 66) Improvements in creating. To browse for a model.You no longer need to use the variable XS_SERVER identify the server that contains the multi-user database. The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box.

Select the Open as multi-user model option. 3. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. 2. Click OK.To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 67 .

inp file The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects. Click OK. Select the Open as single-user model option. 2.inp file. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.inp file in the following folders. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. Improvements in working with objects.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . It searches for the objects.To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models. click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. in this order: 68 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. When you open or create a model.

inp file. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Gradient background color in model views Use the new option to create a gradient color background in a model view to ensure parts drawn in a single color are visible in the view.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 .Folder Model Project Firm System inp Defined by variable XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface. see Adding properties. For more information on how to use the objects.inp files. according to the search order defined above. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.

0 is black.0 1. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner.0 is white and 0. The scale is from 0 to 1. To restore default values.0 0. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. use the same value for all four variables. clear the values in all four variables.To set the colors for a gradient background. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values. 1. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner.0 0. 70 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. For example.0 1. To use the traditional single-color background.

The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. To do this: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists.20 or 3.

You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. If desired. 4. select the Hide in output field. 2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. select the Hide in output field. 2. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box.20 or 3. In Template Editor 3. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. In the Template Editor. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. 3. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. 3. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. • 72 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Miscellaneous fixes • • The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type.1. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. 4. If desired. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part.30. 5. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1.

To switch off the rollover highlight. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.1. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.. 11. Each feature contains a description with pictures. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. click Setup > Rollover highlight. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. 11. To access the New Features Tutorial. Log file • The message panel now displays also the time. To switch this feature on.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 .0 includes a New Features Tutorial.3 and 12.0. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29). Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.2. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

0. The arrow buttons you use to open and close views in the Views dialog box are now only active when you have selected a view. Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12. 74 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically.• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file.

Creating views When you create a view using Views > Create view > Grid views.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 75 . If there are several grids. the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view. Tekla Structures prompts you to select a view: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

press Shift when the warning message should appear. for example when you are about to copy or move objects outside the work area. If you have selected multiple views.Bringing a view on top Now when you select a view in the Visible views list in the Views dialog box. and Tekla Structures displays the warning message again. because Tekla Structures now draws the model first in wire frame as you are moving the model. it is automatically selected in the Visible views list. all selected views will be moved up.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Also. To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the warning messages again. Navigating in the model Navigating in the model is smoother when you are for example rotating a large model. select the Do not show this message again checkbox. Re-displaying warning messages Tekla Structures displays warning messages when necessary. 76 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. when you select a view in the model. for example when you are copying or moving objects outside the work area. with the first one on the list on top. To re-display the warning messages. the selected view moves to the top.

brackets.2. railings or pipe racks. You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p. For more information. 97).2 Modeling Nested assemblies Description You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 77 . for example. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: • • It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

with it highlighted. press Shift and scroll the mouse wheel. each assembly is highlighted as you move the pointer over it. With this switch active. 78 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The level of the assembly you have selected is displayed on the status bar. down to single parts and bolts.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . through the subassemblies. To move to a specific level in the assembly. from the highest.Example of a nested assembly: Selecting assemblies Activate the Select assemblies switch on the Select toolbar so that you can select any level of a nested assembly.

see How to select objects in the Modeling manual. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information on how to select assemblies and cast-units.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 79 . activate the Select objects in assemblies switch on the Select toolbar.To be able to select objects in assemblies.

right click and select Properties..0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 80 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. from the pop-up menu.. select it.Assembly or cast unit properties To view the properties of an assembly or cast-unit.

You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies and cast units in the same dialog box. which you can use to modify assemblies: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 81 . Modifying assemblies The right-click pop-up menu also includes several new options.

Define the prefix. You can modify assemblies by: • • • • Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly or cast-unit main part You can combine assemblies in the following ways: • • • Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units.These options are also on the main menu. 82 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. see Cast units and assemblies. under Detailing > Assembly or Cast unit. start number and name for the cast unit or assembly in the cast unit or assembly properties dialog box.

0 it is not yet possible to view or select filter by assembly user-defined attributes or by nested assemblies. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 83 . This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.Filter In Tekla Structures 12. User-defined attributes For information about defining user-defined attributes for assemblies. see Userdefined attributes. Grid line labels always visible Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible.

To modify the font used in grid labels, use the variables XS_DEFAULT_FONT and XS_DEFAULT_FONT_SIZE in Tools > Advanced options > Model view. You can now use special characters, such as umlauts, accents, and circumflexes, as well as combined characters, such as e acute, in grid labels.

Create, select, and modify single grid lines
In addition to creating entire grids, you can now create single grid lines, and select, modify, copy, and move individual gridlines. Gridlines now also have handles.
Creating single grid lines

To create a single grid line: 1. 2. 3. 4. Go to Points > Grid line or click the Create grid line Select the grid. Pick the first position for the grid line. Pick the second position for the grid line. icon.

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Grid and grid line properties

Define the properties of the grid line in the Grid line properties dialog box. For more information, see Grid properties in the Modeling manual. If there are skewed grid lines in the model, setting the grid properties back to the original settings is not possible. To revert to the original settings, delete the skewed grid line first and then modify the settings.
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Selecting grids and grid lines Working with grid lines

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

For more information on creating, modifying and deleting single grid lines, see Working with grids in the Modeling manual.

Magnetic grid planes
The Magnetic grid plane and Extension for magnetic area options have been added to the Grid dialog box.

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Save the model before editing magnetic grids and grid planes. Rotating a magnetic grid may not yet function correctly in Tekla Structures 12.0. Avoid overlapping of magnetic grid planes. When needed, modify the grid planes in several steps to prevent the overlapping.

Checking the location of grid planes

You may sometimes need to check the location of grid planes for example to see if parts are close enough to a magnetic grid plane that you have moved. To do this: 1. 2. 3. 4. Go to Tools > Advanced options > Model view and set the variable XS_GRID_PLANES_VISIBLE_WITH_USERPLANES to TRUE. Go to Properties > View... Click Display... In the Display dialog box,select the Construction planes checkbox in Visibility.

Improvements in grids
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Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines.

You can use copy and move commands on grids. For example, copy an entire grid by selecting the grid and using the Edit > Copy > Translate... command.

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88 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part You can now add a surface treatment to the entire surface of a part by using the Create part surface treatment command. see Create part surface treatment in the online help.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . For more information.

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 89 . For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles. Pick the surface treatment to select it. 2. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Selecting surface treatment To select the entire surface treatment of a part: 1. • • Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more. 3. Click the Select component icon in the Select switches toolbar. Selecting a profile The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. To select surface treatment on a face of a part: 1. 2. see Profile in the Modeling manual. 2. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu. icon in the Select switches To remove surface treatment from faces of a part: 1. Pick the surface treatment. icon in the Select switches Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. but they are displayed in the same tree structure. Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Only the relevant profiles for a concrete object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box. Remove surface treatment Click the Select objects in components toolbar.

Points not created automatically at ends of parts Tekla Structures no longer automatically creates points at the ends of parts. Select handles To select the handles of a part: 1. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. This uses less memory and reduces processing time. Tekla Structures displays the handles of the part. 2. If you need a point at the end of a part. you can still create it manually. see Creating points in the Online help. 90 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. See the following examples.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . For more information. You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. The handle at the end that was the first point picked to create the part is yellow and the handle at the other end is magenta. Select the part. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 3. 5. 1. 2. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects. Click Move. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. 4. move objects more easily. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. for example. Tekla Structures moves the two objects.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 91 .Move objects By selecting handles you are able to.

the snap symbols appears..Snap to reference points To make it possible to pick part handles. these points form the part reference line. 92 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.. Go to Properties > View. 2. Left click to select the part handle. To show the part reference line: 1. As you move the pointer over a part handle. button to open the Display dialog box.. activate the Snap to reference points switch on the Snap toolbar.. You can snap to and pick these handles. Part reference lines When you pick two points to position a part. and handles appear at the line ends. You can define the visibility of the part reference line in the Display dialog box.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Click the Display.

Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. check the box in Part reference line field. use object representation settings. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. In the Advanced tab. Create customized presentation of defined object groups. which was available in previous versions. • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 93 .0. Snapping in the online help. How to select objects in the online help. See also Click Modify and OK.3. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12. Handles in the online help. 4.

94 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared. see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help. see Object representation settings and Object representation example in the online help.To open the Object representation dialog box. For more information on object groups. in the Project Manager configuration. click Setup > Object representation.0 Precast Concrete Detailing ... Miscellaneous Numbering • When you use the Clear numbers command. In 4D tool. Use the object groups: • • In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views.: For more information on how to use the object representation settings. Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions.

regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. Numeric snapping You can now start entering the coordinates in the Enter a numeric location dialog box by pressing the decimal key on the numeric pad first. Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models.Views • If you try to open more than nine views. This has been fixed.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 95 . Surface treatment • The Select button next to the Material option in Surface treatment properties dialog box is now grayed out when it is not possible to select a material.

See also Go to Drawing > List. unfreeze it..0. When you change a drawing and then save it.2. the drawing was re-created. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. 2.. Select the drawing you want to recreate.. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. Go to Drawing > List. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. 108) in the Release notes. 3. To recreate the drawing: 1.. To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. Select the drawing. 2. 96 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 3. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu. single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. to open the drawing list. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. to open the drawing list. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. Previously when you updated an assembly.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12.

It is much easier to read. and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. You can now specify the part mark properties for the main and secondary parts of sub-assemblies in cast unit drawings. In the Drawing Editor. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 97 .. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings. see Mark content in the Drawing manual. This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly.. Marks You can define the visibility. which are easier to read and to understand.. For more information.Nested assemblies in drawings You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. 2. This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings.. Click Part mark. To do this: 1. content. go to Properties > Drawing. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. Click Modify and OK. Bolts and welds Dimensioning You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. select Sub-assembly main part or Sub-assembly secondary part depending on the part mark properties you want to define.3. 5. On the Content tab. Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. For more information. 4. For more information. see Producing reports on nested assemblies. Select the elements to be contained in the part mark. 98 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual.

Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12.0. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 99 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. If detail views are not included in a drawing. For more information. Display large dimension values more clearly You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. so that they only appear once in a drawing.432 or 15 432. To do this.

100 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Use the variables XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_CHARACTER to define the separator and XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_COUNT to define the number format (in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general).0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 101 .Improvements in level marks The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks: For information. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Create > Level mark in the online help.

This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation.. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 2. 3.. 2. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required. 102 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To define the datum level: 1. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field. To create plate side marks: 1.. This is particularly useful: • • In complex drawings In large-scale drawings. a plate. set Type to Specified.. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views. to display the view properties dialog box. do one of the following: • To set a specified datum level.Define elevation level You now have the option to define the elevation level in general arrangement drawings and in drawing views also according to the view plane. Click View. • Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. to open the Dimension properties dialog box. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab. To set the datum level according to the view plane. In the Attributes tab. 3.. where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to. Click Properties > Dimension. select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field. web or flange. select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. for example. Go to Properties > Drawing..

For more information, see Marks in the Drawing manual.

Improvements in section symbols
New options in the Section symbol properties dialog box allow you to define arrow head size, arrow length, and the distance between the symbol and the section:

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Define the appearance of the arrow head symbol
You can now also define the appearance of the arrow head symbol in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box using the following variables: • XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance, for example sections@0. • XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance, for example sections@1. If you do not set these variables, Tekla Structures uses the traditional style arrow head symbol in the drawings.

In the example above, the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. If the arrow length is equal to zero, Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line.
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Aligning section symbols
The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box only works on when you open drawings created with Tekla Structures 11.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12.0. Set the variable to TRUE, to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1.25.

Here the variable is set to TRUE. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view.

Here the variable has been left blank. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location.

The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12.0 (or greater). You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable.

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components. or to define the contents of tags manually. and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line. to open the dimensioning properties dialog box.. from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen- sion line tags that are created automatically. 106 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 2. In the drawing.. Click Dimensioning. right-click and select Properties. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1.Group identical objects on the same dimension line You can now group identical parts. Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical. bolts. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags. You have the following options: • • • Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to group..0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Go to the Dimension grouping tab..

In Tags. go to the Marks tab. 3. 2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text. 107 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text. use the variable XS_DIMENSION_GROUPING_COUNT_SEPARATOR in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. In the Dimension properties dialog box. The default value is x. Double-click the dimension line whose tag you want to modify. Click Modify. 4.

set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.Highlight changes in associative dimensions To have Tekla Structures highlight the dimension text that has been changed and dimension points that have been moved when you update associative drawings. 108 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

For more information. see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual. This feature is not yet available for reinforcing bar marks in Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0. which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 109 . Miscellaneous New part mark leader line type There is a new part mark leader line type.

0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 110 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Dimensioning • Embedded objects are now dimensioned correctly by the reference points of the object. dimensions are now also associative to the middle points of objects. Dimensions • When you use the By reference point option in the Dimensioning properties dialog box.

To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11.1 and earlier. when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. they change size according to the scale of the view. the dimensions are now on the same line. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. When you create a dimension with three or more points using the Create > Dimension > Free command and end the command on the same point as the previous dimension.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 111 .) This has been fixed. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. Reinforcing bar marks • Merged reinforcing bar marks no longer move when you update a drawing. Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Updating drawings • In some occasions Tekla Structures did not add the P flag to a drawing in the drawing list when a cast unit had been changed. When you changed the profile of a part. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. (The P flag indicated that parts have been changed. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. With this variable set. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location.• • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks.

Part marks Merged part marks are now placed correctly when you change the part mark leader line type. 112 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. • Using the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y also affected the scale of the plot. This has been fixed.Intelligent cloning • Sometimes part marks in single-part drawings were incorrect when you cloned single-part drawings and the variable XS_INTELLIGENT_CLONING_ALLOWED was set to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties. The new options replace the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y. This has been fixed. Plotting and printing • You can now define plot origin offset separately for each plotter in the Plotter catalog dialog box. setting the variables in Tools > Advanced options > Plotting will override the settings in the Plotter catalog dialog box. However.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12.0. Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . This has been fixed. DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.

Use the Custom component editor to edit the properties of custom parts. When you are using the custom connection. for example. see Defining custom components in the online help. use the custom component wizard and pick the custom parts as main or secondary parts. 114 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Miscellaneous Improvements in the usability of custom components • Now you only have to click the Modify button once in any custom component dialog box to apply changes. seam or detail so that when you use component in a model. see Editing custom components in the online help. For more information on defining custom components. You do not have to pick each part within the component. To see the log file.. For more information.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . • When a custom component is not working correctly and the problem is with the equations. you sometimes had to click Modify repeatedly if a component had many dependencies.5 Custom components Define and create connections for custom parts You can now define a custom connection. In previous versions. use the variable XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_MAX_LOOPS in Tools > Advanced options > Modeling properties. This is useful when modeling window details in a multi-layer panel when the panel is a custom part. Tekla Structures now displays error messages in the log file that help you recognize the problem source. To define a custom connection. click Tools > Display log file > Log file. you can pick custom parts as the main and/or secondary parts.. Tekla Structures accepts only custom parts as input parts if you have defined the connection with a custom part as an input part. detail or seam for custom parts. To define how many loops Tekla Structures makes to solve dependencies in custom components.2. The default is 2.

edit the variable XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER in the Tekla Structures batch file to point to the folder that contains the custom components and sketches. all the equations are shown even if the result of the equation cannot be calculated. the handles of the custom detail were not displayed. This is a decimal value without type.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 115 . the custom component objects get the current phase number. You can now automatically import a set of custom components and sketches when you create a model. • • • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. When you selected a nested custom detail. Occasionally. Factor. adding a custom component in a skewed position generated an application error. its handles were not displayed. This has been fixed. You can set the number of decimals for the value type in Setup > Units and decimals dialog box. To do this. This has been fixed.Fixes • • • When you selected a custom seam. Now when you create custom components. Now when you reopen the Variables dialog box. The Variables dialog box in the Custom component editor includes a new value type. This has been fixed.

Adds reinforcing bars to panel or slab edges. Anchor (10) Connects two concrete parts. If you do. the custom part was not positioned correctly.• If the reference points you picked for a custom part were not at the center of the bounding box. for example two walls or a column to a wall.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .beam (14) Concrete beam-beam (112) 116 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. you will also need to open any nested custom components in the custom part and select to use the new method. Tekla Structures asks if you want to use this new method of positioning custom parts. Adds reinforcing bars to an edge of panel or slab. Now when you define a custom part. its coordinate system is in the center of the bounding box. Offsets are calculated from the center of the bounding box.0 includes the following new components: Component 3D cut (10) Icon Description Creates a 3D cut to a concrete part.6 Components New components Tekla Structures 12. When you edit a custom part created in an earlier version of Tekla Structures. 2. Creates a connection between a concrete column and a concrete wall or panel. Border rebar (92) Border rebar (93) Column . Creates a connection between a main concrete beam and one or two secondary beams.

Connects two perpendicular concrete panels with a teeth connection. Concrete console (111) Concrete foundation (1030) Inbedded (1008) Opening in wall (40) Creates an opening in a concrete wall or panel. This has been fixed. Adds concrete profiles or cuts to a beam. Creates a pad footing.Component Concrete console (110) Icon Description Creates a connection between a concrete column and a concrete beam. Creates a concrete foundation block. Creates embeds in concrete parts.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 117 . piles and anchor bars and/or grouting tubes. Parts at beam (82) Precast found block (1028) Rebar in beam (90) Adds reinforcing bars to concrete beams. Creates a connection between a concrete column and one or two concrete beams. Wall teeth (12) Miscellaneous Component catalog • It was not possible to use the Paste command on the right-click popup menu in the thumbnail view of the component catalog. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

This has been fixed. the update is not needed.S. the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. Now if nothing has been changed. • Inner diaphragm (1059) • Double bevel cut weld preparation is now created correctly for each side of the primary column and the angle of the lower bevel cut is now taken from the correct field. you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener.Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them. One side of the column was weld prepped at 45 degrees regardless of what angle you specified. This has been fixed. plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly. Base plate (1047) • • • • When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts. 118 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Stiffened base plate (1014) • Welds are now created in the correct position. height of ribs.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064) Previously. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. U. You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. Box column base plate (1066) • Various issues concerning weld preparation. In the details. hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment.

• The Stairs (S71) detail includes all the options available in Stairs (S82) and also some additional options. and right sides. This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating. left. Stairs (S71) We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). end plates and bolts.Stair base detail (1043) • The detail includes new options to define the distance between the beam and the plate for top.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 119 . You can now create steps using custom parts or seams with Stairs (S71).

120 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .7 Reinforcement Miscellaneous Slab bars (18) • You can now add reinforcing bars outside the slab by entering negative values in Cover thickness on sides options.

0 Analysis and Design Tekla Structures 12. The integration is similar to the existing STAAD.Pro installation. which allows Analysis & Design vendors or in-house application developers to integrate their software to Tekla Structures. including the STAAD.3 Tekla Structures 12. • • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. When the analysis engine installation is complete.0 Analysis and Design module contains the following new features and fixes: Analysis model interfaces • Tekla Structures 12. The analysis engine installations are now separate from the full installation of Tekla Structures.0 Analysis and Design 121 . This utilizes the new Analysis & Design interface. select the interface to the analysis engine you want to use. You must run the analysis engine installations separately. You can now use also an IFC analysis model format as an analysis engine.0 contains an Analysis & Design interface.Pro integration.

Tekla Structures now marks the analysis results correctly as not up to date. select Yes in the option Simple plate on the Analysis tab of the attributes dialog box.0 Analysis and Design . You can now create a simpler analysis model of slabs and panels. If the model changes after you use the Optimize command.Miscellaneous Fixes • When you are using the Analysis tab in the dialog box of a component to define the analysis profile settings. To do this. • • • • Area load was not distributed correctly for beams also with varying pressure and in some geometric circumstances. where cuts and holes are not considered. 122 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. You can now use multiplication in the values for Buckling length or Length factor for Buckling options in the Design tab of the part properties dialog box. you can now access the different options even when you have selected No in Use analysis restraints. This has been fixed.

0 Analysis and Design 123 . After you have run the analysis or created an analysis model. values separated by spaces) in the appropriate field. The offsets are defined as user-defined attributes on the Analysis offsets tab in the attributes dialog box.• When you create an analysis model of slabs and panels. according to the index of the vertex. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The vertex indices and their coordinates are listed in the Inquire object dialog box. enter the offset distances as X Y Z (in current length units. you can now define offsets for individual vertices of the slabs and panels. To define the offset for an individual vertex. use the Inquire > Object command to query the vertices.

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0 Project Management Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management configuration contains the following new features: Miscellaneous • The status of an object is automatically updated in the model when you: • • Modify the user-defined attributes of an object Modify the user-defined attributes of assemblies.4 Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management 125 .

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