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1. First steps with Tekla Structures 1/3 .................................................................................... 3 2. First steps with Tekla Structures 2/3 .................................................................................... 8 3. First steps with Tekla Structures 3/3 .................................................................................. 12

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1. First steps with Tekla Structures 1/3


Let's create the model shown in the background! During this demonstration you will learn the basic skills that you need to create a new model, modify the parts, create a view, and change the part visibility settings.

Some of the commands used in Tekla Structures cannot be executed through the browser (e.g. right-click or zoom). In these cases click OK to continue. You will find more information on a current topic by placing your mouse over this image when it appears. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Click Create a new model to start. Select the Model template drop down menu. Select 1stStepsWithTeklaStructures - Template. This template contains predefined settings that are used in this demonstration (e.g. grid properties). Click OK. Click OK. Click the Arrow to open the 3d view. Click OK. Let's start with the footings, columns, beams, and a panel.

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Click the Create pad footing icon.

10. Pick the grid line intersections A/3 and D/3. 11. Click the Create strip footing icon.

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12. Pick the grid line intersections A/4 and D/4. 13. In Tekla Structures, you finish picking by clicking the middle mouse button. The middle mouse button is also the mouse scroll. (This command cannot be executed through the browser, click OK to continue.) 14. Click the Create concrete column icon. 15. Pick the grid line intersections A/3 and D/3. 16. Click the Create concrete panel icon. 17. Pick the grid line intersections A/4 and D/4. 18. Finish picking by clicking the middle mouse button. 19. Press the Esc key to end the command. 20. Dragging the mouse from left to right selects parts that are completely inside the selection box. Click OK to see a demonstration. 21. In Tekla Structures, right-clicking the background opens the pop-up menu. 22. Select Copy. 23. Pick the copy distance: from D/3 to D/2. 24. Press the Esc key to end the command. 25. Click the background to unselect the parts. 26. Double-click the part to open the properties dialog box and change the part to a circular steel column. You can also type the profile and material values directly into the text field. 27. Click the "..." button to modify the profile. 28. To select a new profile, open the Circular hollow sections tree. 29. Open the 300-400 subtree. 30. Select CHC323.9X7.1. 31. Click OK to save your changes and exit the Profile Catalogue. 32. Click the OK button. 33. Click the Select... button to modify the material. 34. To select a new material, open the Steel tree. 35. Select S275J0. 36. Click OK to save your changes and to exit the Material Catalogue. 37. Click the text box. To display parts in different color, change the Class: Type in 2 and press Enter. 38. Press the Ctrl key while selecting the column for multiple selection. 39. Click Modify. If you click OK to exit, these values will remain in the Concrete Column Properties dialog box. Click Cancel to exit the Concrete Column Properties dialog box without saving. 40. Click the background to unselect the parts.

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41. By holding down the Ctrl key and the middle mouse button you can rotate the view while panning. Click OK to see a demonstration. 42. You can use the mouse scroll to zoom in and out. Click OK to see a demonstration. 43. Click the Create concrete beam icon. 44. Select the Snap to geometry points / lines icon. 45. Pick the inner middle point of the column top at A/3 and D/3. TIP: In Tekla Structures you can use the Tab key to scroll through available snap positions. 46. You can also create a quick model by snapping parts to the grid intersections and center points (instead of snapping them directly to the correct length), and later on use connections to fit parts together. 47. Click the Create beam icon. 48. Pick the column top at A/2 and D/2. 49. Press the Esc key to end the command. 50. Let's create the curved beams, slabs, and new floors. 51. Click the Create basic 3D view icon to create a new view at another level, where we can continue modeling. 52. Click the text box. 53. Insert 4000 (US Imperial: 13') as the level coordinate and click Create. You can create a 3D view of any level and then switch it to a 2D plane view. 54. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box. 55. In Tekla Structures, pressing Ctrl + P changes the 3D view to plane 2D view. Click OK to see a demonstration. 56. Select Window. 57. Select Tile Vertically. 58. Click the Create curved beam icon. 59. Pick the grid line intersections A/2, C/1, and D/2.

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60. Click the Create concrete slab icon. 61. Pick the grid line intersections A/2-4, D/4, D/2, and C2. Slab handles are created at every point you pick. Handles can be used to modify the shape of the slab. If you do not know in advance how you will modify the slab, add handles later on by using the command Detailing > Modify Polygon Shape. 62. Finish picking by clicking the middle mouse button. 63. Press the Esc key to end the command. 64. Double-click the View 1 - 3d title bar to expand the view. 65. Let's rotate the view for easier area selection. 66. Dragging the mouse from right to left selects parts that are completely or partially inside the selection box. Click OK to see a demonstration. 67. After right-clicking the background the pop-up menu opens. 68. Select Copy Special. 69. Select Linear... Use Copy Linear when creating new floors. It allows you to insert the amount of floors and the distance between them. You can also type the distance in the dZ field. 70. Insert the copy distance by picking the bottom and top of the column. 71. Click the text box. 72. Enter 2 and click Copy. 73. Click OK. 74. Press the Esc key to end the command. 75. Click the background to unselect the parts. 76. To change part visibility settings, hold down the Ctrl button and press number keys from 1 to 5. 77. Press Ctrl + 1. If you have components in your model, you can change their visibility by pressing Shift + 1, 2...5. 78. Press Ctrl + 2. 79. Press Ctrl + 3. 80. Press Ctrl + 4. 81. Press Ctrl + 5. 82. Press Ctrl + 4 once more. 83. Click the Save icon to save your changes.

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Please see the next part: First steps with Tekla Structures 2/3 where you will learn more about modifying the model, creating views and adding them to drawings.

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2. First steps with Tekla Structures 2/3


Let's modify the model as shown in the background. During this demonstration you will learn the basic skills that you need to create a drawing with model views, move parts in the model and modify slab chamfers.

Before we create the drawing, let's create the additional views that will be added to the drawing. 1. 2. 3. Click the Create view by two points icon. Pick two points on the grid line B to set the origin of the view plane. The view appears in the drawing as it is shown in the model. In Tekla Structures, pressing Ctrl + P changes the 3D view to plane 2D view. Some of the commands used in Tekla Structures cannot be executed through the browser (e.g. Ctrl + P or rightclick). In these cases click OK to continue. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Select Window to open the 3D view where we can create one more view. Select View 1 - 3d. While the command is still active, create one more view by picking two points on the grid line 2. In Tekla Structures, pressing Ctrl + P changes the 3D view to plane 2D view. Click OK to see a demonstration. Select Window. Select the Tile Vertically menu item.

10. Select Drawings & Reports. 11. Select Create General Arrangement Drawing... 12. Hold down the Shift key and select the first view to select all the views. You can also create GA drawings from named model views without opening them, or create an empty drawing and add model views later on. 13. Select Open drawing. 14. Click Create.

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15. Let's zoom in. There are several different editing options that you can use to customize your drawings. As an example, let's create a dimension and move few marks. 16. Click Add vertical dimension icon. 17. Pick the points to be dimensioned: the slab on the grid level +4000 and the bottom flange on the beam level +8000. 18. To finish picking, click the middle mouse button. 19. Press the Esc key to end the command. 20. In Tekla Structures, you can drag and drop drawing objects to modify their location. Click OK to see a demonstration. 21. Click the background to unselect drawing objects. 22. Let's zoom out. 23. Click Close. 24. Click Yes to save changes. 25. Close the additional views before continuing. 26. Click Close. 27. Click Close. 28. Select Window. 29. Select Tile Vertically. 30. Let's start by moving the slab handles and then modifying the chamfers to make them curved. To add handles, go to Detailing > Modify polygon shape. Change the shape of the slab using handles. 31. Let's zoom in. 32. Select the part to see the handles. 33. Let's move the handle to C/1. Select the handle. 34. In Tekla Structures, right-clicking the background opens the pop-up menu. 35. Select Move. 36. Pick the grid line intersections C/2 and C/1. 37. Press the Home key to return to original zoom (or Enter to continue). 38. Press Ctrl + 2. 39. Before we continue, let's change the depth of View 2 so that the footing is included in our future selections. Double-click the background. 40. Select the View depth, Down text box. 41. Type in 4000 (US Imperial: 13') and click Modify. 42. Now the footing is included in the view. Click OK. 43. Let's move all the handles from A/3 to B/3. First select the parts with area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration.

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44. The handles on A/3 can be selected with Alt + Area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. In Tekla Structures, when you press the Alt key while using the normal area selection you can select more then one handle at the same time. 45. Now we can move the handles from A/3 to B/3. In Tekla Structures, right-clicking the background opens the pop-up menu. 46. Select Move. 47. Pick the grid line intersection A/3 and B/3. 48. Let's zoom in and modify the chamfers. 49. Select the slab. 50. Double-click the handle to open the Chamfer properties dialog box. 51. Click the Type drop down menu. 52. Change the chamfer type. 53. Click Modify. 54. Click OK. 55. Press the Home key to return to original zoom (or Enter to continue).

56. Let's zoom in to modify all the chamfers on B/3. 57. Select the slab. 58. Double-click the handle to open the Chamfer properties dialog box. 59. Select the parts with area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. 60. Now select the slab handles with Alt + Area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. 61. Click the Type drop down menu. 62. Change the chamfer type. 63. Click Modify. 64. Click OK. 65. Click the Open drawing list icon.

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66. Select the drawing that was created earlier to see how the changes have affected it. 67. Click Open. 68. Click Close. 69. The changes have been updated.

70. Click Close. Please see the next part: First steps with Tekla Structures 3/3 where you will learn more about modifying the model, creating part cuts, and editing the grid settings.

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3. First steps with Tekla Structures 3/3


Let's modify the model as shown in the background. During this demonstration you will learn the basic skills that you need to delete, copy, rotate, cut parts, and modify the grid settings.

In Tekla Structures, pressing Ctrl + P changes the view from 3D to 2D plan view. Some commands used in Tekla Structures cannot be executed through the browser (e.g. Ctrl+ P, right-click). In these cases click OK to continue. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Press Ctrl + 2. Select the parts to be deleted with area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. Press the Delete key. Select all the parts with area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. After right-clicking the pop-up menu opens. Select Copy Special. Select Rotate... Pick the grid line intersection D/4 to define origin. Select the Number of copies text box.

10. Type in 3 and press Enter. 11. Set the rotation angle to -90 and click Copy. 12. Click Expand. 13. Click OK. 14. Press the Esc key to end the command. 15. Let's add grid lines to the grid. Double-click the grid to open the properties dialog box. 16. In the Grid dialog box we can add more grid lines and name them. 17. Insert 2*6000 2*3000 (US Imperial: 2*20' 2*10') and press Enter. 18. Insert 4*6000 3000 (US Imperial: 4*20' 10') and press Enter.

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19. Select the Labels X text box. 20. Insert F G and press Enter. 21. Insert 7 and click Modify. 22. Click Yes. 23. Click Close to exit the Grid dialog box. 24. Click the background to unselect the grid. 25. After right-clicking the pop-up menu opens. 26. Select Fit Work Area to Entire Model. 27. Click the Create polygon cut icon to insert a cut through the slabs. 28. Let's zoom in. 29. Click the Snap to intersection points icon to snap the cut to the correct location. 30. Pick the parts to be cut with area selection. Click OK to see demonstration. 31. To pick the area to be cut, click the inner intersection of the walls. 32. We need to snap the cursor 2500 mm (US Imperial: 100") to the left. 33. Position the cursor (without picking) to the left of the first pick. Click OK to see a demonstration. We will first show the direction where the next snap is. Then we will insert the distance. 34. Start typing 2500 (100"). 35. Continue typing 2500 (100") and click OK. 36. The cursor has now snapped 2500 mm (100") left from the first pick. 37. Next, pick the point perpendicular to the beam on the grid line 3. 38. Pick the point perpendicular to the wall near the grid line D. 39. Finish picking by clicking the middle mouse button. 40. Press the Esc key to end the command. 41. Let's zoom out and rotate. 42. Press Ctrl + 4. 43. Press the Home key (or Enter to continue). 44. Let's rotate for easier area selection.

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45. Select the top floors with area selection. Click OK to see a demonstration. 46. After right-clicking the pop-up menu opens. 47. Select Copy Special. 48. Select Linear... 49. Click the text box. 50. Insert 17 and click Copy. Tekla Structures remembers our previous entry. If needed, you can empty the fields by clicking Clear. 51. Click Expand. 52. Click OK. 53. Press the Esc key to end the command. 54. Click the background to unselect the objects. 55. Let's rotate the view. 56. After right-clicking the pop-up menu opens. 57. Select Redraw View while holding down the Ctrl + Shift keys to hide the work area box. 58. Click the Create Clip Plane icon. 59. Select the top floor. 60. Select the wall. 61. Press the Esc key to end the command.

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62. Move the clip plane by dragging the scissors icon. 63. Move the clip plane by dragging the scissors icon. 64. Select the symbol. 65. Press Delete. 66. Select the symbol. 67. Press Delete. 68. Let's end our First Steps with inserting an architect's model of the building. 69. Select File. 70. Select Insert Reference Model... 71. Let's add two reference model versions and compare them. 72. Click Browse... 73. Select 1stSteps_ReferenceModel_revA.ifc. 74. Click OK. 75. Insert the older version: Click Browse... 76. Select 1stSteps_ReferenceModel.ifc. 77. Click OK. 78. Click Apply. 79. Select the grid line intersection A/1. 80. Click OK. 81. Press the Esc key to end the command. 82. Let's zoom out. 83. Press Shift + 4. 84. Let's compare the reference model versions. Double-click the reference model. 85. Select the drop down menu. 86. Select Old file. 87. Click Display...

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88. Select the drop down menu. 89. Select Changed. 90. Click Display... 91. Select the drop down menu. 92. Select Inserted. 93. Click Display... 94. Select the drop down menu. 95. Select New file. 96. Click Display... 97. Click OK. 98. You can also use Clip planes to investigate the reference model.

This is the end of First steps with Tekla Structures. For more in-depth information please continue with the more specific demonstrations.

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Release Notes

Product version 12 June 2006


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

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing ............................. 63


2.1 General ................................................................................................ 64 Improvements in installing Tekla Structures ................................... 64 Working with single-user and multi-user models.............................. 65 Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models ................... 66 Improvements in working with objects.inp file.................................. 68 Gradient background color in model views ..................................... 69 Icons in menus ............................................................................ 71 Templates and reports .................................................................. 71 Miscellaneous .............................................................................. 73 Modeling ............................................................................................... 77 Nested assemblies ...................................................................... 77 Grid line labels always visible ........................................................ 83 Create, select, and modify single grid lines ..................................... 84 Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part ....................... 88 Selecting a profile ........................................................................ 89 Points not created automatically at ends of parts ............................ 90 Object representation ................................................................... 93 Miscellaneous .............................................................................. 94 Drawings .............................................................................................. 96 Saving and freezing associative drawings ...................................... 96 Nested assemblies in drawings ..................................................... 97 Anchor bolt plan ........................................................................... 98 Display large dimension values more clearly................................... 99 Improvements in level marks ....................................................... 101 Define elevation level ................................................................. 102 Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines ........................ 102 Improvements in section symbols ................................................ 103 Group identical objects on the same dimension line ...................... 106 Highlight changes in associative dimensions ................................ 108 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 109 Import and export ................................................................................ 113 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 113 Custom components ............................................................................ 114
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Define and create connections for custom parts ............................ 114 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 114 Components ........................................................................................ 116 New components........................................................................ 116 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 117 Details ....................................................................................... 118 Reinforcement ..................................................................................... 120 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 120

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Analysis model interfaces ............................................................ 121 Miscellaneous ............................................................................ 122

Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management ...................................... 125


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Tekla Structures version 12.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes.

Compatibility

Tekla Structures 12.0 is compatible with all previous versions. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12.0. Note the following issues: Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12.0 may cause problems. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12.0. To avoid conversion problems, always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor, Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. If you do not update the component, it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made, but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. If you choose to update the component, you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name), also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.
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We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0, you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.

Installing

Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12.0. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.0. This ensures that all Windows system folder *.dll files are updated.

Topics

This chapter is divided into following sections: General (p. 6) Modeling (p. 18) Drawings (p. 35) Import and export (p. 53) Custom components (p. 54) Components (p. 56)

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Improvements in installing Tekla Structures


Your password file is installed automatically. When you install Tekla Structures from CD, the online help is automatically installed. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet.tekla.com. Tekla Structures 12.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7.22, which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually. In Tekla Structures 12.0, the manual installation is no longer located in the ...\nt\dongle folder. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup.exe to start the manual installation.

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Working with single-user and multi-user models


You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures. When you create a model, use the the Model Type option in New dialog box to create the model as a multi-user model or as a single-user model.

It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode. Select the mode by selecting an option on the right-click popup menu in the Open dialog box:

You no longer need to use the variable XS_SERVER identify the server that contains the multi-user database.

See also

Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models (p. 7)

Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models


It is now easier to create and open a model, and to save a model with a different name.
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Creating a new model

Enter the location for the model in the Save in field, or accept the default location, which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box, where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. For a multi-user model, enter the name of the server in the Server name field.

Opening a model

To open a model, click File > Open. To browse for a model, click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box.

To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. 2. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. Select the Open as multi-user model option.

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Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Click OK.

To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.

2.

Select the Open as single-user model option.

When you open or create a model, the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models.
Saving a model with a different name

To save a model with a different name, click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. Click OK.

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Improvements in working with objects.inp file


The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects.inp file. It searches for the objects.inp file in the following folders, in this order: Folder Model Project Firm System inp XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP Defined by variable

The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.inp files, Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file, according to the search order defined above. For more information on how to use the objects.inp file, see Adding properties.

Gradient background color in model views


Use the new option to create a gradient color background in a model view to ensure parts drawn in a single color are visible in the view.
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To set the colors for a gradient background, set the following variables in Tools >
Advanced options > Model view:

XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.

Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values. The scale is from 0 to 1. For example, 1.0 1.0 1.0 is white and 0.0 0.0 0.0 is black. To use the traditional single-color background, use the same value for all four variables. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. To restore default values, clear the values in all four variables.

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Icons in menus
Menus now include the command icons, which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars:

Templates and reports


Listing the main part first
The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.20 or 3.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists. To do this:

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In Template Editor 3.20 or 3.30, add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content browser. Select descending sort order by: Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box, and selecting Descending in the in the Order field.

4.

If desired, select the Hide in output field.

If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part, use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. 2. 3. In the Template Editor, add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the Content browser. Select descending sort order by: 4. 5. Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box, and selecting Descending in the in the Order field.

If desired, select the Hide in output field. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly.

Miscellaneous fixes
You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model, for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1, TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows.

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Miscellaneous
New Features Tutorial
Tekla Structures 12.0 includes a New Features Tutorial, which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 and 12.0. Each feature contains a description with pictures. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. To access the New Features Tutorial, click Help > Learning Center > New Features
Tutorial.

Performance improvements
The following now work faster and use less memory:
Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29).

Rollover highlight
The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects, by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. To switch this feature on, click Setup > Rollover highlight.

To switch off the rollover highlight, click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight..You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.

Log file

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The message panel now displays also the time.

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When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file, Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically.

Managing views
Selecting views

Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.0. The arrow buttons you use to open and close views in the Views dialog box are now only active when you have selected a view.

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Creating views

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

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Bringing a view on top

Now when you select a view in the Visible views list in the Views dialog box, the selected view moves to the top. If you have selected multiple views, all selected views will be moved up, with the first one on the list on top. Also, when you select a view in the model, it is automatically selected in the Visible views list.

Navigating in the model


Navigating in the model is smoother when you are for example rotating a large model, because Tekla Structures now draws the model first in wire frame as you are moving the model.

Re-displaying warning messages


Tekla Structures displays warning messages when necessary, for example when you are about to copy or move objects outside the work area. To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the warning messages again, select the Do not show this message again checkbox.

To re-display the warning messages, press Shift when the warning message should appear, for example when you are copying or moving objects outside the work area, and Tekla Structures displays the warning message again.

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Modeling

Nested assemblies
Description

You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses, brackets, railings or pipe racks, for example. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports.

You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. For more information, see Nested assemblies in drawings (p. 36).

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Example of a nested assembly:

Selecting assemblies

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

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To be able to select objects in assemblies, activate the Select objects in assemblies

switch on the Select toolbar.

For more information on how to select assemblies, see How to select objects in the Modeling manual.

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Assembly properties

To view the properties of an assembly, select it, right click and select Properties... from the pop-up menu.

You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies in the same dialog box.
Modifying assemblies

The right-click pop-up menu also includes several new options, which you can use to modify assemblies:

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These options are also on the main menu, under Detailing > Assembly. You can modify assemblies by: Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly part

You can combine assemblies in the following ways: Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts

For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units, see Cast units and assemblies.
Numbering of nested assemblies

Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. Define the prefix, start number and name for the assembly in the assembly properties dialog box.

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Filter

In Tekla Structures 12.0 it is not yet possible to view or select filter by assembly user-defined attributes or by nested assemblies.
User-defined attributes

For information about defining user-defined attributes for assemblies, see Userdefined attributes.

Grid line labels always visible


Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.

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


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

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

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Grid and grid line properties

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

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

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

Magnetic grid planes


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

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

Checking the location of grid planes

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

Improvements in grids

Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines.

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

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Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part


You can now add a surface treatment to the entire surface of a part by using the command. For more information, see Create part surface treatment in the online help.
Create part surface treatment

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Selecting surface treatment

To select the entire surface treatment of a part:

1. 2.

Click the Select component

icon in the Select switches toolbar.

Pick the surface treatment to select it.

To select surface treatment on a face of a part:

1. 2.
Remove surface treatment

Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Pick the surface treatment.

icon in the Select switches

To remove surface treatment from faces of a part:

1. 2. 3.

Click the Select objects in components toolbar.

icon in the Select switches

Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu.

Selecting a profile
The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more, but they are displayed in the same tree structure. Only the relevant profiles for a steel object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box.

For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles, see Profile in the Modeling manual.

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Warping steel parts


You can now use the warping functionality also in Steel Detailing configuration. To warp a steel beam: 1. 2. 3. Double-click the beam to open the Beam properties dialog box and go to the
Deforming tab.

In the Start field, enter the angle of the beam at its start point, relative to the part reference line. In the End field, enter the angle of the beam at its end point, relative to the part reference line. For example, to warp the beam 40 degrees at the start point, enter 40 in the
Start angle field and 0 in the End angle field.

4. 5.

Click Modify to warp the beam. Click OK to close the Beam properties dialog box.

Rotating by entering numeric values in the fields that define rotation in system components still works in the same manner as before.

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Points not created automatically at ends of parts


Tekla Structures no longer automatically creates points at the ends of parts. This uses less memory and reduces processing time. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often. If you need a point at the end of a part, you can still create it manually. For more information, see Creating points in the Online help.

You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. See the following examples.
Select handles

To select the handles of a part: 1. 2. Select the part. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. Tekla Structures displays the handles of the part. The handle at the end that was the first point picked to create the part is yellow and the handle at the other end is magenta.

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Move objects

By selecting handles you are able to, for example, move objects more easily. 1. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects.

2.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again.

3. 4. 5.

Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. Click Move. Tekla Structures moves the two objects.

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Snap to reference points

To make it possible to pick part handles, activate the Snap to reference points switch on the Snap toolbar. As you move the pointer over a part handle, the snap symbols appears. Left click to select the part handle.

Part reference lines

When you pick two points to position a part, these points form the part reference line, and handles appear at the line ends. You can snap to and pick these handles.

You can define the visibility of the part reference line in the Display dialog box. To show the part reference line: 1. 2. 3. Go to Properties > View... Click the Display... button to open the Display dialog box. In the Advanced tab, check the box in Part reference line field.

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Click Modify and OK.

Handles in the online help.

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How to select objects in the online help. Snapping in the online help.

Object representation
To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12.0, use object representation settings. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: Modify the color of objects in the model view. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box, which was available in previous versions. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. Create customized presentation of defined object groups.

To open the Object representation dialog box, click Setup > Object representation...:

For more information on how to use the object representation settings, see Object representation settings and Object representation example in the online help.
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Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions. Use the object groups: In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views. In 4D tool, in the Project Manager configuration.

For more information on object groups, see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help.

Miscellaneous
Numbering
When you use the Clear numbers command, Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared.

Views
If you try to open more than nine views, Tekla Structures now displays a warning message.

Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. This has been fixed.

Surface treatment
The Select button next to the Material option in Surface treatment properties dialog box is now grayed out when it is not possible to select a material.

Lotting
When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots, Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms, regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. This has been fixed.

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Sketching
Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. This has been fixed.

Numeric snapping
You can now start entering the coordinates in the Enter a numeric location dialog box by pressing the decimal key on the numeric pad first.

1.3

Drawings

Saving and freezing associative drawings


When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12.0, the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. When you change a drawing and then save it, Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically, select the Disable automatic updating checkbox:

You can still open a general arrangement drawing, unfreeze it, and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes.

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To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. 2. 3. Go to Drawing > List... to open the drawing list. Select the drawing. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu.

Previously when you updated an assembly, single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing, the drawing was re-created. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. To recreate the drawing: 1. 2. 3.
See also

Go to Drawing > List... to open the drawing list. Select the drawing you want to recreate. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu.

Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. 49) in the Release notes.

Nested assemblies in drawings


You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings, which are easier to read and to understand. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop.

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This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read.

This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. It is much easier to read.

Marks

You can define the visibility, content, and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings. For more information, see Mark content in the Drawing manual. You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. For more information, see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. For more information, see Producing reports on nested assemblies.

Bolts and welds Dimensioning

Sub-assemblies in templates and reports

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Anchor bolt plan


An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure.

You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12.0. For more information, see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views, so that they only appear once in a drawing. If detail views are not included in a drawing, Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view.
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Display large dimension values more clearly


You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15,432 or 15 432. To do this, select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.

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Use the variables XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_CHARACTER to define the separator and XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_COUNT to define the number format (in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general).

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Improvements in level marks


The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks:

For information, see Create > Level mark in the online help.

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Define elevation level


You now have the option to define the elevation level in general arrangement drawings and in drawing views also according to the view plane. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation. To define the datum level: 1. 2. 3. Go to Properties > Drawing... Click View... to display the view properties dialog box. In the Attributes tab, do one of the following: To set a specified datum level, select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field. To set the datum level according to the view plane, select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field.

Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines


You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of, for example, a plate, web or flange. This is particularly useful: In complex drawings In large-scale drawings, where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to.

To create plate side marks: 1. 2. 3. Click Properties > Dimension... to open the Dimension properties dialog box. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab, set Type to Specified. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required.

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For more information, see Marks in the Drawing manual.

Improvements in section symbols


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

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Define the appearance of the arrow head symbol


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

In the example above, the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. If the arrow length is equal to zero, Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line.
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Aligning section symbols


The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box only works on when you open drawings created with Tekla Structures 11.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12.0. Set the variable to TRUE, to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1.25.

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

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

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

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Group identical objects on the same dimension line


You can now group identical parts, bolts, components, and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags, or to define the contents of tags manually. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1. 2. In the drawing, right-click and select Properties... from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. Click Dimensioning... to open the dimensioning properties dialog box. Go to the Dimension grouping tab. You have the following options:
Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to

group.
Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen-

sion line tags that are created automatically.

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


To have Tekla Structures highlight the dimension text that has been changed and dimension points that have been moved when you update associative drawings, set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.

For more information, see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual.

Miscellaneous
New part mark leader line type
There is a new part mark leader line type, which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part.

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

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Drawing views
Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11.1 and earlier, set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. With this variable set, when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another, they change size according to the scale of the view.

Associativity
Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. When you changed the profile of a part, the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. This has been fixed. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. This has been fixed. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point
of a reference line are in the same location.

Intelligent cloning
Sometimes part marks in single-part drawings were incorrect when you cloned single-part drawings and the variable XS_INTELLIGENT_CLONING_ALLOWED was set to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties. This has been fixed.

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Plotting and printing


You can now define plot origin offset separately for each plotter in the Plotter catalog dialog box.

The new options replace the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y. However, setting the variables in Tools > Advanced options > Plotting will override the settings in the Plotter catalog dialog box. Using the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y also affected the scale of the plot. This has been fixed.

Part marks
Merged part marks are now placed correctly when you change the part mark

leader line type.

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1.4

Import and export

Miscellaneous
Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings
In Tekla Structures 12.0, when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.

Exporting round tubes to NC files


Bolt holes in unwrapped round tubes are now ignored when you export to an NC file. When the variable XS_DISABLE_NC_FACET_FIX was not set, the xy coordinates of skew edges were calculated wrong in some cases, for example when the end of the tube was cut with a perpendicular round tube.

IFC
Tekla Structures 12.0 supports the IFC 2X3 schema in IFC exports.
Arc-shaped walls are now displayed correctly in IFC reference

imports.

Web Viewer
If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts, Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.

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DSTV
The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. This has been fixed.

CHS profiles with cuts


The variable XS_TUBE_UNWRAP_WITH_CUT_HOLES is now set to FALSE by default. Set the variable to TRUE to include cut holes in workshop drawings or NC files of unwrapped CHS (circular hollow section) profiles.

1.5

Custom components

Define and create connections for custom parts


You can now define a custom connection, seam or detail so that when you use component in a model, you can pick custom parts as the main and/or secondary parts. You do not have to pick each part within the component. This is useful when modeling window details in a multi-layer panel when the panel is a custom part, for example. To define a custom connection, detail or seam for custom parts, use the custom component wizard and pick the custom parts as main or secondary parts. For more information on defining custom components, see Defining custom components in the online help. When you are using the custom connection, Tekla Structures accepts only custom parts as input parts if you have defined the connection with a custom part as an input part. Use the Custom component editor to edit the properties of custom parts. For more information, see Editing custom components in the online help.

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Miscellaneous
Improvements in the usability of custom components
Now you only have to click the Modify button once in any custom component dialog box to apply changes. In previous versions, you sometimes had to click Modify repeatedly if a component had many dependencies. To define how many loops Tekla Structures makes to solve dependencies in custom components, use the variable XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_MAX_LOOPS in Tools > Advanced options > Modeling properties. The default is 2. When a custom component is not working correctly and the problem is with the equations, Tekla Structures now displays error messages in the log file that help you recognize the problem source. To see the log file, click Tools > Display log file > Log file...

Fixes
When you selected a custom seam, its handles were not displayed. This has been fixed. When you selected a nested custom detail, the handles of the custom detail were not displayed. This has been fixed. The Variables dialog box in the Custom component editor includes a new value type, Factor. This is a decimal value without type. You can set the number of decimals for the value type in Setup > Units and decimals dialog box. Now when you create custom components, the custom component objects get the current phase number.
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Occasionally, adding a custom component in a skewed position generated an application error. This has been fixed. You can now automatically import a set of custom components and sketches when you create a model. To do this, edit the variable XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER in the Tekla Structures batch file to point to the folder that contains the custom components and sketches. Now when you reopen the Variables dialog box, all the equations are shown even if the result of the equation cannot be calculated. If the reference points you picked for a custom part were not at the center of the bounding box, the custom part was not positioned correctly. Now when you define a custom part, its coordinate system is in the center of the bounding box. Offsets are calculated from the center of the bounding box. When you edit a custom part created in an earlier version of Tekla Structures, Tekla Structures asks if you want to use this new method of positioning custom parts. If you do, you will also need to open any nested custom components in the custom part and select to use the new method.

1.6

Components

Miscellaneous
Component catalog
It was not possible to use the Paste command on the right-click popup menu in the thumbnail view of the component catalog. This has been fixed.

Error flags in connection lists


Connection lists now also list connection flags correctly for Excel design also when the result is 4.

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Connections
Gusset plate connections
In gusset plate connections you can now define the distance of the first bolt for brace2 and brace3.

This new option is available in:


Bolted gusset (11) Tube gusset (20) Corner tube gusset (56) and (57) Wraparound gusset (58) Hollow brace wraparound gusset (59) Wraparound gusset cross (60) Gusseted cross (62) Corner wrapped gusset (63)

Tapered Column-Beam Stub (150)


You can now create a splice connection for a haunched built-up stub. The lower flange is now aligned properly at the splice also when you are not using a haunch. The lower flange backing bar occasionally clashed with the diaphragm, column or panel part. This has been fixed.

US Splice connection (77)


The connection now also works with beams that are over 2000 mm high. When you do not specify a part mark series for the non-welded splice plates, the default options are now taken from the Pos3: Loose parts option in the Options dialog box. The splice is now also created correctly when the primary beam is haunched at the opposite end from the splice.

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There is a new option for the location of the splice gap: to fit the primary part.

Column with shear plate (131)


When a two-sided shear plate connection was created, the length of the two plates differed by the length of the taper extension entered on the Picture tab. This has been fixed. When you use double shears with a hollow tube, the gap is now correctly offset to the outside.

Weld preparation (44)

Weld preparation angles are now read from the correct fields and cre-

ated correctly.

Welded shear plate (43) and Stiffened shear plate (17)


If the stiffener was thicker than the flange of the connecting beam, there was a gap between the plate and the flange. This has been fixed.

Shaped valley cleat (8)


The connection now works correctly regardless of the profile of the secondary part.

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Winbrace connection (110)


You now have the option to enlarge the slot made in the tube bracing.

Portal bracing (105)


The connection now takes the correct part prefixes from the Setup > Options dialog box.

Apex haunch (106)


The default profile name is now haunch.

Stiffened shear plate (17)


Tekla Structures now creates the slots in the correct locations.

Details
Handrailing (1024)
The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. This has been fixed.

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Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064)


Previously, when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them, you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. Now if nothing has been changed, the update is not needed.

Box column base plate (1066)


Various issues concerning weld preparation, height of ribs, hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment. One side of the column was weld prepped at 45 degrees regardless of what angle you specified. This has been fixed.

Inner diaphragm (1059)

Double bevel cut weld preparation is now created correctly for each side of the primary column and the angle of the lower bevel cut is now taken from the correct field.

U.S. Base plate (1047)


When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts, the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. In the details, plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly.

Stiffened base plate (1014)


Welds are now created in the correct position.

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Stair base detail (1043)


The detail includes new options to define the distance between the beam and the plate for top, left, and right sides.

Stairs (S71)
We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. The Stairs (S71) detail includes all the options available in Stairs (S82) and also some additional options. It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). You can now create steps using custom parts or seams with Stairs (S71). This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating, end plates and bolts.

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

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Precast Concrete Detailing


Tekla Structures version 12.0 is a main release and contains many new features and fixes. Tekla Structures 12.0 is compatible with all previous versions. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 12.0. Note the following issues: Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 12.0 may cause problems. We recommend that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 12.0. To avoid conversion problems, always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version of Tekla Structures. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor, Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component if the new version contains such improvements which require the update. If you do not update the component, it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made, but you do not gain the benefits of the new improvements. If you choose to update the component, you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name), also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.
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We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 12.0, you can no longer open it in older versions of Tekla Structures.

Installing

Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 12.0. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 12.0. This ensures that all Windows system folder *.dll files are updated.

Topics

This chapter is divided into following sections: General (p. 64) Modeling (p. 77) Drawings (p. 96) Import and export (p. 113) Custom components (p. 114) Components (p. 116) Reinforcement (p. 120)

2.1

General
This section describes the following new features and fixes:

Improvements in installing Tekla Structures


Your password file is installed automatically. When you install Tekla Structures from CD, the online help is automatically installed. You can now install additional environments without having to reinstall Tekla Structures. Download the environment installation files from the Extranet at https://extranet.tekla.com.

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Tekla Structures 12.0 installation includes new SafeNet Sentinel driver 7.22, which allows both USB and LPT hardware locks to work. Sometimes you may need to install the harware lock driver manually. In Tekla Structures 12.0, the manual installation is no longer located in the ...\nt\dongle folder. You can now start the up-to-date hardware lock driver installation manually from the C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup folder. Double-click the file C:\TeklaStructures\License\Sentinel_setup\setup.exe to start the manual installation.

Working with single-user and multi-user models


You no longer have to choose single or multi-user mode when starting Tekla Structures. When you create a model, use the the Model Type option in New dialog box to create the model as a multi-user model or as a single-user model.

It is now possible to open a any model in either single or multi-user mode. Select the mode by selecting an option on the right-click popup menu in the Open dialog box:

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You no longer need to use the variable XS_SERVER identify the server that contains the multi-user database.

See also

Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models (p. 66)

Improvements in creating, opening, and saving models


It is now easier to create and open a model, and to save a model with a different name.
Creating a new model

Enter the location for the model in the Save in field, or accept the default location, which is the location entered when Tekla Structures was installed. (The default location in the installation is C:\TeklaStructuresModels). Click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box, where you can browse for a folder or create a new folder. Use the Model Type field to define whether the model is a single-user or a multiuser model. For a multi-user model, enter the name of the server in the Server name field.

Opening a model

To open a model, click File > Open. To browse for a model, click the Browse button to open the Browse For Folder dialog box. The information in the Designer and Description columns comes from the Project properties dialog box.

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To open a single-user model as a multi-user model: 1. 2. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click. Select the Open as multi-user model option.

3.

Enter the name of the server in the Server name field. Click OK.

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To open a multi-user model as a single-user model: 1. Select the model in the Open dialog box and right-click.

2.

Select the Open as single-user model option.

When you open or create a model, the Open and New dialog boxes now include a list of the most recently used models.
Saving a model with a different name

To save a model with a different name, click File > Save as and enter a name in the Model name field. Click OK.

Improvements in working with objects.inp file


The Tekla Structures installation automatically merges any user-defined attributes you have previously defined into the objects.inp file. It searches for the objects.inp file in the following folders, in this order:

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Folder Model Project Firm System inp

Defined by variable XS_PROJECT XS_FIRM XS_SYSTEM XS_INP

The user-defined attributes it finds are added to the user interface. If the same attribute name exists in more than one objects.inp files, Tekla Structures uses the attribute from the first read file, according to the search order defined above. For more information on how to use the objects.inp file, see Adding properties.

Gradient background color in model views


Use the new option to create a gradient color background in a model view to ensure parts drawn in a single color are visible in the view.

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To set the colors for a gradient background, set the following variables in Tools >
Advanced options > Model view:

XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR1: left-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR2: right-top corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR3: left-bottom corner. XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR4: right-bottom corner.

Enter the colors as RGB (Red Green Blue) values. The scale is from 0 to 1. For example, 1.0 1.0 1.0 is white and 0.0 0.0 0.0 is black. To use the traditional single-color background, use the same value for all four variables. Close and reopen the view to activate the changes. To restore default values, clear the values in all four variables.

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Icons in menus
Menus now include the command icons, which makes it easier to locate icons on toolbars:

Templates and reports


Listing the main part first
The variables XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST and XS_PRIMARY_PART_FIRST_PART have been removed from the Advanced options dialog box. The variables are no longer needed in Template Editor 3.20 or 3.30 as you can define the template so that main part is listed first in part lists. To do this:

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1. 2. 3.

In Template Editor 3.20 or 3.30, add the value field MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the MAIN_PART field to the top of the search order in the Content
browser.

Select descending sort order by: Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box, and selecting Descending in the in the Order field.

4.

If desired, select the Hide in output field.

If the assembly contains more parts which are similar to the assembly main part, use the template attribute SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART: 1. 2. 3. In the Template Editor, add value field SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART to PART row. Drag the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to the top of the sort order in the
Content browser.

Select descending sort order by: Double-clicking the SIMILAR_TO_MAIN_PART field to open the Value Field Properties dialog box, and selecting Descending in the in the Order field.

4. 5.

If desired, select the Hide in output field. The attribute returns 1 if the position number of the given part is the same as the position number of the main part in the assembly.

Miscellaneous fixes
The attributes PREFIX and SERIAL_NUMBER have been added for REBAR content type. You can now use the attribute MODEL_PATH in all content types to find the path to the current model, for example C:\TeklaStructuresModels\New Model 1\. You can now also use the attributes TITLE1, TITLE2 and TITLE3 in template rows.

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Miscellaneous
New Features Tutorial
Tekla Structures 12.0 includes a New Features Tutorial, which presents features released in Tekla Structures 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 and 12.0. Each feature contains a description with pictures. Some features also include interactive video lessons that show you how to use the new feature. To access the New Features Tutorial, click Help > Learning Center > New Features
Tutorial.

Performance improvements
The following now work faster and use less memory:
Array of objects (29) component Associative drawings containing objects created with Array of objects (29).

Rollover highlight
The rollover highlight makes it easier to select objects, by highlighting each part in yellow as the pointer moves over it. To switch this feature on, click Setup > Rollover highlight.

To switch off the rollover highlight, click Setup and deselect Rollover highlight..You can also use the keyboard shortcut H to turn the rollover highlight on or off.

Log file
The message panel now displays also the time.

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When you use the Tools > Show log file command to display the log file, Tekla Structures now scrolls to the end of the file automatically.

Managing views
Selecting views

Selecting visible and named views is now easier in Tekla Structures 12.0. The arrow buttons you use to open and close views in the Views dialog box are now only active when you have selected a view.

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Creating views

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

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Bringing a view on top

Now when you select a view in the Visible views list in the Views dialog box, the selected view moves to the top. If you have selected multiple views, all selected views will be moved up, with the first one on the list on top. Also, when you select a view in the model, it is automatically selected in the Visible views list.

Navigating in the model


Navigating in the model is smoother when you are for example rotating a large model, because Tekla Structures now draws the model first in wire frame as you are moving the model.

Re-displaying warning messages


Tekla Structures displays warning messages when necessary, for example when you are about to copy or move objects outside the work area. To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the warning messages again, select the Do not show this message again checkbox.

To re-display the warning messages, press Shift when the warning message should appear, for example when you are copying or moving objects outside the work area, and Tekla Structures displays the warning message again.

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2.2

Modeling

Nested assemblies
Description

You can now add sub-assemblies and parts to already existing assemblies. A sub-assembly is an assembly that is added to another assembly to form a hierarchical assembly. We use the term nested assemblies to describe this type of assembly. Using nested assemblies is useful when you are modeling split trusses, brackets, railings or pipe racks, for example. A sub-assembly is treated in the same way as an assembly in Tekla Structures: It gets its own assembly mark It appears in lists of materials in templates and reports.

You can create a separate assembly drawing of a sub-assembly. For more information, see Nested assemblies in drawings (p. 97).

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Example of a nested assembly:

Selecting assemblies

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

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To be able to select objects in assemblies, activate the Select objects in assemblies

switch on the Select toolbar.

For more information on how to select assemblies and cast-units, see How to select objects in the Modeling manual.

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Assembly or cast unit properties

To view the properties of an assembly or cast-unit, select it, right click and select Properties... from the pop-up menu.

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You can also define user-defined attribute values for assemblies and cast units in the same dialog box.
Modifying assemblies

The right-click pop-up menu also includes several new options, which you can use to modify assemblies:

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These options are also on the main menu, under Detailing > Assembly or Cast unit. You can modify assemblies by: Adding objects to assemblies Removing objects from assemblies Exploding assemblies Changing the assembly or cast-unit main part

You can combine assemblies in the following ways: Add and connect parts as secondary parts to an existing assembly Add and connect assemblies as sub-assemblies to an existing assembly Join existing assemblies together without adding any loose parts

For more information on the different commands to use when working with assemblies and cast-units, see Cast units and assemblies.
Numbering of nested assemblies

Sub-assemblies are numbered in same way as assemblies. Define the prefix, start number and name for the cast unit or assembly in the cast unit or assembly properties dialog box.

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Filter

In Tekla Structures 12.0 it is not yet possible to view or select filter by assembly user-defined attributes or by nested assemblies.
User-defined attributes

For information about defining user-defined attributes for assemblies, see Userdefined attributes.

Grid line labels always visible


Grid labels are now always visible when the grid lines are visible. This allows you to zoom in and still know where you are in the model.

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

Create, select, and modify single grid lines


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

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

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Grid and grid line properties

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

Use the Select grid grids and grid lines.

and Select grid line

select switches to select

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

Magnetic grid planes


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

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

Checking the location of grid planes

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

Improvements in grids

Edit > Undo works on grids and grid lines.

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

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Add surface treatment to the entire surface of a part


You can now add a surface treatment to the entire surface of a part by using the
Create part surface treatment command. For more information, see Create part surface treatment in the online help.

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Selecting surface treatment

To select the entire surface treatment of a part:

1. 2.

Click the Select component

icon in the Select switches toolbar.

Pick the surface treatment to select it.

To select surface treatment on a face of a part:

1. 2.
Remove surface treatment

Click the Select objects in components toolbar. Pick the surface treatment.

icon in the Select switches

To remove surface treatment from faces of a part:

1. 2. 3.

Click the Select objects in components toolbar.

icon in the Select switches

Pick the surface treatment on the face of a part. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu.

Selecting a profile
The Select profile dialog box has been improved to make it easier to select a profile for a part or a component object. Library and parametric profiles are not in separate lists any more, but they are displayed in the same tree structure. Only the relevant profiles for a concrete object are displayed on the Select profile dialog box.

For more information on selecting a profile and defining the material of profiles, see Profile in the Modeling manual.

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Points not created automatically at ends of parts


Tekla Structures no longer automatically creates points at the ends of parts. This uses less memory and reduces processing time. It also means that you do not have to redraw the view as often. If you need a point at the end of a part, you can still create it manually. For more information, see Creating points in the Online help.

You can use part handles and snapping to create and move parts. See the following examples.
Select handles

To select the handles of a part: 1. 2. Select the part. Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select the part. Tekla Structures displays the handles of the part. The handle at the end that was the first point picked to create the part is yellow and the handle at the other end is magenta.

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Move objects

By selecting handles you are able to, for example, move objects more easily. 1. Select both of the objects by pressing the Ctrl key and picking the objects.

2.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the pointer from left to right to select both parts again.

3. 4. 5.

Select the handle in the middle of the two objects and right-click. Select Move > Translate from the pop-up menu and enter coordinates to move the two objects. Click Move. Tekla Structures moves the two objects.

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Snap to reference points

To make it possible to pick part handles, activate the Snap to reference points switch on the Snap toolbar. As you move the pointer over a part handle, the snap symbols appears. Left click to select the part handle.

Part reference lines

When you pick two points to position a part, these points form the part reference line, and handles appear at the line ends. You can snap to and pick these handles.

You can define the visibility of the part reference line in the Display dialog box. To show the part reference line: 1. 2. Go to Properties > View... Click the Display... button to open the Display dialog box.

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3.

In the Advanced tab, check the box in Part reference line field.

4.
See also

Click Modify and OK.

Handles in the online help. How to select objects in the online help. Snapping in the online help.

Object representation
To create customized presentation of objects in Tekla Structures 12.0, use object representation settings. You can use the object representation settings in the following ways: Modify the color of objects in the model view. The Object representation dialog box replaces the Colors dialog box, which was available in previous versions. Modify the visibility of objects in the model view. Create customized presentation of defined object groups.

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To open the Object representation dialog box, click Setup > Object representation...:

For more information on how to use the object representation settings, see Object representation settings and Object representation example in the online help. Object groups are set of rules with which you group objects by selected properties and conditions. Use the object groups: In Object representation dialog box to control the visibility and coloring of objects in all views. In 4D tool, in the Project Manager configuration.

For more information on object groups, see Object groups and Object group rules in the online help.

Miscellaneous
Numbering
When you use the Clear numbers command, Tekla Structures now displays a message after numbers have been cleared.

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Views
If you try to open more than nine views, Tekla Structures now displays a warning message.

Curved parts with profiles that had small values for size were displayed as straight lines in rendered views. This has been fixed.

Surface treatment
The Select button next to the Material option in Surface treatment properties dialog box is now grayed out when it is not possible to select a material.

Lotting
When you used the Lotting dialog box to create lots, Tekla Structures displayed weight in kilograms, regardless of the unit set in Tools > Units and decimals dialog box. This has been fixed.

Sketching
Opening and closing the sketch editor sometimes took a long time in large models. This has been fixed.

Numeric snapping
You can now start entering the coordinates in the Enter a numeric location dialog box by pressing the decimal key on the numeric pad first.

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2.3

Drawings

Saving and freezing associative drawings


When you have frozen a drawing in Tekla Structures 12.0, the changes that you make to associative objects afterwards in the model are will no longer appear in the drawing. When you change a drawing and then save it, Tekla Structures asks you whether you want to keep the changes. To prevent the drawing from being updated automatically, select the Disable automatic updating checkbox:

You can still open a general arrangement drawing, unfreeze it, and then re-open it to automatically update the drawing with recent changes. To re-enable automatic updating in a frozen drawing: 1. 2. 3. Go to Drawing > List... to open the drawing list. Select the drawing. Right-click and select Freeze > Off from the popup menu.

Previously when you updated an assembly, single-part or cast unit drawing without freezing the drawing, the drawing was re-created. Now the drawing is no longer re-created. This means that you must know whether the changes should be shown when you are updating the drawing. To recreate the drawing: 1. 2. 3.
See also

Go to Drawing > List... to open the drawing list. Select the drawing you want to recreate. Right-click and select Recreate from the popup menu.

Highlight changes in associative dimensions (p. 108) in the Release notes.

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Nested assemblies in drawings


You can create assembly drawings of sub-assemblies. Creating sub-assemblies in the model allows you to produce less complicated drawings, which are easier to read and to understand. This reduces the risk of errors in the shop.

This assembly drawing of a truss is complicated and hard to read.

This assembly drawing of part of the same truss was created using a subassembly. It is much easier to read.

Marks

You can define the visibility, content, and appearance of marks for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. You can also use part marks to display the assembly hierarchy in general arrangement drawings. For more information, see Mark content in the Drawing manual. You can now specify the part mark properties for the main and secondary parts of sub-assemblies in cast unit drawings. To do this: 1. 2. In the Drawing Editor, go to Properties > Drawing... Click Part mark...
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3. 4. 5.

On the Content tab, select Sub-assembly main part or Sub-assembly secondary part depending on the part mark properties you want to define. Select the elements to be contained in the part mark. Click Modify and OK.

Bolts and welds Dimensioning

You can define the visiblity of bolts and welds separately for sub-assemblies in the Bolt properties and Weld properties dialog box. You can also define the dimensioning properties for sub-assemblies in assembly drawings. For more information, see Dimensioning nested assemblies in the Drawing manual. With Tekla Structures you can produce templates and reports that show the hierarchical structure of nested assemblies. For more information, see Producing reports on nested assemblies.

Sub-assemblies in templates and reports

Anchor bolt plan


An anchor bolt plan is a type of general arrangement drawing that displays the the layout of anchor bolts for a structure.

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You can automatically create anchor bolt plans in Tekla Structures 12.0. For more information, see Creating anchor bolt plans in the Drawing manual. You can create both enlarged views and detail views in anchor bolt plans. Tekla Structures groups together identical detail views, so that they only appear once in a drawing. If detail views are not included in a drawing, Tekla Structures displays bolt sizes in the enlarged view.

Display large dimension values more clearly


You can now use different number formats for dimensions to make large dimensions easier to read in shop and erection drawings. For example you could format 15432 to appear as 15,432 or 15 432. To do this, select the Use grouping checkbox in the Dimension properties dialog box and select a format.

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Use the variables XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_CHARACTER to define the separator and XS_DIMENSION_DIGIT_GROUPING_COUNT to define the number format (in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general).

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Improvements in level marks


The General tab in the Level mark properties dialog box now includes fields that enable you to define the appearance of level marks:

For information, see Create > Level mark in the online help.

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Define elevation level


You now have the option to define the elevation level in general arrangement drawings and in drawing views also according to the view plane. The datum point for general arrangement drawings is set automatically when creating floor plan views. This saves your time and avoids errors during drawing creation. To define the datum level: 1. 2. 3. Go to Properties > Drawing... Click View... to display the view properties dialog box. In the Attributes tab, do one of the following: To set a specified datum level, select Specified in the Datum point for elevations field. Then enter a specific value in the Datum level field. To set the datum level according to the view plane, select View plane in the Datum point for elevations field.

Create plate side marks on dimension leader lines


You can now create plate side marks on dimension leader lines. Plate side marks indicate whether the dimension point is to the face or center of, for example, a plate, web or flange. This is particularly useful: In complex drawings In large-scale drawings, where it can be difficult to see which part a leader line is pointing to.

To create plate side marks: 1. 2. 3. Click Properties > Dimension... to open the Dimension properties dialog box. In the Plate side marks section of the Marks tab, set Type to Specified. Define the properties of the plate side marks if required.

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For more information, see Marks in the Drawing manual.

Improvements in section symbols


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

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Define the appearance of the arrow head symbol


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

In the example above, the variables XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_LEFT_ARROW_SYMBOL and XS_SECTION_SYMBOL_RIGHT_ARROW_SYMBOL have been set to sections@2. This section view symbol includes the location of the section view. If the arrow length is equal to zero, Tekla Structures places the text in the middle of the arrow symbol. Otherwise Tekla Structures places the text along the cut line.
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Aligning section symbols


The variable XS_ALIGN_CUT_SYMBOL_BY_VERTICAL_LINE in the Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties dialog box only works on when you open drawings created with Tekla Structures 11.3 or older in Tekla Structures 12.0. Set the variable to TRUE, to position the cut symbol on the vertical line. Leave the variable blank to offset the symbol from the vertical line by the size of the arrow multiplied by 1.25.

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

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

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

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Group identical objects on the same dimension line


You can now group identical parts, bolts, components, and cuts or shapes on the same dimension line. You can choose to automatically create dimension line tags, or to define the contents of tags manually. To group identical objects on one dimension line: 1. 2. In the drawing, right-click and select Properties... from the pop-up menu to open the drawing properties dialog box. Click Dimensioning... to open the dimensioning properties dialog box. Go to the Dimension grouping tab. You have the following options:
Activate dimension grouping: Select which objects you want to

group.
Grouping properties: Indicate the elements that must be identical. Automatic tagging: Indicate the information to include in dimen-

sion line tags that are created automatically.

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


To have Tekla Structures highlight the dimension text that has been changed and dimension points that have been moved when you update associative drawings, set the variable XS_HIGHLIGHT_ASSOCIATIVE_DIMENSION_CHANGES to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Dimensioning: general.

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For more information, see Highlight changes in associative dimensions in the Drawing manual. This feature is not yet available for reinforcing bar marks in Tekla Structures 12.0.

Miscellaneous
New part mark leader line type
There is a new part mark leader line type, which allows you to align a part mark in the center of the face of a part.

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Dimensioning

Embedded objects are now dimensioned correctly by the reference points of the object.

Dimensions
When you use the By reference point option in the Dimensioning properties dialog box, dimensions are now also associative to the middle points of objects.

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Occasionally adding or removing dimension points removed the whole dimension. This has been fixed. The RD symbol was sometimes omitted from running dimensions. This has been fixed. When you create a dimension with three or more points using the Create > Dimension > Free command and end the command on the same point as the previous dimension, the dimensions are now on the same line.

Reinforcing bar marks

Merged reinforcing bar marks no longer move when you update a

drawing.

Drawing views
Drawing views no longer overlap templates in assembly drawings. To rollback the Copy > Translate and Move > Translate command to work as it did in Tekla Structures 11.1 and earlier, set the variable XS_DRAWING_NO_SCALING_FOR_COPIED_OR_MOVED_OBJECTS to TRUE. With this variable set, when you copy or move drawing objects from one drawing view to another, they change size according to the scale of the view.

Updating drawings
In some occasions Tekla Structures did not add the P flag to a drawing in the drawing list when a cast unit had been changed. (The P flag indicated that parts have been changed.) This has been fixed.

Associativity
Now associative symbols are also created correctly for level marks. When you changed the profile of a part, the hatch pattern did not always adjust to fit the shape of the new profile. This has been fixed. The y coordinate for assembly overall dimension was sometimes calculated incorrectly which caused associativity not to work. This has been fixed. Associativity works now correctly also when the start and end point
of a reference line are in the same location.

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Intelligent cloning
Sometimes part marks in single-part drawings were incorrect when you cloned single-part drawings and the variable XS_INTELLIGENT_CLONING_ALLOWED was set to TRUE in Tools > Advanced options > Drawing properties. This has been fixed.

Plotting and printing


You can now define plot origin offset separately for each plotter in the Plotter catalog dialog box.

The new options replace the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y. However, setting the variables in Tools > Advanced options > Plotting will override the settings in the Plotter catalog dialog box. Using the variables XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y also affected the scale of the plot. This has been fixed.

Part marks
Merged part marks are now placed correctly when you change the part mark

leader line type.


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Import and export

Miscellaneous
Location of the origin in DXF and DWG drawings
In Tekla Structures 12.0, when a view on a Tekla Structures drawing is moved the origin for the Xref is calculated differently than before. This makes sharing Tekla Structures drawings much easier: you no longer need to adjust the origin when you export to DWG or DXF. In previous versions you sometimes had to adjust the origin when the view had been moved during the modeling process.

Web Viewer
If you try to publish a model as a web page with Web Viewer using the Selected parts option in Publish as Web page dialog box without selecting any parts, Tekla Structures displays a warning message does not publish the model.

DSTV
The DSTV file header was not correct when you used the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE_DESIGNATION. This has been fixed.

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2.5

Custom components

Define and create connections for custom parts


You can now define a custom connection, seam or detail so that when you use component in a model, you can pick custom parts as the main and/or secondary parts. You do not have to pick each part within the component. This is useful when modeling window details in a multi-layer panel when the panel is a custom part, for example. To define a custom connection, detail or seam for custom parts, use the custom component wizard and pick the custom parts as main or secondary parts. For more information on defining custom components, see Defining custom components in the online help. When you are using the custom connection, Tekla Structures accepts only custom parts as input parts if you have defined the connection with a custom part as an input part. Use the Custom component editor to edit the properties of custom parts. For more information, see Editing custom components in the online help.

Miscellaneous
Improvements in the usability of custom components
Now you only have to click the Modify button once in any custom component dialog box to apply changes. In previous versions, you sometimes had to click Modify repeatedly if a component had many dependencies. To define how many loops Tekla Structures makes to solve dependencies in custom components, use the variable XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_MAX_LOOPS in Tools > Advanced options > Modeling properties. The default is 2. When a custom component is not working correctly and the problem is with the equations, Tekla Structures now displays error messages in the log file that help you recognize the problem source. To see the log file, click Tools > Display log file > Log file...

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

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If the reference points you picked for a custom part were not at the center of the bounding box, the custom part was not positioned correctly. Now when you define a custom part, its coordinate system is in the center of the bounding box. Offsets are calculated from the center of the bounding box. When you edit a custom part created in an earlier version of Tekla Structures, Tekla Structures asks if you want to use this new method of positioning custom parts. If you do, you will also need to open any nested custom components in the custom part and select to use the new method.

2.6

Components

New components
Tekla Structures 12.0 includes the following new components: Component
3D cut (10)

Icon

Description Creates a 3D cut to a concrete part.

Anchor (10)

Connects two concrete parts, for example two walls or a column to a wall. Adds reinforcing bars to panel or slab edges. Adds reinforcing bars to an edge of panel or slab. Creates a connection between a concrete column and a concrete wall or panel. Creates a connection between a main concrete beam and one or two secondary beams.

Border rebar (92)

Border rebar (93)

Column - beam (14)

Concrete beam-beam (112)

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Concrete console (110)

Icon

Description Creates a connection between a concrete column and a concrete beam. Creates a connection between a concrete column and one or two concrete beams. Creates a pad footing, piles and anchor bars and/or grouting tubes. Creates embeds in concrete parts.

Concrete console (111)

Concrete foundation (1030) Inbedded (1008)

Opening in wall (40)

Creates an opening in a concrete wall or panel. Adds concrete profiles or cuts to a beam. Creates a concrete foundation block.

Parts at beam (82)

Precast found block (1028) Rebar in beam (90)

Adds reinforcing bars to concrete beams. Connects two perpendicular concrete panels with a teeth connection.

Wall teeth (12)

Miscellaneous
Component catalog
It was not possible to use the Paste command on the right-click popup menu in the thumbnail view of the component catalog. This has been fixed.

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Details
Handrailing (1024)
The toe plate created could not be included in an assembly. This has been fixed.

Stiffeners (1003) and Multiple stiffeners (1064)


Previously, when you re-ran these details without making any changes to them, you had to update the single-part drawing of the stiffener. Now if nothing has been changed, the update is not needed.

Box column base plate (1066)


Various issues concerning weld preparation, height of ribs, hole type and size and column fittings have been fixed in the Japanese environment. One side of the column was weld prepped at 45 degrees regardless of what angle you specified. This has been fixed.

Inner diaphragm (1059)

Double bevel cut weld preparation is now created correctly for each side of the primary column and the angle of the lower bevel cut is now taken from the correct field.

U.S. Base plate (1047)


When you change bolts to anchor rods or anchor rods to bolts, the bolts are now created and rotated correctly. When you use the option Square cut corners (1-4) Tekla Structures now cuts the correct corner of the base plate. You can now create oversized holes in the cast plate. In the details, plate washers are now part of the anchor rods assembly.

Stiffened base plate (1014)


Welds are now created in the correct position.

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Stair base detail (1043)


The detail includes new options to define the distance between the beam and the plate for top, left, and right sides.

Stairs (S71)
We suggest that you always use the Stairs (S71) detail instead of Stairs (S82) to create stairs in Tekla Structures. The Stairs (S71) detail includes all the options available in Stairs (S82) and also some additional options. It also includes fixes for deficiencies found in Stairs (S82). You can now create steps using custom parts or seams with Stairs (S71). This will enable you to model accurate stairs with grating, end plates and bolts.

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2.7

Reinforcement

Miscellaneous
Slab bars (18)
You can now add reinforcing bars outside the slab by entering negative values in Cover thickness on sides options.

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Analysis and Design


Tekla Structures 12.0 Analysis and Design module contains the following new features and fixes:

Analysis model interfaces


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

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Miscellaneous
Fixes
When you are using the Analysis tab in the dialog box of a component to define the analysis profile settings, you can now access the different options even when you have selected No in Use analysis restraints. You can now use multiplication in the values for Buckling length or Length factor for Buckling options in the Design tab of the part properties dialog box.

Area load was not distributed correctly for beams also with varying pressure and in some geometric circumstances. This has been fixed. If the model changes after you use the Optimize command, Tekla Structures now marks the analysis results correctly as not up to date. You can now create a simpler analysis model of slabs and panels, where cuts and holes are not considered. To do this, select Yes in the option Simple plate on the Analysis tab of the attributes dialog box.

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When you create an analysis model of slabs and panels, you can now define offsets for individual vertices of the slabs and panels. The offsets are defined as user-defined attributes on the Analysis offsets tab in the attributes dialog box.

After you have run the analysis or created an analysis model, use the Inquire > Object command to query the vertices. The vertex indices and their coordinates are listed in the Inquire object dialog box. To define the offset for an individual vertex, enter the offset distances as X Y Z (in current length units, values separated by spaces) in the appropriate field, according to the index of the vertex.

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Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management


Tekla Structures 12.0 Project Management configuration contains the following new features:

Miscellaneous
The status of an object is automatically updated in the model when you: Modify the user-defined attributes of an object Modify the user-defined attributes of assemblies.

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Typographical conventions

The following typographical conventions are used in this guide:

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Tekla Structures 16.0 Release Notes....................................................... 9 New Features and Improvements .......................................................... 11
2.1 2.2 Feature map ......................................................................................................................................... 11 General ................................................................................................................................................. 16 ..................................................................................................................... Windows 7 compatible Tekla Structures ....................................................................................... ................................................................................ 16 1 Changes in the installation of Tekla Structures................................................................................ 17 Improvements in FLEXnet licensing................................................................................................. licensing.............................................................................................. 17 licensing.............................................................................................. 2.3 Modeling ............................................................................................................................................... 19 .................................................................................................................... Toolbar................................................................................................... Toolbar................................................................................................... Improvements in Mini Toolbar.......................................................................................................... numbering...................................................................................................... Improvements in numbering............................................................................................................. Manager............................................................................................................ Clash Check Manager...................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................... Improvements in snapping ............................................................................................................... Improvements in welds .................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................... parts...................................................................................................... Zooming to selected parts................................................................................................................ Displaying the origin of reference models ........................................................................................ Automatic view rotation center center ......................................................................................................... ................................................................................................. Reinforcement meshes with multiple bar diameters ....................................................................... mult .................................................................................................... Improvements in bent meshes ......................................................................................................... . Improvements in filtering reinforcements ......................................................................................... .......................................................................................... Improvements in reinforcing bar hooks ............................................................................................ Improvements in conceptual reinforcements .................................................................................. Improvements in reinforcing bar bending type recognition .............................................................. Improved object visibility handling in Model Organizer .................................................................... Applying drawing object level settings on drawing and view level .................................................. Example of applying object level settings in a general arrangement drawing ........................... New filters in drawings .................................................................................................................... New Mini Toolbar for modifying objects in drawings ........................................................................ New symbol file browser .................................................................................................................. New automatic view shortening symbols ......................................................................................... Improvements in dimensions .......................................................................................................... Improvement in moving drawing objects: objects visible while dragging ........................................ 19 20 22 22 25 27 28 28 29 30 31 31 31 32 32 33 35 38 39 39 39 41 44
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Improvements in Master Drawing Catalog ...................................................................................... Improvements in associativity ......................................................................................................... Improvements in arcs in drawings.................................................................................................... Improvements in welds .................................................................................................................... Improvements in merging parts in cast unit drawings ..................................................................... Improvement in details: more characters allowed in detail name ................................................... Improvement in single-part drawing views in assembly drawings.................................................... Improvement in intelligent update: adding dimensions for new parts ............................................. Improvements in printing and exporting drawing view frames ......................................................... Preventing drawing view update according to grid planes ............................................................... Checking view frames after manual editing ..................................................................................... Removing right-hand angle dimensions from cloned drawings........................................................ Maximizing drawings when opened ................................................................................................. Preventing recreation of drawings gs when a setting name changes................................................... New tools for finalizing and editing drawings ................................................................................. .................................................................................. Product identifier in Tekla Structures drawings ...............................................................................

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New content type HISTORY ...................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... 54 2.6 Import and Export ........................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................. 54 export........................................................................................... Improvements in IFC import and export.......................................................................................... Converting IFC objects into native Tekla Structures Structures objects............................................................ .......................................................................................... Improvements in Unitechnik export (79) ......................................................................................... .. Improvements in drawing export ................................................................................................. ...................................................................................................... 54 55 55 56

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............................................................................................................................. 57 Analysis and Design ......................................................................................................... ......................................................................................... 57 Dynamic updating of the analysis anal model ........................................................................................ properties for analysis models, analysis parts, members, nodes and rigid Improvements in defining proper links.......................................................................................................................... links.................................................................................................................................................. 57 Classifying analysis parts ........................ ................................................................................................................ 63 Improvements in defining the po position of analysis objects .............................................................. 63 Creating rigid links .......................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... 63 Creating nodes................................................................................................................................. 64 Displaying members in Analysis & Design applications................................................................... 65 Improvements in built-up sections.................................................................................................... 65 FEM import using Analysis & Design link......................................................................................... 65 66 68 68 69 69

Task Manager....................................................................................................................................... 66 Renewed Task Manager user interface ........................................................................................... Order of objects in tasks .................................................................................................................. Production rate for tasks .................................................................................................................. Improvements in importing and exporting task information.............................................................. Creating reports from task information.............................................................................................

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New value type Stud length ............................................................................................................. 69 New parametric property Parts with slotted holes ........................................................................... 70 2.10 System Components............................................................................................................................. 71 Ship Ladder (1)................................................................................................................................. Opening Frame (1) ........................................................................................................................... Gusset+ T (1) .................................................................................................................................. Rectangle to circle (17) .................................................................................................................... Unfold surface (21)........................................................................................................................... Squeezed tube (103)........................................................................................................................ Slab Reinforcement Tool (1) ............................................................................................................ Hollow Core Opening Tool (1).......................................................................................................... Hollow Core Lifting Loops (1) ........................................................................................................... Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1) ............................................................................................................. (1)............................................................................................................ Seam Applicator (1).......................................................................................................................... Improvements in Haunch (40) and Cranked beam (41) ................................................................... Improvements in Truss (S78) ........................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... Improvements in Automated reinforcement layout - double tee beam beam (51) .................................... Improvements in Corbel Reinforcement (81) .................................................................................. 71 74 75 75 76 77 77 78 79 80 81 83 84 85 87

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3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Introduction ................................................................................................................ ........................................................................................................................................... 89 ................................................................................................................................................. 89 General ..................................................................................................................... Fix list ............................................................................................................................................... 89 ....................................................................................................................... Fix list ............................................................................................................................................... 91 ....................................................................................................................... Reinforcement....................................................................................................................................... 98 Reinforcement............................................................................................................... Fix list ............................................................................................................................................... 98 ....................................................................................................................... Drawings ............................................................................................................................................. 100 .................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................... Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 100 Templates and Reports....................................................................................................................... 111 Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 111 Import and Export................................................................................................................................ 112 Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 112 Analysis and Design............................................................................................................................ 114 Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 114 Construction Management.................................................................................................................. 115 Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 115 3.10 Custom Components .......................................................................................................................... 116 Fix list ............................................................................................................................................. 116 Modeling.................................................................................................................... Modeling................................................................................................................................................ 91

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Tekla Structures 16.0 Release Notes

Tekla Structures version 16.0 is a main version and contains many new features and fixes.
Compatibility

Tekla Structures 16.0 is compatible with all previous versions. You can open and work with existing models using Tekla Structures 16.0. Note the following issues:

To avoid conversion problems, always open a model created with an older version of Tekla Structures as a single-user model first. Updating drawings created with an older version of Tekla Structures in Tekla Structures 16.0 may cause problems. We recommend th that you complete any drawings you have started using your current version or recreat recreate the drawings using Tekla Structures 16.0. We recommend that you always check that custom components created in older versions work correctly in the new version ve of Tekla Structures. When you open custom components made with an older version of Tekla Structures in the Custom component editor, and the new version contains improvements requiring update, Tekla Structures asks whether you want to update the component. If you do not update the component, it works in the same manner as in the version where it was originally made, but you do not gain the benefits of the improvements. If you choose to update the component, you need to check and sometimes even recreate dimensions depending on the improvements. When you delete a dimension and create a new one (even with the same name), also the equations containing the dimension need to be edited, because the dependency created by the equation is lost when a dimension is deleted. You can recreate the dimensions and edit the equations easily in the Custom component editor.

We suggest that you complete any models you have started using your current version.

Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 16.0, you cannot open it in previous versions of Tekla Structures.

Installing

Tekla Structures setup creates a new subfolder for Tekla Structures 16.0. You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures 16.0. This ensures that all Windows system folder *.dll files are updated.

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2.1 Feature map


This feature map lists all the new features in Tekla Tekla Structures 16.0 and the configurations they are available in. To navigate in the release notes, click the link in the New Feature column.

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New feature Improvements in snapping (p. 22) Improvements in welds (p. 25) Zooming to selected parts (p. 27) Displaying the origin of reference models (p. 28) Automatic view rotation center (p. 28) Reinforcement meshes with multiple bar diameters (p. 29) Improvements in bent meshes (p. 30) * * * * * *

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Improvements in welds (p. 47) Improvement in details: more characters allowed in detail name (p. 50) Checking view frames after manual editing (p. 52) Removing right-hand angle dimensions from cloned drawings (p. 52)

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Converting IFC objects into native Tekla Structures objects (p. 55) Improvements in Unitechnik export (79) (p. 55) Improvements in drawing export (p. 56) Dynamic updating of the analysis model (p. 57) Improvements in defining properties for analysis models, analysis parts, members, nodes and rigid links (p. 57) Classifying analysis parts (p. 63) Improvements in defining the position of analysis objects (p. 63) Creating rigid links (p. 63) Analysis & Design

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New feature Creating nodes (p. 64) Displaying members in Analysis & Design applications (p. 65) Improvements in built-up sections (p. 65) FEM import using Analysis & Design link (p. 65) Task Manager Renewed Task Manager user interface (p. 66) *

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Creating reports from task information (p. 69)

Custom Components New value type Stud length (p. 69)

New parametric property Parts with slotted holes (p. 70) System Components Ship Ladder (1) (p. 71) Opening Frame (1) (p. 74) Gusset+ T (1) (p. 75) Rectangle to circle (17) (p. 75) Unfold surface (21) (p. 76) Squeezed tube (103) (p. 77) Slab Reinforcement Tool (1) (p. 77)

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Windows 7 compatible Tekla Structures


Tekla Structures 16.0 is compatible with Windows 7, the newest Windows operating system. Only software compatible with Windows 7 has passed Microsoft-designed tests for compatibility and reliability on PCs running the Windows 7 operating system. This means that Tekla Structures 16.0:

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2.2 General

Is tested for compatibility and reliability on Windows 7. Passed Microsoft designed tests to minimize the possibility of application errors, hangs, and reboots. Represents a commitment that the product will continue to work over the life of Windows 7. Meets the privacy standards set forth by the Anti-Spyware Coalition. Eliminates unnecessary reboots. Ensures compatibility with Windows 7, both with 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

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The following changes have been included in the Tekla Structures 16.0 installation:

When you install Tekla Structures for the first time on a computer, it is installed in the Windows Program Files folder by default. If you have a previous version of Tekla Structures installed, the default location for the installation is the same as before. When Tekla Structures is installed in the Program Files folder, the location of the environment folders is: ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\16.0\ (Windows Vista)

..\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Tekla Structures (Windows XP)

For more information

The Default environment is no longer installed by default.

The changes are related to Windows 7 certification.


Product > Version downloads > 16.0.

Renewed Tekla Structures installation document in the Tekla Extranet at Tekla Structures > Files and Folders

Improvements in FLEXnet licensing


Tekla Structures License Server Tekla Structures License Administration Tool

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The license server is now auto automatically notified when you activate, deactivate, or repair licenses. Previously, you had to use the ReRead License File functionality in LMTOOLS to manually notify the license server about the license changes. notification functionality when Tekla Structures License You can enable the automatic no Administration Tool is started for the first time. You are asked whether you want to automatically notify the license server about the license changes. To enable the automatic notification functionality, select Yes. If you later want to modify the notification settings, go to Actions > Notify Server.

You can now check to which computer a license is borrowed, and the expiry date of the borrowed license. The Activated Licenses table has a new column Details that you can use for checking the license borrow information.

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When Tekla Structures is installed in the Program Files folder, the location of the teklastructures.ini file is ..\Program Files\Tekla Structures\16.0\nt\bin. When Tekla Structures is installed in the Program Files folder, the location of the user.ini file is: ..\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Tekla Structures\<version>\UserSettings\ (Windows Vista) ..\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Tekla Structures\<version>\UserSettings\ (Windows XP)

Do no use the automatic notification functionality if you are using some other FLEXnet license and license server administration tool, such as FLEXnet Manager.

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If license borrow information is available, a

button is displayed in the Details

column. The button is always displayed when the Borrowed column indicates that licenses have been borrowed. If the Details column is empty, there is no borrow information available for that license in question.

The button is also displayed when a borrowed rrowed licence has expired. This means that a license has been borrowed but it has not been returned by the expiry date. When the expired license is returned, the information is removed from the license details list.

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Borrowed License Expiry Date is the expiry date of the borrowed license. Host Machine is the name of the computer to which the license has been borrowed.

A new colum Order ID has been added in the Entitled Licenses and Activated Licenses tables. The order ID is the same as in the EntitlementCertificate.html file. The order ID helps to identify which licenses are related to each other and which license needs to be returned before a new license can be activated.

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Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool

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2.3 Modeling

Improvements in Mini Toolbar


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Part orientation Position selection dial Rotation angle knob Angle Plane offset Depth offset
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You can now use the Mini Toolbar also for grids and views.

The commands on the Mini Toolbar for welds are now grouped in a more intuitive way.

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Mini Toolbar

Customizing Mini Toolbar

Improvements in numbering
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Tekla Structures 16.0 includes the following improvements in numbering: You can number different areas of the model separately by using the new Number Series of Selected Objects command.

The command numbers all parts and assemblies that have same numbering series settings. The series is determined by the prefix and start number of the selected part. For example:

The Number Series of Selected Objects command allows you to: Selectively number the same types of parts but in different phases or cycles of detailing at different times

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Number different materials (such as concrete and steel), which are usually at different detailing and release cycles but in the same Tekla Structures model, with different numbering settings and at different times

Tekla Structures also uses this functionality when you open or create a drawing where one or more parts or assemblies require numbering. If you modify a part that has been used in many different assemblies, all the related assemblies will be numbered. The new functionality saves you a lot of time especially when working on a large model, as you no longer need to number the entire model at once. Before you start numbering, we recommend that you plan the numbering series carefully, and split the model into smaller numbering series, for example by area or phase.
Diagnosing and repairing numbering

The Tools > Diagnose & Repair Model menu now contains two new commands for diagnosing and repairing numbering.

Diagnose & Repair Numbering: All numbers all objects, including those that have not

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Diagnose & Repair Numbering: Series of Selected Objects numbers all parts that

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The basic functionality is the same for both of the commands: to find and correct numbering errors in the model. The operation can be performed perf for all objects or series of objects. For example, if you have two identical parts with a different position number, these commands assign both parts the smaller one of those two values. The same applies to assemblies. If you are working on a multi-user model and have not used the Synchronize with master model (save-numbering-save) option, you should use these commands to diagnose and repair the numbering of the model.

Concrete parts now get the numbering settings from the cast unit numbering series. This enables you to number individual concrete cast unit series, without having to number the entire model at once. When you create new concrete parts, they are automatically numbered according to the cast unit numbering settings. For example, if the cast unit prefix is C and the start number is 1, concrete parts will get the part prefix Concrete_C-1. This applies also to concrete components whose part position prefix is Concrete and start number is 1.

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The new commands replace the old Number All Objects (Full numbering) command available in previous versions of Tekla Structures.

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Numbering the Model

Clash Check Manager


Tekla Structures 16.0 contains a new clash checking functionality, which helps you manage clash results better. Clash Check Manager provides the following improvements:

Clashes are automatically classified according to their type. The available clash types are: Inside, Exact match, Cut through, Clash, and Complex clash. You can sort your clash check results. You can zoom to clashing objects in the model. You can change the status of the clashes. After removing or modifying objects, you can re-run clash check to see if the clash still exists. You can save clash check sessions and view them again later on.

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Improvements in snapping
Tekla Structures 16.0 includes the following improvements in snapping:

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Finding clashes using Clash Check Manager Managing the list of clashes Symbols used in clash checking Changing the status of clashes Changing the priority of clashes Opening and saving clash check sessions

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Snapping to a line

The new Snap to line snap switch allows you to snap to another line in the model. This can be useful when creating objects that line up with an existing object or a grid line. You can use this snap switch with any command that asks you to pick two or more points. Tekla Structures automatically picks both ends of the line. The yellow arrow symbol indicates the direction of the points. To switch direction, move the mouse pointer closer to the opposite end of the line.

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The mouse pointer tries to stay on the line when moving along the part extension line. At first you must move the pointer close to the object to find the extension line, but when the line is found you can move the pointer further away while keeping the snap.

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Snapping in an orthogonal direction

When picking multiple points, for example when you create a polybeam or a contour plate, you can snap in orthogonal directions relative to the two previously picked points. This is useful, for example, when you want to create a rectangular slab that is on the view plane but not along the x and y axes. The color of the line and angle symbol changes to indicate that the snap is orthogonal to the previous points and not the work plane:

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Improvements in welds
The Weld Properties dialog box has been renewed in Tekla Structures 16.0. The new dialog box has more options, and most of the properties can now be defined separately for Above line and Below line. The changes include:

New weld types Steep-flanked single-V butt weld Steep-flanked single-bevel butt weld Edge weld Surfacing weld Fold joint Inclined joint

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New common weld properties

Renewed terminology: stitch welds are now called intermittent welds

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Renewed terminology More properties that can be defined separately for Above line and Below
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Zooming to selected parts


As the models are getting larger and more complex, it might be difficult to see which objects are currently selected. In Tekla Structures 16.0, you can zoom the active view so that the selected objects are shown in the center of the view. This can be useful, for example, when you are viewing the clash check results or working with Task Manager and you are not sure which part is currently selected. To zoom to selected parts, do one of the following:

Click View > Zoom > Zoom Selected. Right-click and select Zoom > Zoom Selected from the pop-up menu.

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Displaying the origin of reference models


The origin of reference models is now displayed as a handle in the model. This means that you can for example move the reference model by using the handles.

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Part position Selecting handles Reference models In Tekla Structures 16.0, you have two alternative ways of setting the center of rotation. The conventional way is to press V and then pick a position in the view. To rotate the model around this view point, hold down Ctrl and click and drag with the middle mouse button. Alternatively, you can use the new Automatic Rotation Center functionality available in Tools > Options. If Automatic Rotation Center is switched on, when you hold down Ctrl and click and drag with the middle mouse button, the rotation center is automatically set at the location you clicked. When you are using the conventional rotation method, you can temporarily activate Automatic Rotation Center by holding down Ctrl + Shift while you click and drag with the middle mouse button.

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Multiple diameters enable the creation eation of diameter patterns. The pattern is repeated along the mesh, if needed. The maximum bar diameter in the pattern is used to calculate the mesh position depending on the cover thickness and offsets. For example, entering 40 2*20 as the diameters in the longitudinal and 8 40 2*20 in the cross direction results in the following patterns.
Pattern in longitudinal direction

Pattern in cross direction

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Improvements in bent meshes



The first longitudinal bar can now be placed in a curved part of the cross bars. Previously the longitudinal bar needed to be placed in the first straight segment. It is now possible to set the start and the end offset greater than the length of the first segment. Reinforcing bars are resized along the defined position.

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If the start or the end offset type is set to Leg length, only the straight part of the reinforcing bars is resized. If the bent mesh geometry (combination of handles, bending radius and the maximum bar diameter) is not correct, the mesh is not created. When you modify a bent mesh by changing the dialog box values and the changes would result in a broken mesh with incorrect geometry, the mesh is not modified. When you modify a bent mesh by moving the handles, and the changes result in a broken mesh with incorrect geometry, a single red line is drawn between the handles. The red line can be selected and modified to correct the mesh geometry.

Improvements in filtering reinforcements


You can now filter reinforcing bars by their length. This is useful, for example, when checking the model for errors or when creating a report of reinforcing bars of a specific length. For example, to check if the model contains reinforcing bars whose length exceeds 12 metres, you can filter out all reinforcing bars that are less than 12 metres long.

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Filtering objects

Improvements in reinforcing inforcing bar hooks

You can define reinforcing bar hooks Angle, Radius and Length. For Angle you can enter a value between 180 and +180 degrees. However, you cannot enter a negative value for Radius or Length anymore. The Radius and Length fields do not accept negative values.

Improvements in conceptual conceptual reinforcements


Conceptual reinforcem reinforcements can be created with the Steel Detailing and Engineering configurations. Conceptual reinfo reinforcements look similar to detailed reinforcements but do not include the option to assign control numbers (Steel Detailing) or perform numbering (Engineering).

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Conceptual reinfor reinforcements that are created using components (such as Beam reinforcement (63)) can now be converted to detailed reinforcements only in configurations that allow

reinforcement detailing (Full, Precast Concrete Detailing and Reinforced Concrete Detailing). Previously when you modified a part which the reinforcement component belonged to, the reinforcement was converted to a detailed reinforcement even though the reinforcement was originally created in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration and should therefore be conceptual.

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Situation Reinforcement component created in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration; the part is modified in Full, Precast Concrete Detailing, or Reinforced Concrete Detailing configuration Reinforcement component created in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration; the reinforcements are modified in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration Reinforcement component created in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration; the component is converted to detailed in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration Reinforcement component created in Steel Detailing or Engineering configuration; the component is converted to detailed in Full, Precast Concrete Detailing, or Reinforced Concrete Detailing configuration

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Improvements in reinforcing bar bending type recognition


Previously, you had to define an angle for some of the bending shapes to enable the correct bending type recognition. The angle was of an exact exact value, and there was no tolerance value for it. With BendingAngleTolerance option in the rebar_config.inp file you can now set a tolerance value for the angle. angle. Angles which differ from the th set tolerance value less than the tolerance are recognized and lead to a correct bending shape.

Enter the tolerance value as a radius, not as a degree. This applies to all bending shapes.

Improved object visibility handling in Model Organizer


You can now easily handle the visibility of objects in the model by right-clicking a category in Model Organizer and selecting one of the following:
Hide - hides all objects that belong to the selected category. Show Only Selected - shows only the objects that belong to the selected category. Redraw View - shows all objects.

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2.4 Drawings
Applying drawing object level settings on drawing and view level
The new drawing properties dialog boxes introduce a new option for controlling the drawing object settings directly on the drawing and view level. Now setting up special representation for objects in drawings or views is easier than ever. Simply set up a drawing or view filter that selects the objects you want a special representation for, then create and save the object property settings to be used for the objects specified by the filter, and then combine these two into object level settings. For example, you may want to define that all columns in a drawing or drawing view are shown in a specific color.You also have the option of turning the object level settings on or off for the drawings or views you choose.

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Previously, you could do the same by using drawing classifiers, which had no settings to adjust on the user interface, and you had to manually define combinations of drawing or view properties, filters, drawing object setting files and naming conventions to achieve the desired result. 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. 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. If you define view level object settings, they override the drawing level settings. Before you can apply drawing object level settings, first create and save the necessary drawing or view filters and drawing object property files.
Creating and applying object level settings on drawing level

To create and apply the drawing object level settings on drawing level: 1. 2. Click Drawings& Reports > Drawing Settings and select the type of the drawing. Click Edit settings.

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In the Object level settings for drawing dialog box, add rows and select the filters to be used, the drawing object types and the drawing object property files to be used.

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4. 5. Enter a name for the object level settings and save using Save as. Click Cancel. Now you have an object level settings file you can load in the drawing properties dialog box before creating the drawing or after creating it. To load the object level settings in an open drawing: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties dialog box. Click Edit settings. Load the desired object level settings file. Click OK. Click Modify to apply the changes in the open drawing. On view level, you can use object level settings, for example, for showing the different erection sections with different representation. To create and apply object level settings on view level: 1. Open a drawing by double-clicking it on the Drawing List.

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Double-click a view frame. Click Edit settings. In the Object level settings for view dialog box, add rows and select the filters to be used, the drawing object types and the drawing object property files to be used. Enter a name for the object level settings and save using Save as. Click Cancel.

Now you have an object level settings file you can load in the view drawing properties dialog box to apply the object level settings on view level. To do this: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Applying drawing object level settings through Master Drawing Catalog

Open the drawing containing the view that you want to change. Double-click the view frame to open the drawing view properties dialog box Click Edit settings. Load the desired object level settings file. Click OK. Click Modify to apply the changes in the view.

You can apply drawing object level settings in the drawings that you create in Master Drawing
Catalog for the saved settings type of master drawings:

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See also

Example of applying object level settings settings in a general arrangement drawing (p. 35)

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Example of applying object level se settings in a general arrangement drawing


In this example, we will set up different obj object level properties for various types of building objects, such as beams, column columns and braces. Then we will make a drawing filter, save object level settings in a file and apply the new object level settings on drawing level. Parts are classified using new dr drawing filters. This example is using part names defined in the model, similarly as modeling filters. Do the following to set up the filters. Click Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > General Arrangement Drawing.

Click Filter in the drawing properties dialog box. Create filters by PartName for column, beam, and brace and save the settings using Save as with different names, such as ts_column, ts_beam and ts_brace.

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Double-click the saved setting you want to use for creating drawings. Click Edit drawing properties. Click Edit settings. Select the filter to be used, the drawing object type and the drawing object property file to be used. Click OK. Click Save to save the changes in the saved settings file (property file) Click OK in the Master Drawing Properties dialog box. Create the drawing(s).

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Setting part representation

Click Cancel. Now you have created the required filters filt needed for selecting the desired parts.

Set up the required property settings tings for beam, column and brace: 1. In the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box, click Part: For columns, set Part representationto Exact on the Contents tab, set Visible lines to magenta on the Appearance tab, and save the settings with the name column using Save as.

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2. Save setting in the similar way for beams: Select Part representationOutline on the Contents tab, set Visible lines to green on the Appearance tab and save the settings with the name beam using Save as. For braces, set Part representation to Symbol with partial profile on the Contents tab, set Visible lines to blue on the Appearance tab and save the settings with the name brace using Save as. Click Cancel. Now you have the required object property settings to be used when applying object level setting.

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Creating detailed object level settings on drawing level

Here we will set up the object level settings using the saved filters and saved object property settings. 1. In the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box, click Edit settings.

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In the Object level settings for drawing dialog box, select the filters to be used, 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), Part as Drawing object type and column as Settings used. b c Click Add row and select ts_beam as Model object (Drawing filter), Part as Drawing object type and beam as Settings used. Click Add row and select ts_brace as Model object (Drawing filter), Part as Drawing object type and brace as Settings used.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Click Edit settings. Click OK.

The same object level settings can be used with other saved general arrangement properties, you do not need to create new ones.

By default when you create a general arrangement drawing of a 3D view using a default or preset drawing properties, object level setting are not applied, and Use detailed object level settings is set to No. To apply the detailed object level settings on drawing level: Create a general arrangement drawing. Open the created general arrangement drawing and double-click the drawing to open the drawing properties.

Load object level settings, in this example gatype1, and click Load.

Click Modify to apply the changes in the drawing. Confirm the object level changes by clicking Yes in the on Object level settings
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Applying drawing object level settings settings on drawing and view level (p. 33)

New filters in drawings

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Now the dialog boxes for filters are identical in the model and in the drawings. The new dialog boxes allow you to make more complex filters in the drawings.

Furthermore, the Filter button is now available for all drawing types using filters (Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Assembly/Cast Unit/General Arrangement Drawing ).

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New Mini Toolbar for modifying objects in drawings


Also the Drawing Editor now has a Mini Toolbar,which allows you to quickly modify the most common properties of the objects in drawings. Below is the Mini Toolbar for dimensions.

New symbol file browser


The new symbol browser makes changing the symbol file in use considerably easier than before. When you want to select a new symbol file, just click the Select... button in the Symbol Properties or Mark Content - Symbol dialog box and select a new file.

New automatic view shortening symbols


Tekla Structures can now show more clearly where the parts have been shortened in views with the new automatic view shortening symbols. To show the shortening symbols in drawings, set the advanced options
XS_DRAW_VERTICAL_VIEW_SHORTENING_SYMBOLS_TO_PARTS and XS_DRAW_HORIZONTAL_VIEW_SHORTENING_SYMBOLS_TO_PARTS to TRUE through Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Drawing Properties.

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same as the part color. Default is a solid line.

Symbol files are searched from folders listed in DXK_SYMBOLPATH, which is defined in initialization file teklastructures.ini.The order of folders in DXK_SYMBOLPATH does matter: If there are duplicate file names, the first one found is used.

You can control the appearance of the view shortening symbols using the following advanced options:
XS_SHORTENING_SYMBOL_COLOR controls the color. Enter an integer value. Default is the XS_SHORTENING_SYMBOL_LINE_TYPE controls the line type. Enter an integer value. XS_SHORTENING_SYMBOL_WITH_ZIGZAG controls the line shape. If you do not want to use zigzag, set this advanced option to FALSE. TRUE is the default.

Below is an example of how the symbol is displayed.

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Limitations

View shortening symbols are not shown in general arrangement drawings.

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You can now rotate certain dimension tags 90 degrees. This is useful when absolute example. See examples below. dimensions are used, for ex

To set the rotation in a drawing, go to Dimension Properties > Marks and click the ... button next to the Tag that you want to rotate. The choices are Parallel to dimension line (no rotation, default) and Perpendicular to dimension line. Each tag has independent rotation setting, so you can rotate some tags and keep others unrotated. This functionality is available only for left upper, left lower, right upper and right lower dimension tags. For middle dimension tag and prefix and postfix dimension marks, rotation is not available.

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Formatting

The dimension tags now have the same formatting options available as other marks. You can set font and frame settings separately for any tag element. By default, the formatting follows the dimension settings, but you can now use special fonts and frames to emphasize certain elements.

Dual dimension tags

It is now possible to create dual dimension tags tags automatically in all types of drawings.

Dual dimensions can be shown only in relative and US absolute dimensions, but not in absolute dimensions.

You can set the dual dimension tags in Tools > Options > Options... > Drawing dimensions.

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You can select separately the drawing types for which to create the dual dimension. When Tekla Structures creates the drawing, it adds in the lower dimension tag in the selected unit and format, and puts the text DIMENSION in the middle dimension tag in the Dimension Properties dialog box. To add dual dimensions manually:

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Go to Tools > Options > Options... > Drawing dimensions > Dimensions in tags, set the unit, format and precision, and activate the dual dimensions for the drawing types you want. Click OK. Double-click a dimension in your drawing. Add text DIMENSION to any dimension tag. If you do not want to show dual dimensions in some dimensions, you can delete the text DIMENSION manually from the tag.

Below is an example of dual dimensions using unit mm and format ###.

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Improvement in moving drawing objects: objects visible while dragging


Moving objects is one of the most common tasks in drawings. Now you are able to see during object dragging what the end result will be. There is a cross in the middle of the cursor indicating the object that you are dragging.The magenta lines in the cursor make it easier to place the object in line with other objects. This will significantly reduce unnecessary editing.

Improvements in Master Drawing Catalog


In Tekla Structures 16.0, the Master Drawing Catalog has been improved further: The master drawing preview image window size is now larger than before. Also, if you resize the preview image, Tekla Structures remembers remembers the new size next time you open the preview image. In Edit Rules and Define Rules dialog boxes, a letter has been added after the master drawing name to indicate the type of the mast master drawing. (S) indicates saved settings, (T) cloning templates, and (R) rule sets. This makes it easier to select the correct master drawing if you have two master drawings of different type but with the same name, for example.

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You can now create drawings for all parts. First select a master drawing from the catalog, then click the arrow at the end of the Create drawings button, and click Create drawings for all parts.

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New shortcuts:

Select all: Ctrl + A Create drawings for all parts: Alt + A Create drawings: Alt + C

The Master Drawing Catalog now remembers search strings. When you start typing a string, it suggests previous strings starting with the same characters.

Improvements in associativity
Drawing views

Now the size and location of a drawing view can be associated also to a portion of a model part in cases where the parts are not completely inside the view. Previously, the view boundary was updated using only the parts that were completely inside the view. Views are now associative even though the view does not contain any part completely. This applies to all view types, but is best shown in detail views, as they are often used for showing a detail of a part. e, the drawing is cloned from template. Cloned drawing has the In the following example, same view showing the same detail in a different place and size.

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3D views in assembly and cast unit drawings are now associative. The view size and drawing annotations are updated correctly. This applies also to cloned drawings.

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Refreshing associativity

Drawings views that use Model coordinate systems are updated and cloned correctly.

You may want to add the Refresh Associativity command in the User menu through
Tools > Customize. Dimension grouping

Improvements in arcs in drawings


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Now the number of objects in the dimension grouping tag is updated correctly. You can now define that Tekla Structures updates dimension grouping automatically by selecting the option Update grouping when model changes on the Dimension grouping tab page (Drawing Properties > Dimensioning).

The following improvements have been included in Tekla Structures 16.0 for the representation and export of arcs in drawings: Curved and circular lines in drawings are now displayed so that the dashed lines are clear and continuous. Curved and circular lines are now exported to DWG as arcs, not as segments.

Ensure that the Snap to end points switch is enabled when snapping to arcs.

This functionality affects only parts, not reinforcing bars.

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Improvements in welds
Dialog box changes

The Weld Properties dialog box in drawings has been renewed in Tekla Structures 16.0. The new dialog box has more options, and most of the properties can now be defined separately for Above line and Below line. The changes include:

New weld types Steep-flanked single-V butt weld Steep-flanked single-bevel butt weld

New finish types: Flush finished weld Smooth blended weld face Renewed terminology: stitch welds are now called intermittent welds. The option is available for both Above line and Below line. Dialog contents have been moved moved around a bit. For example, Prefix is moved to the top, and Effective throat and Root opening are moved from the Other area to Above line and Below line.

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Showing root openings in weld marks

You can now select whether zero root openings are shown in weld marks. Use the new advanced option XS_DRAW_ROOT_OPENING_EVEN_WHEN_ZERO to control the root opening information in weld marks. The following example shows the result when the Root opening option is set to 0 in the Weld Mark Properties dialog box and XS_DRAW_ROOT_OPENING_EVEN_WHEN_ZERO is set to TRUE.

If you have adjacent parts in a cast unit, and and the gap between these parts is less than the tolerance you specify using the new advanced option XS_DRAWING_SOLID_MERGE_TOLERANCE in Tools > Options > Advanced Options > Drawing View, Tekla Structures merges the parts in the cast unit drawing. Tekla Structures removes hidden lines as follows:

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Edge segments are removed removed when necessary.

Whole edges that get hidden during merging are removed.

New edges are added in correct locations replacing the removed edges.

The following example shows the result of merging parts.

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Improvement in details: more characters allowed in detail name


Now you can enter a maximum of nine (9) charact characters in the detail name field. Previously, you could enter only two characters.

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Improvement in single-part drawing views in assembly drawings


Tekla Structures16.0 has a new useful feature for anyone using Include single parts > Singlepart attributes option (Assembly Drawing Properties > Layout > Other). With the new 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 pa parts in lots of different assembly drawings, you can create single-part drawings 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 view are scaled according to the layout settings editing comes in automatically. The included views of the assembly drawing. When you set the advanced option
XS_USE_EXISTING_SINGLE_PART_DRAWINGS_IN_ASSEMBLY_DRAWINGS to TRUE in Single-Part View in Assembly Drawing, the existing single-part drawing views will be used in assembly drawings. When set to FALSE, or if there is no existing view for a given part, a new view will be created according to the Include single parts setting. The default value is FALSE.

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Improvement in intelligent update: adding dimensions for new parts


With the new advanced option XS_INTELLIGENT_UPDATE_ADD_DIMENSIONS in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Drawing Properties you can now define whether to add dimensions for new parts when updating intelligent drawings. When this advanced option is set to TRUE, Tekla Structures creates dimensions for new parts at drawing update. The default value is TRUE.

Improvements in printing and exporting drawing view frames


You can now include drawing view frames in printed and exported drawings. To do this: 1. 2. Click Tools > Options > Advanced Options. Select Printing.

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Set XS_PLOT_VIEW_FRAMES to TRUE. FALSE is the default value.

Preventing drawing view update according to grid planes


Typically you may want the drawing views to follow a grid line. Then, for example, your Section on grid C drawing view would be up to date and still on grid line C even after the move. You can now prevent the updating of drawing views according to grid planes in general arrangement drawings. This can be helpful if the general arrangement drawings are updated incorrectly after you have modified the grid in the model. To prevent the update, set the advanced option XS_INTELLIGENCE_DO_NOT_ASSOCIATE_VIEWS_TO_GRIDS to TRUE in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Drawing View. FALSE is the default value.

Checking view frames after manual editing


The frames of drawing views were sometimes modified if you edited the drawing manually. You can now use a new advanced option XS_DRAWING_CHECK_VIEW_FRAME_AFTER_EDIT in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Drawing View to control the way the view frames are updated after you have edited the view contents manually. Use one of the following values:

TRUE: After the view content has been edited manually, manually, the offsets are stored for the view during drawing update whenever frame so that the size of the view frame is maintained during e is empty space inside the view frame after deleting a mark, possible. For example, if there the same empty space remains in the view also during drawing update. This is the default value. FALSE: The frame size of drawing views is checked only during drawing update. For example, if there is empty space inside view frame after deleting a mark, the frame size is made smaller when drawing is updated after model change. UPDATE : The frame will be adjusted immediat immediately after you have edited the content manually. For example, if there there is empty space inside view frame after deleting a mark, the frame size is immediately decreased.

Removing right-hand angle dimensions dime from cloned drawings


You can now remove right-hand angle dimensions from cloned drawings by setting the new advanced option XS_INTELLIGENCE_DELETE_RIGHT_ANGLE_DIMENSIONS to TRUE in Tools > Options > Advanced Opti Options... > Drawing Properties. Now also zero dimensions are removed from cloned drawings. Note, that if the angle dimension was already 90, 180 or 270 degrees before the update, the dimension is not removed.

Maximizing drawings when opened


Tekla Structures now contains a new advanced option, which you can use to maximize drawings when you open them. To do this: 1. 2. 3. Click Tools > Options > Advanced Options. Select Drawing View. Set the advanced option XS_OPEN_DRAWINGS_MAXIMIZED to TRUE. FALSE is the default value.

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Preventing recreation of drawings when a setting name changes


You can now set the new advanced option
XS_RECREATE_DRAWING_IF_SETTING_NAME_CHANGES in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > Drawing Properties to FALSE to prevent Tekla Structures from recreating a drawing if only a setting name changes. The default is TRUE. Before, modifying any of the

drawing title fields or name for several drawings originally done with different settings recreated some of the drawings.

New tools for finalizing and editing drawings


Tekla Structures 16.0 includes new tools that you can use when finalizing and editing drawings. You can, for example, align drawing objects, create fillets and chamfers, copy with offsets, and create moment connection symbols. To access the drawing tools, click Tools > Macros... and select Drawing tools from the list.

For more information

Using drawing tools

Product identifier in Tekla Structures drawings

In recent years there has been some confusion between the product names of Tekla Structures, old Xsteel and other detailing systems. Xsteel was the original 3D steel modeling and detailing software developed and supplied by Tekla. It was replaced in 2004 with the launch of Tekla materials and phases of construction design. Structures - the 3D BIM solution for all ma

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2.5 Templates and Reports


New content type HISTORY

For more information

2.6 Import and Export


Improvements in IFC import and export
The following improvements have been included in IFC import and export in Tekla Structures 16.0:

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Content types

You can now use the new content type HISTORY to retrieve history information of the model. You can use this content type with PART, REBAR, CONNECTION and DRAWING rows. The following template attributes can be used with this content type:
TYPE: the type of the historical action, for example update or numbering. USER: the user who made the change. TIME: the time the change was made. COMMENT: the comment which was entered upon clicking Save. REVISION_CODE: the revision code which was entered upon clicking Save.

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You can now export assembly definitions, bolt sets (including a bolt with required washers and nuts) and reinforcing bars to an IFC model. To do this, select Yes in Assemblies, Bolts and Reinforcing bars lists in the IFC Export dialog box. IFC export now supports type objects. IFC export now supports quantity entities (IfcQuantityArea, IfcQuantityLength, IfcQuantityVolume, IfcQuantityWeight). Importing and exporting IFC files is now faster. Also handling of large files has been improved.

IFC export

Converting IFC objects into native Tekla Structures objects


You can now convert the linear objects in an IFC reference model into native Tekla Structures objects by using a macro called IFCObjectConverter. You can also create reports to show the converted objects, check their material and profile, and view their mapping files.

Using the macro enhances the workflow and saves time: you can use the structural objects that have already been modeled by the architect, for example.
For more information

Converting IFC objects into native nati Tekla Structures objects

Improvements in Unitechnik export (79)


The Unitechnik export (79) component enables you to transfer model data to factory automation and ERP systems effi efficiently. You now have more control and flexibility in the export, as the following improvem improvements have been included in Unitechnik export (79) in Tekla Structures 16.0:

New options on the Main tab

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You can define how the cast units are exported on the Main tab:
By CU id: each cast unit has its own output file. By CU pos: identical cast units share an output file.

There is a new option in the Export assemblies list: Exports only the bounding box around the main part of the embedded block or embedded assembly.

You can define the export code in the Def export code box. You can define how to export embedded parts that are outside the concrete element:

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Option

Description Exports all parts in the embed.

Exports only the embedded parts that are inside of the concrete element. Embedded parts that are outside the concrete element are ignored. If an embedded part is partly inside a concrete element, the exported geometry of the embedded part is changed to cut. Same as the previous option, but only embedded parts with class specified in Cut outer only classes are taken into account.
New options on the Unitechnik configuration tab

You can specify the folder where e the file is exported in Directory path box. You have two new options for file names:
Proj_number.Cast_unit_pos.ID_user_extension

With these options, the 10-character long ID number will be included in the file name.
New options on the TS configuration tab New tab Line attributes

You have more options to list classes, which helps to export the embeds in correct blocks. Use the Electric tubes classes, Opening embed classes and Opening cutout classes boxes for these purposes. Sometimes line attribute values that that are exported in the th Unitechnik files are not suitable for the situation in hand. For example, to preserve lightness in the model, you might have fewer chamfers in the model than there will be in the actual structure. For this reason, you might want to override some line attributes in the export so that the model stays light, but the exported Unitechnik files are correct. You can do this by using the options on the Line attributes tab.

New options on the Reinforcement tab New options on the Data specification tab For more information

Improvements in drawing export


When you export drawings, the editable lines in drawings are mapped, and may have a different appearance depending on the software you are exporting to. You can now use the new option Export custom lines as split lines on the Options tab in the Export Drawings dialog box to ensure that custom lines have the same appearance in the software you are exporting to and when printed.
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Exporting Unitechnik Exporting drawings

You can export bent reinforcing bars by selecting Yes in the Bent rebars export list. You can define the Braced girder type.

The different options for data specification are now organized more clearly under the blocks they relate to (HEADER, SLABDATE and MOUNTPART).

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2.7 Analysis and Design


Dynamic updating of the analysis model
The currently active analysis model is now updated automatically and the analysis model is redrawn when you make changes in the physical or the analysis model. For example, when you create a beam in the model, the analysis part for the beam is created automatically in the analysis model. When an analysis model is active, the physical model is now represented in wireframe by default. This makes it easy to see the analysis model.

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Improvements in defining properties for analysis models, analysis parts, members, nodes and rigid links
Numerous improvements have been made in the properties dialog boxes of analysis models, analysis parts, analysis members, nodes and rigid links.
Analysis model properties

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Basics Representation options

You can now create multiple analysis models of the same parts. For example, you can use the same parts for calculating both rigid and pinned support conditions.

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In Tekla Structures 16.0 all analysis-related co content has been moved from the part properties dialog boxes to new analysis part properties dialog boxes. This makes part properties dialog boxes clearer and facilitates facilitates your tasks as all analysis-related analysis-rel properties are now accessible in one dialog box. You can define the analysis part properties with within the active analysis model. This means that you can, for example, define the supports of me members differently in each analysis model. The values defined in the analysis part properties di dialog box are used when the analysis part is created in the analysis model. To access the analysis part properties dialog box, select the part and right-click, and then select Properties... from the pop-up menu.

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Analysis part position

You have more options for part positioning in the analysis model.

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Rigid link properties

You can define properties for rigid links. You can, for example, define start and end releases for rigid links.

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You can now define analysis node properties ba based on user-defined support conditions. You can define also the rotation of the support.

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You can define analysis area edge properties fo for, for example, walls and slabs. To do this, double-click the handle on the edge of the wall or slab to display the Analysis area edge properties dialog box.

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Classifying analysis parts


You can use the options available in the Class list on the Analysis tab in the analysis part properties dialog box for classifying of analysis parts. This is useful especially for secondary parts: when they are classified as Secondary in the analysis part properties dialog box, Keep axis position always is off by default and the secondary parts snap to nearest nodes instead of part end nodes. This results in better analysis models.
For more information

Member analysis class Analysis model properties

Improvements in defining the position of analysis objects


You can use handles to move analysis objects just like any other Tekla Structures objects. You can use handles to define the position of bar nodes, area nodes and area edges if the automatic model creation does not produce the desired result. To do this: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Select the handle of the object and double-click to open the analysis object properties dialog box. Go to the Attributes tab. Select Manual offset in the Offset mode list. Enter the required values in the Offset x, y and z boxes. Click OK.

obj to given coordinates, or to the nearest grid You can also bind the position of the analysis object line. To do this, use the available options in the Axis modifier X, Y and Z lists on the Position tab of the analysis part properties dialog box.

Creating rigid links


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You can easily create rigid links between nodes by using the new menu command. Click Analysis > Create Rigid Link. Pick the start position for the rigid link. Pick the end position for the rigid link.

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For more information

Rigid links Create Rigid Link

Creating nodes
To do this: 1. 2.

You can now create additional nodes by using the new menu command.

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Adding intermediate nodes

Click Analysis > Create Node. Pick a location for the node.

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Displaying members in Analysis & Design applications


Tekla Structures Analysis & Design integration now supports both using split members and avoiding splitting where possible. For example, the column in the example below may be used as one member (bar) for some analysis applications, but as two members for others. In Tekla Structures 16.0, you have the option to split the members into two, or to display them unsplit.

Improvements in built-up sections

The following improvements in built-up bu sections have been incl included in Tekla Structures 16.0:

FEM import using Analysis & Design link


You can now import analysis members to Tekla Structures physical parts by using FEM import in Tekla Structures. This is possible when support for this has been implemented in the link you are using. Also the calculated forces are imported in Tekla Structures 16.0. Now the parametric profiles with imperial units are handled correctly, part names are set, and members are combined in FEM import. Only the analysis engines that support FEM import are displayed as options.

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Analysis part now follows the centre of gravity of a built-up section when you have selected neutral axis for the main part.

You can create an analysis part of a built-up section from physical parts that do not touch each other.

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2.8 Task Manager


Renewed Task Manager user interface
Task Manager user interface has been renewed. The menus are now shown as icons. By default, the icon toolbars are located on both sides of the Task Manager window but you can drag them to the desired location.

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When you select tasks in Task Manager, the tasks are also selected in the model.

Here you can add and remove objects.

Icon

Description Modify parts belonging into this task

More information The selections you make in the model are linked to the task you have selected in the task list. Here you can add and open scenarios. You can rename a scenario by clicking the name and entering a new name. You can also import and export scenarios.

Scenario

Order of tasks Gantt chart timescale Here you can change the timescale of the Gantt chart. Here you can select the task list items that are visible and modify the Gantt chart settings, for example change the colors of Gantt chart symbols. Here you can find commands for printing.

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File Expand task hierarchies Collapse task hierarchies Milestone task Lock/Unlock task Imported task Task linked to model

Expands the task hierarchies that are on the same level. Hold down the Ctrl key to expand all hierarchies. Collapses the task hierarchies that are on the same level. Hold down the Ctrl key to collapse all hierarchies.

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Order of objects in tasks


In Tekla Structures 16.0 it is now possible to control and save the order in which the objects are stored in tasks. Previously it has already been possible to link objects to tasks. The order can be, for example, the design or manufacturing order that steel fabricators and precast manufacturers can use to plan their lots. You can define the order in the Task Information... > Manage Dates of Individual Objects dialog box. Define the order of objects in one of the following ways:

Drag the objects in the list manually to the desired order. Sort the object list according to the desired criteria, for example name, by clicking the column heading. Click the objects in the desired order in the model. Mix all of the above techniques.

When the objects are placed in tasks in the correct order, contractors can more easily define an optimal erection order for cast units and assemblies. Shipments to building sites are thus possible at exactly the right time and storage time at sites is reduced. Defining the order is also useful when planning the work order and material flows of reinforcement management and the formwork of footings.

When you define the cast-in-place work order or work groups within a task, the Custom Inquiry tool is useful for planning the appropriate quantities for each group or lot.

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Production rate for tasks

In Tekla Structures 16.0, you can define a production rate for tasks in Task Manager. By defining a production rate, contractors can calculate the time needed to carry out the helps in planning, for example, the amount of different tasks on the construction site. This he subcontracting resources needed. Define a production rate in the Task Information... > Task Types dialog box. Assign a certain unit for a task type, for example, pieces, an and estimate how many pieces per hour can be manufactured.

When you assign a task type with a production rate for a task, the production rate is shown in the Planned Production Rate column in the task list.

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If you change the duration of the task, the production rate is changed. If you change the production rate, the duration of the task is changed. If you add or remove objects from a task, Task Manager shows the new duration of the task.
For more information

Defining production rate for tasks

Improvements in importing and exporting task information


In Tekla Structures 16.0 you can now import schedules and calendar information from the Primavera software to Task Manager. The import format to Task Manager from Primavera is Primavera.xml. You can modify the schedule and link objects to tasks in Task Manager, and export the schedule back to the Primavera software. The export format from Task Manager to Primavera is Microsoft Project.xml.
For more information

Imported task information

Creating reports from task information


You can now create reports from the task information in Task Manager. Reports help you to track project progress. The reports can list tasks, their objects and the related informat information, such as start date, end date, and contractors. objects and the related task information, for example, to which tasks the objects belong.

For more information

2.9 Custom Components


New value type Stud length
A new value type Stud length has been added for studs. The new value type makes it easier to parametrize and use stud lengths with custom connections. The Stud length value type gives a list of stud lengths in the same way as the regular bolt properties dialog box. When you use custom connections, the stud length list is filled automatically according to the selected stud standard and size.

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Creating a report Viewing a report Creating a template

To create a report from task task information, go to Drawings & Reports > Create report... and select the Task Manager template from the report template list. You can modify the existing Task Manager template or create a new template in Template Editor to customize the report for your own needs. You can use the reports created from task information when making, for example, quantity lists inform diff of the materials needed in the different phases of a building project.

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New parametric property Parts with slotted holes

A new parametric property Parts with slotted holes has been added for bolts in Custom component browser. You can now set equations for parts with slotted holes. Use the new Bitmask value type to set the parameter variable. The Bitmask value type works with zeros

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2.10 System Components


Ship Ladder (1)

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Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Ship Ladder (1). You can use Ship Ladder (1) to create stairs, for example, for ships and oil platforms. Ship Ladder (1) can create four different type of stairs with stringers stringers, steps, stanchions, handrails, and platform.
Type 3 ship ladder with stringers, steps, stanchions, platform, and handrails with elbows

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Type 2 ship ladder with stringers, steps, stanchions, platform, and handrails with elbows

and middle rails.

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Before you start

Ship Ladder (1) uses catalog step profiles to define the step type on the Parts tab.

Selection order

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To have an updated step profile list on the Parts tab, you need to run the Steps.exe program when you use the Ship Ladder (1) modeling tool for the first time in your environment, or when you change your Tekla Structures environment. If you use supporting beams, create two beams on different levels but on the same plane before creating the stairs.

Pick a point to indicate the bottom level of the stairs. Pick a point to indicate th the top level of the stairs. Click the middle mouse button to create the component.

If you are using supporting beams: Create the beams. Go to the Picture tab and in the Detail A and Detail C fields select Connection A and Connection C options respectively. Pick a point to indicate the bottom level of the stairs. Pick a point to indicate the top level of the stairs. Select the first beam. Select the second beam. Click the middle mouse button to create the component.

Use the Picture tab to define the type of the stairs and the dimensions between the parts created. Use the Parts tab to define the profiles of the parts created. Use the Platform tab to define the platform offset and support properties.

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Steps tab Rails tab

Use the Steps tab define the step spacing and offset properties. Use the Rails tab to define the handrail and middle rail properties and how the rails are connected to the stanchions. Use the Detail B tab to define the bolt properties on a plate that connects stanchions to stringers. Use the Weldings tab to define the welding properties. Ship Ladder (1)

Detail B tab

Weldings tab For more information

Opening Frame (1)


Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Opening Frame (1). You can use Openining Frame (1) to create an open frame for wall, roof, or floor openings. The frame is created between beams or columns.

Before you start Selection order

Picture tab Parts tab Connections tab

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Create two columns or beams. 1. 2. 3. 4. Select the main part. Select the secondary part. Pick the start point of the opening frame. Pick the end point of the opening frame. Use the Picture tab to control, for example, the frame position, offsets, and spacings. Use the Parts tab to define the part properties. Use the Connections tab to define the properties of connection components that are created between the parts. Use the Welds tab to control the properties of welds that are created between the parts. Opening Frame (1)

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Gusset+ T (1)
Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new connection calledGusset+ T (1). It connects a beam or a brace to another beam by welding a T profile to the end of the beam and bolting this profile to a shear plate gusset on the main part. The main part is typically an H or I profile, and the secondary part is typically a square or round hollow profile, though channels and other profiles can also be used.

Rectangle to circle (17)

Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Rectangle to circle (17). You can use Rectangle to circle (17) to create a reducing piece between a rectangular and a circular profile. The reducing piece consists of multiple triangular tr plates.

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Picture tab

Use the Picture tab to define the offset for the reducing piece rectangular and circular ends, and the number of parts which the reducing piece consists of. Use the Parts tab to define the thickness of the triangular plates and the reducing piece position. Use the Parameters tab to define the shape of the reducing piece ends if you have created it by tria plates, and to define picking the points, to increase or decrease the number of triangular whether the triangular plates are welded.

Parts tab

Parameters tab

Unfold surface (21)

Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Unfold surface (21). You can use Unfold surface (21) to unfold welded plates. The unfolded plates are cr created to a location that you have defined. You can also create assembly assembly drawings from the unfolded plates. Use Unfold surface (21) to unfold triangular plates created with, for example, Triangles generation (19) modeling tool.

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Do not use Unfold surface (21) to unfold polybeams. 1. 2. Select a location for the unfolded plate. Select a triangular plate. The unfolded plate is created to a location you have defined. If the weld size between the triangular plates is set to 0, Unfold surface (21) unfolds only one triangular plate, not all the welded triangular plates.

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Plates tab

Use the Plates tab to define the thickness of the unfolded plate and whether the properties of the triangular plate are exported to the unfolded plate. Use the Big plate tab to define whether one plate is created or several plates are welded together, and the accuracy of the plates. Use the Parameters tab to define the weld reference text in an assembly drawing.

Big plate tab

Parameters tab

Squeezed tube (103)


Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new connection called Squeezed tube (103). You can use Squeezed tube (103) to create a squeezed part between two tubular profiles. The squeezed part can be either a tube that is squeezed at one end and then welded to a plate, or a reducing contour plate. It is also possible to define a connection where no squeezed tubes or contour plates are created, but the profiles are connected with cuts, fittings, and welds.

Selection order

Picture tab

Parts tab Parameters tab

Slab Reinforcement Tool (1)


Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Slab Reinforcement Tool (1). You can use Slab Reinforcement Tool (1) to create reinforcements to irregularly shaped concrete slabs. The reinforcements are created as reinforcing bar groups. It is also possible to splice the reinforcing bars.

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Select the main part. Select the secondary part. The squeezed part is created.

Use the Picture tab to define the shape and dimensions of the squeezed part, and whether the profiles are connected with a squeezed part or with cuts, fittings, or welds. Use the Parts tab to define the thickness and width of the squeezed part end. Use the Parameters tab to define whether the secondary part is welded to the main part, whether the secondary part, the squeezed part and the contour plate are handled as a single part, and how the squeezed part is flattened.

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Create a slab. 1. 2. 3. Select the main part (slab). Pick points to define the direction of the reinforcement bars. If the area to be reinforced is set to By polygon, pick the polygon points to define the reinforced area.

Parameters tab

Use the Parameters tab to control the reinforcement properties, cover thickness, and reinforcing bar spacing and area. Use the Advanced tab to control the reinforcing bar end hooks, splicing, and opening properties.

Advanced tab

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Slab Reinforcement Tool (1)

Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Hollow Core Opening Tool (1). You can use Hollow Core Opening Tool (1) to create holes and recesses to hollow core slabs.

Hollow Core Opening Tool (1) works with single hollow core slabs, or with floors that are created with Modeling of floor bay (66) modeling tool. Hollow Core Opening Tool calculates the location for the openings based on the given values

and the slab profile data. If needed, you can use an external configuration file in XML format that provides different rules for the openings and the slab profile data. You can define small and large openings. Small openings are placed in the middle of the hollow cores so that no webs are broken. Large openings break webs.

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Before you start Selection order

Create a hollow core slab. 1. 2. Select the main part (slab). Pick a position for the opening.

Parameters tab For more information

Use the Parameters tab to control the properties of the openings. Hollow Core Opening Tool (1)

Hollow Core Lifting Loops (1)

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Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Hollow Core Lifting Loops (1). You can use Hollow Core Lifting Loops to create lifters for hollow core slabs.

The Hollow Core Lifting Loops (1) works with single hollow core slabs, or with floors that are created with Modeling of floor bay (66) modeling tool. Th lifting device can be created as a custom part, or it can be You also need a lifting device. The imported to the model. Alternatively, you can us use an external configuration file in XML format to define the properties for the r recess, the lifting device and the slab.

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Select the main part (slab).

The lifters and hollow core fillings are created.


Basic settings tab Lifting device settings tab For more information

Use the Basic settings tab to control the properties of the lifters.

Use the Lifting device settings tab to control the properties of the lifting devices. Hollow Core Lifting Loops (1)

Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1)

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Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1). You can use Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1) to create reinforcement meshes with multiple reinforcing bar sizes. The created reinforcement mesh is optimized for a mesh welding machine.
Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1) can be used for slabs and wall panels. The slabs and wall panels

can be of any polygonal shape with any number of openings. The reinforcing bars in the mesh can be of different size, and the spacings between the bars can vary.

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Before you start

Create a hollow core slab and a lifting device.

Selection order

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Select the main part (slab or wall panel). The reinfocement mesh is created.

Mesh Parameters tab Longitudinal Wires tab Crossing Wires tab Attributes tab For more information

Use the Mesh Parameters tab to control the mesh creation and cover thickness. Use the Longitudinal Wires tab to control the mesh creation in longitudinal direction, and the reinforcement zones. Use the Crossing Wires tab to control the mesh creation in crossing direction, and the reinforcement zones. Use the Attributes tab to control the re reinforcement properties. Multiple Wire Size Mesh (1)

Seam Applicator (1)


Tekla Structures 16.0 includes a new modeling tool called Seam Applicator (1). You can use Seam Applicator (1) to create a seam between two double tee slabs, or between a double tee slab and a wall or a spandrel. The double tees can also be warped and/or chambered. To be able to use the Seam Applicator (1) you need to have a custom seam. The custom seam can be created in the model, or it can be imported to the model.

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Create a polygon slab or a wall panel with any number of openings. De Define the reinforcement zones with different area per length values in both the longitudinal and crossing directions. Each direction can be divided up to five zones.

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Create a custom seam. 1. 2. Select the main part. Select the secondary part. One of the selected parts must be a double tee slab and the other part can a double tee slab, a wall, or a spandrel.

If the seam cannot be created between the selected parts for some reason, a dummy beam is created instead. The beam indicates that the seam creation did not succeed.

Parameters tab

Use the Parameters tab to control the properties of the seam.

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Improvements in Haunch (40) and Cranked beam (41)


Haunch (40) and Cranked beam (41) connections have been improved in Tekla Structures

16.0.
Haunch (40) includes the following improvements:

You can now create diagonal stiffeners. The Diagonal stiffener option has been added on the Parameters tab.

A new option for haunch cut, Cut at lower end haunch, has been added on the Haunch tab. You can now create separate upper upper and lower bolt plates on the Extra plate tab.

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On the Haunch tab the Haunch parameters V now works correctly, and the Method to calculate V option has been renamed as Symmetrical cut for profile haunch. On the Haunch tab the Haunch parameters L4 now includes the beam flange thickness. The Name for Horizontal haunch plate is now PLATE instead of BEAM.

The beam stiffener position was not correct with certain values in the d: field on the Haunch tab. This has now been fixed. On the Parameters tab the width of Additional stiffener, Rafter bottom stiffener and Compression stiffener now works correctly. Now the stiffener chamfer radius of the secondary part is equal to the stiffener chamfer radius of the main part. The top and bottom extension of the end plate did not work when the rotation angle was not 0. This has now been fixed. A new Chamfers tab has been added for the connection. You can now create separate bolt groups on the Bolts tab.

Cranked beam (41) includes the following improvements:

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You can now create column stiffeners. The Column stiffener option has been added on the Parts tab. You can now create a gap between the end plates on the Parameters tab. The haunch plates are now created inside of the column-beam frame. Previously, the plates were created outside the frame.

Improvements in Truss (S78)


Modeling tool Truss (S78) has been improved in Tekla Structures 16.0.
Truss (S78) includes the following improvements:

If you used non-symmetrical profiles (for example, WQ) in the top chord, the profiles were not symmetrically positioned but the other chord was upside down. This has now been fixed, and the chords are positioned symmetrically. A new option that enables the creation of N-type truss has been added on the Parameters tab.

You can now create a top chord that consists of only one beam. To join top chords into one beam, use the new option Continuous on the Picture tab. Note that the joined beams need to be on the same level, and you need to first delete possible fittings. If the top chord is bent, a polybeam is created.

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You can now split the bottom chord into two pieces and use a connection or welds to join the bottom chords in the same way as the top chords are joined. Define how the bottom chords are joined by selecting the suitable option. The options are Apex haunch (106), Joining plates (14), Welded, and Continuous. The bottom chord splitting point corresponds to the top chord apex point. You can select which part of the truss is set as the main part of an assembly. The options are Left Top Chord, Right Top Chord, Left Bottom Chord, Right Bottom Chord, None. If you use round tube profiles, you can now create the Round tube (23) connection between the diagonals or verticals and chords.

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It is now possible to create a non-symmetrical truss where the top chord apex is not in the middle of the chord. You can now set separate clearances for the diagonals at the top and bottom chords.

Truss (S78)

Improvements in Automated reinforcement reinforcement layout - double tee beam (51)


Modeling tool Automated reinforcement layout - double tee beam (51) has been improved in Tekla Structures 16.0. improvements are included: The following improvements

You can now define the depression spacing type to be Top of depression and define the location of the topmost strand on the Strand profile tab. Previously, the spacing type was always the exact location.

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On the Stem mesh tab you can now separately switch on or off the creation of two stem meshes, layer 1 and layer 2. You can also define the Mesh stem position at both ends, x1 and x2, of the stem.

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You can now create edge reinforcement for all openings on the Edge reinforcement tab.

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The mesh type now determines the mesh grade, size and bar spacing when it is selected from the mesh catalog. Previously, you had to define the mesh grade, size and bar spacing separately on the Stem mesh and Flange tabs. You can now create multiple sheets along the double tee beam on the Multiple sheets tab. You can define the mesh layout by defining the minimum overlapping length. Instead of one mesh, many overlapping meshes are created along the short and long side of the stem. On the Notch/Opening tab, you can control the creation of reinforcing bars around openings and notches in the horizontal and vertical vertical direction. You can create more than one reinforcing bar row around the notches and openings.

Improvements in Corbel Reinforcement (81)


Modeling tool Corbel Reinforcement (81) has been improved in Tekla Structures 16.0.
Corbel Reinforcement (81) includes the following improvements:

the corbel can now be chamfered you can add two sets of horizontal stirrups: one set for the straight part of the corbel and one set for the chamfered part of the corbel

single reinforcing bar, or two you can select whether the stirrups stirrups consist of either a bent si overlapping U bars that face each other

transverse stirrups follow the shape of the corbel you can add diagonal stirrups

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Fixes

3.1 Introduction
This section contains descriptions on the numerous fixes and improvements that have been included in Tekla Structures 16.0. .0. Also fixes made for upgrade packages since Tekla Structures 15.0 are included. The number after the description description of the fix (for example TT12345) is the development item number of that particular fix. Your local Tekla Tekla office may have referred to this number when you have for example submitted a maintenance request.

Fix list

Speed improvements

Migration Wizard

Saving the model

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Modifying grids in large models is now faster. TT49422 Creating unfolded drawings of polybeams is now faster.

The Migration Wizard did not appear when you started Tekla Structures for the first time after installation. This has now been fixed. TT46917 It is now possible to change the automatic selections in the Migration Wizard. TT47340

In previous versions, when you saved a model using the Save As command, the environment of the original model might be changed as well. This has now been fixed. TT49025

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Model size

If you set the advanced option XS_DELETE_UNNECESSARY_INT_ARRAYS to TRUE and then click Tools > Diagnose & Repair Model > Repair Model, also unnecessary double arrays are removed from the database. This reduces the model size in some cases but should be used with caution. TT45033

Multi-user models

Objects disappeared in a multi-user model when you did the following:

You numbered all objects. You modified one of the objects. You used the Number Modified Objects command, but then clicked Cancel for the offered number. You used the Diagnose Model and Repair Model commands.

This has now been fixed. TT46543

Numbering no longer overrides changes in parts. This means that you can number a multiuser model without using the Synchronize with master model (save-numbering-save) option. This reduces the time needed for numbering remarkably in projects where each numbering series has a person who is responsible of numbering the objects in that numbering series.

If the Synchronize with master model (save-numbering-save) option is not used, similar parts may receive different numbers. For this reason, leave the option empty only in the situation described above.

Project properties

Previously, sometimes when you changed the values in the Project Properties dialog box, the changes you made were not saved. This has now been fixed so that if this happens, you can correct the situation by using Tools > Diagnose & Repair Model. TT45945

Object properties

Dialog boxes

Storing multiple backup files

Flat bars

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Sometimes, when you modified object properties, the properties that were not selected using modify filter check boxes were also modified. This has now been fixed.

When you clicked the fields in the component or user-defined attribute dialog boxes, the corresponding check boxes automatically became selected, even though the value was not changed. This has now been fixed. TT47439

You can now store multiple versions of the backup copy of the model database. To do this, set the new advanced option XS_STORE_MULTIPLE_BAK_FILES to TRUE in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > File Locations. TT46522

The name of the fltprops file has been changed to fltprops.inp in the French environment. TT38079

The XS_CYCLIC_SOLVER_USE_ATTRIBUTE_LOOPS advanced option has been removed from Tekla Structures 15.0 and later versions. TT28694

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3.3 Modeling
Fix list
Cuts in solid parts

Previously cuts in solid parts failed sometimes, especially in cases where there were small angles between the cut and the part, such as cuts in pipes. Also cuts in hollow core parts were affected. Now cuts in solid parts are created more robustly and there are less failures. Also solid error handling has been improved: Tekla Structures no longer displays internal error messages. TT47090

Zooming the model

You can now use the following shortcut when viewing items in logs and reports: Hold down Z and select a row that contains an ID number. Tekla Structures zooms to the corresponding objects in the active model view. TT48430

Mini Toolbar

If you copied weld properties using the Mini Toolbar, the copied weld disappeared. This has now been fixed. TT46812 The rotation angle of a column could not be changed using the Mini Toolbar. This has now been fixed. TT45885 You can now customize the Mini Toolbar for assemblies and cast units. In the Customize Mini Toolbar dialog box, select assemblies in the Choose minitoolbar to customize list and then select the elements you want to include in the Mini Toolbar. TT46906 You can now modify and create bolts with the Mini Toolbar also with the Engineering configuration. TT48596

Snapping

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If you modified the surface treatment type more than once using the Mini Toolbar, the type did not change. This has now been fixed.

End point snaps work from very far away as in earlier Tekla Structures versions. This improvement makes snapping to even distances along the reference lines harder, but it works as intended when you select the Snap to nearest point selection switch.

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Snapping to end points in T-profile parts now works correctly. TT48682 When you drag and drop objects from 3D space to the view plane, snapping to positions at even distances is now switched off. In previous versions, this feature sometimes caused the picked point to fall of the plane.

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You can no longer modify component names using the Mini Toolbar. TT46625

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Snapping to positions at even distances now works correctly also on rotated view and work planes. TT45616 When snapping in orthogonal directions, the picked point sometimes fell off the line if the line you had snapped to was not perpendicular to the snapping direction. This has now been fixed. TT45749 Snapping to positions at even distances now works also when snapping to part extension lines with Drag and Drop switched on. TT45207 It is now again possible to pick the center point of a construction circle from the edge of the circle. TT497234972349723

Copying and moving objects

Previously, when you unselected all the directions in the Move Special > Linear... or Copy Special > Linear... dialog box and then clicked Move or Copy, the x-direction was nged so that the none of the directions is selected automatically. This has now been changed automatically selected. TT46387 Only selected objects are now copied when you you are copying an object to another object. TT49104

Selection and view filters

You can now filter empty object property values. For example, you could filter out all parts whose part name equals <empty>. In previous versions, only user-defined attributes could be filtered with empty values. TT37518 reinforcing bars, surface treatments, bolts and welds, now also fittings, cuts In addition to reinforcing and chamfers follow the filtering of assemb assemblies. These object types get the assembly properties from their parent assembly. TT48917

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Changing the view filter in the View Properties dialog caused the view to zoom out and return to the default rotation setting. This has now been fixed. To avoid changing the rotation, clear the Rotation around Z and Rotation around X check boxes; otherwise the current values will be applied when you click Modify. TT41052

You can now hide grids from the view by using a rule in the Object Group - View Filter dialog box. To do this, use the following format: Set the Category to Object. Set the Property to Id number. Set the Condition to Does not equal. Select the grid from the model to get the value in the Value column.

To combine rules so that, for example, only parts with the profile HEA600 are visible and the grid is not, the rules must be combined with And in the And/Or column.

In addition to filtering assembly type and series, you can now also filter by assembly name.

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Measuring objects

When you measure a distance between two points using the Measure > Distance command, the dimension is now drawn correctly in the model.

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Grids

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Grids disappeared in wireframe views when you saved a model, reopened it and then redrew the view. This has now been fixed.

In previous versions, it was not always possible to create a thin plate from the origin to the extremity and another thin plate from the same extremity to the same origin. This has now been fixed. TT44292

Construction circles created in plane views are now visible in all views. TT43530 The polybeam bending radius from the inner surface of the part was not calculated correctly when the advanced option XS_UNFOLDING_DONT_USE_NEUTRAL_AXIS_FOR_RADIUS was set to TRUE. This has now been fixed. TT46325 Unfolded polybeams were sometimes offset incorrectly. This has now been fixed. TT47453 If you created spiral stairs using the dual curved polybeam profile and fully rounded chamfering in the rail, the polybeam profile disappeared. This has now been fixed. TT48747

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Assemblies

Exploding a subassembly sometimes destroyed the assembly structure and caused invalid assembly IDs. This has now been fixed. TT48887

Chamfers

The round outlines in chamfers of polybeams and cambered parts are now drawn with better accuracy. When you camber a part, Tekla Structures calculates all the part vertices to be on a circle arc, but all span edges between two vertices are approximations of the arc. You can now use a new advanced option XS_MAX_DEVIATION_FOR_CURVED_PART_EDGES in Tools > Options > Advanced Options.. > Concrete Detailing to limit the maximum distance by which the edge can deviate from the arc. Define the value in millimeters. The default is 2.0 and the minimum value is 0.1. TT48695

Welds

When you removed a part from an assembly and the part was welded to another part, Tekla Structures displayed a confirmation dialog even for site welds. This has now been fixed. TT48377

Anchor rods

The calculated length of anchor rods ds is now correct when using unfolded_corner_ratios.inp.

Inquiring object properties

The Inquire Object dialog box did not always display the length of objects using the length might be incorrectly displayed in correct measuring unit. For example, the length millimeters instead of inches. This has now been fixed. TT46555 In the Custom Inquiry tool, the WEIGHT attribute returned the weight of a single rebar even when the whole reinforcing bar group was being selected. This has now been fixed. TT48543 The user-defined property files (*.it) of the Custom Inquiry tool are now stored in the model's attributes folder, just like the other user-defined property files. TT48224

Part labels

Clash checking

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TT48308

Part labels now support imperial units.

The Clash Check tool did not always find all the clashes if the advanced option XS_USE_NEW_CLASH_CHECK was set to TRUE. This has now been fixed. TT44969

Clash checking works as in earlier Tekla Structures versions by default so that clash checking is performed for normal solid accuracy. For high solid accuracy, you can set the advanced option XS_USE_EXACT_SOLID_FOR_CLASH_CHECK to TRUE. This advanced option is a model-specific setting. Using high accuracy, that is, setting
XS_USE_EXACT_SOLID_FOR_CLASH_CHECK to TRUE slows down the

clash checking process and there is also a higher risk of solid errors. TT48077

If no part was selected in the model, you could not run clash check for reinforcing bars or bolts. This has now been fixed. TT49507

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TT48300

Object representation settings

Active object representation settings were sometimes lost when the model was closed. This has now been fixed. If you modify the representation settings, make sure you save the changes before closing the model, otherwise the changes will be lost. TT36663 When you changed the object representation for an object group to Color by attribute, closing the Color by attribute dialog box by using the button did not open the list of possible representations anymore until you restarted Tekla Structures. This has now been fixed. TT51441

Project status visualization

Visualization of task types and task names did not always work correctly. This has now been fixed. TT46987

Model Organizer

Sometimes when you moved a group of assemblies from one category to another, a message dialog box was displayed asking you to verify the moving. If Model Organizer was maximized and Stay on top of other applications was selected, the message dialog box was hidden behind Model Organizer. In this case, you had to close Tekla Structures. This has now been changed so that the message dialog box always appears on top of Model Organizer.

Numbering the model

The numbering history log file (numbering.history) now contains more information about overlapping numbering series. TT26050 Fixed reinforcing bar numbering series are now listed separately in reports when full numbering is used. In previous versions, reinforcing bars were listed under Parts in reports. TT46365 Family numbering now works correctly also with the comparison criteria Material and Name. TT48772 The orientation of the reinforcement mesh no longer affects numbering. In previous versions, if two cast units contained identical identi reinforcement meshes whose orientation differed, the cast units were assigned different position numbers. This has now been fixed. TT46659 simila custom hooks were incorrectly considered Circular reinforcing bar groups that had similar equal and therefore got similar position numbers, even when their radiuses were different. This has now been fixed. TT49060

Reference models

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Tekla Structures 16.0 includes support for reference models in DWG 2010 format. Redrawing the view and fitting the work area are now considerably faster with 3D DWG reference models. TT45892 DGN reference models were not always completely visible in the model. For example, a profile might be shown partly as wireframe. This has now been fixed. In previous versions of Tekla Structures:

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TT41809

Objects with thickness 0 caused solid operations to fail when using an XML model as a reference model. This has now been fixed. TT46154 When inserted as an XML reference model, fitted double tee slabs were broken if they contained multiple identical points. This has now been fixed. TT45927

Sketched cross sections

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Splitting very large reference models into refe reference model objects is now much faster than before. For models with more than 100,000 reference objects, the splitting is now done in five minutes, including redrawing the reference objects. The advanced option XS_USE_EXACT_EXTREMA_FOR_REFERENCE_MODELS must be set to FALSE, otherwise the splitting is still very slow. TT46732 Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) should be unique, but some programs are known to produce two or more objects with the same GUID causing the IFC files imported from that software to have limited functionality. The duplicate GUIDs are now listed in the main Tekla Structures log, so that the user has a possibility to correct the situation in the other software, or by editing the IFC file manually.

When an existing sketch was edited in the cross section sketch editor and saved with the same name, the sketch was sometimes lost. This happened occasionally if a user had used part or connection position planes. This has now been fixed. TT45578 The following value types have been removed from the cross section sketch editor variables: Text, Rebar grade, Rebar size, Rebar bending radius, and Component attribute file. TT46005

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There is now an icon for the Reference Model List.

When creating a fixed library profile from a sketched profile, an extra parametric profile was added to the profile catalog. The extra profile was created when the fixed profile name contained a number. This has now been fixed. TT42835 The cross section sketch editor now has two separate commands for saving cross sections:
Save sketch and Save sketch as.

TT48395

Sketched cross sections could not always be used in another model. This has now been fixed. TT47268, TT48738 Sketched profiles are now correctly copied from another model, if the needed sketch definitions are first imported to the new model. However, if you are copying from an older version of Tekla Structures, you must first save the model in Tekla Structures 16.0 before copying any objects from that model. TT48895 Sketched cross sections that were used in a custom component were not automatically exported along with the custom component, which meant that the imported custom component did not function properly in the model. This has now been fixed. TT32522

Profiles with variable cross sections

Previously, it was not possible to create a profile with variable cross sections from sketches whose names include the same characters as defined defined as parametric profile separators. For example, US imperial X and * are default default separators. This has now been fixed. TT45240 Sketch parameters with value type chamfer or number are now visible for profiles with variable cross sections in the Profile Editor and they can be used as profile parameters. It is recommended to use user parameters for th the chamfer type because all sections should have the same number of cross section points. In some cases the profile can be broken if different chamfer types are used in the same profile. TT44833 Currently, it is not possible to create a library profile from a profile with variable cross sections. Previously, library profile creation wa was not prevented in all cases in the profile catalog and it seemed possible that the profile could be created. Now the possibility to create such a profile is prevented. TT46464 The part positioning planes of the sketch are taken into account when positioning profiles with variable cross sections in the model. TT44544 You can now import and export several profiles with variable cross sections into the same model. TT46590 If you tried to rename a parameter variable with a name that was already in use, the name was automatically changed to P1, even if there already was a variable named P1. This has now been fixed. TT47687 After adding a cross section to a profile, the previously sketched cross section appeared in the cross section sketch editor when creating a new sketch. This has now been fixed. TT47688 If you first removed a sketched profile from the profile catalog, and then imported sketched profiles into the model, the profile catalog was unable to display profile information correctly. This has now been fixed. TT47814

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You no longer need to copy the *.lis file manually when exporting profiles with variable cross sections, as the *.lis file is now automatically included within the export file (*.uel). TT46422 Imported profiles with variable cross sections did not function correctly when used in a model. This has now been fixed. TT48062

Parametric profiles

The area shown for a parametric profile was sometimes different in the Inquire Object dialog box and the reports. This has now been fixed. TT45111

Web Viewer

The Web Viewer now shows the parts with variable cross section profiles in the correct position. TT46907

User-defined attributes

If the objects.inp file was stored in the model folder instead of the system folder, the size of the User-defined attributes dialog box of the project (File > Project Properties > User-defined attributes) was increased excessively. This has now been fixed. TT44971 If a user-defined attribute was used in part labels, labels, it might be displayed with an incorrect measuring unit. For example, the value might be incorrectly displayed in millimeters instead of inches. This has now been fixed. TT37796

3.4 Reinforcement
Fix list
Reinforcing bars

Reinforcing bars that have no straight segments between two roundings are now displayed correctly in the model. TT45410 For straight reinforcing bars containing end hooks, the dimension D1 is now calculated correctly also when the advanced option XS_REBAR_RECOGNITION_HOOKS_CONSIDERATION is set to FALSE. TT44275 Tekla Structures now contains a new reinforcing bar input type named rebar_size. TT44895 The dimensions of the following reinforcing bar bending types are now listed in a different order in reports: 44, 44_2, 45, 45_2, and 46. TT46533 Tekla Structuresdid not always recognize the reinforcing bar bending type 67_2 correctly. This has now been fixed. TT42193 A new reinforcing bar bending shape, 32_2, has been added to Tekla Structures.

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The order of dimensions now begins from the longer leg of the reinforcing bar for reinforcing bar bending shapes 44, 44_2, 45, 45_2 and 46. The order of dimensions begins from the longer leg of the rebar. Leg dimensions D1 and D5 now have US style hooks and leg dimensionsD6 and D7 have European style hooks. TT46249, TT46250 The minimum and maximum dimensions of bent reinforcing bars are now calculated ve set the advanced option correctly also when you have XS_REBAR_RECOGNITION_HOOKS_CONSIDERATION to TRUE. TT47325 number of characters that In the Reinforcing Bar Properties dialog box, the maximum nu you can enter in the Exact spacing values box has been increased from 120 to 1021. TT44877

Reinforcement meshes

It is not possible to create bent meshes with one or zero longitudinal bars. TT39558 The rebar offset information for rebar meshes is now saved correctly in the multiuser mode. TT49984 The From plane offset now works correctly when opening Tekla Structures 14.1, or older, models with mirrored rebar meshes in later Tekla Structures versions. TT49728

Cover thickness

Reinforcement properties

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TT46368

If you set the reinforcing bar cover thickness (On plane or From plane) to zero, the reinforcing bar disappeared. This has now been fixed.

Representations for reinforcement meshes and reinforcing bar groups are now updated immediately according to the active representation settings when their properties are changed. TT46793

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3.5 Drawings
Fix list
Leader lines

Calculating the end points of a leader line caused excessive memory usage. This has now been fixed. TT47059 The handles of leader lines are now work correctly. TT46587 Setting the advanced option
XS_MARK_LEADER_LINE_POSITION_TYPE_FOR_RECTANGULAR_FRAME or XS_MARK_LEADER_LINE_POSITION_TYPE_FOR_NO_FRAME to 1, 2 or 3 now results in

the desired leader line position. TT47452

The handles of a hidden object are no longer visible in the drawing. TT47728

TT48349
Polylines

The arrowhead of the polyline now points to the correct direction. TT48876

Drawing titles

Now also additional drawing titles have modify check boxes in front of the title field.

Reinforcement in drawings

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Reinforcing bar marks were sometimes placed outside the detail or section view boundaries. This has now been fixed. TT32551 Reinforcing bar end symbols are now hidden when they are located behind a part or a reinforcing bar. TT47234 The location of reinforcement pull-outs has been improved: the pull-outs are no longer located outside the view as they were in some specific cases. TT42586, TT46963 Changing the value in the Mesh symbol size field in the reinforcement properties dialog box did not affect the drawing. This has now been fixed. TT44885 Mesh outline presentation now has the correct protection area. TT45918 Merged reinforcing bar marks and reinforcing bar marks with multiple leader lines are now placed nearer to the reinforcing bars.

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ed correctly in plan views of general The leader lines of bolt marks are now created arrangement drawings.

TT45188

Merged reinforcing bar marks are now updated correctly when any reinforcing bar in the model changes. TT45514 After you have moved a reinforcement mark by pressing the Shift key and dragging, and changed the leader line type of the mark so that the mark is parallel to the reinforcing bar, the leader line is shown correctly in the drawing. TT45873 You can now drag merged reinforcement mark handles that have parallel leader lines also in situations where the mark is vertically between base points. TT46234 Reinforcing bars are now visible when you create a general arrangement drawing from a cast unit view. TT45572 Reinforcing bars are now drawn correctly in section views. TT45598 When you selected the bar in the middle of group option in the Visibility of reinforcing bars in group list in the Drawing reinforcement reinforcement properties dialog box, the reinforcing

The dimension shown for hooks over 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees in a pull-out picture was not correct. This is has now been fixed. TT46796 There is a new setting PulloutShowUSHookDims in the rebar_config.inp file. With this option you can control if the US/ US/NA style of dimension will be shown for hooks over 90 degrees. See the picture for th the difference between the "US/NA"(=A) and "european"(=B) hook dimension.

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//PullOutShowUSHookDims: 0=show "european" hook dimension (=leg length), 1=show "US" hook dimension (=straight length)for hooks >90 degrees PullOutShowUSHookDims=0 TT40810

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The dimensions (D1 .. D13) for bending type UNKNOWN(Y) are now fixed. TT46599 A reinforcing bar was drawn incorrectly when the end of the reinforcing bar was not perpendicular to the view plane. This has now been fixed. TT44886 The class of reinforcing bars is now shown correctly in reinforcement marks. TT47171 The advanced options XS_REBAR_BEND_MAR_SYMBOL_MIN_SIZE and XS_REBAR_END_SYMBOR_MIN_SIZE now work correctly. TT46503 When you create dimension marks by selecting a reinforcing bar, right-clicking and selecting Add Mark > Dimension Mark from the pop-up menu, the position number and other information in dimension marks is now related to the selected reinforcing bar. TT48441, TT51308 Reinforcement meshes were drawn incorrectly: crossing bars were drawn using the value from the Longitudinal field, and vice versa. This has now been fixed. TT50733 You can now add reinforcing bar target spacing values in reinforcement marks. TT47587 Hooks are now drawn in the correct direction direction for tapered reinforcing bar groups. TT9730 Reinforcement pull-outs are now displayed in marks when you move the view to an another drawing. TT49295

Drawing revisions

Drawing revisions are no longer lost when you modify objects in the model and renumber the modified objects. TT37724

Detail views

Single-part drawings

Protection areas

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You can now enter detail names that are up to 9 characters long in the Detail name box in the Detail symbol properties dialog box. TT42233 Grids were sometimes not updated in the detail view, if the view was moved in a general arrangement drawing. Also the detail view was sometimes moved to a wrong location on the sheet. This has now been fixed.

Now when you right-click a neighbor part in a single-part drawing, a pop-up menu is displayed. TT43592 When you created a bolt that went through two plates, defined the bolt as an oversized hole for the first plate and then created single-part drawings for both plates, the bolt was defined as an oversized hole in both drawings. This has now been fixed. TT51537

The protection areas of objects with triangular frames have been improved. TT43884 Protecting areas works now correctly for weld mark leader lines. TT50245, TT51238

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The angle value of a weld mark had too large a protection area, which covered some of the parts in the output. This has now been fixed. TT49426

Showing part openings and recesses

An application error occurred when you opened a drawing that included a hole or a recess with only 3 points and the recess symbol was a cross. This has now been fixed. TT49768

Drawing views

Drawing views that are created from model views with parentheses in their names are now named correctly. TT44802 Sometimes some views in assembly drawings were very long. This has now been fixed. TT48466 In some cases when you updated a drawing, the dimensions were displayed in drawing views, but the representation of the part was missing. This has now been fixed. TT46828 In some cases when you updated a drawing, the dimensions were displayed in drawing views, but the representation of the part was missing. This has now been fixed. TT46828

Grids in drawings

3D views are now associative in assembly and cast unit drawings. TT40170

The Undo command did not work correctly when the grid was dragged multiple times. This has now been fixed. TT48472 Grid lines that run in the same direction are now updated correctly. TT49280

Dimensioning

Dimensions

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TT51209

Dimensions that contain grouping tags are no longer removed as duplicates. TT45119

When dimension grouping is updated due to changes in the model and new dimensions are created, the method used to place the new dimensions is now always free, even if the original dimensions were fixed. TT45146 You can now group the dimension lines of reinforcing bar groups that are on different view depths in the drawing. TT12126 The command Dimensioning > Add dimensions for all parts has been renamed to Dimensioning > Recreate Dimensions for All Parts. TT34798 Modifying dimensioning properties of cast unit drawings now works correctly.

Creating a general arrangement drawing with grid dimensions caused Tekla Structures to stall in some rare circumstances. This has now been fixed. TT45014

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Previously, extra dimensions were created for polybeams in assembly drawings. The dimensions are now displayed correctly. TT45880 In some rare cases angle dimensions were not updated correctly when the model was changed. This has now been fixed. TT46231 In some cases, dimensions were placed in the wrong order in single-part drawings. This has now been fixed. TT45919 In some rare cases, Option 5 did not work correctly when defining dimensioning properties (Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Assembly Drawing > Assembly drawing properties > Dimensioning > Combine dimensions). This has now been fixed. TT47503 The content of dimension tags was sometimes taken from the secondary part of an embed instead of the main part. This has now been fixed. TT47053 When you added or removed a dimension point, dimension grouping marks were placed in the dimension line and extension line intersection. This has now been fixed. TT47095 YZ-views. This has now Dimensions to grid lines were not always associative associative in XZ- and YZ been fixed. TT40426 You can now change the type of automatically created angle dimensions to type Degrees at angle vertex. TT47564 Tekla Structures can now automatically combine combine dimensions of secondary parts and embeds. TT45489 Sometimes mark elements were repeated in dimension tags. This has now been fixed. TT48428

Weld marks

Anchor bolt plans

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TT51471

The Hide and Show commands work again for dimensions. TT49130 whose type is US absolute 2, is now placed The dimension text in combined dimensions, wh correctly. TT51164 Dimension lines of tapered reinforcing bar groups are now again perpendicular to the group. TT49230 Profile information is no longer shown for cuts in dimension marks. TT48937 Sometimes bolt dimensions were not updated, when the drawing was updated many times due to a model change. This has now been fixed.

The protection area for site welds that are placed to the left side of the view is now correct. TT48204 The detail views of anchor bolt plans were sometimes empty after you had updated a drawing. This has now been fixed.

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TT45163

In some cases, detail views were duplicated if you rotated the main view and detail symbols were drawn in too large a scale. This has now been fixed. TT45841 Creating large anchor bolt plans is now significantly faster. TT46520

Bolt marks

Information on slot holes is now displayed in bolt marks in assembly drawings. TT41234 Bolt marks are now again merged when the drawing is created. TT49851 The leader lines of bolt marks were displayed as dotted, when you moved the bolt mark. This has now been fixed. TT48789 Information on slot holes is now displayed in bolt marks in assembly drawings. TT41234 Information on how to display decimals in marks for holes and longholes is now read correctly from the file contentattributes_userdefined.lst. TT50341

Part marks

Part marks are now placed correctly correctly inside the part when you have ha selected the leader line option that always places them inside inside and aligned to the part. TT45278 You can now add extra space characters characters in part marks by using the < > element. You can also add extra space characters at the beginning and end of text elements. TT46219 When you used the leader line option that places the mark along and in the middle of a part face, the mark became skewed if you first moved the mark and then updated the drawing. This has now been fixed. TT45577 work correctly in part marks. User-defined attributes now wo TT45923

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TT49068

The size of bolts in part marks is now convert converted correctly in the US imperial environment. TT46628, TT49726 In some cases when the rebar group mark placing was to a leader line, the leader line was detached from the part mark. This has now been fixed. TT46163

All part marks are now updated when you change the datum level of the view in the View Properties dialog box. TT41419 In some rare cases part mark leader lines started from the origin after a drawing update. This has now been fixed. TT46846 Oversized holes in marks are now displayed correctly in drawings. TT47646 Decimals are no longer shown in sequence numbers in part marks.

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Merged marks

You can now move merged marks by dragging them to a new location while holding down the Shift key. TT29712 User-defined attributes are now displayed correctly in merged marks. TT47072

Section views

Section views are no longer rotated in cloned drawings. TT39744 Previously, if there were no horizontal dimensions in a front view, the section symbols were displayed in the top view. This has now been fixed: section symbols are now displayed in the front view even if it has only vertical dimensions. TT46871 The same labels were sometimes given to section views and similar section views were shown when you were using the advanced option XS_DRAWING_CUT_VIEW_COMPARISON_CRITERIA. This has now been fixed. Also, now section views whose orientation is opposite but that have similar content are no longer considered different. To use more rigid rules when comparing section views with the advanced option
XS_DRAWING_CUT_VIEW_COMPARISON_CRITERIA, use the new option EXACT in combination with the options EXTREMA or ORIENTATION .

TT47304
Drawing status

If you selected many drawings in a drawing list and changed their freeze, locked or issue status, the status was not changed until you reopened the drawing list. This has now been fixed. TT4898

Multidrawings

Creating multidrawings when numbering was not up-to-date caused an application error. This has now been fixed. TT46873 If you cancelled the creating of a multidrawing, empty multi-drawings were created. This multihas now been fixed. TT46873 Text objects that were not associative were sometimes marked with the associative symbol in multidrawings. This has now been fixed. TT47887 Sometimes only one drawing per sheet was created. This has now been fixed. TT49143 Views in multidrawings now adapt to the size of their contents. TT51338, TT50898

Drawing wizard

Arranging drawing objects

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TT51214

When you are using the drawing wizard, you can no longer create unfolded drawings of a part that is not a polybeam and that includes cut that has been made using a polybeam.

Incorrect Z values caused Tekla Structures to stall if you arranged drawing objects in 3D views. This has now been fixed. TT47180 When you use the Arrange Drawing Objects > Ignore Current Locations command for a mark, note or associative note that has placing type Free, the leader line middle points that were added by the user are now removed. If the placing type is Fixed, the middle points are not affected.

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Cloning

Dimension tags are now arranged correctly. TT50792

Sometimes when you cloned or updated drawings containing reinforcing bars, there was an application error. This has now been fixed. TT45836 In some cases an application error occurred when you cloned a drawing and the source drawing included settings for the Drawing Classifier. TT46337 When a drawing was cloned, the cloning symbol with leader lines could not be selected anymore. This has now been fixed. TT46124 Cloning works now correctly also when you are using the advanced option
XS_CAST_UNIT_POSITION_NUMBER_FORMAT_STRING.

TT45803

Messages about failed assertion were sometimes shown when you created drawings by cloning. This has now been fixed. TT44518 Cloning drawings with large cast units with many reinforcing bar groups is now faster. TT47765 Dimension points to cuts in subassemblies are now displayed in cloned drawings. TT46797 When you cloned a drawing and the source drawing had shortened parts, the dimensions were not correct in the cloned drawing. This has now been fixed. TT47232 created in updated or cloned drawings. This Sometimes duplicate bolt dimensions were creat has now been fixed. TT48963 Cloning of assembly drawings that contain included single-part drawings has been improved. TT51984

Editing drawings

Adding views from other drawings Associativity

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TT49297

You can now open the properties dialog box of the Draw Circle > By Three Points and Draw Arc commands by double-clicking the toolbar icon.

The Add Views from Other Drawing command now works correctly. TT47566 You can no longer copy associative notes. TT47859 The protection area of associative notes was too big. This caused problems in printing so that for example part outlines were not drawn if they were inside the protection area. This was changed so that the protection area is now the same as for texts. TT44343 The weight (lbs) in associative notes did not function correctly in the US imperial environment. This has now been fixed. TT46628

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When you are adding associative notes, the command now stays active until you interrupt it. You can add multiple notes. TT47820 The associative symbol is now drawn also for welds. TT50474

Templates in drawings

Assembly drawings included duplicate templates in the following situation:

You modified drawing settings, which caused the drawing to be recreated (for example, some view or dimensioning settings). The drawing included single-part drawing views.

TT46351 You can now use the same image in several templates. TT47839
XS_UPSIDE_DO WN_TEXT_ALLO WED Ghost outline

The advanced option XS_UPSIDE_DOWN_TEXT_ALLOWED no longer affects pull-out texts. TT44233 Hidden reinforcing bars are no longer shown when you have cleared the Ghost outline option in Tools > Options > Ghost outline. This now functions in the same way as for other hidden objects. TT44884

Snapping

It is now possible to snap to a curved edge of a profile. TT46750

With snapping to extension lines selected, in some cases it was not po possible to snap to any other points. This has now been fixed. TT47374 Snapping to extension lines has been improved. TT45903

Hiding and showing objects

Drawing list

Model templates

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Tekla Structures snapped to the original locatio location of a reference line even when you had set the advanced option XS_DRAWING_PART_REFERENCE_LINE_TYPE to DEFINITION_LINE or CORNER_REFERENCE_LINE. This has now been fixed.

The Hide from Drawing View and Hide from Drawing commands now work also for reference model objects. TT47083

Updating or adding revisions, or issue flags, and updating user-defined attribute settings of a set of drawings in the drawing list is now faster. TT45704 If there was a single-part drawing and a cast unit drawing with the same part position and cast unit position, wrong drawings were selected in the drawing list when you clicked the Model - By parts button. TT43955 Using the drawing list is now faster also in cases where the model is located on a NAS drive or when the model is used through a slow network connection. TT47591

When you use a model template and you create the first drawing, Tekla Structures now creates the drawings folder if needed.

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Drawing objects

Extension snapping to a circle now works correctly. TT45902 You can now set the advanced option XS_ARC_WIDTH_OF_CLOUD to a smaller value than 10, which means that you can draw clouds with smaller arcs. Also, you no longer need to restart Tekla Structures when you change the value for the change to take effect. TT48572 Changing the value of the advanced option XS_ARC_WIDTH_OF_CLOUD did not have an effect outside drawing views. This has now been fixed. TT48295 Moving texts, notes or welds with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + M no longer leaves a copy of the drawing object in the view it was moved from. TT51268 You can now copy and paste weld symbols that have been created manually in drawings. TT50758 Crossing selection now works correctly for drawing objects. TT47075

You can now move grid line labels by using the drag-and-drop feature also in 64-bit Tekla Structures. TT47469 Moving and dragging associative notes now works better. TT51522

Part representation

Deleting unnecessary drawing files

Drawing Classifier

Hidden lines

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TT45611

The reference lines of a part ar are now visible when you use the Symbol option for part representation. TT42234 The default value of the XS_DRAWING_PART_REFERENCE_LINE_TYPE advanced option is now PART_POINT_LINE.

After modifying the drawings and exiting the multi-user model, if you had ignored the Delete unnecessary drawings? dialog box and tried to exit the model twice, your *.db1 file might have been reduced significantly or replaced with a *.db1.tmp file. This has now been fixed. TT46849

There were problems if a drawing was created with an older version of Tekla Structures and you opened it with a newer version, and the classifier settings used in the model were missing. TT45680 The Drawing Classifier did not always work correctly when you created drawings with
Master Drawing Catalog. This has now been fixed.

TT47048

The hidden lines were not shown correctly when you defined them in Drawing surface
treatment properties. This has now been fixed.

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Sometimes inner contours of tubes were not shown in a drawing even if they were set to visible in the drawing properties. This has now been fixed. TT47127

Templates in marks

Marks that include text and frames in templates are now displayed correctly also if the mark is rotated. TT46937

User-defined attributes

When you modified the values in the user-defined attributes dialog box of a drawing and then saved the drawing settings, the user-defined attribute values were not saved. This has now been fixed. TT48021

Dimension planes

You can now use either a file path or a file name as a value for the advanced option XS_PART_DIMENSION_PLANES_TABLE. If the value is a file path, the dimension planes table file is opened from the given path. If the value is a file name, Tekla Structures searches for the file in the model, project, firm and profile folders (in this order). TT38285

XS_DXF_TEXT_W IDTH_FACTOR

The default value for the advanced option XS_DXF_TEXT_WIDTH_FACTOR is now 1.0.

Filtering

The Select from drawing... option is no longer available in the Object group - Selection filter dialog box in the modeling mode. TT49579 You can again select bolt groups when you are using the Select from drawing... option in the Selection filter dialog box. TT49583

View label mark

Updating marks

Printing

Orientation marks

Including existing single part drawings to assembly drawings

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The button now unchecks all check boxes and the Get button fills the dialog the currently selected view in the view label mark contents box with the properties of the dialog box.

The Annotating > Update Ma Marks > All Part Marks command no longer updates associative marks when the drawing is frozen. TT48558

Line weights are now handled correctly in printing. TT50236 If a cast unit drawing contained more than one front views, the orientation mark sometimes referred to the wrong view. Now the orientation mark always points to the primary front view. TT49241

When you create an assembly drawing that contains views from an existing single-part drawing, Tekla Structures arranges the included views. If the position of the included views is not fixed, Tekla Structures arranges the views in a best possible way in the assembly drawing so that the views do not overlap. If the position of all the included views is fixed, their position in relation to each other is not changed. Using a combination of free and fixed views is not recommended, because it may result in unexpected placing of views.

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TT48583

When an assembly drawing with included views is updated, Tekla Structures does not rearrange the views. The views maintain the same relative positions as in the single-part drawing. TT51263
Selectingobjects

You can now select plug-ins by using the new Select plugins

switch.

3.6 Templates and Reports


Fix list
XS_ATTRIBUTE_ FILE_EXCLUDE_ LIST

You can now use the advanced option XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST in Tools > Options > Advanced Options... > File Locations to hide certain reports in the Create report dialog box. For example, setting the variable to Part_;ts_Report_Inquire_ hides all the reports that have those strings in their name. TT46086TT46086TT46086

SCALE1...5

When you use the template attributes SCALE1...5, the different scales of drawing views are now displayed in the correct order. TT46222

IsLast() function

The IsLast() function did not always work corr correctly in row rules. This has now been fixed. TT45692

Reference object reporting

Tapered reinforcing bar reporting

LENGTH_MAX and LENGTH_MIN

IS_CONCEPTUAL

Summing of rows

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TT46597

AREA_PROJECTI ON_**_NET template attributes

When you selected objects using usin area selection with assembly selection on, and tried to create a report of the selected objects, there was an application error as AREA_PROJECTION_**_NET template attributes had incorrect values. This has now been fixed so that Tekla Structures continues running.

Reference object reporting was very slow if the advanced option


XS_INCLUDE_DWG_ATTRIBUTES_IN_REPORTS_AND_INQUIRE was set to TRUE. This

has now been fixed. TT46737

The minimum and maximum length of the tapered reinforcing bar group were not correctly calculated when the first and/or last reinforcing bars were not created to the group. This has now been fixed. TT46321

Template attributes LENGTH_MAX and LENGTH_MIN now show correct lengths also for circular reinforcing bars. TT45294

You can now use the new template attribute IS_CONCEPTUAL to check whether the reinforcement is conceptual. The attribute returns TRUE if the reinforcement is conceptual, otherwise it returns FALSE. TT46667

Summing of value fields works now also for hidden rows.

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TT47323
ASSEMBLY_STA RT_NUMBER and PART_START_NU MBER Formula Contents dialog box

You can now use the new template attributes ASSEMBLY_START_NUMBER and PART_START_NUMBER to report assembly start number and part start number. TT42081

Using the formula GetValue(Height)* GetValue(Length) in the Formula Contents dialog box caused an application error in the Template Editor. This has now been fixed. TT49235

64-bit Windows and Template Editor

Missing attributes in the contentattributes_global.lst and/or contentattributes_userdefined.lst files caused an application error in Template Editor when using 64-bit Windows. This has now been fixed. TT49170

Dynamic row width

Dynamic row width in templates now works correctly also when you are using multiple columns. TT50952

Sorting in Template Editor

Using the Sorting and drawing order arrows in Template Edit Editor caused an application error. This has now been fixed. TT51119

3.7 Import and Export


Fix list
SmartPlant 3D

Exporting drawings

NC files

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TT48643

You can now find up-to-date information on SmartPlant 3D interoperability on the Tekla https://extranet.tekla.com/BC/tekla-structures-en/self_learning/q-a/Pages/ Extranet at https://extranet.tekla.com/BC/tekla-st SmartPlant3DinteroperabilityandCIS2.aspx SmartPlant3DinteroperabilityandCIS2.aspx. The contents in marks no longer overlap in exported drawings. TT44730, TT46937 When you exported a template containing several images to DWG format, only one of the images was exported correctly. This has now been fixed so that all the images in the template are imported correctly. TT47098 Curved radial dimensions with small bulges are now exported correctly. TT47782 The Use advanced line type and layer conversion option now works correctly: you no longer need to restart Tekla Structures and export the drawings again to have the correct result when you use this option. TT48844 Exporting drawings with Japanese fonts in DWG format caused an application error in some cases. This has now been fixed.

The sharp edges of plates are now drawn correctly in NC files. TT44010

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The bending radius value is now written correctly for the bent profile in DSTV file's KA block. TT37005 Setting the advanced option XS_DSTV_NO_SAWING_ANGLES_FOR_PLATES_NEEDED to TRUE now removes the skew cut angles in the NC file. TT44520 DSTV files for flats were created incorrectly, the flats were rotated by 90 degrees. This has now been fixed. TT50416, TT50706 If you had defined the inner corner shape to use drilled holes in the NC File Settings, the holes were not created if there were no other bolt holes in the beam. This has now been fixed. TT50548 The assembly position is now always included as a prefix in hardstamps in DSTV files of secondary parts when the advanced option XS_SECONDARY_PART_HARDSTAMP is set to TRUE. TT39842 NC files are now named correctly for secondary parts. TT49161 Using drilling option 3 or 4 for the internal corners of the notches caused an application error if the notch was in the web and there were other holes in the web. This has now been fixed. TT48966 NC files of short parts are now correct. TT50641

locates drill holes correctly. Inner corners shape 4 now locates TT50989 You can now use the new advanced option in the teklastructures.ini file. TT21252

IFC import and export

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TT44766

XS_DSTV_USE_REAL_DIMENSIONS_IN_HEADER to have bounding box values of the height and width written to the profile header. To do this, set the advanced option to TRUE

You can now use the new inner corner shape option 4 to add a drilled hole tangentially to the inner corner. The hole radius is the same as the value in the Radius field. Holes are BO-block to the NC file. written as a seprate BO-b

Exporting warped and cambered members now functions correctly. TT47087 Bolts were not exported correctly if created with a negative cut length. This has now been fixed. TT47043

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SDNF

IfcBuildingElementPart entities are now exported correctly. TT48646 Importing graphics that have a grid placement now works correctly. TT48608

You can now export and import polygon and circular holes in plates in SDNF version 3.0. TT12855

FEM Export

Exporting FEM in DSTV format is now successful also when all coordinates of an eccentricity are zero. TT46131

DGN Export

The design area of the DGN file is limited. Exporting graphics out of the bounds of the design area of the DGN file will cause data overflow and loss of data. Now if you try to do so, Tekla Structures displays a warning that instructs how to export into the bounds of the design area of the DGN file. TT47263

Unitechnik Export

The double wall element thickness and the gap value now function correctly.

S-Frame import

In some occasions S-Frame import rt caused an application error. error. This has now been fixed. TT48987

3.8 Analysis and Design


Fix list
Analysis part dialog boxes

Analysis properties for connections

Loads in seismic analysis

Units

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TT42475

The check boxes on Start releases and End releases tabs now work logically: when you switch the Support condition check box on or off, the check boxes under it are not changed.

Setting analysis properties for connections with multiple secondary parts now works correctly.

Set the Member end release method by connection option on the Analysis model tab in the Analysis Model Properties dialog box to Yes to use the Analysis profile or Analysis profile length values from the connection properties dialog box. TT42987

Previously, node loads of all load groups were included in the seismic mass. Also, the seismic load factor did not work for nodal loads. This has now been fixed. TT42537

The units are now displayed correctly on the Design - Steel and Design - Concrete tabs in the Analysis Model Properties dialog box.

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TT49514

TT46911
Better support of built-up sections

Support for built-up sections has been improved:


Mapping profiles

If a built-up profile was created from a twin profile by defining the other part as the main part of the built-up, built-up creation failed because of a conflict with twin profile detection. This has now been fixed. Combining multiple plates to a built-up section now works correctly also when the plate has been defined as a sub-part. Combination now works also if there is a small gap between the parts. Neutral axis position is now calculated accurately. Accurate neutral axis is now used to calculate the eccentricity also when you are using the member axis location option Reference axis (eccentricity by neutral axis). Basic curved built-ups now work correctly. You can force an I section to a built-up by setting the analysis profile as I*.

TT44891

Profile name mapping file is now taken into account when getting the analysis results. TT51293

TT45321
Area loads

Members with analysis class Truss-Compression only and Truss-Tension only are now distributing loads. No loads can be applied on these, except at the handled correctly when distributing start or end node. TT45633

3.9 Construction Management


Fix list

Task Manager

Task completeness

Selecting order of tasks in the model

Editing filtered tasks

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TT46964

In some rare cases, there wa was an application error in Task Manager when importing tasks. This has now been fixed.

The Completeness property of tasks is now a number (percentage) instead of a string in object group representation rules. This means that visualizations based on completeness are now easier to create. TT48123 TT49087

When you closed the Task information dialog box in Task Manager while selecting the order of tasks in the model, there was an application error. This has now been fixed. TT48413

Previously, when you tried to edit filtered tasks, the task filter returned to the Show all view automatically. This has now been fixed. TT48749

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Seismic analysis types

You now have two new seismic analysis types available in the Type list on the Seismic tab of the Analysis Model Properties dialog box: IBC2006 (ZIP) and IBC2006 (Latitude).

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Editing planned date and planned duration

Previously, there was an application error when you edited the planned duration and pressed Enter, or when you clicked the empty area in the Gantt Chart and tried to edit the planned date. These have now been fixed. TT48914

3.10 Custom Components


Fix list
Polygon welds

Custom components that contain polygon welds and are created with Tekla Structures version 13.1 or earlier, can now be used in version 13.1 and later versions of Tekla Structures. TT48853

Parametric modeling

You can now access the part radius via Custom component browser and Model
Browser.

TT26202

It is now possible to bind handles to fitting planes when you select Cut planes as the plane type. TT42802 If you select a distance in the model, the distance is now highlighted in the Variables dialog box. TT42852 A warning dialog box is displayed if you create a cyclic dependency in the custom component editor. The object name is shown in the system logs cycle detection message. TT42608 Reference distances are now displayed in orange. Previously Tekla Structures displayed reference distances in magenta. TT42851 Previously, it was possible that a custom component reappered in the model even if you had deleted it. If you now select all component objects for deletion, the custom component is deleted. TT48037

Custom component editor

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TT50056

Previously, exiting the custom component editor was slow even if you did not save the changes. This has now been fixed.

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The part radius becomes visible in the custom component dialog box if you create a parameter variable for the radius, and in the custom component browser link the parameter to the radius.

3.11 System Components


Fix list - general
Conceptual components

You can now edit conceptual components in Full, Steel Detailing and Precast Concrete Detailing configurations. TT44526

Incorrect weld sizes

Previously the size of the weld preparation was 0.8 mm larger than the size you entered on the Welds tab. The 0.8 mm tolerance has now been removed, and the welds are of the size you define. TT47746

Fix list - steel connections


Seating cap plate (2)

You can now enter a width and height for the lower cap plate, upper cap plate and end plate on the Parts tab.

Tube splice (6)

On the Picture tab, the fields for the connection plate cut depth and the clearance between connection plates are now in the correct locations.

Notched seating (9)

Purlin connection (11)

Bolted gusset (11)

Stiffener seating (12)

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TT49857

Bolts were not created correctly when you had defined main or secondary stiffeners. This has now been fixed. TT50563

The bent plate is now created also when the secondary part is an I profile. Also all bolts are now created correctly. TT22693

Previously, when the gusset plate went through the main part, the cut-out and plate adjustment were missing. This has now been fixed. TT17949

You can now select in which members the slotted holes are created. TT50574

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Tube gusset (20)

The shape of the gusset plate is now correct also when the main part of the connection has welded stiffeners. TT46285 The angle of the gusset plate is now correct also if you have not defined an angle parameter. TT46279

Round tube (23)

When used with a polybeam, the part cut created by the component is now aligned with the polybeam correctly. TT48795

Stiffened end plate (27)

When you change the value for the gap between the inner flange side and stiffener, Tekla Structures no longer creates a gap between the stiffener and the end plate. TT49253

Welded tee (32)

You now have a new option Slots in on the Bolts tab, which you can use to define which parts get slots (Default, No, Beam, Tee or Both). TT30613

TT33456

Wraparound gusset (58)

You can now define the length and width for the filler plate on the Brace conn tab. TT29575

Wraparound gusset cross (60)

In some cases, the Wraparound gusset cross (60) could not be created in the US metric environment. This has now been fixed. TT49000

Rail connection (70)

U.S. Base plate connection (71)

Splice connection (77)

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conn tab.

Gusseted cross (62)

You can now enter the filler plate length a and width by using the new fields on the Brace TT29576

You can now define extra length for bolts on the Sbolts tab. Also the Slots in option now works correctly.

TT39210

You now have a new option Slots in on the Bolts tab, which you can use to define which parts get slots (Plates, Beam, Both or No). TT44803 Stiffeners are now created correctly on top of the base plate. TT49434

The connection now uses fittings to shorten the beam. TT31573 Bolts are now placed correctly on the flange plate, when you have selected to use the cross stitch bolts option.

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Column splice (42) and Splice connection (77)

The lifting hole is now created only to the e web plates, not to column or beam web.

TT49321
Tower 1 diagonal (87)

Creating additional bolts no longer causes an application error. TT49053

Eaves haunch (102)

Welded parts now get correct Welded to primary position numbers when no value is entered in the part properties dialog box. TT51054

Shear plate (103)

When you tried to attach the Shear plate connection to a part and there was another similar part within 241 mm distance, the shear plate was attached to this similar part. This has now been fixed. TT40336

Windbrace connection (110), Bent gusset (140), L splice (175), Parallel L profiles (176), Leg - 1 Diagonal (178) Two-sided end plate (115)

If you have created the gauge_lines.dat file in the current model folder, some components now use this file instead of the file in the system folder. TT49181

TT44796
Welded beam to beam (123)

If you did not define a gap on the Picture tab, the weld size definition created a gap between the main and the secondar secondary y part. This has now been fixed. TT25406

Round joining plates (124)

You can now define the Plate type for the connecting plates on the Parameters tab. TT19294

Welded column with stiffeners (128)

Column with shear plate (131)

Bolted moment connection (134)

Column site weld splice (137)

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TT49114

Stiffeners were not placed correctly if the s secondary beam was sloped. This has now been fixed so that the stiffeners are parallel with the secondary beam. TT46011 The offset of the stiffener offset is now corr correct also when the beam is shorter than 1000 mm.

The top and bottom stiffeners are now positioned correctly. TT45871 Previously, the shear plate created in the connection clashed with the column when the secondary part was skewed. This has now been fixed. TT23094 The gap between the near side stiffeners and the flange of the beam was created using the far side stiffener value when the near side stiffener gap was not defined. This has now been fixed. TT51006

The flange plate is now created correctly. TT50715 Defining values for the position numbers for the upper and lower diaphragms works now correctly.

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You can now define the part position number also for the second end plate by using the new Pos_no field on the Parameters tab.

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TT49115
Clip angle (141)

The top haunch plate is now created correctly. TT47230 When the secondary sloping beam is connected to the top of the main column, the vertical distance to the first bolt hole is now exactly what you have entered. TT49810

Two-sided end plate (142), End plate 144) Two-sided clip angle (143)

You can now define the Cut length on the Bolts tab. TT46220 You can now create slotted holes for the top or bottom seat angle by using the new Create slots list on the BoxPBolts tab. Also the location of the slotted holes in the seat angle is now correct. TT42687

When you used the component to create single angle connections, slots that were supposed to be created in the angle were created in the e main beam instead. This has now been fixed. TT49279 You can now control the stiffener seat angles on the Angle box tab. On the BoxPBolts and BoxSBolts tabs there are now controls for top and bottom bolt groups. TT43140 Deleting bolts from both sides of the connection connection did not function correctly in L-profiles. This has now been fixed. TT26218

End plate (144)

In some cases using certain bolt settings caused caused an application error. This has now been fixed. TT49251 When you changed the bolting direction, the bolts were not placed correctly. This has now been fixed. TT50869

Bent plate (151)

Full depth (184)

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TT42510

You can now define the flange notch depth on the Top Notch tab in the Force Depth field. Previously, when you had selected Force Flange Cope on the Top Notch tab and entered a forcing distance, this distance was not correct in the model. This has now been fixed. TT42509 Staggered bolt option now works correctly for both sides of the bent plate.

Previously, when you created a knife connection and a weld, an extra weld was created using setting 1 in the Welds dialog box. This has now been changed so that an extra weld uses setting 2 in the Welds dialog box. If you have defined that an extra weld is not needed, the extra weld is not created. TT33450

The parts in the connection no longer clash when the secondary part is shorter than the main part. TT49067

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The options for dimensions for the vertical bolt group position now work in the South-East Asia environment. TT49339

Full depth S (185)

Previously, when you entered a value to create a gap between the inner side of the upper flange and the connection plate, a gap was not created. Instead, the upper side of the connection plate, that is, the distance from the bolt to the plate edge was moved. This has now been fixed. TT48625 Entering a value for the gap between the stiffener plate and the main beam flange caused a solid error. This has now been fixed. TT49837 The gap between the shear tab bottom edge and the main part bottom flange is now created correctly according to the entered value so that if no value is entered, a gap is not created. TT49841 Previously, when the secondary beam was sloped, the connection was not created correctly. This has now been fixed. TT49909 When you created two shear tabs, the tabs had had different sizes. This has now been fixed. TT50062 In some rare cases, when you tried to apply the Full depth S connection on a beam-tocolumn intersection, there was an application error or the co connection was no created. This has now been fixed. TT50921

Bent plate (190)

Bent plates are now created with with the correct default value if only one bolt is created. TT47300

Tapered beam to tapered column (197)

Fix list - steel details


Base plate (1004)

Stiffened base plate (1014)

Handrailing (1024)

Stiffeners (1034)

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TT48642

Bolted gusset (196)

Sometimes the connection went through the e end plate connecting the two beams together. This has now been fixed.

The lower flange is now split into two parts when you apply the component between a rafter and a column. TT30071

The Pos_No field on the Parts tab works again for leveling plates. TT44553 The additional beam and the leveling plate collided when you selected the No stiffeners on flanges option. The position of the additional beam has now been corrected. TT51258

Previously, when the stair incline was increased, the stanchion base plate was offset from the stanchion. This has now been fixed. TT51407

Stiffeners (1034) has now the Picture tab. The tab includes information that was previously on the Options tab.

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Stair base detail (1039)

The button for material catalog is now visible on the Options tab. TT43808

You can again define the material on the Parts tab. TT46380

Base plate (1042)

You can again define the name for the plate on the Parts tab. TT43815

Twin profile (1046)

You can now define also the assembly prefix and number for the plate on the Parts tab. TT40482

U.S. Base plate (1047)

External bolts and anchor rods are now removed successfully when Eliminate external
bolts on the Parameters tab is set to Yes.

TT46508

Two similar anchor rods received different numbers in the US Imperial environment. This has now been fixed. TT49656

TT49872
Multiple Stiffeners (1064)

If you tried to create more than 100 stiffeners, stiffeners, there was an application error. This has now been fixed. TT49442 Stiffeners are now created at the both ends of a beam. TT43808 The Stiffener tab has been updated and it includes more options for chamfering.

Fix list - steel modeling tools


Tube components

TubeMitreSaddle+Hole (1), TubeSaddle+Hole (1) Built up box (S6)

Ladder (S35)

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TT47579

The help file is now opened when you click the Help... button in Tube-Chamfer (1), TubeCrossingSaddle (1), Tube-MitreSaddle+Hole (1), Tube-Saddle+Hole (1) and TubeSlottedHole (1).

The root opening values are now modeled correctly. TT47550

You can now select whether to connect the lacing and batten plates to a column using Welded gusset (10) or Bolted gusset (11), or to bolt the plates directly to the columns as previously. TT46491

When you created a short caged ladder with three hoops instead of four, a double set of polybeam points was created for the middle hoop. This has now been fixed so that the duplicated points are not created. TT45766

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ate, the direction of an anchor bolt was When a corner cut was added to the base plate, changed. This has now been fixed.

Tower Generation Macro (S43), Tower diagonal (S66), Auto position (S67), Batten plates (S85) Helicoidal stairs (S59)

If you have created the gauge_lines.dat file in the current model folder, components
S43, S66, S67 and S85 now use this file instead of the file in the system folder.

TT49181

Helicoidal stairs are now created at the point picked by the user, in accordance with the current work plane. TT49042

Cage Ladder (S60)

When you created two points vertically one above the other, there was an application error when you selected these points in any order. This has now been fixed. TT46554

Export data to EliPlan file (68)

Material and bar records were missing information on quantity, number of bars, shape code and length. This has now been fixed. TT46511 The drawing revision status was not exported to the EliPlan file. This has now been fixed. TT46608

Stairs (S71)

TT51018
Polybeam pan (S73)

When you create the Polybeam pan (S73), the status bar now displays the instruction messages. TT45832 When you change the bolt head direction, you can now change the bolted parts and parts to be bolted according to your needs. TT22784

Z Pan (S74)

Stanchions (S76)

Railings (S77)

Composite brace (S79)

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TT46781

The tread profile and bracket are now created correctly when the create assembly option on the Stair setup tab is set to All.

Stanchions are now placed in the correct position when added to stringers created using Stairs (S71).

TT46585

The Railings (S77) modeling tool could not be created and an error message was displayed if you did not select the correct parts. This has now been fixed. TT46583 The spacing of vertical rails was not created correctly when the handrail was sloped. This has now been fixed. TT51109 The stanchion was cut or a hole was created even though no rail was created or connecting to it. This has now been fixed. TT44325

The length of the first and the last brace is now defined as cut length (the maximum length of the interior) instead of gross length. You can also adjust the length of the intermediate brace.

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There was a default part prefix mark for the angle when creating brackets. The default has now been removed.

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TT47296
Bridging macro (S80)

When you used the Bridging macro (S80) for parts with DHS Purlin profiles, a gap was created between the parts. This has now been fixed so that a gap is not created. TT32467

Handrail bolted joint (S81)

In some cases, when you tried to create the handrail and pressed the middle mouse button, there was an error and the handrail was not created. This has now been fixed. TT50621

Multiple beam railing (S84)

The part numbering and rotation now function correctly when you create a handrail. TT46307

PEB Tapered Section (S94)

The total height of a straight PEB member is now exactly as defined. TT46947

Fix list - precast concrete


Corbel connection (14)

The corbel connection is now created correctly also in cases where the rotation of the secondary part is set to Front or Back. TT10944 The bending radius of the reinforcing bar now changes correctly according the size of the reinforcing bar. The grade selection selection in the profile catalog is now based on the size of the reinforcing bar. TT5289 You can now enter a class on the Reinforcing bar tab. TT47766

Hole generation (32)

Hole Generation (32), Polygon Hole Generation (33) Concrete var beam (S52)

Precast stairs (65)

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TT44589

When you created a hole with a profile, the profile was rotated 90 degrees. This has now been fixed.

You can now enter a name for the cut part. TT45090

When creating Concrete var beam, it is now possible to use 0 mm distance for the thick end. TT46623 The fields for controlling the slope degree of the concrete beam have been removed from the Picture tab. TT47018

Anti-skid is now created on the last step at the foot of the stairs. TT46824 The total stringer height was not correct when an inner radius or a chamfer had been defined. This has now been fixed. TT46821

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The end shape fitting for the L beam now works correctly. TT48776

The thickness of the stairbody was not correct with curved chamfers. This has now been fixed. TT46822 The width of sloped stringers is now correct. TT46826 In sloped stringers, the top part of the stringer now has the same sloped angle as the rest of the stringer. TT46829

Seating with dowel (75)

It is now possible to add double anchor bolts on the Corbel tab. TT40576

Two sided seating with dowel (76) Lifting Anchor (80)

It is now possible to add double anchor bolts on the Left beam and Right beam tabs. TT40576 When you create several lifting anchors, the cuts are now copied to all embeds. TT45584

Reinforcement components inside warped parts Slab bars (18)

Reinforcement components, ents, for example, Inverted tee beam (52), inside a warped part now update correctly when a system connection modifies the part. TT47061

If the diameter of the primary and secondary reinforcing bars were we different, the radius of the secondary bar was incorrect. This has now been fixed. TT40407 If you set the cover thickness to 50 and then changed the end to have a hook, the cover was incorrect by half the bar diam diameter. This has now been fixed. TT40407 When there were cuts in both edges of a pane panel, a mesh was not created. This has now been fixed. TT51466 When meshes are created in slab reinforcement, cover thickness is taken into account if there is a hole in the slab. TT44901, TT46019, TT46283 The bar length adjustment for top bars works now correctly. TT47373 You can now select the grade for both top and bottom bars. You can now select the spacing type: either By exact spacings or Number of bars. TT17470 In the US imperial environment, secondary reinforcing bars now use a default value for grade and size if these have not been defined. TT49696

Edge and Corner Reinforcement (62)

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TT47354

Previously the U bar reinforcements clashed. This has now been fixed.

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Fix list - reinforcement

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Beam reinforcement (63)

The option Additional Stirrup Spacing Type option on the Stirrup spacing tab has been renamed to Ledge stirrup spacing type. TT49308

Wall panel (64)

When there is an opening in the wall, longitudinal bars and transverse bars within the tolerance value are now split. TT35395

Stirrup reinforcement (67)

It is now possible to define 7 zones for stirrups on the Stirrup spacing tab. TT46487 It is now possible to bundle the reinforcing bars, and new options for bundling have been added to the Stirrup spacing tab. Stirrup bundling consists of two bars that are side by side, and the distance between the two bundled bars is as small as possible. If wanted, the distance between the bars is the same as the Actual diameter in rebar_database.inp file. To use the Actual diameter, set the advanced option XS_USE_ONLY_NOMINAL_REBAR_DIAMETER to FALSE. TT46480 You can now define on the Stirrup spacing tab the minimum hole size that affects the reinforcement creation in holes. If the size of the hole is smalle smaller than the defined value, the reinforcements are created to the hole. The default value for the hole size is 100 mm. TT46494
Stirrup shape has a new option Spiral on the Parameters tab. When you select the Spiral

option, you can also give the number of rounds in the coil. When you enter a positive value for the Number of rounds and leave some of the Space fields empty on the Stirrup spacing tab, Stirrup reinforcement (67) recalculates the number of stirrups to be a multiple of the value you have entered in Number of rounds field. TT42830
Longitudinal reinforcement (70)

Strip footing reinforcement (75)

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TT42727

When using the Longitudinal reinforcement (70), it is now possible to create hooks on the Hooks tab. TT49226 Reinforcing bar groups are now used instead of individual reinforcing bars.

Right main bars are now created also when you define the value to be zero. TT12698 The main bars are now created correctly. TT47943 If you created the reinforcement using three top bars and the first bend type option, the stirrups were not created correctly. This has now been fixed. TT47383 The stirrups are now created correctly with correctly placed bar end handles. TT47351 There are now five new bend types on the Stirrup tab.

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TT19385

Partially overlapping segments in single reinforcing bars are now placed correctly. TT12664 Previously, it was not possible to control the bending direction of stirrup rotation. This has now been changed. You can define the bending direction so that overlapping can be placed on any side of the stirrup. TT47377 You can now select whether hooks are created for split reinforcing bars. TT50261

Pad footing (77)

When you have set the Bar direction option to parallel with shorter dimension on the Primary bar tab, the bars are now located at the bottom. TT23426 now calculated correctly also in cases where The distance between the bar and the edge is no no lacer bar is created. TT24841 now adjusted to the largest lacer bar. The primary and secondary bars are no TT48739

Round column reinforcement (82) and Rectangular column reinforcement (83) Rectangular column reinforcement (83)

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TT33741

A new field to define the bending radius of the main bars has been added.

You can now place the side bars asymmetrically. TT42883 It is now possible to create two stirrups in Group 5 on the Stirrups tab when the distance is less than 60 mm.

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Lacer bars are now created correctly tly also in situations where the bigger dimension is first. TT14900

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You can now move stirrups outside the top and the bottom of a column. TT14744 Previously no stirrups were created if the column cross section section was chamfered. This has now been fixed, and the stirrups are created when edge chamfers chamfe are created at the column cross section. TT14808 New options to define the bar creation creation have been added to the Parameters tab. It is now define the corner bar bending possible to create the bars non-symmetrically. non-symmetrically. You can also de direction. TT18929 The corner bars are now created correctly. TT48091

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A new field to define the concrete cover value has been added to the Top and Bottom tabs. You can use also negative values in defining the concrete cover values.

Three new options to define the intermediate link shape have been added to the Intermediate links tab.

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The stirrups were sometimes placed in an incorrect order, or they were overlapping. This has now been fixed. TT44561

Starter bars for pillar (86) and Starter bars for footing (87) Reinforcement mesh array in area (89)

You can again create circular stirrups with these components. TT44558

Meshes are now successfully created to a sketched double tee slab. TT46490 Selecting the longitudinal offset option on the Overlapping tab caused missing meshes. This has now been fixed.

TT46470

The cover thickness was incorrect if you switched the top and bottom bars. This has now been fixed. TT47680 The default value for cover thickness is now 25 mm. TT47950

Rebar in beam (90)

If you leave the Serie field blank on the Advanced tab, the prefix will now be empty. TT36426

Border rebar (92)

Fix list - cold rolled


Cold rolled overlap (1)

Cold rolled sleeved (2)

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When you reinforced a slab using Border rebar (92), clashing reinforcing bars were created in the corners. This has now been fixed.

Placing of the cleat with the U profile now works correctly also with the ZZ profile. TT46363

You can now use the new options on the Cleat tab to create a stiffener plate in the center of cleat.

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TT46492

The distance between the rafter and the first line of bolts was not created correctly. This has now been fixed. TT51061

Generation of profiles (9)

You can now use imperial units on the Parameters tab. TT46158

METL-CON Shearplate to hip (8) METL-CON Panel Joint at Mid-Span (21), METL-CON Autoform Two Sided (22), METLCON Multichannel Base plate (1004) METL-CON Cold rolled sleeved (28)

There is now a separate Bolts tab for defining the bolt settings. TT40092

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File transfer succeeded even if the actual autoform part of the th autoform had been deleted. This has now been corrected so that if the autoform has been deleted, file transfer does not succeed.

When you applied Force Sleeve Holes, holes were always created on both sides of the connection. This has now been fixed so that holes are only created if there is a section on that side of the connection. TT42633

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