Tekla Structures 12

Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006
Copyright © 2006 Tekla Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. 2.0 Steel Detailing . which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed.Creating a new model Enter the location for the model in the Save in field. click File > Open. enter the name of the server in the Server name field. click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. 8 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box. Opening a model To open a model. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). Select the Open as multi-user model option. or accept the default location. Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. To browse for a model. For a multi-user model.

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

0 Steel Detailing . Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects. in this order: Folder Model Project Firm System inp XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP Defined by variable The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface.inp file in the following folders. according to the search order defined above.inp files.inp file.inp file. It searches for the objects. For more information on how to use 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.inp file The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects. 10 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Improvements in working with objects.

XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values.0 1. set the following variables in Tools > Advanced options > Model view: • • • • XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner. 1.0 is black. use the same value for all four variables. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 is white and 0.To set the colors for a gradient background. The scale is from 0 to 1. clear the values in all four variables.0 0. For example. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes.0 Steel Detailing 11 . To use the traditional single-color background. To restore default values.0 0. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.0 1.

20 or 3. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists.0 Steel Detailing . To do this: 12 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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 descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. 5. If desired. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. select the Hide in output field. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. 2. If desired. 3. 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. Select descending sort order by: • • 4. In the Template Editor. 2. select the Hide in output field. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box.30. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. In Template Editor 3.0 Steel Detailing 13 .20 or 3. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1.1. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. 3. 4.

by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. To access the New Features Tutorial.. To switch off the rollover highlight. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time. To switch this feature on. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.0 includes a New Features Tutorial.0 Steel Detailing . which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.2.3 and 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 11. click Setup > Rollover highlight. Each feature contains a description with pictures. 11. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.0. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.1. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. 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. 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.0 Steel Detailing 15 .• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file. Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.0.

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. If there are several grids.0 Steel Detailing .

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

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

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

For more information on how to select assemblies. 20 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .To be able to select objects in assemblies. see How to select objects in the Modeling manual. activate the Select objects in assemblies switch on the Select toolbar.

.. 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. right click and select Properties.0 Steel Detailing 21 .Assembly properties To view the properties of an assembly. You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies in the same dialog box. select it. from the pop-up menu.

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

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

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

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

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

Create part surface treatment Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Create part surface treatment in the online help.0 Steel Detailing 27 .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. For more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. This has been fixed.0 Steel Detailing . Miscellaneous Numbering • When you use the Clear numbers command. Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. In 4D tool. Use the object groups: • • In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views. Surface treatment • The Select button next to the Material option in Surface treatment properties dialog box is now grayed out when it is not possible to select a material. Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared.Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions. Views • If you try to open more than nine views. This has been fixed. in the Project Manager configuration. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. 34 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information on object groups. regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box.

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

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

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

For more information. so that they only appear once in a drawing.0 Steel Detailing . You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. 38 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. If detail views are not included in a drawing.0.Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view.

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

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).

see Create > Level mark in the online help.Improvements in level marks The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks: For information.0 Steel Detailing 41 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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

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

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

This is useful when the direction is more important than the location. Here the variable is set to TRUE.Aligning section symbols The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box only works on when you open drawings created with Tekla Structures 11.0 Steel Detailing 45 . to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view. You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1. Here the variable has been left blank.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12.0.25.0 (or greater). Set the variable to TRUE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process. 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. 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. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.0.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.1. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set.

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

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

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

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

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

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 59 . This has been fixed. Stiffened shear plate (17) • Tekla Structures now creates the slots in the correct locations.Winbrace connection (110) • You now have the option to enlarge the slot made in the tube bracing. Portal bracing (105) • The connection now takes the correct part prefixes from the Setup > Options dialog box. Apex haunch (106) • The default profile name is now haunch. Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box.20 or 3. To do this: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.

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 . Miscellaneous fixes • • The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\.1. 3. select the Hide in output field. In Template Editor 3. 2. 3. 2. 4. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. select the Hide in output field. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. 5.30. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. If desired. You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. In the Template Editor. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. If desired. • 72 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. 4.20 or 3. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1.

. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.2. To switch this feature on.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29). 11. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial.0 includes a New Features Tutorial.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. Each feature contains a description with pictures. 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. To access the New Features Tutorial. click Setup > Rollover highlight. 11.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 . Log file • The message panel now displays also the time.1. To switch off the rollover highlight. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.

• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file. Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically. 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. Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 74 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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 . If there are several grids. the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view.

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

We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: • • It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports. For more information.2. 97). brackets. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 77 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.2 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. railings or pipe racks. You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. for example.

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

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

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

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

These options are also on the main menu. 82 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. start number and name for the cast unit or assembly in the cast unit or assembly properties dialog box. You can modify assemblies by: • • • • Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly or cast-unit main part You can combine assemblies in the following ways: • • • Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units. Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. Define the prefix.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . see Cast units and assemblies. under Detailing > Assembly or Cast unit.

0 it is not yet possible to view or select filter by assembly user-defined attributes or by nested assemblies.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 83 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. see Userdefined attributes. Grid line labels always visible Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible.Filter In Tekla Structures 12.

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

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

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

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Grid and grid line properties

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

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

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

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

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

Checking the location of grid planes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

use object representation settings. How to select objects in the online help. In the Advanced tab. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. Handles in the online help. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box.0. 4.3. Create customized presentation of defined object groups. • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 93 . Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12. which was available in previous versions. Snapping in the online help. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. See also Click Modify and OK. check the box in Part reference line field.

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

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

2..2. single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing. Select the drawing you want to recreate. to open the drawing list. unfreeze it. 3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu.. Previously when you updated an assembly. To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes.0. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu. Go to Drawing > List. 2. See also Go to Drawing > List. to open the drawing list. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. 96 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. the drawing was re-created. When you change a drawing and then save it. Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p...3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. Select the drawing. 108) in the Release notes. 3. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. To recreate the drawing: 1. Now the drawing is no longer re-created.

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

For more information.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. 98 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information. see Producing reports on nested assemblies. select Sub-assembly main part or Sub-assembly secondary part depending on the part mark properties you want to define. Click Modify and OK. Bolts and welds Dimensioning You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. 4. On the Content tab. Select the elements to be contained in the part mark. 5.3. see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual.

Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. so that they only appear once in a drawing. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 99 . To do this. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.432 or 15 432. If detail views are not included in a drawing. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. 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.You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. For more information. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual.

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

see Create > Level mark in the online help. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 101 .Improvements in level marks The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks: For information.

to display the view properties dialog box. a plate...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. 102 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation. 2... To define the datum level: 1. Click View. 2.. 3. • Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. do one of the following: • To set a specified datum level. This is particularly useful: • • In complex drawings In large-scale drawings. To create plate side marks: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . web or flange. 3. Click Properties > Dimension.. select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field. Go to Properties > Drawing. In the Attributes tab. select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of. 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. To set the datum level according to the view plane. set Type to Specified. for example. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab.

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

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

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

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

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

Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location. Reinforcing bar marks • Merged reinforcing bar marks no longer move when you update a drawing. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. the dimensions are now on the same line. When you changed the profile of a part.• • • Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE.1 and earlier.) This has been fixed. when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. This has been fixed. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11. When you create a dimension with three or more points using the Create > Dimension > Free command and end the command on the same point as the previous dimension.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 111 . • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. they change size according to the scale of the view. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. (The P flag indicated that parts have been changed. Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. With this variable set. 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.

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

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . 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. 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. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.0. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Reinforcement Miscellaneous Slab bars (18) • You can now add reinforcing bars outside the slab by entering negative values in Cover thickness on sides options.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .2. 120 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

When the analysis engine installation is complete.0 contains an Analysis & Design interface.Pro installation. The integration is similar to the existing STAAD.3 Tekla Structures 12. • • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Analysis and Design 121 . select the interface to the analysis engine you want to use.0 Analysis and Design module contains the following new features and fixes: Analysis model interfaces • Tekla Structures 12. You can now use also an IFC analysis model format as an analysis engine. The analysis engine installations are now separate from the full installation of Tekla Structures.0 Analysis and Design Tekla Structures 12. which allows Analysis & Design vendors or in-house application developers to integrate their software to Tekla Structures. This utilizes the new Analysis & Design interface. You must run the analysis engine installations separately.Pro integration. including the STAAD.

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

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

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0 Project Management Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management 125 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.4 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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