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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....1......................................5 1...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Define elevation level........... 55 Components....... 54 Define and create connections for custom parts .. 46 Highlight changes in associative dimensions................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 53 Miscellaneous ......... 49 Miscellaneous ....................................... 54 Miscellaneous ..........................................................4 1...... 56 Connections................................................................................................................................................................... 59 Cold rolled .............................................................. 57 Details................................... 42 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines .............. 49 Import and export................. 62 2 Release Notes ........................... 43 Group identical objects on the same dimension line.............. 53 Custom components ... 56 Miscellaneous ............................................................................... 42 Improvements in section symbols .......................

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

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

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

1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. 54) Components (p.22.com. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 35) Import and export (p. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p.. 56) 1.0 Steel Detailing . You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0.0.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7.exe to start the manual installation. the manual installation is no longer located in the . 6) Modeling (p. Tekla Structures 12.dll files are updated.\nt\dongle folder. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. 53) Custom components (p.0. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.tekla. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. In Tekla Structures 12. 18) Drawings (p. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.0..We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. the online help is automatically installed.

opening. 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. When you create a model. opening. 7) Improvements in creating. and saving models It is now easier to create and open a 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. and to save a model with a different name. It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode.Working with single-user and multi-user models You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures.0 Steel Detailing 7 . See also Improvements in creating. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and saving models (p.

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

0 Steel Detailing 9 . click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. When you open or create a model.3. 2. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Select the Open as single-user model option. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Click OK. Click OK.

inp file. It searches for the objects. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. 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. 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. 10 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Adding properties.0 Steel Detailing .inp file The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects.Improvements in working with objects. For more information on how to use the objects.inp files. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects. according to the search order defined above.inp file.

To use the traditional single-color background. use the same value for all four variables. clear the values in all four variables.0 is black. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner.0 1. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 1. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.0 is white and 0. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values.0 0. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. To restore default values.0 0.0 Steel Detailing 11 . For example.To set the colors for a gradient background. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. The scale is from 0 to 1. 1.

Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons. 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.20 or 3. To do this: 12 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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.0 Steel Detailing .

3. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. 3. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. If desired.20 or 3. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. 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. In the Template Editor. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. 4. If desired. 5. select the Hide in output field. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. 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. Select descending sort order by: • • 4. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box.1. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. In Template Editor 3. 2. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model.30. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows.0 Steel Detailing 13 .

11. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.2. To switch off the rollover highlight.3 and 12.0 includes a New Features Tutorial. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. To access the New Features Tutorial. click Setup > Rollover highlight. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it.0 Steel Detailing . 11.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.. To switch this feature on.0. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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).Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time.1. Each feature contains a description with pictures. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.

0. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 15 .• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file. 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. 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.

If there are several grids.Creating views When you create a view using Views > Create view > Grid views. the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view. Tekla Structures prompts you to select a view: 16 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .

If you have selected multiple views. Also. the selected view moves to the top. with the first one on the list on top. when you select a view in the model. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 17 . all selected views will be moved up. To re-display the warning messages.Bringing a view on top Now when you select a view in the Visible views list in the Views dialog box. because Tekla Structures now draws the model first in wire frame as you are moving the model. Re-displaying warning messages Tekla Structures displays warning messages when necessary. it is automatically selected in the Visible views list. and Tekla Structures displays the warning message again. Navigating in the model Navigating in the model is smoother when you are for example rotating a large model. To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the warning messages again. for example when you are about to copy or move objects outside the work area. press Shift when the warning message should appear. select the Do not show this message again checkbox. for example when you are copying or moving objects outside the work area.

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

with it highlighted.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. press Shift and scroll the mouse wheel. from the highest. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. With this switch active. down to single parts and bolts.0 Steel Detailing 19 . To move to a specific level in the assembly. through the subassemblies.

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

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

0 Steel Detailing . start number and name for the assembly in the assembly properties dialog box. Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. 22 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. under Detailing > Assembly.These options are also on the main menu. 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. see Cast units and assemblies. Define the prefix.

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

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

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

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

see Create part surface treatment in the online help.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. Create part surface treatment Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 27 . For more information.

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

In the Start field.Warping steel parts You can now use the warping functionality also in Steel Detailing configuration. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. In the End field. Click Modify to warp the beam. enter the angle of the beam at its end point. Double-click the beam to open the Beam properties dialog box and go to the Deforming tab. Click OK to close the Beam properties dialog box. To warp a steel beam: 1. 2. 5.0 Steel Detailing 29 . to warp the beam 40 degrees at the start point. 3. 4. enter 40 in the Start angle field and 0 in the End angle field. relative to the part reference line. For example. enter the angle of the beam at its start point. relative to the part reference line. Rotating by entering numeric values in the fields that define rotation in system components still works in the same manner as before.

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

0 Steel Detailing 31 . 5. 4.Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. move objects more easily. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. Click Move. for example. 3. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 2. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. 1. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects. Tekla Structures moves the two objects.

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

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

Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. in the Project Manager configuration. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. This has been fixed. 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. see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help.Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions. For more information on object groups. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms.0 Steel Detailing . Miscellaneous Numbering • When you use the Clear numbers command. In 4D tool. Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared. This has been fixed. Use the object groups: • • In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views. 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. 34 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box.

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. When you change a drawing and then save it. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes.Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. unfreeze it.0. 1. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. This has been fixed. 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. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes. select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing.0 Steel Detailing 35 .

. the drawing was re-created. 49) in the Release notes. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu. which are easier to read and to understand. Select the drawing you want to recreate.. 2.. See also Go to Drawing > List. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. to open the drawing list. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop. 36 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. 2. 3. Now the drawing is no longer re-created.. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu. Select the drawing.To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. 3. To recreate the drawing: 1. Nested assemblies in drawings You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. Previously when you updated an assembly. to open the drawing list. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. Go to Drawing > List.

see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. Bolts and welds Dimensioning Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. see Producing reports on nested assemblies.0 Steel Detailing 37 . You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings. For more information. This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. It is much easier to read.This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read. For more information. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. see Mark content in the Drawing manual. content. and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. For more information. Marks You can define the visibility.

Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. 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. If detail views are not included in a drawing. 38 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views.0 Steel Detailing .0. For more information. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. so that they only appear once in a drawing.

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. To do this.432 or 15 432.0 Steel Detailing 39 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.

0 Steel Detailing .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). 40 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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.0 Steel Detailing 41 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Create > Level mark in the online help.

a plate. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views.. to display the view properties dialog box... This is particularly useful: • • In complex drawings In large-scale drawings. To create plate side marks: 1. set Type to Specified. To set the datum level according to the view plane. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab. 3. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation.. 42 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required. 3. select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field... 2.0 Steel Detailing . To define the datum level: 1. Go to Properties > Drawing. Click View. web or flange. select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to. to open the Dimension properties dialog box. for example. In the Attributes tab.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. 2. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of. Click Properties > Dimension. • Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. do one of the following: • To set a specified datum level. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field.

arrow length.For more information.0 Steel Detailing 43 . see Marks in the Drawing manual. 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.

If you do not set these variables. If the arrow length is equal to zero.0 Steel Detailing . Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line. In the example above. Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. 44 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. for example sections@0. • XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. for example sections@1.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. the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2. Tekla Structures uses the traditional style arrow head symbol in the drawings.

Here the variable has been left blank. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.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. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12.3 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. Here the variable is set to TRUE. Set the variable to TRUE.0 (or greater). You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location. 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 1.25.0 Steel Detailing 45 .

. bolts.. and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line. 46 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Click Dimensioning. or to define the contents of tags manually. Go to the Dimension grouping tab. right-click and select Properties. to open the dimensioning properties dialog box. 2. You have the following options: • • • Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to group. Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical.. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen- sion line tags that are created automatically.. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags.Group identical objects on the same dimension line You can now group identical parts. In the drawing. from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1. components.0 Steel Detailing .

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. In the Dimension properties dialog box. go to the Marks tab. 47 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. 4. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text. Click Modify. In Tags.0 Steel Detailing . 2. 3. The default value is x. To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1. To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text.

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Miscellaneous New part mark leader line type There is a new part mark leader line type. which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 49 . For more information.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. see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual. set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.

This has been fixed. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. 50 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. the dimensions are now on the same line. This has been fixed.0 Steel Detailing .Dimensions • • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension.

• 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.1 and earlier.0 Steel Detailing 51 . The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. 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.Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. With this variable set. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11. When you changed the profile of a part. This has been fixed. they change size according to the scale of the view.

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

the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases. Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set. IFC • • Tekla Structures 12. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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.0. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.1.0 Steel Detailing 53 . for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before.

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

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

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

• Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The lower flange is now aligned properly at the splice also when you are not using a haunch.0 Steel Detailing 57 . the default options are now taken from the Pos3: Loose parts option in the Options dialog box. 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. When you do not specify a part mark series for the non-welded splice plates.Connections Gusset plate connections In gusset plate connections you can now define the distance of the first bolt for brace2 and brace3. The lower flange backing bar occasionally clashed with the diaphragm. US Splice connection (77) • • The connection now also works with beams that are over 2000 mm high. This has been fixed. column or panel part. The splice is now also created correctly when the primary beam is haunched at the opposite end from the splice.

When you use double shears with a hollow tube. This has been fixed. • Weld preparation (44) • Weld preparation angles are now read from the correct fields and cre- ated correctly. 58 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .• There is a new option for the location of the splice gap: to fit the primary part. Column with shear plate (131) • When a two-sided shear plate connection was created. 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. This has been fixed. the length of the two plates differed by the length of the taper extension entered on the Picture tab. Shaped valley cleat (8) • The connection now works correctly regardless of the profile of the secondary part. the gap is now correctly offset to the outside.

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

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

It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). left. • 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).0 Steel Detailing 61 . This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and right sides. Stairs (S71) We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. 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.

The Ayrshire Diagonal Tie . you no longer receive unnecessary file transfer warnings. The component now also works correctly with rafters.Cold rolled Fixes • • The Cold Rolled Overlap (1) component now also works correctly when used with columns with a profile of WB900 or larger.Column (81) component has been renamed Ayrshire Diagonal Tie .Column/Rafter (81).0 Steel Detailing . • 62 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Now when you use the Metsec panel connection rail (31) component.

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

0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 64) Modeling (p.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. the online help is automatically installed. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. 96) Import and export (p.com. 120) 2. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • • General (p. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. 77) Drawings (p. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0.1 General This section describes the following new features and fixes: Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically.tekla.dll files are updated. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. 114) Components (p.0. 116) Reinforcement (p. 64 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. 113) Custom components (p.

0. In Tekla Structures 12.exe to start the manual installation. 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. Working with single-user and multi-user models You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures.. the manual installation is no longer located in the .• Tekla Structures 12.. When you create a model.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 65 .22. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. 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 12.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7. It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder.\nt\dongle folder. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.

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

Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. 3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 67 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Click OK. Select the Open as multi-user model option. 2. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field.

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

Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file.inp file.inp files. For more information on how to use the objects.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 . according to the search order defined above. see Adding properties. 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.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. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.

Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values. To use the traditional single-color background. 70 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. clear the values in all four variables.0 1. For example.To set the colors for a gradient background. use the same value for all four variables. 1. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. To restore default values.0 1.0 is black. The scale is from 0 to 1. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner.0 is white and 0.0 0.0 0.

30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists. To do this: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .20 or 3.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.

add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. 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. 4. 3. 5. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. 2. If desired. 4. • 72 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Miscellaneous fixes • • The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type. In the Template Editor.30. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. 3.1. If desired. 2. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1.20 or 3. select the Hide in output field. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. In Template Editor 3. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model.

11. Log file • The message panel now displays also the time. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.. 11. click Setup > Rollover highlight. Each feature contains a description with pictures. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. 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).3 and 12. To switch off the rollover highlight. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 .0 includes a New Features Tutorial. To access the New Features Tutorial.2. To switch this feature on. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it.1.

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.• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12. 74 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically.

Tekla Structures prompts you to select a view: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 75 . the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view.Creating views When you create a view using Views > Create view > Grid views. If there are several grids.

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

for example. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p. 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. For more information.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 77 . 97). A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly.2 Modeling Nested assemblies Description You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. railings or pipe racks. brackets. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses.2.

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

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

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 81 . which you can use to modify assemblies: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies and cast units in the same dialog box. Modifying assemblies The right-click pop-up menu also includes several new options.

0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. 82 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Cast units and assemblies. start number and name for the cast unit or assembly in the cast unit or assembly properties dialog box. 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. Define the prefix. under Detailing > Assembly or Cast unit.These options are also on the main menu.

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

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. see Create part surface treatment in the online help.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. For more information.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

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

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

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

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

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

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

regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. 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. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Views • If you try to open more than nine views. Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. 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. This has been fixed. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 95 . Tekla Structures now displays a warning message.

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

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

98 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. On the Content tab. 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. 5. see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . For more information. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. select Sub-assembly main part or Sub-assembly secondary part depending on the part mark properties you want to define. For more information.3. see Producing reports on nested assemblies. 4. 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. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. Select the elements to be contained in the part mark. Click Modify and OK.

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 15.432 or 15 432. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 99 . To do this. For more information. so that they only appear once in a drawing. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. If detail views are not included in a drawing. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual.

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 . 100 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

see Create > Level mark in the online help.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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 101 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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

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

In the Dimension properties dialog box. 3. Double-click the dimension line whose tag you want to modify. 4. use the variable XS_DIMENSION_GROUPING_COUNT_SEPARATOR in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. Click Modify. 107 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text. In Tags.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. go to the Marks tab. The default value is x.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text. To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1. 2.

0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 108 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.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. set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.

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

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

when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. With this variable set. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location. This has been fixed. Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. the dimensions are now on the same line. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. 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. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 111 . This has been fixed. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks.) This has been fixed.• • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. 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 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.1 and earlier. (The P flag indicated that parts have been changed. When you changed the profile of a part. they change size according to the scale of the view.

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

Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. This has been fixed.2. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. 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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.0.

For more information. You do not have to pick each part within the component. see Defining custom components in the online help. To define a custom connection. for example. you can pick custom parts as the main and/or secondary parts. seam or detail so that when you use component in a model. Use the Custom component editor to edit the properties of custom parts. 114 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. you sometimes had to click Modify repeatedly if a component had many dependencies.. detail or seam for custom parts.5 Custom components Define and create connections for custom parts You can now define a custom connection. click Tools > Display log file > Log file. • When a custom component is not working correctly and the problem is with the equations. For more information on defining custom components.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . To define how many loops Tekla Structures makes to solve dependencies in custom components. use the variable XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_MAX_LOOPS in Tools > Advanced options > Modeling properties. When you are using the custom connection. Tekla Structures now displays error messages in the log file that help you recognize the problem source. The default is 2.2. In previous versions. see Editing custom components in the online help. This is useful when modeling window details in a multi-layer panel when the panel is a custom part. use the custom component wizard and pick the custom parts as main or secondary parts. 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.. To see the log file. Tekla Structures accepts only custom parts as input parts if you have defined the connection with a custom part as an input part.

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

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 117 . Connects two perpendicular concrete panels with a teeth connection. piles and anchor bars and/or grouting tubes. This has been fixed. Creates embeds in concrete parts. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Component Concrete console (110) Icon Description Creates a connection between a concrete column and a concrete beam. Creates a pad footing. Creates a connection between a concrete column and one or two concrete beams. Concrete console (111) Concrete foundation (1030) Inbedded (1008) Opening in wall (40) Creates an opening in a concrete wall or panel. Creates a concrete foundation block. 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. Adds concrete profiles or cuts to a beam. Parts at beam (82) Precast found block (1028) Rebar in beam (90) Adds reinforcing bars to concrete beams.

When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate.S. Base plate (1047) • • • • When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts.Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. This has been fixed. You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. Stiffened base plate (1014) • Welds are now created in the correct position. Box column base plate (1066) • Various issues concerning weld preparation. the update is not needed. hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment. • 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. Now if nothing has been changed. the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. height of ribs. Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064) Previously. This has been fixed. plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly. In the details. 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. 118 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. U.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

Stairs (S71) We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. and right sides. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 119 .Stair base detail (1043) • The detail includes new options to define the distance between the beam and the plate for top. This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating. • The Stairs (S71) detail includes all the options available in Stairs (S82) and also some additional options. It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). You can now create steps using custom parts or seams with Stairs (S71). left. end plates and bolts.

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 Precast Concrete Detailing . 120 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.2.

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

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

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

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0 Project Management 125 .4 Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 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.

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