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

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

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

If you do not update the component. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted. Compatibility Tekla Structures 12. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name). Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures.0.0 is compatible with all previous versions. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing Tekla Structures version 12. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12. To avoid conversion problems.0 may cause problems.0. If you choose to update the component.1 Tekla Structures 12. it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made. Note the following issues: • Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first.0 Steel Detailing • • 5 .0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes.

35) Import and export (p. 54) Components (p.tekla.0. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. 6) Modeling (p. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.dll files are updated. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. In Tekla Structures 12.0. 56) 1. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. the online help is automatically installed. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures 12.\nt\dongle folder. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures..We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. 53) Custom components (p. 18) Drawings (p.22.0. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. the manual installation is no longer located in the . This ensures that all Windows system folder *.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7.com.0 Steel Detailing . Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually.. When you install Tekla Structures from CD.exe to start the manual installation.

7) Improvements in creating. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. See also Improvements in creating. opening. and saving models (p. 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. When you create a model. and to save a model with a different name. and saving models It is now easier to create and open a model.0 Steel Detailing 7 . opening. use the the Model Type option in New dialog box to create the model as a multi-user model or as a single-user model. 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 . Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box. 8 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. 2. To browse for a model. click File > Open. For a multi-user model.Creating a new model Enter the location for the model in the Save in field. which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed. To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). or accept the default location. Select the Open as multi-user model option. where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. Opening a model To open a model. click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. enter the name of the server in the Server name field.

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

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

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

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

use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1.20 or 3. 3. select the Hide in output field. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row.30. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. 4. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. 5. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. 3. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. If desired. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model.1. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. select the Hide in output field. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. In the Template Editor. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 13 . You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. 2. Select descending sort order by: • • 4. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. In Template Editor 3. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. If desired. 2.

which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.3 and 12. To switch this feature on.0. 11. 11. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12.. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To access the New Features Tutorial.2. To switch off the rollover highlight.0 Steel Detailing . Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.0 includes a New Features Tutorial. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29). Each feature contains a description with pictures. click Setup > Rollover highlight.1.

0.0 Steel Detailing 15 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.• 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. 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.

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

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

For more information. 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.1.2 Modeling Nested assemblies Description You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. for example. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. 36). 18 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses. brackets. railings or pipe racks. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p.0 Steel Detailing .

down to single parts and bolts. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 19 . from the highest. To move to a specific level in the assembly. 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. 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. through the subassemblies. with it highlighted. With this switch active.

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

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

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

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

24 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and select. Gridlines now also have handles. and modify single grid lines In addition to creating entire grids. 3.Create. Pick the first position for the grid line. copy. 4. you can now create single grid lines. 2.0 Steel Detailing . modify. Creating single grid lines To create a single grid line: 1. select. icon. Go to Points > Grid line or click the Create grid line Select the grid. Pick the second position for the grid line. and move individual gridlines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects. 5. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. 4.0 Steel Detailing 31 . Tekla Structures moves the two objects. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Click Move. 1. 3.Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. for example. move objects more easily. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again. 2.

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

How to select objects in the online help.0. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box. use object representation settings. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Snapping in the online help. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. • • To open the Object representation dialog box. which was available in previous versions. click Setup > Object representation.: For more information on how to use the object representation settings. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 33 . Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. see Object representation settings and Object representation example in the online help... Create customized presentation of defined object groups.

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

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

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

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

so that they only appear once in a drawing. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans.0. 38 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. If detail views are not included in a drawing. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. For more information. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual.

Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.432 or 15 432.0 Steel Detailing 39 .Display large dimension values more clearly You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. To do this.

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

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

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

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

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

25.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. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view. The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11. Here the variable is set to TRUE.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1. to position the cut symbol on the vertical line.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location.0 (or greater). You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable. Set the variable to TRUE.0 Steel Detailing 45 .0. Here the variable has been left blank.

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

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

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

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

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

However. Part marks Merged part marks are now placed correctly when you change the part mark leader line type. setting the variables in Tools > Advanced options > Plotting will override the settings in the Plotter catalog dialog box. This has been fixed. • Using the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y also affected the scale of the plot. The new options replace the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y.Plotting and printing • You can now define plot origin offset separately for each plotter in the Plotter catalog dialog box. 52 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .

Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file.1. 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 the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.0 Steel Detailing 53 . when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases. for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. IFC • • Tekla Structures 12. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports.0. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.

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

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

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

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

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

Winbrace connection (110) • You now have the option to enlarge the slot made in the tube bracing. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. Stiffened shear plate (17) • Tekla Structures now creates the slots in the correct locations. This has been fixed. Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly.0 Steel Detailing 59 .

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

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

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

When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor. Tekla Structures 12. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name).2 Tekla Structures 12. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12.0 is compatible with all previous versions.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Compatibility • • 63 . it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made. If you choose to update the component. To avoid conversion problems. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. 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. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Tekla Structures version 12.0.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. If you do not update the component. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.0 may cause problems. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted.

You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.tekla. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • • General (p. 77) Drawings (p. 116) Reinforcement (p. 96) Import and export (p. 64 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. 114) Components (p. the online help is automatically installed.dll files are updated.com. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12.0.0. 113) Custom components (p. 120) 2. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. 64) Modeling (p. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet.1 General This section describes the following new features and fixes: Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically.

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

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

3. 2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 67 . Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. Click OK. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field.To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. Select the Open as multi-user model option.

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

see Adding properties. according to the search order defined above.inp files.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 . For more information on how to use the objects. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. Gradient background color in model views Use the new option to create a gradient color background in a model view to ensure parts drawn in a single color are visible in the view. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.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.inp file. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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

The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.20 or 3. To do this: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .

for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. 3. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. 2. 4. 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. select the Hide in output field. In the Template Editor. select the Hide in output field. 2. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. 3. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . If desired. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. • 72 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part.1. You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model.20 or 3. 5.30. 4. In Template Editor 3. If desired. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. Miscellaneous fixes • • The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type.

To switch off the rollover highlight.0. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. click Setup > Rollover highlight. 11. 11. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29).1. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. To access the New Features Tutorial.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 . Each feature contains a description with pictures. To switch this feature on. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. Log file • The message panel now displays also the time.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.. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.2.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12.3 and 12. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.

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

the grid is now selected automatically if there is only one grid in the view. If there are several grids.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 75 .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.

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

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

With this switch active. down to single parts and bolts. 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.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. 78 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. from the highest. through the subassemblies. with it highlighted. press Shift and scroll the mouse wheel.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . To move to a specific level in the assembly.

To be able to select objects in assemblies. For more information on how to select assemblies and cast-units. activate the Select objects in assemblies switch on the Select toolbar. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 79 . see How to select objects in the Modeling manual.

from the pop-up menu.. 80 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . right click and select Properties.. select it.Assembly or cast unit properties To view the properties of an assembly or cast-unit.

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

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

see Userdefined attributes.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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 83 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.Filter In Tekla Structures 12. User-defined attributes For information about defining user-defined attributes for assemblies.

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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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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see Create part surface treatment in the online help. 88 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .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.

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

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

Move objects By selecting handles you are able to. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. 1. Click Move. 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. for example. 4.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 91 . 3. Tekla Structures moves the two objects. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 5. 2. Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. move objects more easily.

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

0. which was available in previous versions. check the box in Part reference line field. • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. use object representation settings. Snapping in the online help. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12. 4. Handles in the online help. See also Click Modify and OK. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. How to select objects in the online help. In the Advanced tab. Create customized presentation of defined object groups.3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 93 . The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box.

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

Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. This has been fixed. Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views.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. This has been fixed.Views • If you try to open more than nine views.

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

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

3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . For more information. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. 5. see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. see Producing reports on nested assemblies. Select the elements to be contained in the part mark. On the Content tab. 98 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. select Sub-assembly main part or Sub-assembly secondary part depending on the part mark properties you want to define. Click Modify and OK. Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Anchor bolt plan An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. For more information. Bolts and welds Dimensioning You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

The default value is x. In the Dimension properties dialog box. To define what information to include in a dimension line tag: 1. 2. 4. In Tags. replace the << Automatic >> value with the required text. 3. To define the symbol that is displayed between the quantity and the automatic tag text. use the variable XS_DIMENSION_GROUPING_COUNT_SEPARATOR in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general. Click Modify.The dimension line tag indicates the quantity of objects included in the dimension line. Double-click the dimension line whose tag you want to modify. go to the Marks tab.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 107 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.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . 108 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.

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

dimensions are now also associative to the middle points of objects.Dimensioning • Embedded objects are now dimensioned correctly by the reference points of the object. 110 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Dimensions • When you use the By reference point option in the Dimensioning properties dialog box.

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

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

In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. This has been fixed.2. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before.0. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You can now use also an IFC analysis model format as an analysis engine. You must run the analysis engine installations separately.Pro installation. including the STAAD.0 Analysis and Design module contains the following new features and fixes: Analysis model interfaces • Tekla Structures 12. which allows Analysis & Design vendors or in-house application developers to integrate their software to Tekla Structures.0 Analysis and Design 121 . select the interface to the analysis engine you want to use. When the analysis engine installation is complete. • • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The analysis engine installations are now separate from the full installation of Tekla Structures.0 contains an Analysis & Design interface. The integration is similar to the existing STAAD.0 Analysis and Design Tekla Structures 12.3 Tekla Structures 12. This utilizes the new Analysis & Design interface.Pro integration.

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

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

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

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