Tekla Structures 12

Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006
Copyright © 2006 Tekla Corporation

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing .................................................... 5
1.1 General .................................................................................................. 6 Improvements in installing Tekla Structures...................................... 6 Working with single-user and multi-user models................................ 7 Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models ..................... 7 Improvements in working with objects.inp file.................................. 10 Gradient background color in model views ..................................... 10 Icons in menus ............................................................................ 12 Templates and reports.................................................................. 12 Miscellaneous.............................................................................. 14 Modeling............................................................................................... 18 Nested assemblies....................................................................... 18 Grid line labels always visible........................................................ 23 Create, select, and modify single grid lines..................................... 24 Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part ....................... 27 Selecting a profile ........................................................................ 28 Warping steel parts ...................................................................... 29 Points not created automatically at ends of parts ............................ 30 Object representation ................................................................... 33 Miscellaneous.............................................................................. 34 Drawings .............................................................................................. 35 Saving and freezing associative drawings ...................................... 35 Nested assemblies in drawings ..................................................... 36 Anchor bolt plan........................................................................... 38 Display large dimension values more clearly................................... 39 Improvements in level marks......................................................... 41
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.............................................................................................................................................. 49 Miscellaneous .......................................5 1................................................................. 54 Define and create connections for custom parts ................................................................................................ 54 Miscellaneous ..............................................................................................................4 1....... 55 Components............ 42 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines ................................................................................ 46 Highlight changes in associative dimensions............................................................................................................................. 57 Details............ 49 Import and export.......... 53 Custom components .................................................................................................................1............ 42 Improvements in section symbols .............. 43 Group identical objects on the same dimension line................... 62 2 Release Notes ......6 Define elevation level....................... 56 Miscellaneous .. 59 Cold rolled ................................................................................... 56 Connections............................................................. 53 Miscellaneous .......................

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

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

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

you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically.22. 6) Modeling (p.exe to start the manual installation.0.0 Steel Detailing .. 53) Custom components (p.0. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7.\nt\dongle folder. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. 54) Components (p. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually.. 35) Import and export (p. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version.tekla.com.0. 18) Drawings (p. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.dll files are updated. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. 56) 1. the manual installation is no longer located in the .0. the online help is automatically installed. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. In Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures 12.

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

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

To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. Select the Open as single-user model option. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models. Click OK.3. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 9 . When you open or create a model. 2. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. Click OK. Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.

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

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

Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. To do this: 12 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.20 or 3.0 Steel Detailing .

select the Hide in output field. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. If desired. In the Template Editor. In Template Editor 3. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. Select descending sort order by: • • 4. 4. 3. If desired. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. 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. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. 2. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. 3.0 Steel Detailing 13 . add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. 2. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. 5.1.20 or 3. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows.30. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. select the Hide in output field. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

To access the New Features Tutorial. 11.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.1.0 Steel Detailing .Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29).3 and 12.0. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time.0 includes a New Features Tutorial. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. To switch this feature on.. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.2. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. click Setup > Rollover highlight. To switch off the rollover highlight. Each feature contains a description with pictures. 11.

0 Steel Detailing 15 . Managing views Selecting views Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.0.• When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically.

If there are several grids.0 Steel Detailing .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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and move individual gridlines. icon. you can now create single grid lines. modify. and select. 24 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . Creating single grid lines To create a single grid line: 1. and modify single grid lines In addition to creating entire grids. select. Gridlines now also have handles. Go to Points > Grid line or click the Create grid line Select the grid. Pick the second position for the grid line. copy. 2.Create. Pick the first position for the grid line. 4. 3.

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

26 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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. command.. When needed.. To do this: 1. 3.0. modifying and deleting single grid lines. copy an entire grid by selecting the grid and using the Edit > Copy > Translate.. 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. • • • Save the model before editing magnetic grids and grid planes. and Select grid line select switches to select For more information on creating. Click Display. Rotating a magnetic grid may not yet function correctly in Tekla Structures 12.. Improvements in grids • • Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines. For example. Avoid overlapping of magnetic grid planes. Checking the location of grid planes You may sometimes need to check the location of grid planes for example to see if parts are close enough to a magnetic grid plane that you have moved. 4.0 Steel Detailing . modify the grid planes in several steps to prevent the overlapping...Selecting grids and grid lines Working with grid lines Use the Select grid grids and grid lines. In the Display dialog box. 2. Go to Properties > View.select the Construction planes checkbox in Visibility.

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. For more information. Create part surface treatment Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 27 .

To select surface treatment on a face of a part: 1. 2. Pick the surface treatment to select it. 3.0 Steel Detailing . but they are displayed in the same tree structure. 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. • • Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more. Only the relevant profiles for a steel object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box. For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles. Click the Select component icon in the Select switches toolbar. 2. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu. 28 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Selecting surface treatment To select the entire surface treatment of a part: 1. Pick the surface treatment. see Profile in the Modeling manual. icon in the Select switches To remove surface treatment from faces of a part: 1. icon in the Select switches Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Remove surface treatment Click the Select objects in components toolbar. 2.

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

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

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

See also 32 Click Modify and OK.. check the box in Part reference line field. 3. button to open the Display dialog box.Snap to reference points To make it possible to pick part handles. You can define the visibility of the part reference line in the Display dialog box. In the Advanced tab. activate the Snap to reference points switch on the Snap toolbar. As you move the pointer over a part handle. Left click to select the part handle. Click the Display. You can snap to and pick these handles. 2.0 Steel Detailing . these points form the part reference line. Go to Properties > View. the snap symbols appears.. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. and handles appear at the line ends. To show the part reference line: 1. Part reference lines When you pick two points to position a part.. 4.. Handles in the online help.

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

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

When you change a drawing and then save it. select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes.0 Steel Detailing 35 . To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically. 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. This has been fixed.Sketching • Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes.0.3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. unfreeze it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11. to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Here the variable is set to TRUE. You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable.0 Steel Detailing 45 .0. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1. Set the variable to TRUE. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Here the variable has been left blank.0 (or greater).25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports. for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube.0. IFC • • Tekla Structures 12. Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts.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. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases.1. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set.0 Steel Detailing 53 . Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.

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

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

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

The lower flange is now aligned properly at the splice also when you are not using a haunch. 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 brace3.0 Steel Detailing 57 . the default options are now taken from the Pos3: Loose parts option in the Options dialog box. column or panel part. When you do not specify a part mark series for the non-welded splice plates. US Splice connection (77) • • The connection now also works with beams that are over 2000 mm high. This has been fixed. • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It searches for the objects. Saving a model with a different name To save a model with a different name. Select the Open as single-user model option. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.inp file The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects. 2. click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. Click OK. Improvements in working with objects.To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . in this order: 68 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.inp file in the following folders. When you open or create a model.inp file. the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models.

according to the search order defined above.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. 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. Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. see Adding properties. For more information on how to use the objects.inp file. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 .inp files.

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 .30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists.Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3. which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars: Templates and reports Listing the main part first The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. To do this: Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.20 or 3.

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

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

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

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

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

You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly.2 Modeling Nested assemblies Description You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. 97). Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. railings or pipe racks. see Nested assemblies in drawings (p. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: • • It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports. For more information. for example.2. brackets. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 77 .

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

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

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

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.You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies and cast units in the same dialog box.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 81 .

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

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

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

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

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

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Grid and grid line properties

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

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

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

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

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

Checking the location of grid planes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

0 Precast Concrete Detailing 93 . The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box. In the Advanced tab. Handles in the online help. • • Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. See also Click Modify and OK. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. How to select objects in the online help. Object representation To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12.3. 4. use object representation settings. Create customized presentation of defined object groups. which was available in previous versions.0. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: • Modify the color of objects in the model view. Snapping in the online help. check the box in Part reference line field.

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

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

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

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

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

Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. To do this. Display large dimension values more clearly You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 99 . Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. For more information. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format. If detail views are not included in a drawing. so that they only appear once in a drawing.You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12.432 or 15 432. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15.0.

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

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

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

For more information, see Marks in the Drawing manual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF.0.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . This has been fixed. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. 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. DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

120 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.2.7 Reinforcement Miscellaneous Slab bars (18) • You can now add reinforcing bars outside the slab by entering negative values in Cover thickness on sides options.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

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

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

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

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

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