Tekla Structures 12

Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006
Copyright © 2006 Tekla Corporation

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

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

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

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

1 General Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. In Tekla Structures 12. When you install Tekla Structures from CD. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet.exe to start the manual installation. the online help is automatically installed.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7. which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work.. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. 54) Components (p.0.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • General (p. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually.0. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup. • 6 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.. 6) Modeling (p. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. 56) 1. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. 53) Custom components (p. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.tekla. the manual installation is no longer located in the .0 Steel Detailing .dll files are updated. Tekla Structures 12.com. This ensures that all Windows system folder *. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. 18) Drawings (p. 35) Import and export (p.\nt\dongle folder.0.22.0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 2. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows.30. select the Hide in output field. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. 5. Miscellaneous fixes • You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. select the Hide in output field. 3. In the Template Editor. In Template Editor 3. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. If desired. 3.1. If desired. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box.20 or 3.0 Steel Detailing 13 . 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. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. 2. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\.

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).0 includes a New Features Tutorial. by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. To switch this feature on. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.1. click Setup > Rollover highlight. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.3 and 12.0. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing . 11. 11. Log file • 14 The message panel now displays also the time. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. Each feature contains a description with pictures.2.. To switch off the rollover highlight.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. To access the New Features Tutorial.You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. Go to Tools > Advanced options > Model view and set the variable XS_GRID_PLANES_VISIBLE_WITH_USERPLANES to TRUE.. 26 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Avoid overlapping of magnetic grid planes. 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. To do this: 1. For example. copy an entire grid by selecting the grid and using the Edit > Copy > Translate. Go to Properties > View. Improvements in grids • • Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines.0 Steel Detailing . In the Display dialog box. modifying and deleting single grid lines. 2. You can use copy and move commands on grids. Rotating a magnetic grid may not yet function correctly in Tekla Structures 12. • • • Save the model before editing magnetic grids and grid planes. When needed. and Select grid line select switches to select For more information on creating. command. Magnetic grid planes The Magnetic grid plane and Extension for magnetic area options have been added to the Grid dialog box. 4..select the Construction planes checkbox in Visibility. 3.0. Click Display. see Working with grids in the Modeling manual.. 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..

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

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.Selecting surface treatment To select the entire surface treatment of a part: 1. Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Click the Select component icon in the Select switches toolbar. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu. see Profile in the Modeling manual. 3. Remove surface treatment Click the Select objects in components toolbar. icon in the Select switches Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. • • Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more. 2. icon in the Select switches To remove surface treatment from faces of a part: 1. Selecting a profile The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. 2. but they are displayed in the same tree structure. 28 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Pick the surface treatment. Pick the surface treatment to select it. 2. To select surface treatment on a face of a part: 1.0 Steel Detailing .

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Drawings Saving and freezing associative drawings When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12. 1.0. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically.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. When you change a drawing and then save it. unfreeze it.0 Steel Detailing 35 . select the Disable automatic updating checkbox: You can still open a general arrangement drawing. This has been fixed. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes. Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes.

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

see Mark content in the Drawing manual. For more information. For more information. This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. see Producing reports on nested assemblies.This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read. You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. content. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings. Bolts and welds Dimensioning Sub-assemblies in templates and reports Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Steel Detailing 37 . It is much easier to read. and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. Marks You can define the visibility. For more information.

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. so that they only appear once in a drawing. You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12. For more information.0 Steel Detailing . You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view. If detail views are not included in a drawing. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual.0. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. 38 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. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15.432 or 15 432. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.0 Steel Detailing 39 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. To do this.

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

0 Steel Detailing 41 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.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.

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

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

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

to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Use this option to indicate the exact location of the section view.3 or older into Tekla Structures 12.25.0 (or greater). Set the variable to TRUE. The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE is effective now only when you are converting a drawing created with Tekla Structures 11. You no longer have to restart Tekla Structures to activate changes to this variable.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1. Here the variable is set to TRUE.0 Steel Detailing 45 .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. This is useful when the direction is more important than the location. Here the variable has been left blank.0. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.

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

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

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

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

Drawing views • • Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point of a reference line are in the same location. This has been fixed. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.1 and earlier. the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11. When you changed the profile of a part. set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another. With this variable set. they change size according to the scale of the view.0 Steel Detailing 51 . This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Associativity • • • Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. • 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.

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

Exporting round tubes to NC files • • Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file. Web Viewer • If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. IFC • • 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.1. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process. for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.0. the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports.0 Steel Detailing 53 .4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference imports. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before.

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

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

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

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

When you use double shears with a hollow tube. Column with shear plate (131) • When a two-sided shear plate connection was created. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. • 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.0 Steel Detailing . 58 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. there was a gap between the plate and the flange.• There is a new option for the location of the splice gap: to fit the primary part. Welded shear plate (43) and Stiffened shear plate (17) • If the stiffener was thicker than the flange of the connecting beam. the gap is now correctly offset to the outside.

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

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

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

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

When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Compatibility • • 63 . Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. If you choose to update the component. also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted.0.2 Tekla Structures 12. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12.0. but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements.0 is compatible with all previous versions. Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. Note the following issues: • Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name). We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. Tekla Structures 12. If you do not update the component.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes. it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made.0 may cause problems.0 Precast Concrete Detailing Tekla Structures version 12. you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. To avoid conversion problems. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.

dll files are updated. Installing Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12.com. 120) 2.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet.0.0. 77) Drawings (p.1 General This section describes the following new features and fixes: Improvements in installing Tekla Structures • • • Your password file is installed automatically. 116) Reinforcement (p. This ensures that all Windows system folder *.tekla. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12. 64 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Topics This chapter is divided into following sections: • • • • • • • General (p. 114) Components (p. When you install Tekla Structures from CD.We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version.0. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. 113) Custom components (p. the online help is automatically installed. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12. 64) Modeling (p. you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures. 96) Import and export (p.

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

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

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

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

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 files.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 69 . Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file. according to the search order defined above. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.Folder Model Project Firm System inp Defined by variable XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. For more information on how to use the objects. see Adding properties.

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

Icons in menus Menus now include the command icons.20 or 3.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 71 . 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 12.30 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.

4. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly. add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row.1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . • 72 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. 5. Miscellaneous fixes • • The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1. TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows. You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. In the Template Editor.30. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. Select descending sort order by: • • Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box. If desired. If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part. for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. select the Hide in output field. In Template Editor 3. 2. and selecting Descending in the in the Order field. If desired. 2. 4. 3.20 or 3. 3. select the Hide in output field.

2. click Help > Learning Center > New Features Tutorial. Rollover highlight The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects. click Setup > Rollover highlight. 11. Each feature contains a description with pictures. To switch this feature on.. To access the New Features Tutorial. click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight.3 and 12. 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. which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11. To switch off the rollover highlight.0. Performance improvements The following now work faster and use less memory: • • Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29).1.Miscellaneous New Features Tutorial Tekla Structures 12. 11.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 73 . Log file • The message panel now displays also the time. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature.0 includes a New Features Tutorial.

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

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

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

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

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

To be able to select objects in assemblies.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 79 . activate the Select objects in assemblies switch on the Select toolbar. 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.

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

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

82 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .These options are also on the main menu. under Detailing > Assembly or Cast unit. Define the prefix. start number and name for the cast unit or assembly in the cast unit or assembly properties dialog box. Numbering of nested assemblies Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. You can modify assemblies by: • • • • Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly or cast-unit main part You can combine assemblies in the following ways: • • • Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units. see Cast units and assemblies.

Grid line labels always visible Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible.Filter In Tekla Structures 12. see Userdefined attributes. 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. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 83 .

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

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

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

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Grid and grid line properties

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

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

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

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

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

Checking the location of grid planes

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

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

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

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

2. see Profile in the Modeling manual. Pick the surface treatment to select it.Selecting surface treatment To select the entire surface treatment of a part: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 89 . icon in the Select switches To remove surface treatment from faces of a part: 1. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu. 2. 2. Only the relevant profiles for a concrete object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box. • • Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more. Click the Select objects in components toolbar. 3. Pick the surface treatment. icon in the Select switches Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. Selecting a profile The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. Remove surface treatment Click the Select objects in components toolbar. To select surface treatment on a face of a part: 1. For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. but they are displayed in the same tree structure. Click the Select component icon in the Select switches toolbar.

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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. This has been fixed. Tekla Structures now displays a warning message. This has been fixed. This has been fixed. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. Lotting • When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots. Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms. • Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. 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.Views • If you try to open more than nine views.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 95 .

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

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

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

To do this. For more information.You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in 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. select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format. Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view.0.432 or 15 432.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 99 . You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. If detail views are not included in a drawing. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views. see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. so that they only appear once in a drawing.

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

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

3. do one of the following: • To set a specified datum level. 2. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of. To create plate side marks: 1.. Go to Properties > Drawing.. In the Attributes tab. select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. To define the datum level: 1. web or flange.. Click Properties > Dimension. 102 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views. a plate. for example. to display the view properties dialog box. 3. Click View. This is particularly useful: • • In complex drawings In large-scale drawings.. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field. To set the datum level according to the view plane. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .Define elevation level You now have the option to define the elevation level in general arrangement drawings and in drawing views also according to the view plane.. to open the Dimension properties dialog box. • Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field. where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to.. 2. 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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In the drawing. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen- sion line tags that are created automatically. components. bolts. to open the dimensioning properties dialog box. Click Dimensioning. You have the following options: • • • Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to group.. from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. 2. Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags. or to define the contents of tags manually. 106 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.Group identical objects on the same dimension line You can now group identical parts. right-click and select Properties.. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1.0 Precast Concrete Detailing . Go to the Dimension grouping tab. and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line...

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

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

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

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

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

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

DSTV • The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. This has been fixed. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before.2.4 Import and export Miscellaneous Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings In Tekla Structures 12. Release Notes Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing 113 . In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.0. 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. Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.

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

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

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

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

Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064) Previously. This has been fixed.Details Handrailing (1024) The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly. Now if nothing has been changed. the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. This has been fixed. height of ribs. when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them. U. the update is not needed. 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. hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment. • Inner diaphragm (1059) • Double bevel cut weld preparation is now created correctly for each side of the primary column and the angle of the lower bevel cut is now taken from the correct field. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. 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.S. 118 Release Notes Tekla Structures 12. In the details.0 Precast Concrete Detailing .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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