Tekla Structures

Steel Detailing Drawings

Training Manual Product version 16.0 February 2010
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Contents
Introduction LESSON 1 1
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Drawing types. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Configurations....................................................................................................................................... 12

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2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6

Numbering parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Defining numbering settings ................................................................................................................. 13 Numbering setup.............................................................................................................................. 14 Comparing parts ................................................................................................................................... 15 Comparing assemblies ......................................................................................................................... 16 Assigning numbering series.................................................................................................................. 16 Assigning assembly numbers ............................................................................................................... 16 Changing the assembly number ...................................................................................................... 17 Assembly position numbers.................................................................................................................. 18

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3.1 3.2 3.3

Drawing list. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Entering drawing status ........................................................................................................................ 20 Searching drawings .............................................................................................................................. 21 Saving the search results................................................................................................................. 22 Status symbols ..................................................................................................................................... 22

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Master Drawing Catalog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Saved settings ...................................................................................................................................... 26 Adding saved settings to Master Drawing Catalog .......................................................................... 27 Modifying master drawing properties of saved settings ................................................................... 27 Creating general arrangement drawings using saved settings ........................................................ 28

4.2

Wizard files ........................................................................................................................................... 29 Modifying master drawing properties and contents of wizard files................................................... 29 Interpreting a wizard file ................................................................................................................... 29

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Rule sets............................................................................................................................................... 30 Adding a rule set to Master Drawing Catalog................................................................................... 31 Modifying master drawing properties of rule sets............................................................................. 32 Creating drawings using rule sets .................................................................................................... 32

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.......... 53 Part representation examples ....................................................... ....................................................................................... Using search ...... ................ 52 Adding associative notes along line ................. 57 2 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .................................................................................................................................. 57 Change symbol ............................................................................................................................................. ............. ........................... ..................................................................................................... 50 Adding associative notes with leader line...................... .............................10 Associative notes ............................ Creating drawings using cloning templates............................................. ................................... ................... Using cloning templates from other models ............................................................ ..................3 5....... 49 Example ........... ............ ................................ 56 6 6.......................... 50 Defining part marks.....................................................................................8 5..................................... 43 Cloning general arrangement drawings ............... Working with folders ........ ....... 51 5....................................................................................................5 Managing Master Drawing Catalog............................6 41 General arrangement drawings .............1 5...................................................................................................4...................................1 6.................. ............................................... ................................................. ................................................. ............................................................................. 56 Associative symbol. 33 33 34 35 35 36 36 37 38 39 4................. 42 Three levels of modifying drawings............... . ......... Adding a new cloning template to Master Drawing Catalog............................ 45 Modifying view label..................................................7 5.................................................... ............ ...................... ................................ .................................. ....... ....................................... .................. ................... ........ .......................... 49 5...... Displaying master drawing descriptions .......................... ... .............................................................................. ........................... 42 Creating GA drawings.......................................................... .. .................................................................. ........................................................................ .............................................................................4 5.... .... ............... ........................................................ LESSON 2 5 5...........................................5 5........................ ............................... .............................................. ........................................................4 Cloning templates .................. 46 Moving views............................................ 42 Copying an entire model view to a GA drawing ........................................................................12 Leader lines..................................................................................2 5........... 49 Representing bolts in GA drawings............................... ................................... ........................................... ...... ....................................................................9 Creating multiple drawings of the same part..................... Removing master drawings.........................................11 Part representation.............................................. . 35 Creating and adding preview images ..... ............................................ 48 Moving views in a drawing ..................................... 52 5..................... ................................................................................................ ........... ..................... ......................... ............................ 55 5......................................... 32 Cloning ........................................................................................ 52 Adding associative notes without leader line.......2 Associativity in drawings .......................... ............................................... ... 44 Example ..... Modifying master drawing properties of cloning templates ........................... 48 Moving views from one drawing to another........................... ...........

........ ...............3 Moving section and detail views between drawings . 66 9 Defining datum level .... ..2 Modifying a detail label ...... .............. ......... ... ........... .. .. ...... .... ... .. ...................... ............. ....................... ........................................... .......... ............ .................. .......... ... .. ..... .... .............. ..... ... ...................................... ...... ...... 59 Assembly drawing.......... 79 12.. ..... 76 11.............. ........................... ............... .................... ...... ............... ................. .....2 8... ........ . ............................. .......... ....... .... ...... ...... ... ......................... . ..........................................................................3 Associativity examples ................. 86 13.......1 Creating an anchor bolt plan with one scale........... ............. ... ............................................. .......... ........... ............. ......................76 11.............................2 Creating an anchor bolt plan with two combined scales................ ....... .... ...... 68 10.................................................................... . ........... ......... 78 12............... ..................2 Updating drawings after model changes ..... ......... 76 11. ... . 62 Modifying grid visibility........ ....................... ... ...... .......... .................... ...... .. ............ .. . .............. ....................... .... .................. ...... .............. ....... 83 12..... 82 12....... ..... ... .................................... ............................................................... .4 Sizing drawings automatically ... .........1 Adding a rectangle on a selected location... ........... ..... ............. ......... ... ................................... 63 Moving grid labels.............. ............ .. .. .... .. ........................ ................. .. ...................... .... 65 Defining grid label frame size .................... .......... ............. .......... . . ........................ .. .............1 Modifying a table layout............ .. ......... ........... .................. ...................... 61 Freezing and unfreezing single part and assembly drawings...... .. ...4 Cutting grid lines at the point of the sloped profiles............ .......................... ..................... .. ........... ..............1 7..... .. ..... .. .. .. . .... ........ 58 6......... 58 General Arrangement drawing.... ................. ...... ................ . 60 7 7..... ................ ... .................. ..... ................ .... ............ ................................... ......... ........ .................. ...... 84 13 Adding objects in drawings ..... .. .... ... .....................3 Adding single or multiple lines of text ... .......... 87 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 3 ............ 78 12........... ......... 73 LESSON 3 75 11 Detail views... ........1 8...... 72 10................................................................. ........... .. 85 13.. .......... .2 Key plans...............2 Adding a rectangle using fixed coordinates............ .................. . .................... ... . ........3 Increasing drawing size ... ..................... 61 Freezing and unfreezing general arrangement drawings .... 58 Removing change symbols. .......... 68 10....................... ........... ...... ....6 Labeling and modifying detail views ... ..............5 Displaying additional parts in an anchor bolt plan .......... .... . ....... ... .................... ......................... . ....... ....... 62 8 8............ ............ .....3 Grids in drawings .............. ......... .............. 82 12............ ... ....3 Using a specific drawing size ................ ............................................. ........ ................... 85 13.................... . . ......... ........... ....... 72 Adding a key plan to a drawing layout ..Selecting change symbol color .. ................ ....... .............. 67 10 Layouts and table layouts ......... ......... ......... .......... ............ . .... ................ ............................. ................ ................ 72 10. ............................ ........... ........... .......................................................... ... .....1 Creating a detail view .................................. ........................................ 77 12 Anchor bolt plans ........ .... ......

... ...... ........... .... ................6 Adding links to DWG or DXF files ......... .. ......... .......... .... ... .............. .............. . .... ............................ ..... . 95 LESSON 4 97 19 Creating assembly drawings ......... 102 23 Drawing revisions ..... ... ................ ............. . .................. ......................... . . . ..... ... ..... .. .. ..... ............ ........ ... .....2 Changing revisions..... ....1 Saving drawings manually . 90 16 Using cover-up tools ... ... ...... ............ .... ......... .... ... 87 13..... .. 104 24 Hatching .... ... ................ ....... ........... 88 13............. ......... 92 17................... .. ..... ............. .. .... ..... ........ .......... ....... ..... .... ... ...... ...... . ....... ..... ... ... . .. ....... .. ............ ........ .......... ... .. .... ..... .... ...... .... ... . ... .....4 Adding links to text files....... ................... ... ....... .. .......... ..... ..... ............... .... ......... .. ........ .. ..... ............................. .... ........... ........ ........ .......... .............. ............. ........................ ... .... 88 15 Trim........... ........... ............. .. ........................................ ... ..................................... . .............. . ... ............ .1 Trimming . . . .......... .. ............... 98 19............ .... .... ................... ....... . ............................. ....... ........... ......... ....... ..... .....1 Hatching automatically... . ....... 92 17. ....... . ...... ... ... ....... .......... .. ................ 94 18 Level marks ....................... .. ...... .. ..................... .. 102 22. .................................... ................... .... ........... .......... .... .. .. .....4 Creating revision marks on drawings ... . . ........... .............. and divide drawing objects..... .. ......... ..... . ......3 Dimensioning profiles and holes .. .......... .. ......... ... .... .. ....... .. .......................... . ....................... .... ... ....... ....1 Creating revisions ....................... . ..... ..... .............. .... ..... ...... ... . ................ .......... 88 14 Dragging drawing objects ................... . ... .........1 Dimensioning grid lines........... ...... .... .........2 Using autosave ..2 Splitting ........ .............. ......... ... ........ ........ .. ................... ............... ......4 Dimensioning curved beams.... ..1 Including single-part views in assembly drawings....... ....... ..... ... 94 Adding a radial dimension . 104 23... .. .... .. . 87 13... ...... ............ .............. ........ .... ...... .... ..................... ............. ......................... ..... ..... ................. . 105 24................... ............ ....... ...... ........... . 89 15.... ...................................... .. .............. 98 20 Creating single-part drawings ... ....... .... .. .......................... 89 15...Modifying text properties ..... .............. ........ ..5 Using symbols in the text field............ 92 17. ..... ........... . ............................. .......... ....................... ... ................... ... ........... ............ 99 21 Displaying surface treatments in drawings .. 99 LESSON 5 101 22 Saving drawings ........................ .. ........... . ..... .. ......... ...... ..... 102 22................ ....... ....... ............. .... .... .. ........... ..3 Dividing ............ ..... 90 15. .............. .... ..... .. .......... .............. ............ ..... .. ... split.................... ............................ ...... .... .. .....3 Deleting revisions.. ................. 104 23................... 93 17. ........ ........ ..................... 103 23..... . ..... 90 17 Dimensioning a general arrangement drawing .. . . . ...... ..... ....... . 103 23.. ..... .2 Dimensioning anchor bars .. . .......... .............. ... 105 4 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .

....2 Hatching drawing objects ......... ......... .. ..... ....... ............... ..................... ... ... . ....3 Inserting a symbol ................ . ......... .......... .. ....... .................. ................. .. ......... 107 24.. ............. ............................... ..................................... .. 125 30................. .... ...... ............ ................................... .. ....... . .................. .......... ............. ...... ..........2 Creating drawing object property files ......... ............................... . ..... ..................2 Printing reports ................. ......... .......................................... 107 24................. ................. ......... ................ 116 27........1 Adding a printer .......................24....................... 117 28 Template Editor ..................... . 116 27.. ...... . ...3 Saw cut angles ... . ................. ... ............. ... ....................................... .. ... . .......... ............. 111 LESSON 6 113 26 Multidrawings ....... 125 31 Problem in opening a drawing ......... 110 25................... .. .............. 120 29 Reports .... ........................... ............... ... .... .............. ............................. .. ......... ...... .......................... .................... 115 27 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level ... ..1 Creating reports............. . .... ....................................1 Creating a drawing filter..................................... 124 30...... .............. ........... ............... ....................... ....... ................. .......... ..... ...4 Insulation ................ ..................... ...........................2 Copying and linking drawing views to a multidrawing ......... ................ ...... ............... ........ ........ ....... 121 29.. 115 27................ ..................... ......................... ................... ...... ..... 120 28... .. .. .............................. ...... ...... .... ......................... ........ ..... ...... ... .... .......................... . ........................................ .3 Hatching part faces and sections ......... . 120 29..114 26........ .......... ......... ............. ........ . ............ ............1 Modifying multidrawing properties .2 Symbol Editor ......................... . ........................5 Advanced hatching .... 120 29.......... ............ ............. ................................ ........ 125 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 5 ....... 109 25....... .3 Creating detailed object level settings on drawing level .....................1 Symbol Files browser ............................... .... .. .... ..... ....... ... ...... ........ .... ................... .................. 106 24.............................. ...................... .......... ... ........ ..... ... ........ .......................... .................................... .... ...................... .. . .......... . ..... . .....................................................5 Example........ 117 27.......... . ................... .... .. 122 30 Printing drawings ........ ............. . ..... ....3 Printing multiple drawings. 123 Defining line thicknesses ..... .................................. ...... 108 25 Symbols in drawings.............. ........... ... ... .................... ......... ............. ....... ..... . ... ... ........ ....... ........... .................. .... ................... .......................................................... .................. ........ .................... .......... 114 26................4 Applying object level settings on drawing level ...........................................3 Creating multidrawings of selected parts.. 115 27............. ............. ........................ ..... ..... 109 25............. 123 30..1 Opening templates ....................... ... ..... . ........... .................... .. .... ........ 114 26.................. ...2 Printing single drawings......................... .... . .... ......... . ..

........................................... 128 32...................... 129 Using search filters........................LESSON 7 127 32 Using Tekla Structures Help ........ ........................... ...........5 Saving favorite Help topics....................................... 128 32...................................................... ................ ............................... .... ................................... ..... ...4 Searching for Help topics....................................................................... ........... ............. 130 6 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 ........................ .... 128 32. .................... . ........ .............................................. ....3 Finding Help topics using the index ... . .........1 Opening Tekla Structures Help ....... ............................................... ......... 128 32.. ..................................................................... ..................... 129 32............. 129 Viewing the search results ....................................... ....... ..2 Browsing Help topics by subject ......... ....................... ...................

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you will learn the following things: • • • • what drawing types Tekla Structures has how to number parts how to use the Drawing List how to use Master Drawing Catalog > LESSON 1 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 11 .LESSON 1 In this lesson.

1 Drawing types Five different drawing types can be generated in Tekla Structures: • • • • • single-part drawings assembly drawings cast unit drawings general arrangement (GA) drawings multidrawings The configuration you use determines which drawing types you can create. You can see the different drawing types in the Drawing list.1 Configurations The configuration you use determines which drawing types you can create: • • • • • Steel detailing (STD) Engineering (ENG) Precast concrete detailing (PCD) Full detailing (FUD) Reinforced concrete detailing (RCD) STD single part drawing assembly drawing GA drawing multidrawing cast unit drawing LESSON 1 ENG PCD FUD X X RCD X X X X X X X X X X X X 12 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 1.

Tekla Structures checks all parts in the model.. you can create general arrangement drawings before numbering. you have to number all parts in the model.. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Numbering Settings. • • • • the existing parts retain their numbers (if unmodified) the new parts added during modification are compared with existing parts the new parts that are the same as existing parts receive the same existing number the new parts that do not have a number receive a new number 2. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Number Series of Selected Objects. The Numbering Setup dialog box opens. Numbering modified parts Numbering parts that have the same numbering series settings as the selected parts Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Number Modified Objects. After the numbering has been done.1 Defining numbering settings 1.2 Numbering parts Before you can make drawings. However.. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Numbering parts 13 .

Numbering setup You can define the Numbering and Compare options in the Numbering Setup dialog box. Change the Numbering and Compare settings if necessary. Using the default settings is effective in most cases.2. LESSON 1 Numbering parts 14 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .

and a save sequence.2 Comparing parts 1. Tekla Structures assigns it the number of the part in the standard model. Re-use old numbers Check for standard parts Numbers that are not in use anymore (due to model modifications) are reused for new parts. Automatic cloning Holes Part name Beam orientation Column orientation Reinforcing bars Embedded objects Surface treatment Tolerance 2.Option Renumber all Description All parts receive a new number. New Modified Synchronize with master model (save-numbering-save) Defines how the new parts are numbered. so that all other users can continue working during the operation. If the main part of a drawing is modified and gets a new position. If the part to be numbered is identical to a part in the standard model. Numbering locks the master model and performs a save. Tekla Structures compares the parts in the current model with those in the standard part model. the existing drawing is not deleted. LESSON 1 Numbering parts TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 15 . the original drawing is automatically cloned to reflect the changes in the modified part. If a separate standard part model has been made. Defines how the modified parts are numbered. The orientation of the beams affects the numbering. The orientation of the embedded objects affects the numbering. Use this setting when working in multiuser mode. The part name affects the numbering. Parts can get the same number if they do not differ more than has been set in these boxes. but automatically assigned to another part of the position. It is recommended to use Renumber all option once before generating drawings to avoid gaps in the numbering. Select two parts in the model. The amount and the size of holes affects the numbering. numbering. The orientation of the reinforcing bars affects the numbering. Surface treatments affect the numbering. The orientation of the columns affects the numbering. If the modified part moves to an assembly position that does not have a drawing.

4 Assigning numbering series 1. The number is automatically assigned to all identical parts. . Double-click the part to open the part properties dialog box. The model is not numbered The model is numbered 3. .. LESSON 1 Numbering parts Enter the number you want to assign. 4. In the Numbering series area. define a part prefix and a starting number. Click Tools > Compare > Assemblies or click The results are displayed on the status bar. 2. 2. Select the part to which you want to assign an assembly number.2.5 Assigning assembly numbers 1.. The Assign Assembly Number dialog box opens. 3. Select two assemblies in the model. 16 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 2. 2. 2. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Change Number > Assembly Number.3 Comparing assemblies 1. Click Modify and OK.. Click Tools > Compare > Parts or click The results are displayed on the status bar. 2. Click the Assign button.

. The Assign Assembly Number dialog box opens. Changing the assembly number You can change the assembly number of one part without affecting other parts. 3. Set 1 as the Start number. Select Selected objects only. The start number and the position number you assign will be added up and decreased by one.You can also change the number for one part without affecting other parts by selecting Selected objects only in the Assign Assembly Number dialog box. 2.. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Change Number > Assembly Number. 1.. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Numbering parts 17 .

. and use the options in the Assembly position sort order area to sort the position numbers.Display assembly numbers in model view when modeling to check the numbering. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Numbering Settings.6 Assembly position numbers You can sort the order in which assemblies are given their position numbers. LESSON 1 Numbering parts 18 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 2..

print.You can sort position numbers either in an ascending or descending order. edit. the x coordinate. the sorting is based on the center of gravity of the reference axis. Tekla Structures displays a list that includes all the available user-defined attributes. the already numbered objects are not renumbered to suit the sorting order by. clone. or z coordinates. when a drawing is open. and to find out if a part is included in any of the drawings. You can also use the Drawing List to locate the drawing parts in the model. You can also search. You can use the Drawing List to work with and manage drawings. You can open. The buttons on the right of the Drawing List dialog box are used to control the drawings in the dialog box. When the sorting is based on x. lock. 3 Drawing list All drawings in a Tekla Structures model are displayed in the Drawing List dialog box. revise. and delete drawings. Sorting by user-defined attributes or by location does not affect the part position. renumber the parts. export. LESSON 1 Drawing list TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 19 . for example. by clicking Drawing File > Open (Ctrl + O). To fix this. update. If you add new parts. and add drawings to the Master Drawing Catalog. freeze. The user-defined attribute of an assembly The user-defined attribute of a main part If the sorting is based on user-defined attributes. or z coordinates of the main part of the assembly. sort. The Drawing List dialog box can be opened in the model by selecting Drawings & Reports > Drawing List (Ctrl + L) or. select. The order can be based on the following criteria: • • • The x. y. and display drawings according to different criteria. y.

2. The status information is displayed in the column Drawing status in the Drawing List dialog box.. To enter drawing status: 1. For checking. have been sent to an architect.USERDEFINED..1 Entering drawing status You can use the variable DRAWING.• • • • you can select one drawing by clicking it you can select all drawings displayed in the drawing list at once by pressing Ctrl + A you can select several drawings by holding down the Ctrl key while you pick the drawings you can select several adjacent drawings by clicking the first drawing and then holding down the Shift key while you click the last drawing 3. LESSON 1 Drawing list 20 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Right-click the drawing and select User-defined Attributes. Select one or more drawings. for example. By default.. You can enter any text. the filters Final. and For approval are added to the drawing list to display and select drawings. You need to add filters to the drawing list.DR_STATUS to indicate which drawings.

The Drawing List dialog box opens.2 Searching drawings 1.. Click OK to close the properties dialog box.. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. Enter a status in the Drawing status box. 4. 5. Click OK. The selection filter Final must contain at least the word final. The status information will be displayed in the Drawing status column of the Drawing List dialog box.. The selection filter For approval must contain at least the word approval. You can quickly find the drawings by using the text-based search by entering the desired criteria in the Enter search criteria box. The status information is not case sensitive. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Drawing list 21 . Switch off all check boxes by clicking the . The selection filter For checking must contain at least the word check. The following criteria is used: • • • 6. 3.3.

To save the search results: 1. Saving the search results You need to have made a search using the Drawing List dialog box before you can save the search results. The drawing is frozen.2. but the number of identical parts has changed All the parts related to the drawing have been deleted. The actual drawing is up to date. Symbol Column Up to date Information in the Changes column Parts modified Description The parts in the drawing have changed. it is up to date. The Store Result dialog box opens. The search results are saved in the DrawingListSearches file that is created in the model folder. The search results are visible also in the predefined drawing sets list. or part properties have changed. The drawing has been added as a master drawing in the Master Drawing Catalog. Click Store. The drawing is locked. Up to date Quantity increased Quantity decreased Up to date Lock All parts deleted Freeze Master LESSON 1 Drawing list 22 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Enter search criteria. If a drawing does not have any symbol. You can limit the search: • • by selecting an option from the Search in list by selecting the Search within the currently visible drawings check box. Enter a name for the search result in the Store Result dialog box. Symbols appear at the beginning of each row in the Drawing List dialog box.3 Status symbols Tekla Structures uses certain symbols to indicate the status of the drawings. 3. for example parts have been added or deleted. 2.

saved settings) that define which objects to include in the drawing. you might re-issue drawings that have been sent to site. Issue Issued drawing changed The issued drawing has been modified or otherwise changed. Saved settings: By saved settings we mean drawing property files. The toolbar commands and view areas pointed out in the figure are shortly described. and you can also create your own in the drawing properties dialog box. Rule sets: Sets of rules on how to create new drawings for different object types. A copied drawing has been modified. and which drawing settings to use. By rule set we mean a combination of object groups (selection filters) and master drawing settings (cloning template. The figure below shows the search view of the Master Drawing Catalog. You can use the existing AutoDrawings wizard files or create your own rule sets. all drawing creation commands are available in one centralized location.. 4 Master Drawing Catalog In Master Drawing Catalog. You can also use cloning templates from other models. For example. There are several predefined property files. There are several types of master drawings: • • • Cloning templates: Cloning templates are Tekla Structures drawings that you have added to Master Drawing Catalog from the Drawing List. The drawing is a cloned drawing. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 23 . to open the Master Drawing Catalog.Symbol Column Up to date Up to date Up to date Up to date Issue Information in the Changes column Linked drawing changed Copied view changed Drawing updated Cloned Description A linked drawing has been modified. The drawing has been issued.. A master drawing is a Tekla Structures drawing or a set of drawing properties that is used for creating new drawings that look the same as the master drawing. A frozen drawing has been updated. Opening Master Drawing Catalog Click Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings.

which are smaller versions of the saved preview images. Switch to search view. on the basis of the master drawing you have selected from the catalog. If you double-click the master drawing. whereas the detail list shows textual information about the master drawings. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog Display the master drawings in a detail list or thumbnail list. Tekla Structures displays the catalog properties of the drawing. The thumbnail list shows the master drawings as thumbnails. 24 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . When you click the arrow at the end of the Create drawings button. Switch to folder view. right-clicking and selecting Preview. Create drawings for all parts command is displayed.Click this button to create drawings. You can display a preview image of the master drawing by selecting the master drawing.

List of master drawings. The figure below shows the search view of the Master Drawing Catalog as a detail list. All shows all the master drawings you have in the models you have selected. Tekla Structures displays a tooltip that tells the master drawing category. and the drawing type to be created. Display Drawing List. Click the Store button to save your search results. and the path and name of the model. Select the models from which you want to show cloning templates. the master drawing type. Enter search conditions here and then click the Search button. The toolbar commands are the same as in the search view. you can organize your master drawings into folders you create. The figure below shows an example of the folder view of the Master Drawing Catalog. Here you can see the name of the drawing. When you point to a master drawing. Select the category of master drawings that you want to see in the catalog list.Display the master drawing description at the bottom of the dialog box. Define rule sets for creating drawings. the type of the drawing to be created. In this view. By doing so you can limit the number of drawings shown in the list and find the desired master drawings more easily. The character after the name of the master drawing indicates its type. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 25 .

LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 26 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .4. There are many predefined drawing property files and you can create new ones.1 Saved settings The Saved settings or Master Drawing Catalog are drawing property files that have been created and saved in the drawing properties dialog boxed for different drawing types.

You can search for master drawings on the basis of the master drawing name. This makes it a lot easier to find the master drawings you are looking for. To modify the catalog properties of saved settings: LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 1. Make sure to always add all important information for each master drawing in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. Through the catalog properties you also have access to drawing properties. Modifying master drawing properties of saved settings Each saved setting type of master drawing in Master Drawing Catalog has its own catalog properties. press F5 to refresh the view Modify the catalog properties of the master drawing by selecting it. Modify the drawing properties in the drawing properties dialog box. The new property file is automatically added to Master Drawing Catalog. right-clicking and selecting Edit properties. If it is not displayed in the list. or select the master drawing.Adding saved settings to Master Drawing Catalog 1. 3. The type of the master drawing and the type of the drawing to be created are shown in the dialog box TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 27 . Double-click a master drawing of the desired type. description and keywords entered in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. 2. rightclick and select Edit Properties. Add a preview image. and enter a description and keywords. Give a name to the property file and click Save as.

3. Enter or modify the description of the master drawing.2. We recommend that you use . or . Modify the properties and save them.png images. You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. Use spaces between words. Ensure that you have the correct drawing property file name at the top. . You can use . 4. Tekla Structures creates the drawings and adds them in the Drawing List.png images. 5. click Change image and select the image. 7. click Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings. . Select the desired set of saved settings (drawing property file) from the list. Creating general arrangement drawings using saved settings To create general arrangement drawings using saved settings type of master drawings: 1. In the Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box. 2. 4. click Edit drawing properties to display the drawing properties dialog box. Enter or modify keywords for the master drawing. select the views that you want the drawing to be produced from and select the desired option from the Options list. Click OK to save your changes. To add or change the preview image. If you want to modify the drawing properties of the master drawing.bmp. You also have a chance to modify the drawing properties here by clicking the Drawing properties button. Click the button in the Master Drawing Catalog toolbar to open the Drawing List. Click Create to create the drawing(s). Modify the name of the drawing in the Name box. 6.jpg. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 28 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 5.jpeg. Click Create drawings (Alt + C). 3. The settings that you loaded by selecting the property file are in use. In the model.

4. An example of a wizard file is displayed below: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 29 . attribute and part settings to apply to selected objects. as Tekla Structures only creates one drawing for each object. However. For information on creating drawings using a wizard file. click Change image and select the image. . . click Edit drawing properties.png images. To add or change the preview image.jpeg.png images. Earlier wizard files could be modified through the AutoDrawings dialog box. To modify the contents of the wizard file. 6. Interpreting a wizard file A typical wizard file includes several sets of drawing requests containing drawing. Make sure to always add all important information for each master drawing in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. 3. as well as a selection filter. 32). Modify the name of the drawing in the Name box. or . as well as a selection filter. as Tekla Structures only creates one drawing for each object. 4. Enter or modify keywords for the master drawing. Use spaces between words. and save and close it. In the catalog list. You can use . double-click a wizard file. 2. Enter or modify the description of the master drawing. but now your can modify them in Master Drawing Catalog. 7. see Creating drawings using rule sets (p. The order of sets is important. creating new wizard files is not possible in Master Drawing Catalog. Click OK in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box.bmp. attribute and part settings to apply to selected objects. For more information on contents of wizard files.2 Wizard files A wizard file consist of several sets of drawing requests containing drawing. 29). Modify the contents of the file. This makes it a lot easier to find the master drawings you are looking for. The order of sets is important.jpg. To modify the master drawing properties of wizard files and the wizard contents: 1. 5. see Interpreting a wizard file (p. You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. The wizard file is opened in a text editor. We recommend that you use . You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. Modifying master drawing properties and contents of wizard files Wizard files are rule sets that you can modify using a text editor.

Note the use of parentheses. a rule set creates an assembly drawing for an object that fulfills the selection filter criteria in one set. • set_drawing_type(cast_unit) This line defines the type of drawing the wizard creates. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog For example. The drawing type appears in parentheses. 30 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . attribute. even if it matches the criteria of the selection filter in later sets in the same rule set file. The path and the name of the drawing template are given in parenthesis like in the following example: set_template_drawing("C:\TSModels\AngleModel":"[A. The order of sets is important. Tekla Structures will not create another assembly drawing for that object. and part settings to apply to selected objects. as well as a selection filter. This line is used instead of the line set_drawing_attributes.Wizard files consist of the following entries. • set_template_drawing This line tells Tekla Structures to use the defined drawing as a template when creating a new drawing. • set_drawing_attributes(column) This line tells Tekla Structures which drawing properties to use when creating the drawings. The name of the saved drawing properties appears in parentheses. The filter name appears in parentheses.2]") • set_filter(conc_column) This line tells Tekla Structures which selection filter to use to select the parts from which to create drawings. • create_drawings() Tekla Structures starts creating the drawings.3 Rule sets A typical rule set includes several sets of drawing requests containing drawing. 4. as Tekla Structures only creates one drawing for each object.

Click Next. In the next dialog box. If a rule that is higher in the list creates a drawing of an object. If you have a screenshot that you want to use as a preview image for the rule set. All these can be used in search. repeat the previous steps for all drawing types that you have selected. Use the Properties button to check or modify the properties of a master drawing that you have selected on the list. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 31 . Use the Preview button to display a preview image of the selected master drawing. 4. In the next dialog box. . The choices are Single-part drawings. click Add rule and define the object groups for which you want to create drawings. Assembly drawings and Cast unit drawings. Click the Add rule set toolbar command button Drawings dialog box is displayed. If you have selected several drawing types. you can use the same rule set to create single-part drawings and assembly drawings.jpeg. 2. This screenshot is displayed as a thumbnail in the Master Drawing Catalog thumbnail list. enter a name for the rule set. and . another rule that would create a drawing of the same object will not do it again. use the Move up and Move down buttons to move rules upwards and downwards in the list. If required. For example.jpg. 6. click Browse and select the image. 7.png images. The Define Rules for Creating Select the type of drawings you want to create.Adding a rule set to Master Drawing Catalog 1. Only those master drawing types are listed that can be used for the type of drawing that you selected in the previous dialog box. You can select several drawing types. and select a master drawing for each group.bmp. . 3. . a short description and keywords. Click Next. You can use . 5.

Click Save to save your changes. click Create drawings (Alt + C). You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. You can also use cloning templates from other models. Add or remove object groups and select the appropriate master drawing type.png images. 2. Tekla Structures creates the drawings and adds them in the Drawing List. The type of the master drawing and the type of the drawing to be created are shown in the dialog box Modify your drawing type selections if necessary. 6. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 4.jpeg. In the model. You can select a drawing from the Drawing List and add it to the Master Drawing Catalog. Enter or modify keywords for the master drawing. Creating drawings using rule sets 1. click Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings. This makes it a lot easier to find the master drawings you are looking for. 7. Modify the name of the drawing in the Name box. Use spaces between words. Select the rule set from the list. right-clicking and selecting Preview. or select the master drawing. To add or change the preview image. Click Next.jpg. Double-click a master drawing of the desired type. 3. 3. We recommend that you use . • 4. Click Finish. 32 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Number the model if you are prompted to do so. 2. Enter or modify the description of the master drawing. 9.bmp. Click Next and do the same for all selected drawing types.You can display the preview image in a larger view by selecting the thumbnail. . You can use . You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. 8. or . rightclick and select Edit Properties.png images. 4. If you selected the whole model. Do one of the following: • If you selected parts. You can click the Drawing List button in the toolbar to open the Drawing List. click Change image and select the image.4 Cloning templates Cloning templates are Tekla Structures drawings that are used as templates for creating new drawings. click Create drawings for all parts (Alt + A). . 8. 5. To modify the master drawing properties of rule sets: 1. Select the whole model or desired parts. Modifying master drawing properties of rule sets Make sure to always add all important information for each master drawing in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. The rule set is added to Master Drawing Catalog.

associative notes and related text objects are cloned from a similar part in the original drawing. 2. see Cloning general arrangement drawings (p. 44). Adding a new cloning template to Master Drawing Catalog You can add drawings to Master Drawing Catalog from the Drawing List. On the General tab. Part properties.You cannot clone general arrangement drawings through Master Drawing Catalog. modify the drawing. This screenshot is displayed as a thumbnail in the Master Drawing Catalog thumbnail list. 5. These drawings are called cloning templates. If you have a screenshot that you want to use as a preview image for the cloning template. The Drawing List opens. or select the drawing and press Ctrl + M. and then clone it for similar trusses. You can clone general arrangement drawings using the Clone command in the Drawing List dialog box. and select the objects to be cloned from the master drawing. All these can be used in search. enter a name for the cloning template. a short description and keywords. marks. The Master Drawing Properties dialog box is displayed. The cloned drawing may contain more or less parts than the original drawing. 3. Before you add a cloning template to Master Drawing Catalog. the dimensions to the missing parts are automatically removed. You may have separate drawings of these similar parts. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 33 . The drawings need a lot of manual modifying If cloning does not produce a satisfactory result. For example. create a drawing with the desired properties and contents in the model and save it. You can clone general arrangement drawings using the Clone command in the Drawing List dialog box. 4. Select the drawing that you want to add in the Master Drawing Catalog as a cloning template. right-click and select Add to Master Drawing Catalog. you can create a drawing for one truss. click Browse and browse to and select the image. If the cloned drawing contains less parts than the original drawing. Sometimes you need to modify the cloned drawings where the trusses differ. To add a new cloning template: 1. and opened in a larger view when you select and right-click a master drawing and select Preview. For more information on cloning general arrangement drawings. You cannot add general arrangement drawings or multidrawings to Master Drawing Catalog from the Drawing List. Go to the Drawing creation tab and specify how dimensions and marks are created. Cloning You should consider cloning drawings when • • • There are several similar parts. you need to modify the cloned drawing manually. assemblies. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. or cast units in the model You want to ease editing work when there are several similar parts that have different position numbers.

Make sure to always add all important information for each master drawing in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 2. Click OK. and which objects are cloned from the master drawings. Enter or modify the description of the master drawing. change them first in the actual drawing and add the drawing in Master Drawing Catalog after that. The type of the master drawing and the type of the drawing to be created are shown in the dialog box Modify the name of the drawing in the Name box. The cloning template catalog properties also define how dimensions and marks are created. 34 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . You can search for master drawings on the basis of its name. Double-click a master drawing of the desired type. To modify the catalog properties of cloning templates: 1. Use spaces between words. button is The new cloning template is added to Master Drawing Catalog. You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here.6. You can search master drawings on the basis of data that you enter here. 3. Modifying master drawing properties of cloning templates Each cloning template type of master drawing in Master Drawing Catalog has its own catalog properties. description and keywords entered in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. or select the master drawing. rightclick and select Edit Properties. Enter or modify keywords for the master drawing. If you want to modify the drawing properties of cloning templates. 4. The displayed in the Master column of the Drawing List next to the drawing you added. This makes it a lot easier to find the master drawings you are looking for.

png images. 7. The image is saved in the \drawings folder under the model folder.. 2. ensure that you have a cloning template with all the necessary properties and contents in the Master Drawing Catalog. 2. Click Tools > Create Preview Image. To create drawings using a cloning template: 1. To create and add the preview image: 1. or . Click OK to save your cloning settings. b Select the objects to be cloned from the master drawing: Drawing welds.5 Managing Master Drawing Catalog This section contains instructions on managing Master Drawing Catalog. Go to the Drawing creation tab and specify how dimensions and marks are cloned. and Marks for welds in model. Texts. 4. define whether you want to Clone them. The Marks option controls revision marks and all marks for model objects. Level marks.png images. Then select the objects to be cloned from the master drawing. DWG/DXF. click Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings. Select the model or select the objects. .jpeg. To open the Master Drawing Catalog. Open the drawing. 6. Locate the desired master drawing and double-click it to open the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. otherwise the selection may take a long time. Use an appropriate selection filter when you select the whole model. Click Create drawings (Alt + C) or Create drawings for all parts (Alt + A). You can select to ignore the dimensions and marks.. and Hyperlinks). 4. Delete all unnecessary objects from the drawing. Marks. or recreate them. . Create a drawing using the desired master drawing. To add or change the preview image. 3.bmp. Close the drawing to go to the model. Add the image you created. You can click the Drawing List toolbar command to open the Drawing List. Go to the Drawing creation tab. You can use .. Tekla Structures creates the drawings and adds them in the Drawing List. a For the Dimensions. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 35 . Creating drawings using cloning templates In the Master Drawing Catalog you can create drawings using cloning templates that you have added in the Master Drawing Catalog from the Drawing List. 6. click Change image and select the image. Before you start. clone them. 4. Creating and adding preview images You can create preview images in Tekla Structures and use them as preview images of master drawings in Master Drawing Catalog. Master Drawing Catalog opens. In the model. Double-click the desired master drawing of type cloning template.5. click Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings. 5. Graphics. 5.jpg. Activate only the Select parts selection switch when you select objects. 3. 7. We recommend that you use . Text files. Symbols. recreate them automatically when you clone a drawing (Create) or Ignore them in cloning.

2. click Change image and browse for the image you just created. click Drawings dialog box. 3.• • For master drawings of type saved settings. To display the master drawing description. To use cloning templates from other models: 1. Now you can display the preview image by selecting the master drawing on the catalog list. not other types of master drawings. cloning templates. Click Browse and browse for the image you just created. You can use only cloning template type of master drawings from other models. Using cloning templates from other models You can show cloning templates in other models in the Master Drawing Catalog and create drawings using them. and wizard files. In the Master Drawing Catalog. click Next until you get to the page where you can add the preview image. Displaying master drawing descriptions You can display a master drawing description in the folder view and in the search view. click Add model and browse to the desired model. right-clicking and selecting Preview. The description entered in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box is displayed at the bottom of the view. Click OK to save your selection. click . to open the Models Containing Master To use cloning templates in other models. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 36 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Click Save to save the image as a preview image. Click OK to save the image as a preview image For rule sets created in Master Drawing Catalog.

. and delete folders Copy master drawings to another folder Delete master drawings from folders Change the folder location in the tree Deleting master drawings from a folder or copying them to another folder does not affect the catalog contents in any way. we use the name Master Drawings for PROJECT2010. The folder view is just another way to help you to keep you master drawings well organized..Working with folders In the folder view of the Master Drawing Catalog you can do the following: • • • • Add new. Right-click the tree area of the folder view and select Create new folder and type a name for the folder. we will create a new folder and two subfolders. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 37 . Click the folder view button to go to the folder view. 3. rename. Open the Master Drawing Catalog by clicking Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings.. rename a folder and add master drawings to a subfolder. change the order of the subfolders. 1. In this example. Example In the following example. 2. Then we will copy master drawings to another folder and delete them from the original folder.

Select the drawings that you want to copy. click Store. right-click. right-click and select Create new subfolder. To save the search results. We notice that the name of the subfolder Site10 is not correct. Tekla Structures remembers search strings. in the folder view. type a name for the search. in this case Site11. description and keyword boxes in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box.4. Next we will copy drawings to the created folders. in this case Site11 subfolder. copy master drawings from a search results folder to a folder that you have created for a certain purpose to make it easier for you to locate the needed master drawings. we use the name Site12. in this case Site11. 9. 6. right-click and select Add to and then select the desired folder. and click OK. Copy the drawings there in the same way as above. right-click and select Delete or press Del. This makes it a lot easier to find the master drawings you are looking for. 5. and select Move up to move the folder one step upwards. and type a new name. you can do the following: • • Search for master drawings on the basis of text that you have entered in the name. it should be Site11. 10. Save your search results and. 3. 2. Searching master drawings To search for master drawings and save the search results: 1. To copy the selected master drawings. LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog Removing search results If you want to remove the search results. select the copied drawings. There you can rename the saved search results. We notice after copying that some of the drawings we just copied should be in the Site12 folder. To rename a folder. Create another subfolder (Site10) in the same way. You can use Ctrl or Shift to select several drawings. right-click and select Rename or press F2. Open the folder containing the master drawings that you want to copy. Enter the search criteria in the box next to the Search button. Click Search. To delete. To move a folder upwards. select the folder. The master drawings are copied. To create a subfolder. The drawings are deleted from the subfolder. Make sure to always add all important information for each master drawing in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. right-click the results in the folder list and select Delete. Type a name for the folder. and copy the found drawings to the folders of your choice. select the folder. In this example. The search results are also displayed as a folder in the folder view. we want to move a folder upwards in the folder list. The results are listed. When you start typing a string. it suggests previous strings starting with the same characters. Now you can delete the copied drawings from the original folder. 38 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Using search In the Master Drawing Catalog search view. in this case Master Drawings for PROJECT2010. 7. 8. select the folder. The search results are added in the category list in the search view. Next.

3. select the master drawing(s) you want to remove.Removing master drawings You can remove master drawings from Master Drawing Catalog both in folder view and in search view. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 1 Master Drawing Catalog 39 . Use the Saved searches folders to find the desired master drawings and then remove the extra ones. Right-click and select Remove from Catalog. Tekla Structures removes the master drawing(s) from the catalog. The catalog properties that you have entered for the master drawing are not deleted. In the Master Drawing Catalog. The Remove from Catalog command is not available. The drawings that you have created on the basis of the removed master drawing are not removed. In the folder view. Confirm the deletion. you cannot remove master drawings from the Master Drawing Catalog through the folders that you have created yourself. 2. To remove master drawings: 1. They are still available for the master drawing if you decide to add the master drawing back to the catalog. they are still listed in the Drawing List.

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LESSON 2 In this lesson. you will learn the following things: • • • • • • • • • • how to create general arrangement drawings how to clone GA drawings how to copy and move drawing views how to define part marks and part representation what are leader lines what associativity in drawings means how to update drawings after model changes how to use grids in drawings how to define datum level how to use layouts and table layouts > LESSON 2 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 41 .

The third and lowest level is to modify the properties on the object level. The properties modified on the object level are no longer affected by property changes on view or drawing level. toolbar or pop-up menu commands. Settings are for that one object only.2 Creating GA drawings LESSON 2 You can GA drawings through the Master Drawing Catalog or using menu. from drawing level to object level. dimensions. The recommended way of working is to work from the top down. you can change the drawing properties on the drawing level. The second level is to modify the properties on the view level. When you save the drawing property settings in drawing property files. they override the drawing level settings. however. where you change the properties of the selected objects in an open drawing. The modifications apply only to the view that you have selected in an open drawing. In the following. including foundation and anchor bolt plans. 5. You can also change the drawing properties in an existing drawing that you have opened. Object level settings applied on the drawing level are inherited to the view level settings if there are no object level settings defined on the view level. You can modify the drawing properties of the selected drawing type in the model before you create the drawing. the general arrangement drawing is created using a menu command. 5. The G letter in the Type column in the drawing list denotes a GA drawing. The modifications made on the drawing level also remain when the drawing is recreated due to a model change. For example. except new views that you create after the drawing is created. you can also apply the object properties on the drawing and view level. marks.1 Three levels of modifying drawings You can modify drawing properties on three levels: • • • drawing view object On the highest level. you can use the same settings later for other drawings of the same type. When doing so. and details of models. Settings propagate to all views on that drawing. you can select and modify many objects at a time. and views in the drawing. Many of the functions explained in this section concern other drawing types as well.5 General arrangement drawings General arrangement drawings (GA drawing) are used for displaying model views. By saving the object property settings and combining them with drawing or view filters and drawing object types into detailed object level settings. This way you can change the properties of all model objects. otherwise you modifications on the view level will be lost. for example. If you apply object level settings on the view level. 42 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Once you change properties on the view level you should not go to the drawing level properties and modify drawing properties there. Settings propagate to all objects in that one view. the object level settings override the property settings made in the drawing property dialog boxes on the view and drawing level. you can define that all parts are displayed in blue color in a drawing.

. 3. or create an empty drawing. 2. Click Drawings & Reports > Create General Arrangement Drawing. 3. if you need to modify the GA drawing properties. Select the model view. • • 4. Click View > Create Drawing View > Of Entire Model View. to open the Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box. 5. create one drawing per selected view.. whether you want to • create one drawing that contains all the selected views. 5. but you can move the view. Tekla Structures places the view in the lower left corner of the drawing. Click Drawing Properties.. the GA drawing opens automatically. Open a GA drawing and a model view. You can also first create an empty GA drawing and place the model view there. If you select the Open drawing check box. 2. Select from the list in the Options area.1. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 43 .. Click Create to create the GA drawing.3 Copying an entire model view to a GA drawing 1. Select the views you want to include in the drawing.

6. 44 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Click Clone. to open the drawing list. Select the model view you want to use. if the view is too big. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List.Change the view scale. Using this option does not create any new views. 5. To clone a general arrangement drawing through the Drawing List: 1. save. recreate them automatically when you clone a drawing (Create) or Ignore them in cloning..4 Cloning general arrangement drawings You can clone general arrangement drawings one plane view at a time. in the drawing list.. 2. • LESSON 2 For other objects.. Click Clone selected. Select the general arrangement drawing you want to use as a cloning template. and the actions for each object type: • For Dimensions and Other marks (all marks for model objects). select to Clone or Ignore them. The cloned drawing appears in the Drawing List. 4. select the drawing object types that you want to clone into the new drawing. select whether you want to Clone them. Selecting Create in the Dimensions and Other marks box is useful if cloning the dimensions or other marks does not produce satisfactory results. and close the drawing you want to use as a cloning template. 5.. finalize. Before cloning. In the Clone Drawing dialog box. 3. You can clone drawings in the Master Drawing Catalog or through the Drawing List.

Section and detail views are not cloned when cloning general arrangement drawings. then edited the drawing and the cloned the general arrangement drawing of the second floor. we first created a general arrangement drawing of the first floor of a building. 45 . Example In this example. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 We selected the model view that represents the second floor and then cloned the drawing using the general arrangement drawing of the first floor as a template. The first floor and second floor have some differences: We edited the general arrangement drawing of the first floor slightly.

. Other marks and notes are cloned. Double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties dialog box. 3. LESSON 2 46 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . the view label contains the elements selected in the drawing properties. Dimensions are cloned. Click View. 2. the marks have been cloned to the new location and the content has been updated.. To modify the view label: 1. Go to the Label tab. You can modify the view label in the view properties.In the cloned drawing: • • • • The drawing view plane has been moved to match the model view PLAN 2nd Floor plane. If there are parts in matching places. 5. to open the view properties dialog box.5 Modifying view label When you create a drawing.

Click the .. button to open the Mark Contents dialog box..4. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 47 .

Modify the view label as required. Move views from one drawing to another. Dragging a handle resizes the view.6 Moving views You have two options for moving views: • • Move views inside a drawing. Drag the view frame to move the view in the drawing. LESSON 2 48 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 48). the font and frame type of the label mark elements. you can define the content of the view label. Click Modify to apply the changes on the drawing.5. 5. See Moving views from one drawing to another (p. and the position of the mark in the label. For example. Moving views in a drawing 1. 6. See Moving views in a drawing (p. 2. Select the view frame. 49).

adjust the drawing properties again and change the name to match the type of the new drawing. Open the drawing properties dialog box. Click Apply and create a new drawing of the same object. 7. Create a drawing of the object by selecting the appropriate command from the Drawings & Reports menu. and one where only certain parts or subassemblies of the assembly are marked and dimensioned. 2. Click Move in the Move view to Drawing dialog box. 8. Select the view you want to move. 4. for example. In the drawing properties dialog box. Tekla Structures moves the view to the target drawing and creates references between the source and target drawings. 4. and each drawing can have its own properties. Adjust the drawing properties and change the name of the drawing so that it refers to the type of drawing you want to create. 7. 4. 3. 6. 5. 5.Moving views from one drawing to another 1. To create multiple drawings: 1. An example how the Drawing List shows the multiple drawings: LESSON 2 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 49 . adjust the drawing properties again and change the name to match the type of the new drawing. Open a drawing. 2. Do not touch the Sheet number. 5. Select the target drawing from the Drawing List dialog box. Example To create multiple assembly drawing sheets of the same part: 1. Continue making all the sheets you need in the same way as above. for example. Continue making all the sheets you need in the same way as above. one with additional section views. This is useful when you need extra sheets for details and section views. 8. The number of sheets is not limited. 5.7 Creating multiple drawings of the same part You can create several drawings from the same part as multiple drawing sheets. Right-click the view and select Move to drawing from the pop-up menu. Create an assembly drawing of the object. Click Apply to keep the changes and leave the dialog box open. Click Apply and create a new drawing of the same object. In the drawing properties dialog box. FRAME 3D. and especially when you want to have several drawings of an assembly with different presentation options: one with large 3D image of the assembly. Click Apply to keep the changes and leave the dialog box open. 6. Adjust the drawing properties and change the name so that it refers to the type of drawing you want to create. Change the sheet number in the Sheet number box to get another drawing of the same assembly with a different sheet number. 3. 3. Change the sheet number in the Sheet number box to get another drawing of the same assembly with a different sheet number. Do not change the Sheet number. Open the Assembly drawing properties dialog box. 2. FRAME FRONT.

to open the General .. to open the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing. LESSON 2 50 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .Bolt Properties dialog box.9 Defining part marks 1.Part Mark Properties dialog box. to open the General . The drawings will open faster. hide the bolts in drawings. 2. select Not visible from the In main parts list.5.. select an option from the Solid/ Symbol list.. 1:100). 5. Click OK. 4. 3. To define how the bolts are displayed in drawings.. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing. 2.. Click Bolt.8 Representing bolts in GA drawings 1. Click Part mark.... If you use a small scale (for example. To hide the bolts in main parts. to open the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box. 5.

the assembly position and profile are displayed for main parts. The associative notes are updated automatically when the object changes in the model. move the element from the Available elements list to the Elements in mark list.10 Associative notes You can use associative notes in drawings as additional marks for parts that already have a part mark. There are three types of associative notes: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 • • • associative notes with leader lines associative notes without leader lines associative notes along line 51 . 3. 4. For secondary parts.By default. Define the part marks as required. Click OK. To add an element to part marks. 5. You can add associative notes only in an open drawing. part marks are not displayed.

Pick the position of the note. Pick a point to indicate the start of the line along which you want to run the note. Pick the object. Adding associative notes along line 1. click Annotating > Properties > Associative Note. 2.To define properties of associative notes. 3. Adding associative notes with leader line 1. Pick the end point of the line. Pick the position of the note. 3. Click Annotating > Add Associative Note > Without Leader Line. 2.. Adding associative notes without leader line 1. The Associative Notes Properties dialog box opens.. 3. LESSON 2 Click Annotating > Add Associative Note > Along Line. 2. Click Annotating > Add Associative Note > With Leader Line. Pick the first point of the leader line.. 52 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .

TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 53 . in the drawing properties dialog box. Exact Parts appear as solid objects.. • • • Workshop form Tekla Structures draws round tube profiles as wrap-around templates.. click Part. The main options in the Content tab are described below: Part representation area The list in the Part representation area contains the following options: • • Outline Parts appear as solid objects in drawings. The length is fixed to 1000 mm. Base box Tekla Structures shows parts as boxes and uses the h and b values from the profile catalog as box dimensions.11 Part representation You can control the appearance of ordinary and neighboring parts independently: • • To control the appearance of parts. click Neighbor part. Tekla Structures also draws the chamfers in profile cross sections .. in the drawing properties dialog box. The options in the Content tab define the appearance of parts in drawings.5. Bounding box Parts appear as boxes which surround the actual profiles. You cannot change the length of the partial profile. • • Symbol Parts appear as lines.. Symbol with partial profile Shows a partial profile of the part. LESSON 2 Symbol offset defines the distance of the endpoints of reference lines and centerlines from the endpoints of the object. To control the appearance of neighboring parts.

Own hidden lines Shows hidden lines in main parts.Hidden lines area Defines the appearance of hidden lines in drawing parts. Main part Select the check box to show reference lines in main parts (beam. plate or polygon). Secondary part Select the check box to show reference lines in secondary parts (beam. You can switch part reference lines on or off. You have the following options: • • • Reference lines area Center line Select the check box to show center lines. LESSON 2 54 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . plate or polygon). plate or polygon). Hidden lines on Hidden lines off Other part hidden lines Own part hidden lines Center line area Use to switch the centerlines of parts on or off. • • Hidden lines Shows hidden lines in secondary and neighboring parts. The reference line is a line between the points from which a part is created. You have the following options: • • • Reference lines Select the check box to show reference lines. Main part Select the check box to show center lines in main parts (beam. Secondary part Select the check box to show center lines in secondary parts (beam. plate or polygon).

Symbol.Part representation examples The Part representation options Outline. and Symbol with partial profile are displayed below. The Outline option: The Symbol option: The Symbol with partial profile option: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 55 .

This means that drawing objects are linked to model objects. or mark is related to. Tekla Structures updates the following drawing objects to reflect changes in the model: 56 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . but you do not lose manual changes made to drawings. 6 LESSON 2 Associativity in drawings Associativity in drawings All the Tekla Structures drawings are associative. symbol.12 Leader lines You can use leader lines in text. Modifying leader lines You can modify the shape of the leader line by first dragging from the middle point of the line. and then dragging further from the created anchor points and new middle points.5. so that most drawing objects automatically update if the model changes. associative notes and marks to make it clearer to which item the text. note. This applies to all drawing types. symbols.

Tekla Structures highlights also the changes in angle dimensions. 6. for example. click Tools > Options > Associative Symbol. and associative notes. or around the changed mark content or note. and the dimension points that have been moved. the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are no longer available in the drawing.• • • • • • • • • • • • parts marks dimensions welds views section marks detail marks associative notes lines and other shapes tables Tekla Structures retains the following manual changes made to drawings: Base points of objects. or use the shortcut Shift + A. An arrow is drawn from the old point to the new point. To hide the associative symbol in drawings. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 Associativity in drawings 57 . if you drag an object to a new location Object properties. and line type When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures. 6. The symbol does not appear in printed drawings. the associative symbol indicates which drawing objects are automatically updated. the new point and the dimension values. level marks. font. Tekla Structures highlights the changes in the following ways: • • A change symbol (by default a cloud) is drawn around the old point.2 Change symbol Tekla Structures highlights the marks and dimension marks that have been changed. color.1 Associative symbol In drawings. for example.

. Click Annotating > Review Marks > Remove Mark Change Symbol and select Single or All depending on how many change symbols you want to remove. Drawings that are not frozen are automatically updated.. 3. Selecting change symbol color You can include the automatic change symbols in printed drawings and select the color of the change symbol. They do not appear in frozen drawings.3 Associativity examples The following examples demonstrate how associativity affects drawings. the symbols are displayed on the screen but they will not appear in the printed drawings. Click Tools > Options > Advanced Options. If you use the default color (magenta). 2. when the model is modified. Removing change symbols Removing dimension change symbols Removing mark change symbols Removing associative note change symbols Click Dimensioning > Review Dimensions > Remove Dimension Change Symbol and select Single or All depending on how many change symbols you want to remove. Frozen drawings are not updated. Click OK. LESSON 2 Associativity in drawings 58 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . To change the color of the change symbol: 1. Click Annotating > Review Marks > Remove Associative Note Change Symbol and select Single or All depending on how many change symbols you want to remove. Enter the name of the color in the advanced option XS_DRAWING_CHANGE_HIGHLIGHT_COLOR. > Drawing Properties.Change symbols only appear in associative drawings. 6.

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Updating drawings after model changes
When you have modified the model, you may need to update the drawing. This section does not apply to general arrangement drawings.

To update drawings after model modifications: 1. 2. Click Drawings & Reports > Numbering > Numbering Modified Objects to renumber the model. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List... to open the drawing list. The affected drawings have the 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. symbol in the Up to date column.

Click Show all to display all the drawings in the list. Click Up-to-date to display all the drawings that are up-to-date. Click Invert. The drawing list now displays only the drawings which need to be updated. Select the drawings from the list. Click Update. The selected drawings are updated.

7.1 Freezing and unfreezing general arrangement drawings
You can select whether to allow or not allow the drawing to update all associative objects on top of the drawing views. The geometry of the model always updates, but this switch is used to stop the drawing intelligence (associativity) of drawing objects on top of the model views, and prevents them from being updated. For example, parts are updated, but dimensions, associative notes, text, marks, views, additional drawing objects are not.

To freeze a general arrangement drawing if something has gone not the way you want: 1. 2. 3. 4. If you have the drawing open, close it without saving it. In the Drawing List, select the drawing you want to freeze. Click Freeze > On. When freezing is no longer necessary, select the frozen drawings and click Freeze > Off.

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If there have been changes in the model, the drawing views or associative objects may not always be placed correctly in a general arrangement drawing. Use Freeze to solve the situation.

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7.2 Freezing and unfreezing single part and assembly drawings
To freeze and unfreeze single part and assembly drawings: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Save the model. Open a drawing. If the drawing does not look the way you want, close it without saving it. Reopen the model. Do not save it. In the Drawing List, select the drawing you want to freeze. Click Freeze > On. Open the drawing. When freezing is no longer necessary, select the frozen drawings and click Freeze > Off.

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Grids in drawings
You can modify grid properties on the drawing and view levels, and modify individual grids or grid lines in a drawing view. Use the Select grids in drawings and Select grid lines in drawings in the Drawings: Select toolbar to select grids and grid lines in drawings and views.

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Click Grid... in the drawing properties dialog box to modify grids on the drawing level. Double-click the border of the drawing view, and click Grid... in the View Properties dialog box to modify grids on the view level. Double-click grid in a drawing to modify the individual grid.

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Select Not visible from the Grid list. font. size. Hiding grids To hide a grid on the view level: 1. LESSON 2 Grids in drawings TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 63 . display grids and show only grid labels. and frame style 8. Click Grid. to open the View Grid Properties dialog box. The visibility of the grids in a drawing depends on the drawing properties used in drawing creation..You can modify the following grid properties: • • • • grid visibility label text placement grid line color and type label text color. Double-click the view frame to open the View Properties dialog box.1 Modifying grid visibility You can hide grids. 3.. 2.

2. Showing only grid labels Click Modify to hide the grid. To show only grid labels of an individual grid: 1. 3. Double-click the grid in an open drawing to open the Grid properties dialog box. LESSON 2 Grids in drawings 64 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Click Modify to show only the grid labels and hide the grid lines.4. Select Only grid labels visible from the Grid list.

the label also moves. Enter a value in a box in the Text placing area. 2. 3.2 Moving grid labels Grid labels may overlap. Activate the Select grid lines in drawings switch in the Drawings: Select toolbar. Double-click a grid line to open the Grid line properties dialog box.Grid label 8. To move a grid line: 1. You can move the grid labels to make them distinct. To move a label: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 Grids in drawings 65 . Moving grid line When you move a grid line. Moving grid label You can move individual grid labels. 4. Click Modify to move the grid line.

8. Drag the handle to move the grid label. The grid line and its handles are highlighted.1. Select a grid line. Activate the Select grid lines in drawings switch in the Drawings: Select toolbar. LESSON 2 Grids in drawings 66 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 2. Handle 3.3 Defining grid label frame size You can define a fixed size for the grid label frames. when you want all the grid label frames to be the same size no matter whether there are one or two digits in the frame. for example. This is useful.

if the elevation is 3610 mm. 9 Defining datum level Tekla Structures dimensions elevations relative to a datum level.. > Drawing Properties.To define the grid label frame size: 1. which indicates that the width of the grid label frame depends on the width of the grid label. 2. Click Tools > Options > Advanced Options. Enter a value in millimeters for the XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FIXED_WIDTH option. and you set the datum level to 200. The default value is zero. which you can change.. For example. Click OK. 3. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 Defining datum level 67 . the elevation changes to 3410 mm.

This tells Tekla Structures which elements to automatically include in your drawings. 68 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Tekla Structures updates the contents of the affected drawings and tables.g. Select Specified from the Datum point for elevations list.g. In the drawing.. such as lists and tables. part lists) general notes Tables include information on drawing objects.. The Layout dialog box opens.To define the datum level: 1.1 Modifying a table layout LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts 1. 10 Layouts and table layouts To produce finalized drawings. 2. A table layout is a group of tables which appear together in a drawing of certain type and size. to open the drawing properties dialog box. 4. Layout A layout connects a set of table layouts and a set of drawing sizes. Table layouts define: Table layout • • • Table Which tables appear in drawings Where the tables are located How much space Tekla Structures leaves between the drawing frame and views In Tekla Structures. such as: • • • • tables (e. the term tables refers to various elements of the drawing layout. you must select a layout. scale. 10. This is what the layout is all about. click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Drawing Layout.. Tekla Structures then selects the smallest defined drawing size which will fit the drawing views and the connected table layout.. Enter a value for the datum level in the Datum level box. to open the view properties dialog box. You also need to specify paper size.. In the model. revision table) title blocks lists (e. click Drawing File > Drawing Properties.. 5. Click OK. you usually need to include a lot of other information. Before you create a drawing.. Click View. If you change the model. 3. and perhaps the types of frames you want to use.

to open the Table Layouts dialog box... Click Table layout.2. 3. 4. Select the table layout you want to modify from the Table layouts list. Select a layout from the Layouts list. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts 69 . to open the Tables dialog box. Click Tables.. 5..

The table appears in the Current table area. To add a table to the table layout. select the table from the Available tables list and click the arrow to move the table to Chosen tables list. 6. LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts 70 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 7. select the table from the Chosen tables list.The Chosen tables list shows the tables that are positioned in drawings when the layout is used. To define the position of a table.

e Set the scale for the table. When the table layouts are modified properly. close all the dialog boxes by clicking OK. g Click Update. define the horizontal and vertical distances of the table from the reference object. Choose the reference point of the reference object. and select the check box in that corner. You can also position a table to the midpoint of a frame or table boundary by selecting two reference points.lay file. f Select the Transparent check box if the table needs to be transparent. and select the check box in the appropriate corner. 8. the lower left and right corners. for example. In the Reference list. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts In the Vector between corners boxes. d 71 .a b c Choose one of the table corners as its reference point. which is stored in the attributes folder in the model folder. The settings are saved in a *. select the reference object (another table or the drawing frame).

2 Key plans A key plan is a small map is a small “map” in a drawing that indicates the location of an assembly. Select the table layout. The Table Layouts dialog box opens.. 2. 3. In the Available tables list.. 10. a cast unit.. Click Update. Close the dialog boxes by clicking OK. Enter the main and section view scales. 2... 4. 8. 7.3 Using a specific drawing size If you prefer to use a specific drawing size rather than specific drawing view scales. click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Drawing Layout. do the following before creating the drawings: 1. You cannot scale the key plan in the Tables dialog box. or a part in the model. 4. Adding a key plan to a drawing layout 1.10. 5. Select the scale change mode. From the Chosen tables list. The key plan is added to the drawing layout. LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts a b c Select Yes from the Autoscale list.. select Key plan and set the key plan properties. 5. assembly. Enter the specified size.. cast unit.... The Layout dialog box opens. 72 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . The key plan contains the model grid and the assembly. click Layout. The properties of the key plan view define the key plan scale and size. 6. Select the drawing that you want to use as a key plan click OK. Click Tables. In the drawing properties dialog box.. and cast unit drawings. Select Specified size from the Size definition mode list. 3.. The Tables dialog box opens. or part shown in the included drawing view. The Scale tab only relates to single-part. In the model. Select the table layout you want to modify. The layout properties dialog box opens. double-click Key plan. Select the layout you want to modify and click Table layout. The Drawing List is displayed. To let Tekla Structures automatically scale the drawing views. go to the Scale tab.

. then the alternative scales. Select Autosize from the Size definition mode list. Tekla Structures automatically updates drawings to adapt to these changes by using different drawing sizes and table layouts. assembly. do the following before creating the drawings: 1. Tekla Structures creates the views using the selected scale and selects the smallest drawing size where the views fit in the drawing. Click OK or Apply. 2. Tekla Structures creates the drawing using the specified size.. Calculated/fixed sizes.. To fix the scales of drawing views. click Layout. 6. Tekla Structures will use the preferred scales of the main and section views. 7. A3. Select the set of drawing sizes in the Autosize area. You have three options: • • • 4.. go to the Scale tab and select No from the Autoscale list. 3. Tekla Structures may also need to change the table layout to adapt to the new drawing size. 7. In the drawing properties dialog box. In the drawing properties dialog box. If you prefer to use specific drawing view scales rather than a specific drawing size. The Scale tab only relate to single-part. It will then use another appropriate table layout within the same layout specified in drawing properties. LESSON 2 Layouts and table layouts TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 73 . Use this when you want Tekla Structures to use fixed drawing sizes A2. 6. The layout properties dialog box opens. go to the Attributes tab and set the desired Scale. size. or location of drawing views might change. etc. A4.4 Sizing drawings automatically You can let Tekla Structures find appropriate sizes and table layouts for drawings. Click OK or Apply. the number. Click OK or Apply. When you create the drawing. Click OK or Apply. and selects the largest possible scale. It first tries to use the preferred scale for the drawing views. for example.. click View > Attributes and enter the preferred scale.. 10. Fixed sizes. Click View.d Enter the preferred drawing size. This is very useful if. 8. Use this when you want to define the rules that Tekla Structures follows when it tries to adjust the drawing size. and cast unit drawings. Calculated sizes. Use this when you want Tekla Structures to select the smallest of the suitable sizes. 5.

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LESSON 3 In this lesson. you will learn the following things: • • • • • • • how to create and modify detail views how to create anchor bolt plans how to add objects in drawings how to drag drawing objects how to use cover-up tools how to dimension general arrangement drawings how to use level marks > LESSON 3 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 75 .

11. 11. 5. LESSON 3 76 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Tekla Structures creates the detail view and adds a detail mark to the original view.2 Modifying a detail label 1. The Detail symbol properties dialog box opens. 2. 4.11 Detail views A detail view is a detailed area of an existing view in another scaled-up view.. . Pick the second corner or pick a point in the circle. Pick a position for the detail view.1 Creating a detail view To create a detail view: 1. Pick the position for the detail symbol. Tekla Structures creates a detail view using the active properties in the View Properties and Detail Symbol Properties dialog boxes. Click View > Create Drawing View > Detail view or click Pick the first corner for the detail view or pick the center point for the circle. A detail view can be either in the same drawing as the existing view or you can move it to another drawing. 3. You only pick the center point if you are making a circle. Double-click the detail label.

For example. the source and target drawings will contain references to each other. After you move a view. 3. 11. Modify the properties as required.2. you can change the name and appearance of the label. Click Modify and OK.3 Moving section and detail views between drawings You can move section views or detail views from one drawing to another. LESSON 3 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 77 .

Drawing G1 contains the detail view Drawing G2 is the target drawing The detail view contains a reference to the target drawing G2 and vice versa 12 Anchor bolt plans There are two ways of generating anchor bolt plans: • • An anchor bolt plan with only one scale and broken gridlines An anchor bolt plan with two combined scales and no broken gridlines and it is possible to set a separate scale for detail views 12. The Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box opens. LESSON 3 Anchor bolt plans Click Drawings & Reports > Create a General Arrangement Drawing. Select 3D Model from Views list... 2.. 78 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 3. The General arrangement drawing properties dialog box opens. Click the Drawing properties button.1 Creating an anchor bolt plan with one scale 1.

2 Creating an anchor bolt plan with two combined scales 1. 2. select the Open drawing check box. 4.View Properties dialog box opens. The General arrangement drawing properties dialog box opens. If you select No. Click Create. This property file contains settings needed to create an anchor bolt plan. 5. Select the setting achor_bolt_plan and click Load. 12. 7. Click the Drawing properties. The anchor bolt plan is created. 8. 6.. Go to the Anchor bolt plan tab. The Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box opens. The General ... 5. Click Drawings & Reports > Create General Arrangement Drawing. The setting is loaded and appears in the Name box. 6. 7. set the option Create detail views to Yes to create separate detail views. If you want to view the drawing immediatelly after creating.. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 3 Anchor bolt plans 79 . Select anchor_bolt_plan from the list and click the Load button. Click the View button. Set the option Show as anchor bolt plan to Yes.4. button. If needed. Create and open the drawing. 3. Tekla Structures dimensions the anchor bolts in the main drawing view.. Click OK to close the General arrangement drawing properties dialog box.

In the model. the view that represents the enlarged part is positioned to the original view. the yellow and magenta colored points on the column are used as a reference. LESSON 3 Anchor bolt plans 80 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . In the drawing.

TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 3 Anchor bolt plans 81 .The parts in the original view are hidden. The position of the view that includes the enlarged parts is not correct. In the drawing. because the yellow and the magenta colored points are in the center of the column. The final display of the view that includes the enlarged parts. the position is indicated by the yellow and purple colored points of the column. The view which represents the enlarged part is positioned to the original view. In the model. the column is positioned correctly to the grid.

3. Set Cut skew parts to Yes.The parts in the original view are hidden. Open a drawing... 5. 3. Open the Attributes 2 tab. The General arrangement drawing properties dialog box opens.Layout Properties dialog box is displayed. 4.4 Cutting grid lines at the point of the sloped profiles To cut the grid lines at the point of the sloped profiles (windbracings): 1. 4. Click Modify. Click Edit > Properties... 2. The General .. LESSON 3 Anchor bolt plans 82 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . The View Properties dialog box opens.. Open a drawing. 5. 12. Click Load. or double-click the drawing. The final display of the view which includes the enlarged parts. 12. button. 6. Select a property file that contains the desired drawing size setting next to the Load button. Click OK. Click the Layout..3 Increasing drawing size 1. 2. Click View > Drawing View Properties.

12.5 Displaying additional parts in an anchor bolt plan
You can use a drawing filter to add to an anchor bolt plan parts that are not usually a part of a column. You need to define the name of the filter as the value for the advanced option XS_ANCHOR_BOLT_PLAN_ADDITIONAL_PARTS_FILTER. In the following example, we will make anchor rods and leveling plates visible in an anchor bolt plan. 1. Click Tools > Options > Advanced Options > Drawing Properties and enter the name of the general arrangement drawing filter in XS_ANCHOR_BOLT_PLAN_ADDITIONAL_PARTS_FILTER. In this example, we will use the name SHOW_IN_ANCHORBOLTPLAN. In the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box, click Filter... . Click Add row. Select Part as the Category, Name as the Property, Equals as the Condition and enter *ANCHOR*LEVEL in the Value box. Enter the name SHOW_IN_ANCHORBOLTPLAN in the Save as box and click Save as. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box.

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In case you create an anchor bolt plan with two combined scales in which the column reference point does not fall on the grid line, Tekla Structures adjusts the dimensions relative to the reference point automatically to the grid lines. If the column is rotated relative to the drawing, the rotation is automatically dimensioned as well.

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12.6 Labeling and modifying detail views
You can set the appearance of the views that include the enlarged parts and detail views before you create the drawings.

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Click Drawings & Reports > Create General Arrangement Drawing.... The Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box opens. Click the Drawing properties... button. The General arrangement drawing properties dialog box opens. Click the Detail view... button. The General - detail label dialog box opens. Modify the label contents in the View label tab. In the Detail boundary and Detail mark tabs, you can set the appearance of the views that include the enlarged parts.

13 Adding objects in drawings
In Tekla Structures, it is possible to add drawing objects in the created drawing that you have opened. You can add objects such as graphical objects (lines, rectangles, clouds), AutoCAD drawings (DWG/DXF), symbols, text fields, and dimension lines to drawings. Objects can be placed by snapping on locations or by using fixed coordinates.

13.1 Adding a rectangle on a selected location
Check that all switches in the Snapping toolbar are active so that the rectangle can be created in any position. To add a rectangle on a selected location: 1. 2. Open a drawing.
LESSON 3 Adding objects in drawings

Double-click the Draw rectangle button . The Rectangle Properties dialog box opens.

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2 Adding a rectangle using fixed coordinates 1. 3. Enter the coordinates of the first point relative to the origin of the work place. 4. Click Shapes > Draw Rectangle. 5. To resize the rectangle. 6. select the rectangle and drag a handle. Enter or modify the properties as required. Enter the coordinates of the second point. the rectangle can be moved.3. Open a drawing. The coordinates can be relative to the first point. 2. Click OK to close the Rectangle Properties dialog box. 86 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 4. 13. Pick the diagonally opposite corner. LESSON 3 Adding objects in drawings The coordinates can also be relative to the origin. Pick the first corner of the rectangle. By holding down the Shift key.

Define the text file properties in Text Style.3 Adding single or multiple lines of text You can add a single line or multiple lines of text. modify the color. for example. Click OK.. Modify the other properties as required. Open a drawing. 3. All the switches in the Snapping toolbar must be enabled so that the text string can be placed in any position. The Text File Properties dialog box opens. Repeat steps 2-4 if you need to add the same text elsewhere in the drawing. 2. You can.Tekla Structures creates a link to the text file.. Now you can add text using the new properties. Frame. 2. 3. Click OK. The Text Properties dialog box opens. Select the arrow type from the Arrow Type list.. If you change the text in the file. 3. Click Browse to select the text file. This is where the arrow is created. 4. Modifying text properties 1. 5. Before you start. Arrow at End Point. Click Annotating > Add Text > From Text File. Pick the insertion point for the text. and Scaling areas. Open a drawing. Pick the end point. Arrow at End Point. 6. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 3 Adding objects in drawings 87 . Pick the starting point in the drawing.4 Adding links to text files You can insert a text file inside a frame in a drawing. 4. 13. Click Annotating > Add Text > Along Line. Tekla Structures creates the line and positions the text to the right of the insertion point. 1. Hold down the Shift key down while you click Annotating > Add Text > Along Line. 6. Type your text in the Text box. To add text with a line which has an arrow: 1. 4. it will change in all drawings containing a link to that particular text file. check that all the switches in the Snapping toolbar are enabled so that the text file can be placed in any position in the drawing.13. 5. 2.

. enter the symbol file name. Double-click the symbol icon . Add text to a drawing. and the number of the symbol. Open the drawing where you want to insert a link to a DWG/DXF file.5. Click OK.. you can include symbols in the text. When you modify the file. its number is displayed in the Number box in the Symbol Properties dialog box.. The Symbol Properties dialog box opens. 4. 6. The scaling type you picked in step 2 determines how many points you have to pick. These files are stored in the . and dimension lines to a new location in an open drawing.5 Using symbols in the text field When you add text in drawings. independent annotation objects. for example. Click OK or Apply to add the link. 5. @ sign. 7. Click Select next to the File box and select the symbol file you want to use. Pick one or two points to place the frame. To add symbols in the text: 1. When you click a symbol. Click Modify in the Text Properties dialog box. Several symbol files are available by default. 4. Tekla Structures creates a link to the selected DWG or DXF file. and then locate the DWG/DXF file you want to add. 13. Tekla Structures also modifies all the links in the drawing. weld symbols. 88 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Double-click the text you added. 2.\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\symbols\ folder. for example TS_Welds@36. 13. Click View > Add DWG / DXF File. In the Text box in the Text Properties dialog box.. Pick one or two points in the drawing to indicate the corners of the text file frame. Click OK to close the Text File Properties dialog box. additional drawing objects. 3. You can add. To add a link to a DWG or DXF: 1. 2. 6. Tekla Structures adds the DWG or DXF file using the properties in the DWG/DXF Properties dialog box. 5. Click Select next to the Number box and click the symbol you want to add. LESSON 3 Dragging drawing objects 14 Dragging drawing objects You can drag drawing objects such as associative annotation objects.6 Adding links to DWG or DXF files You can insert a DWG or DXF file inside a frame in a drawing. 3.

hold down the left mouse button and drag the object to a new location.1 Trimming You can shorten or extend a line relative to the boundary you select.The magenta lines in the cursor make it easier to place the object in line with other objects. 2. To trim graphical objects: LESSON 3 Trim. Select the boundary. split. or click the line at the end from which you want to shorten it.To drag the objects to another location: 1. Click the drawing object or object frame to activate it. Click the middle mouse button. 5. 2. and you can at all times see what the end result will be. split and divide drawing objects added in the drawing. The object follows the cursor while you drag the object. There is a cross in the middle of the cursor indicating the object that you are dragging. The boundary can be: • • • • 1. 15. split. Click Edit > Trim. and divide drawing objects You can trim. line part arc rectangle Open a drawing. 3. and divide drawing objects TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 89 . Point the object or object frame. 15 Trim. Click end of the line if you want to extend it to the selected boundary. 4.

3. Draw a non-transparent line over the part outline that you want to hide. and resize the line by dragging the handles. Click Edit > Split. You can drag the cover-up line to another location. The Segments dialog box opens. 2. The object is split into two pieces. The line or arc is divided to as many segments as you selected in the Number box. Cover-up line To use a cover-up line: 1. 4. 5. Open a drawing. LESSON 3 Using cover-up tools 90 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Select the line or arc. Pick a point to indicate the cutting location. 2. 16 Using cover-up tools Use cover-up line and cover-up area tools for quickly hiding part outlines in drawings.2 Splitting You can split an object into two pieces at a selected point. Enter the number of segments in the Number box. You can split the following objects: • • • • • 1. 4. 3. lines polylines rectangles circles arcs Open a drawing. Click Edit > Divide.15. Click Shapes > Draw Cover-up Line. Select the object you want to split. 2. To split graphical objects: 15. You can divide both lines and arcs. To divide objects: 1.3 Dividing Objects can be divided into segments that you specify. Click OK.

Click Shapes > Draw Cover-up Area. and resize the area by dragging the handles. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 3 Using cover-up tools 91 . 2.Part outline visible Part outline hidden with cover-up line Cover-up area To use a cover-up area: 1. Draw a non-transparent area over the part outline that you want to hide. You can drag the cover-up area to another location.

Additionally. 8. grid and overall dimensions. 5. Click Edit > Selection Filter. 3. 10. 2. LESSON 3 Dimensioning a general arrangement drawing Open a GA drawing (a foundation plan).2 Dimensioning anchor bars If you use anchor bars while modeling. Click OK..Dimensioning Properties dialog box opens. Select the Select parts in drawings switch Select the anchor bars in the drawing you want to dimension. button.. select whether to create grid line dimensions and overall dimensions. The General .17 Dimensioning a general arrangement drawing You can create part. Load the anchorbar_filter setting. 2.. 6. Click Dimensioning > GA Dimensioning Settings. which is a special dimensioning type that you can only use when dimensioning GA drawings. Click OK. you can use semi-automatic dimensioning.. 7. 92 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . you have the option to create dimensions automatically on general arrangement (GA) drawings by using semi-automatic GA dimensioning. Open a general arrangement (GA) drawing. This is a special dimensioning type you can only use with GA drawings. 3. To dimension anchor bars: 1. Click the Dimensioning. You can experiment with different combinations of options to achieve different kinds of dimensioning effects.. On the Grid tab. Load the settings you want to use. 17. The Selection Filter dialog box opens. because they are created as profiles.. and control the way they are created. The General arrangement drawing properties dialog box opens. It contains several options: • • • which points and parts are dimensioned how to combine the dimensions whether to use the reference line of the part or the center line as a dimension point 17..1 Dimensioning grid lines 1. 9. 4. . Click Edit > Properties or double-click the GA drawing. 4. You can use the Dimension positioning options to control where Tekla Structures positions horizontal and vertical grid line dimensions in the horizontal and vertical directions. This way of dimensioning can be used for anchor bars. Double-click the GA drawing to open the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box..

13. 12.3 Dimensioning profiles and holes You can dimension profiles and holes with the buttons in the Drawing Objects toolbar. Create dimensions using the commands in the Dimensioning menu. Click OK. 11. 17. 14. The anchor bars will be dimensioned automatically.The Semi automatic GA dimensioning dialog box opens. Button Description Add horizontal dimension Button Description Add vertical dimension Add orthogonal dimension Add free dimension LESSON 3 Dimensioning a general arrangement drawing Add parallel dimension Add perpendicular dimension Add curved dimension with radial reference lines Add angular dimension Add radial dimension Add or remove dimension points TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 93 . Set the dimensioning properties.

The Drawing Part Properties dialog box opens. Snap to end points. Double-click a curved beam in a drawing. and Snap to center points switches. Activate the Snap to points and grid intersections.4 Dimensioning curved beams To create a correct radius and/or radial dimensions. Adding a radial dimension 1.Button Description Remove a dimension point from the selected dimension set Unlink dimension lines Button Description Combine dimension lines Link dimension lines 17. Click Dimensioning > Add Radial Dimension. Pick three points on the center line to define the arc. 3. The second picked point is the coordinate where both center lines of two segments intersect. 2. LESSON 3 Dimensioning a general arrangement drawing 94 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . 3. Click Modify and OK. 4. It determines the exact radius. 2. Pick a point to place the dimension. Select the Center line > on/off. you need to use center lines and certain snap settings: 1.

postfixes. Double click the Add Level Mark button . Modify the other Level mark properties as required. 4.18 Level marks There are several options for level marks. In the drawing. for example. Select the Prefix for the positive level check box. 3. prefixes. 2. 6. and units. Pick a point to indicate the side on which Tekla Structures creates the mark. To create level marks: 1. 5. This is the point that will be dimensioned. 7. Repeat steps 6-7 to add level marks elsewhere in the drawing. Type your text in the required boxes. 8. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 3 Level marks 95 . Click OK. pick the starting point for the leader line.

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LESSON 4 In this lesson. you will learn the following things: • • • how to create assembly drawings how to create single-part drawings how to display surface treatments in drawings > LESSON 4 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 97 .

. and go to the Other tab. From the Single-part attributes list. 4. 5. Select the predefined properties from the list and click the Load button. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Assembly Drawing.19 Creating assembly drawings Assembly drawings are typically workshop drawings showing fabrication information for one assembly.. 6. for example. Because the selection filter is used. 23). Select the model and click Edit > Select All Objects. columns. To include single-part views: 1. 5. Click Layout. Click Drawings & Reports > Create Assembly Drawing to create the assembly drawing.1 Including single-part views in assembly drawings You can include single-part views of the individual parts that make the assembly in assembly drawings. In most cases. Click OK. 2. 19. 3. Click OK. select the desired drawing properties to be used in the single-part view. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Assembly Drawing. 3. to open the Assembly Drawing Properties dialog box. It is recommended that you use Master Drawing Catalog when you create multiple assembly drawings. You can use existing single-part drawings on the Drawing List or create new views. only one type of part is selected. Assembly drawings use the current settings in the Assembly Drawing Properties dialog box. LESSON 4 98 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . make sure that the numbering is up-to-date. 4.. This activates the Single-part attributes list. For more information. Before you can make an assembly drawing. Use the selection filter to select the part type. Current is the default. an assembly consists of single parts that are either bolted or welded to a main part. To create assembly drawings of one type of part: 1. see Master Drawing Catalog (p. 2.. Set Include single-parts to Yes.

With the advanced option
XS_USE_EXISTING_SINGLE_PART_DRAWINGS_IN_ASSEMBLY_DRAWINGS you can specify

whether to create new views or use views from existing single-part drawings in assembly drawings. If you have lots of similar parts in lots of different assembly drawings, you can create single-part drawings of these parts and edit them so that they include everything that you need. When a single-part view of the part is included in an assembly drawing, it is automatically copied from the original single-part drawing on the Drawing List, and all your editing comes in automatically. The included views are scaled according to the layout settings of the assembly drawing. When you set the advanced option
XS_USE_EXISTING_SINGLE_PART_DRAWINGS_IN_ASSEMBLY_DRAWINGS to TRUE through Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Single-Part View in Assembly Drawing, the

existing single-part drawing views will be used in assembly drawings. When you set it to FALSE, or if there is no existing single part drawing for a given part, a new view will be created according to the Include single parts setting. The default value is FALSE.

20 Creating single-part drawings
Single-part drawings are workshop drawings which show the fabrication information for one part (usually without welds). You can create all single-part drawings for a certain part type at the same time, instead of selecting the parts one by one. This is useful, if you want that the drawings for the same parts look similar and have the same properties.

It is recommended that you use Master Drawing Catalog when you create multiple single-part drawings. For more information, see Master Drawing Catalog (p. 23).

To create a single-part drawing of one type of part: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Use the selection filter to select the part type and press Ctrl + A to select the parts. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Single-Part Drawing.... The Single-part drawing properties dialog box opens. Modify the properties, or select the predefined properties and click Load. Click OK. Click Drawings & Reports > Create Single-Part Drawing. The drawings are created.

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Select Visible from the Visibility list to display surface treatment in drawings. Select appearance of the surface treatment from the Representation list. To display the surface pattern, select the Show pattern check box. To display hidden lines in secondary and neighboring parts, select the Hidden lines check box. To display hidden lines in main parts, select the Own hidden lines check box. To define the line type and color of visible and hidden lines, use the Appearance tab. Click OK.

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Set the autosave value to the Autosave after creating every x drawings. 4.db1 and *db2 are saved. LESSON 5 Click OK. The Options dialog box opens... Tekla Structures saves your work automatically after you have created the specified number of drawings. 3. 22. Both the drawing *...2 Using autosave You can define an autosave interval for drawings. 102 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .22 Saving drawings You can save drawings either manually or automatically. 22. 1. Click Drawing File > Save.dg and the model *... Select General from the list. Click Tools > Options > Options. 2.1 Saving drawings manually You can save drawings manually.

Click the Revision button in the Drawing List dialog box. you can attach change information in them. You can also add three lines of text about the revision. Tekla Structures drawings display the revision number. 23. the revision mark. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. The drawing_revision_list and drawing_last_revision_list reports show the drawings revision date. You can choose whether the revision number or the revision mark is displayed in the Drawing List dialog box. the revision number is displayed.23 Drawing revisions When you revise drawings. and the description. Enter a mark and a date for the revision. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 5 Drawing revisions 103 .. The Drawing List dialog box opens.. The Revision Handling dialog box opens. 2..1 Creating revisions 1. By default. 3.

. The Drawing List dialog box opens.. 23. 23. 2. The revision marks do not change.3 Deleting revisions When you delete a revision. 3. Click the Revision button in the Drawing List dialog box. 3. Select the revision number in the Mark list. Select the revision number in the Mark list. Click the Revision button in the Drawing List dialog box. Tekla Structures automatically adjusts the remaining revision numbers for that drawing.. 2.. 4. LESSON 5 Drawing revisions 23.. The Drawing List dialog box opens. Change the revision information. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. The revision you selected is deleted. 104 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Click Delete.4 Creating revision marks on drawings 1.. Click Modify.4. 1. Click Create.. The Revision Handling dialog box opens. 4. 5. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. 2. The Revision Handling dialog box opens.. Open a drawing. Click Annotating > Properties > Revision Mark..2 Changing revisions 1.

You can also determine the scale and hatch color. S235JR TIMBER C20/25 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 5 Hatching 105 . Tekla Structures creates the mark. You can modify the hatch types on the Fill tab of the part or object properties dialog box. 24 Hatching You can use hatching to fill part faces. parts in section views and closed drawing objects such as rectangles. 24. Different drawing types (GA. single-part. 5. By default.1 Hatching automatically Profile sections can be hatched automatically with a specific hatch type. Select the number of the revision from the list next to the Mark box. It is also possible to color the fill. this feature is disabled and profile sections will not be hatched. 3. and polygons with a pattern. Pick the point where you want the mark to appear. Modify the other revision mark properties as required. 4. 7. 6. Click Annotating > Add Revision Mark and select the style of mark.\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\system folder. Click OK. or type the revision information in the box. The default schema files are located in the . The default hatch type is the one defined in the hatch schema file. and cast unit) have their own schema files. It is possible to modify the current hatching. or to add one hatching per part.htc).. assembly. Tekla Structures has several hatch types.The Revision Mark Properties dialog box opens. circles. to switch it off. You can define the hatch patterns for material types and names in a hatch schema file (*.

2. Click Modify and OK. for example. select the option hardware_SOLID as the hatch pattern and Special as the color in the object properties dialog box.24. The color will be printed in gray scale.. Blue) values in a scale of 0 to 255. Click Select. LESSON 5 Hatching 106 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . and clouds. A list of hatch patterns opens. If you want to use a gray scale. 6. Click a pattern to view its name in the Type box. 5. Double-click a drawing object to open the object properties dialog box. depending on the selected printer settings. circles. Double-click the pattern you want to use. 4. rectangles.. The hatch color is defined using RGB (Red. 3. in the Fill area.2 Hatching drawing objects You can use manual hatching to fill closed drawing objects. 1. Green.

24. To hatch part faces and sections: 1. 5. 6. • If you select Automatic. • If you select Custom. 24. use the Scaling in direction x and Scaling in direction y options for defining the scales in x and y direction. Select the hatch pattern type. Go to the Fill tab. for example. Select the color for the hatch pattern. It is possible to define the hatching properties on drawing. You can use the following fill types to represent insulation: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 107 . 4. To rotate a fill type. The Drawing Part Properties dialog box opens. Angle 0. Click OK.3 Hatching part faces and sections You can use hatching on part faces and sections to show different materials. Double-click an object in a drawing. Select either Automatic or Custom from the Scale list. Tekla Structures automatically scales the hatch pattern to suit the profile size and you do not need to modify each drawing manually. 2.0 for vertical.4 Insulation LESSON 5 Hatching Automatic scaling and rotation for hatches can be applied. and part levels. enter the angle of rotation in the Angle box. to material that is used as insulation.0 is for horizontal and 90. 3. view.

LESSON 5 Hatching In case you want to use another color. use the option Scaling in direction x of the insulation. 108 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .0 corresponds to 10 mm. set the advanced option XS_SECTION_LINE_COLOR in Tools > Options > Advanced options > Hatching.5 Advanced hatching Cast unit shapes in cross-sections can be accentuated on drawings. If the purple color is set as a thicker line type in the printer catalog. The scale 1. In order to do this. The purple color is visible on the drawing only when you hold down the middle mouse button and drag the cursor on the drawing. 24. the advanced option XS_SECTION_LINE_COLOR is set to PURPLE (value 7).5 to 5 mm. etc.Hatch name HARD_INS1 Pattern SOFT_INS SOFT_INS2 To modify the thickness. 0. the cross-section shapes on the drawings are automatically printed thicker.

TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 5 Symbols in drawings 109 . To create and modify symbols in symbol files and create new symbol files. and then click Select..1 Symbol Files browser The Symbol Files browser allows you to change the symbol file in use. and then click Select. or double-click a symbol in a drawing.25 Symbols in drawings You can add symbols in drawings. and also inside text objects. you need the Symbol Editor (SymEd). double-click Symbol in the available Available elements list in the mark properties dialog box.. Using the Symbol Files browser you can easily change the symbol file in use. you can introduce your own customized symbols without having to make changes in the Tekla Structures application. reports and templates. You can add symbols inside all kinds of drawing marks as elements.Tekla Structures adds the symbol using the properties in the Symbol properties dialog box. select Annotating > Properties > Symbol... 25. symbols with leader lines and symbols along lines. There are three types of symbols you can add in drawings: symbols without leader lines.. It also provides access to Symbol Editor where you can create and edit symbol files. With Symbol Editor. If you want to view or change the symbol file in symbols added in drawings. To open the Symbol Files browser to view or change the symbol file in use: • • If you want to view or change the symbol file in marks. in drawings as separate objects..

.25.2 Symbol Editor You can use the Symbol Editor (SymEd) for creating and modifying symbols that are used in drawings.. LESSON 5 Symbols in drawings 110 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . The Symbol Editor can be opened by clicking Tools > Symbol Editor. reports.. and templates.

so that it can serve as a template for a new symbol. The symbol will appear on the right side and can be modified. 25..sym. The name must match the file name in the . 4. to open the Symbols dialog box and click the symbol you want to insert. 3. You can also click Select. The Symbol Properties dialog box opens.. An existing symbol can be copied to an empty box. but without entering the *sym extension. 2. They are located in the .3 Inserting a symbol 1. Click Annotating > Properties > Symbol. Open a drawing.Tekla Structures has some symbol files by default.. Enter the number of the symbol in the Number box. The left part of the dialog box contains the current symbols in the user symbol file.. The symbol files have the extension *.\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\symbols folder.\TeklaStructures\<version>\environments\common\symbols. to browse for the file. A symbol can be opened by double-clicking it on the work area.. A symbol file can contain 16 x 16 = 256 symbols..... TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 5 Symbols in drawings 111 . Enter the name of the symbol file in the File box or click Select.

Modify the symbol and frame properties on the Appearance tab if necessary. Click this to select the symbol. The symbol properties can be changed by double-clicking the frame around the symbol or a line in the symbol. LESSON 5 Symbols in drawings 112 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Click the drawing where you want to insert the symbol. 5. 8. 6. You can also drag and drop the symbol to a new location. Click Annotating > Add symbol > Symbol. 7.Click this to select another symbol file. Click OK.

you will learn the following things: • • • • • how to create multidrawings how to apply object level settings on drawing and view level what is Template Editor how to create and print reports how to print drawings > LESSON 6 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 113 .LESSON 6 In this lesson.

click Drawings & Reports > Create Multi-Drawing > Empty Drawing.. The views are placed in the multidrawing. You can include several types of objects in multidrawings: • • • existing drawings model and drawing views selected parts and assemblies If you create multidrawings from existing drawings. you should include the individual drawing layouts. to open the drawing list. You can copy or link the views with or without their layouts. 2. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Multi-Drawing. Double-click the empty multidrawing in the drawing list to open the drawing. Create multidrawings when you need to include more than one assembly on a sheet or place several single-part drawings on one sheet. you can choose to include their individual layouts. If you want to have separate lists. 4. The single-part or assembly drawings you include retain their original properties. Click View > Add Views from Other Drawing and select an option. 3. cast units or assemblies in the multidrawing. Click OK. 3. Select the drawings which you want to copy or link to the empty multidrawing.. tables. 5.. Modify the properties or load the predefined properties settings.26 Multidrawings Multidrawings are workshop drawings which gather together several single-part or assembly drawings on one sheet.. The Multi-Drawing Properties dialog box opens. and call-offs for each part or assembly. Copied drawing views do not update when the original views change.2 Copying and linking drawing views to a multidrawing You can create an empty multidrawing to which you can copy and link drawing views from other drawings. To modify the multidrawing properties: 1. You can also include lists and tables for all parts.. To copy or link drawing views to a multidrawing: 1. 26. 114 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .1 Modifying multidrawing properties Tekla Structures creates multidrawings using the properties in the Multi-Drawing Properties dialog box. LESSON 6 In the model. Linked drawing views update. 26. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. 2.

Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing.. 3. • • Select options from the Category. Drawing filters select objects in the whole drawing by criteria that you define. You can simply set up a drawing filter or a view filter that selects the objects you want a special representation for. bolts. marks. 2. then create and save the object property settings to be used for the objects specified by the filter.. or drag the views manually. reinforcing bars. Select the parts of which you want to create the multidrawing. first create and save the necessary drawing or view filters and drawing object property files. In the Value box. Click Filter. you may want to define that all columns and beams in a drawing or drawing view are shown in a specific color. neighbor parts. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level 27. and Condition list boxes. enter a value or select from the model or drawing. Modify the filter settings: • Click Add row. 2.. For example.You also have the option of turning the object level settings on or off for the drawings or views you choose. select Parts as the Category... 27 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level You can control the drawing object settings (saved properties of parts. If you define view level object settings. click View > Arrange Drawing Views. Tekla Structures creates the drawings. and dimensions) directly on the drawing and view level.3 Creating multidrawings of selected parts You can create single-part and assembly drawings of the selected parts and place the drawings in a multidrawing.1 Creating a drawing filter 115 . To create a drawing filter to be used in a general arrangement drawing: 1.To arrange the views. Before you can apply drawing object level settings. Property. and then combine these two into object level settings. to create a drawing filter for parts. they override the drawing level settings. Click Drawings & Reports > Create Multi-Drawing and select an option. The drawing object settings that you apply on the drawing or view level drawing properties dialog box override all the other drawing object settings defined in the drawing properties dialog boxes. This makes setting up special representation for objects in drawings or views very easy. welds. Do the following: 1. Object level settings defined on the drawing level are inherited to the view level settings if there are no object level settings defined on view level. 26. For example..

5. dimensions. Click the button for the object you want to change. and use the And/Or options or parentheses to create more complex rules. In the box next to the Save as button. 2. Now you have a new object property file. The check boxes define which rows of the filter are enabled and effective. Select the check boxes next to all filter rows that you want to enable. click Part. If you want to filter objects on view level. enter the name for the property file and click Save as. You can also use the object property files with the drawing or view filters to apply the object level settings on the drawing or view level through the drawing properties or drawing view properties dialog box. 4.2 Creating drawing object property files You can modify the drawing properties on the object level. 3. click Edit settings. 6. 2.• 4. For example. and welds). 3. 27. You can apply the settings in this file in an open drawing.3 Creating detailed object level settings on drawing level To be able to apply object level settings on drawing or view level. In the drawing property dialog box. you need to create an object level settings file. This means that you change the individual properties of the objects in the drawings (parts. go to the Appearance tab and change the part color. double-click a drawing view frame and create a view filter using the View Filter Properties subdialog box of the View Properties dialog box. Create the necessary drawing filter that selects the objects you want a special representation for. 116 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Add more rows. Enter a unique name for the filter in the box next to the Save as button. you need to open a drawing. To create an object level settings file to be used on drawing level: 1. For example. To modify and save object properties in a general arrangement drawing: 1. 5. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing Properties. Click Save as. bolts. Change the desired settings in the property dialog box. You must create object level settings separately for the drawing level and view level. marks. Click Cancel to close the object properties dialog box. Click Cancel to close the filter properties dialog box. LESSON 6 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level 27. 7. and save the object property files for later use. Create and save the object properties to be used for the objects specified by the filter.

6.4 Applying object level settings on drawing level To apply the saved model object settings in a drawing: 1. ts_beam and ts_brace. Click Cancel. In the Object level settings for drawing dialog box. such as beams. similarly as modeling filters. in the drawing properties dialog box. This example is using part names defined in the model.5 Example In this example. Double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties dialog box. 4. 27. 2. 3.. Setting up the drawing filter Parts are classified using new drawing filters. and apply the new object level settings on drawing level. Click Edit settings. 5. In the Object level settings for drawing dialog box. Click Filter. Do the following to set up the filters: 1. 3. save object level settings in a file. we will define different object level settings for various types of building objects. such as ts_column. 4.4. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing. and brace and save the settings using Save as with different names. Then we will make a drawing filter. Give the object level settings a name and save using Save as. load the desired object level settings or create new ones and click OK. Click Modify. click Add row and select the filters to be used.. Open a general arrangement drawing. column and brace: TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level 117 . 2. 5. Now you have created the required filters needed for selecting the desired parts. the drawing object types and the drawing object settings to be used. Setting part representation Click Cancel. Create filters by part name for column. beam. 27. Set up the required property settings for beam. columns and braces. You can add as many rows in the object level settings as you need.

2. In the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box. Here we will set up the object level settings using the saved filters and saved object property settings. set Visible lines to green on the Appearance tab and save the settings with the name beam using Save as. Save the object level settings as gatype1 using Save as. the drawing object types and the drawing object settings to be used: a Click Add row and select ts_column as Model object (Drawing filter). Click Cancel. b Click Add row and select ts_beam as Model object (Drawing filter). click Edit settings. • • 2. Part as Drawing object type and beam as Settings used. c Click Add row and select ts_brace as Model object (Drawing filter). Now you have the required object property settings to be used when applying object level setting. 1. and save the settings with the name column using Save as.1. • In the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box. set Visible lines to blue on the Appearance tab and save the settings with the name brace using Save as. LESSON 6 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level 3. 118 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . set Part representation to Symbol with partial profile on the Contents tab. select the filters to be used. Creating detailed object level settings on drawing level Save setting in the similar way for beams: Select Part representation > Outline on the Contents tab. Part as Drawing object type and brace as Settings used. set Visible lines to magenta on the Appearance tab. For braces. set Part representation to Exact on the Contents tab. In the Object level settings for drawing dialog box. Part as Drawing object type and column as Settings used. click Part: For columns.

3. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Applying object level settings on drawing and view level 119 . Click Modify to apply the changes in the drawing. and click Load. 5. Open the created general arrangement drawing and double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties. 7. in this example gatype1. and Use detailed object level settings is set to No.Using the saved object level settings By default when you create a general arrangement drawing of a 3D view using a default or preset drawing properties. Create a general arrangement drawing. 4. object level setting are not applied. Confirm the object level changes by clicking Yes in the on Object level settings changed! confirmation box. Click OK. To apply the detailed object level settings on drawing level: 1. Click Edit settings. Load object level settings. 6. 2.

. click Drawings & Reports > Template Editor. 3. to print a list of parts used in an assembly. see the Template Editor user documentation. click File > Open. These can be.. or create new ones to suit your needs.. The Report dialog box opens. You can print reports to paper and to file. The . 28.1 Opening templates 1.. Tekla Structures includes a large number of standard report templates. for example. Select a template and click OK. Both textual and graphical templates can get data from Tekla Structures. With Template Editor you can modify existing report templates.. Templates are either textual or graphical. The Load File dialog box opens.. Browse to the folder containing templates. and managing templates. Templates are used for different purposes.28 Template Editor Template Editor (TplEd) is a tool for creating. Use the Template Editor to modify the existing report templates and to create new ones. 29 Reports You create reports of the information included in models. Graphical template definitions have the file extension . Tekla Structures has a large number of standard report templates. 3.tpl..1 Creating reports 1.\environments\<your_environment>\template folder contains the default templates. 2. depending on their contents. 2.. LESSON 6 Template Editor Open the model Optional: To create reports of selected parts only. In Template Editor. Reports can contain information from selected parts or the entire model. and parts. select the parts you want to include in the report. The template opens in Template Editor. lists of drawings. for example. 29.. modifying. Click Drawings & Reports > Create Report.. 120 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . Textual template definitions have the file extension .rpt. To start Template Editor. bolts. For more information.

. Click the Browse.. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Reports 121 .2 Printing reports 1. Click Create from all to create a report of all the parts... the report is created in the current model directory. or click Create from selected to create a report of the selected parts. or click File > Print > Print Reports. Reports have the file extension . in the Report dialog box. Click Show to display the report. Title1.xsr. Enter a name for the report file. Select a report template from the list. is used to show phase information in the material_list report. to print the report. You can enter up to three user-defined titles. 10.. Enter the report title(s).. Every title is not used in every standard report.. Check the report you want to use in the Template Editor to see which title(s) it uses. 5. or Print. 8.4. 9. for example. Click Print. button to locate the destination folder where the report will be created. 29.. Set the report options in the Options tab. 7. If you do not indicate a destination folder. to open the Print dialog box. 6.

Click Select. Click Printer Setup. Click Browse. to select the printer and set printer-specific options such as paper size and orientation. Click Print to print the report.. 5.3 Saw cut angles Saw cut angles are mentioned in some reports. to browse for the report file. 4.. to select the font.2. Example The local direction between reference points (from point 1 to point 2) is to the positive x direction. The angles are always determined according to the local coordinate system. Angle 1Z=-30° Angle 2Z=30° Angle 1Y=30° Angle 2Y=-30° LESSON 6 Reports 122 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . The figure below displays which saw angle corresponds to which report parameter..... 29. 3.

30. Printing can be started from the Drawing List or from an open drawing. By default several printer instances are already defined. The Printer Catalog dialog box opens. Click Add. and to PDF. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Printing drawings Click an existing printer instance that has similar settings to the one you want to create. Firstly you need to add printer instances to the printer catalog. Secondly. 2. to print files. you need point these printer instances to a specific Windows printer. There are two stages to setting up a printer in Tekla Structures. You will define the majority of print settings when you set up the printer..1 Adding a printer Tekla Structures uses Windows drivers to write the print data directly to the Windows printer interface.30 Printing drawings Tekla Structures prints drawings to selected printers. Click File > Print > Printer Catalog. Type a new printer instance (name) for the printer. either attached directly to your system. or available via a network... 4. We will use this as a template. 123 . To add a printer: 1. 3.

13. LESSON 6 Printing drawings 124 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 .. Use the Color list to select a color or mono printer. Defining line thicknesses You can define line thicknesses of colors for individual printers. which shows a list of the Windows printer drivers currently configured on your PC. 2. Click Update and then OK to exit the Printer Catalog dialog box Select Save changes to model folder in the Save Confirmation dialog box and click OK. Click File > Print > Printer Catalog. 7... 124). to map pen size to the on screen line color. 9. Select a printer and click OK. Click Browse. 6.. For more information. see Defining line thicknesses (p.. 8. 12.. Note that the color you use for the drawing background is not printed in drawings. Click Color table.. Select a paper size. The Color Table dialog box opens. Enter the print area in Print area h*b. to access the Select Printer dialog box. if required. Select a printer from the Printer Instances list. Click Color table.. 10. 11. Use the Offset for print origin boxes to move the drawing print origin. to open the Printer Catalog dialog box.5. The color table maps different screen colors to different line thicknesses. 3.. To define line thickness: 1. The area is used only if By print area is selected in Paper size.

. If you select several printers. 5..dg file in the Drawings folder is deleted. For example. 4. By default. to open the Print Drawings dialog box. Open the drawing you want to print.2 Printing single drawings 1. Select the printer(s) you want to use.4. Click Drawing File > Print Drawings. Tekla Structures is opened twice with the same model. the entered number corresponds to the line thickness in tenths of millimeters. For example. one A4 and one A3.. click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. In the model.. 30. Select each drawing you want to print.. 2. the problem may be one of the following: • • A *. Click File > Print > Print Drawings.4 mm. Select the printer you want to use.3 Printing multiple drawings 1.. Tekla Structures will send A4 drawings to the A4 printer and A3 to the A3 printer. Click Print to print the drawing. 5. The Print Drawings dialog box opens. 3. 31 Problem in opening a drawing If you cannot open a drawing.. 2. click Drawings & Reports > Drawing List. Tekla Structures sends each drawing to the printer with the smallest paper size on which the drawing will fit. 4. Enter the values of line thickness for the colors. 3. Click OK. Pen number = 4 equals line thickness = 0. Click Print to print the drawings. to open the Drawing List dialog box. 5. if you have two printers selected. 30. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 6 Problem in opening a drawing 125 ... to open the Drawing List dialog box. In the model.

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LESSON 7 In this lesson. you will learn the following things: • • how to use Tekla Structures Help how to save your favorite Help topics > LESSON 7 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 127 .

commands. To open or close all books on the Contents tab. or click a topic title and then click Display.32 Using Tekla Structures Help Tekla Structures Help is a detailed guide to Tekla Structures concepts. 2. 3. 32. tools. and features. or double-click a closed book icon to display the subtopics. Click a Help topic to open it. Press F1. 32. with plenty of examples. 32. 128 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . a list of topics appears and you are prompted to select one of them. Go to the Contents tab.3 Finding Help topics using the index Use the Index tab to search for Help topics using an alphabetical list of keywords. To browse Help topics by subject: 1. Enter a keyword.2 Browsing Help topics by subject Use the Contents tab to browse through Help topics using a hierarchical list of topics. To find a Help topic using the index: 1. If a keyword is associated with more than one topic.1 Opening Tekla Structures Help To open Help. 2. 3. pressing F1 takes you straight to the related topic. Use the blue-and-white arrow buttons to move to the next or previous topic. do one of the following: • • Click Help > Tekla Structures Help. right-click one of the topics and select Open all or Close all from the pop-up menu. or scroll through the list of keywords. If you have a dialog box open. LESSON 7 Go to the Index tab. Double-click a title to display that topic.

4 Searching for Help topics Use the Search tab to find Help topics based on search terms. If you want to find an exact phrase. search operators.32. Click the topic and press Ctrl + F. For example. A list of results appears. enclose the phrase in double quotation marks. Double-click a title to display that topic. Click Forward or Back on the Help toolbar. Using search filters Use any of the following search filters to narrow or broaden your search results: Search filter Search previous results Description Narrows down the search results. 2. 3.inp". You can refine your search using wildcard characters. The next search will be performed within the topics that were found in the previous search. do any of the following: To Display the search results in alphabetical order Display the location of a topic in the hierarchical list of topics Find a specific word or phrase in the open topic Move forward and backward through previously viewed topics Show or hide the navigation pane Disable the highlighting of search terms in the search results Return to the Help cover page Do this Click the Title column heading. Click List Topics to start the search. Click Locate on the Help toolbar. To search for a Help topic: 1. Go to the Search tab. Enter the words to search for. "bolt catalog" or "objects. Viewing the search results To view and sort the search results. or click a topic title and then click Display. and search filters. Click Home on the Help toolbar. TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 LESSON 7 129 . nested search terms. Click Show or Hide on the Help toolbar. Click Options > Search Highlight Off. 4. or if the search term contains special characters.

For example.5 Saving favorite Help topics Use the Favorites tab to save Help topics that you might want to visit again. enter a new name in the Current topic box.Search filter Match similar words Description Includes topics that contain words similar to your search term. Optional: If you want to save the topic under a different name. 32. Go to the Favorites tab. also the plural form of the word is included in the search. and then press Enter. 2. 4. select or clear the corresponding check box on the Search tab. To add a topic to your list of favorites: 1. Search titles only To enable or disable a search filter. Searches for words only in topic titles. Click Add. Display the topic you want to save. 3. LESSON 7 130 TEKLA STRUCTURES 16 . it is not included in the search results. If the search term appears only in the body of a topic.

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