Tekla Structures 12

Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006
Copyright © 2006 Tekla Corporation

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .................................................... 5
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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............................. 49 Miscellaneous ............................... 42 Improvements in section symbols ............... 43 Group identical objects on the same dimension line............................. 59 Cold rolled ..........................6 Define elevation level.........................1....... 55 Components................... 56 Miscellaneous ................................................................................................................................. 57 Details........ 42 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines .............................................................................................5 1.................. 53 Miscellaneous .............................................................................................. 54 Miscellaneous ..................4 1............................................................................... 49 Import and export.......................................................................................................................................................... 62 2 Release Notes ............................................... 53 Custom components ..... 54 Define and create connections for custom parts ................................................................................. 46 Highlight changes in associative dimensions..................................................... 56 Connections..............................................................................................

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

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

When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name). 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 12.0 Steel Detailing Tekla Structures version 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.0 Steel Detailing • • 5 . When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor. Compatibility Tekla Structures 12. If you do not 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 may cause problems. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12.0.1 Tekla Structures 12. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements.0 is compatible with all previous versions. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. If you choose to update the component. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12. To avoid conversion problems. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.

0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7. 53) Custom components (p.0.0. Tekla Structures 12.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. 6) Modeling (p. 18) Drawings (p. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures.exe to start the manual installation. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder.1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically.tekla. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. the manual installation is no longer located in the . 56) 1.0 Steel Detailing .22. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12..com.. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually. In Tekla Structures 12.dll files are updated. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.0. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p.\nt\dongle folder. the online help is automatically installed. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. 54) Components (p.0. 35) Import and export (p.

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

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

Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models. When you open or create a model. Click OK. Select the Open as single-user model option. Click OK. 2.3.0 Steel Detailing 9 . Enter the name of the server in the Server name field.

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

To restore default values. To use the traditional single-color background.0 1.0 Steel Detailing 11 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner.To set the colors for a gradient background. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner.0 0. use the same value for all four variables. 1. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. clear the values in all four variables.0 is black.0 is white and 0. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner. For example. The scale is from 0 to 1.0 0.0 1.

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

Select descending sort order by: • • 4. select the Hide in output field. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser.0 Steel Detailing 13 . 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. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. 3. 2. 5. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. 2. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. 3.1.20 or 3. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. If desired. If desired. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. In the Template Editor. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box.30. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. In Template Editor 3. 4.

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.2. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time. 11.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. To access the New Features Tutorial. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it.3 and 12. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29). Each feature contains a description with pictures. To switch off the rollover highlight.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. 11. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight. To switch this feature on.0 Steel Detailing . which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11..1. click Setup > Rollover highlight.0 includes a New Features Tutorial.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For example.select the Construction planes checkbox in Visibility. In the Display dialog box.0.. modifying and deleting single grid lines.... Go to Properties > View. 3.Selecting grids and grid lines Working with grid lines Use the Select grid grids and grid lines. When needed. modify the grid planes in several steps to prevent the overlapping. Click Display.. Magnetic grid planes The Magnetic grid plane and Extension for magnetic area options have been added to the Grid dialog box. 4. 2. 26 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . Rotating a magnetic grid may not yet function correctly in Tekla Structures 12. copy an entire grid by selecting the grid and using the Edit > Copy > Translate.. To do this: 1. You can use copy and move commands on grids. • • • Save the model before editing magnetic grids and grid planes. Avoid overlapping of magnetic grid planes. Go to Tools > Advanced options > Model view and set the variable XS_GRID_PLANES_VISIBLE_WITH_USERPLANES to TRUE. command. and Select grid line select switches to select For more information on creating. see Working with grids in the Modeling manual. Improvements in grids • • Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines. 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.

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

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

to warp the beam 40 degrees at the start point. Double-click the beam to open the Beam properties dialog box and go to the Deforming tab. enter 40 in the Start angle field and 0 in the End angle field. enter the angle of the beam at its end point. 2. For example. relative to the part reference line. Click OK to close the Beam properties dialog box.Warping steel parts You can now use the warping functionality also in Steel Detailing configuration. In the End field. Click Modify to warp the beam. relative to the part reference line. In the Start field. 3. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 29 . enter the angle of the beam at its start point. 4. Rotating by entering numeric values in the fields that define rotation in system components still works in the same manner as before. To warp a steel beam: 1. 5.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. see Creating points in the Online help. 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. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often. Select handles To select the handles of a part: 1. you can still create it manually. Select the part. If you need a point at the end of a part. 2. You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. For more information. 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.0 Steel Detailing . See the following examples. 30 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. Click Move. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects. for example.Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. 4. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 3. 2. 1. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. move objects more easily. 5.0 Steel Detailing 31 . Tekla Structures moves the two objects.

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

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

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

0 Steel Detailing 35 . select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing.Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes.0. This has been fixed. When you change a drawing and then save it. unfreeze it. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. 1.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. 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.

Nested assemblies in drawings You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies.. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. to open the drawing list. 2. to open the drawing list. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu. 2. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu.To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. To recreate the drawing: 1. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings. See also Go to Drawing > List. 3. Select the drawing. which are easier to read and to understand. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. 36 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Go to Drawing > List. single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. 3. the drawing was re-created.0 Steel Detailing .. Previously when you updated an assembly... Select the drawing you want to recreate. 49) in the Release notes. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing.

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

You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans.0 Steel Detailing . 38 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. If detail views are not included in a drawing. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views.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. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. For more information. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.432 or 15 432. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. To do this. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.0 Steel Detailing 39 .

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

0 Steel Detailing 41 . 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.

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

0 Steel Detailing 43 . arrow length. 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.For more information. and the distance between the symbol and the section: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

• XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL Modify the value for a different appearance. Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line. If the arrow length is equal to zero. Tekla Structures uses the traditional style arrow head symbol in the drawings. 44 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2. for example sections@1.0 Steel Detailing . Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. for example sections@0. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. In the example above.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. If you do not set these variables.

3 or older in 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. to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Here the variable is set to TRUE. Here the variable has been left blank. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location.0.0 (or greater). You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable.0 Steel Detailing 45 .3 or older into Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.25. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1.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. Set the variable to TRUE. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view.

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

go to the Marks tab. 2. In the Dimension properties dialog box. use the variable XS_DIMENSION_GROUPING_COUNT_SEPARATOR in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1. 47 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The default value is x. In Tags. 4.0 Steel Detailing . Double-click the dimension line whose tag you want to modify. Click Modify. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text. 3.

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0 Steel Detailing 49 . set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual. which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. Miscellaneous New part mark leader line type There is a new part mark leader line type.

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

Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location.Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. When you changed the profile of a part. This has been fixed. With this variable set. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. • Intelligent cloning • Sometimes part marks in single-part drawings were incorrect when you cloned single-part drawings and the variable XS_INTELLIGENT_CLONING_ALLOWED was set to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties. This has been fixed. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work.0 Steel Detailing 51 . when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11.1 and earlier. This has been fixed. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. they change size according to the scale of the view.

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

when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. IFC • • Tekla Structures 12. Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In 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.0 Steel Detailing 53 . for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases. 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. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set.1. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.

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

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

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

• Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the default options are now taken from the Pos3: Loose parts option in the Options dialog box.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 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. column or panel part.0 Steel Detailing 57 . The splice is now also created correctly when the primary beam is haunched at the opposite end from the splice. When you do not specify a part mark series for the non-welded splice plates. The lower flange is now aligned properly at the splice also when you are not using a haunch. This has been fixed.

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

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

the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly. 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. when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them. U.Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064) Previously. height of ribs. the update is not needed.0 Steel Detailing . You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. Base plate (1047) • • • • When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts. 60 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.S. you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. Stiffened base plate (1014) • Welds are now created in the correct position. One side of the column was weld prepped at 45 degrees regardless of what angle you specified. This has been fixed. Box column base plate (1066) • Various issues concerning weld preparation. In the details.

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

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

If you choose to update the component. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name). You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. To avoid conversion problems. If you do not update the component.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Compatibility • • 63 . When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12.0. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor. Note the following issues: • Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. Tekla Structures 12. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted.2 Tekla Structures 12.0.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes.0 may cause problems. it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made.0 is compatible with all previous versions.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Tekla Structures version 12.

0.dll files are updated.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 64) Modeling (p. 96) Import and export (p. the online help is automatically installed. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. 77) Drawings (p. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. 114) Components (p. 113) Custom components (p.1 General This section describes the following new features and fixes: Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. 64 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • • General (p. 116) Reinforcement (p. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.0.0.tekla. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures.com. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. 120) 2. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.

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

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

Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 67 . 3. Select the Open as multi-user model option. Click OK. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. 2.

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

If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects. see Adding properties. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. according to the search order defined above.inp files. For more information on how to use the objects.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 .inp 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. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file.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.

Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner.0 1. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values.0 1. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner. For example. clear the values in all four variables.To set the colors for a gradient background. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .0 is black. The scale is from 0 to 1. 70 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 0.0 0.0 is white and 0. To restore default values. To use the traditional single-color background. use the same value for all four variables. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner.

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. 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.20 or 3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.

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

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). Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. 11. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial.2.1. Log file • The message panel now displays also the time. Each feature contains a description with pictures. 11.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. To access the New Features Tutorial. To switch this feature on.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.0 includes a New Features Tutorial.. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. click Setup > Rollover highlight.0.3 and 12. To switch off the rollover highlight. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 . which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.

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

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

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

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

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

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 79 . For more information on how to select assemblies and cast-units. 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.

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

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

see Userdefined attributes. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Filter In Tekla Structures 12. 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. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 83 .

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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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. 88 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . see Create part surface treatment in the online help.

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

This uses less memory and reduces processing time. 2. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often.Points not created automatically at ends of parts Tekla Structures no longer automatically creates points at the ends of parts. Tekla Structures displays the handles of the part. For more information. see Creating points in the Online help. See the following examples. Select the part. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. you can still create it manually. 90 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. The handle at the end that was the first point picked to create the part is yellow and the handle at the other end is magenta. Select handles To select the handles of a part: 1. If you need a point at the end of a part.

Tekla Structures moves the two objects. 2. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects. move objects more easily. 3. Click Move. for example. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. 4. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects.Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. 5.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 91 . 1.

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

Handles in the online help. In the Advanced tab. check the box in Part reference line field. Snapping in the online help. See also Click Modify and OK. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. which was available in previous versions. How to select objects in the online help. use object representation settings. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box.0. 4.3. • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Create customized presentation of defined object groups.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 93 .

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

This has been fixed. 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. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. 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. Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. • 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.

. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. Go to Drawing > List. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing.. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing. To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1... unfreeze it. Select the drawing you want to recreate. 108) in the Release notes.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . To recreate the drawing: 1. the drawing was re-created. 3. 96 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. 3.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. Previously when you updated an assembly. See also Go to Drawing > List. 2. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu. to open the drawing list. 2. Select the drawing. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. When you change a drawing and then save it.0.2. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes. to open the drawing list.

2. You can now specify the part mark properties for the main and secondary parts of sub-assemblies in cast unit drawings. Marks You can define the visibility. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read... content. This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. which are easier to read and to understand. For more information. see Mark content in the Drawing manual. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings.Nested assemblies in drawings You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. go to Properties > Drawing. In the Drawing Editor. Click Part mark.. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings. It is much easier to read. To do this: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 97 . This reduces the risk of errors in the shop..

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

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

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 101 . see Create > Level mark in the online help. 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.

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

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

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

108 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.Highlight changes in associative dimensions To have Tekla Structures highlight the dimension text that has been changed and dimension points that have been moved when you update associative drawings.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

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

Dimensioning • Embedded objects are now dimensioned correctly by the reference points of the object. 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 .

when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. (The P flag indicated that parts have been changed.• • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. the dimensions are now on the same line. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. they change size according to the scale of the view. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. Reinforcing bar marks • Merged reinforcing bar marks no longer move when you update a drawing. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. 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. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location. 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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 111 .) This has been fixed. Updating drawings • In some occasions Tekla Structures did not add the P flag to a drawing in the drawing list when a cast unit had been changed. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This has been fixed.1 and earlier. With this variable set. This has been fixed. Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings.

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

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . This has been fixed. Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.0.2. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.7 Reinforcement Miscellaneous Slab bars (18) • You can now add reinforcing bars outside the slab by entering negative values in Cover thickness on sides options. 120 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

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

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

0 Analysis and Design 123 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. After you have run the analysis or created an analysis model. 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. enter the offset distances as X Y Z (in current length units. values separated by spaces) in the appropriate field. To define the offset for an individual vertex. according to the index of the vertex. you can now define offsets for individual vertices of the slabs and panels.• When you create an analysis model of slabs and panels.

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0 Project Management 125 .0 Project Management Tekla Structures 12.4 Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes 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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