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Detail Manager


Purpose and description

This tool allows users to create sections and details on General Arrangement (GA type
drawings quickly and easily through a simple interface. It circumvents the need to identify,
cut sections and define blowup details by combining all of these processes into one action.


System requirements

.NET Framework version:








To install the application:

1. Close down Tekla Structures (if running)
2. Download the appropriate MSI Installer (x64 for 64 bit machine and 64bit
installation of Tekla Structures)
3. Install MSI Installer
4. Start up Tekla Structures
5. Drag and dock the new toolbar that will have an icon similar to below.

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The tool is designed to fit with several workflows

1. Steel Detailers creating sections and details for the review or approval process and
for site instructions
2. Engineers creating connection design sketches of each similar connection for
3. Concrete detailers producing shop fabrication and site installation details
This extension contains features defined specifically for these processes but can be used in
other methods too.


Getting Started

Start the tool by clicking the icon on the toolbar or by going to the Tools>Macros
menu within Tekla Structures, selecting the Detail Manager in the list, and
pressing the Run button.


As the interface opens it will detect any previously created GA type drawings and
show them in the list.


The interface is icon driven and toot tips will appear as the mouse is hovered
over each icon.


From Left to Right

a. Refresh: This is only required when details are altered while the interface
dialog is open and will update all the drawings and details
b. Create Drawings
i. Create New Blank: Creates a new blank GA type drawing conforming
to the Drawing Attribute Settings defined in the options
ii. Create New From Model: Creates views based on the selected System
Components, Custom Components, ModelViews or ReferenceViews in
the model
iii. Create New From Files This allows rapid selection of 2D details in
DWG, DXF or DDF format for addition to drawings without the need to
define a location in the model first.

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c. Create Views
i. Create New Reference View: This function allows linking of a 2D
Reference File by first defining a location in the model where that
Reference View exists. The location will appear on Plan or Elevation
drawings, denoting which detail sheet the reference file is shown upon.
ii. Create New Model View: For locations where multiple components
exist or where no components exist, a ModelView can be created. The
users is prompted to input 2 points defining the extrema for the
drawing view.
d. Options:

i. Clicking the Options button launches a dialog offering drawing prefix

customization and the maximum number of views per drawing allowed
before a new drawing is created when run automatically. The default
parameters for drawings and views are located here too.
1. Drawing Settings can be created in the General Arrangement
Drawing Properties dialog box and are read from there.

Component View Settings and File View settings can be

created at the View Level of a General Arrangement Drawing
and are read from there.

ii. Under the Advanced section, users can opt to only allow one
component per drawing which is particularly useful for creating quick
connection detail sketches.
iii. Force One View per Component Code allows multiple views of the
same component. This is useful when multiple details are required of
the same system component. Users can make more views of different
scenarios by changing the Connection Code attribute on the General
tab of the System or Custom Component. (Note: Some AutoDefault
rules in the component settings may override this setting so be sure to
turn this setting off first.)
iv. View Naming allows users to specify how the views are labeled.
1. Name would be the Component Name (Clip Angle, Shear Plate
2. Code is the Connection Code from the General tab of the
System and Custom Component Properties or from the
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Connection Code fields in the Reference View and Model View

3. Orientation is defined by the view in the model. Different
orientations for details can be defined in the Component Level
Settings dialog.
e. Settings: The Component Level Settings Dialogue allows different views to be
created of different components.


Select Mode: This feature allows highlighting and selection of components in

the model by clicking items in the Detail Manager dialog. Select Only will just
highlight the item in the model which may be difficult to find in a large
structure. Select and Zoom will highlight the component and zoom to it
allowing easier identification.

g. Always On Top: This pin will keep the dialog box on top of all others or allow it
to be covered by other active windows if left unchecked.
h. Help: Launches this help file and gives information regarding version and
errors reported (in debug model only)


Once the model is complete and checked and ready for drawing production, users can
create General Arrangement Drawings in the usual manner.

6.1. Connection Codes

Every system and custom component has a connection code field on the General tab
of the settings. The Detail Manager will produce a detail of every connection selected
with a unique connection code. For example; if a Clip Angle (141) component has a
default connection code of std and every instance of this component has the same
code then the Detail Manager will only produce one set of detail views for that
component. If the model has some with 3 rows of bolts and some with 4 rows of bolts
then the user can change the Connection Code field in one or both of these instances
to receive 2 different details of the same component, even though they will be using
different settings or different attribute files.

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The same rules apply for Model Views too. Change the Connection Code field in the
Model View settings dialog box to allow multiple details of Model Views

Note that this setting only applies when the Force one view per component code is
checked. (This is the default setting)

To produce details of every connection selected in the model regardless of their

similarities, uncheck the Force one view per component code setting.

6.2. Force One Component Per Drawing

This setting is for situations where user may want multiple views of one connection on
smaller sketch style detail sheets on letter sized sheets perhaps. This is commonly
used to create sketches for connection design purposes or for site connection details
for cast in place concrete connections.

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6.3. View Naming Style

This setting control how the detail views that appear on the sheets will be identified.
Each view will have a number and this can be further appended by addition of the View
name (e.g. the component name; clip angle, shear plate simple or the name defined in
the Model View dialog.) This can be further appended with the orientation name (e.g.
Front View, Top View etc)

6.4. Views Per Drawing

This setting should be used when more than 10 views are to be shown on one drawing
to avoid a binary numbering system that place view numbers over 10 in the wrong

6.5. Drawing Leading Zeros

This setting allows users to define the number of characters used in new drawings for
the numberic part of the drawing name. E.g. setting this to 3 gives, D003 instead of D3
with the default of 0.

6.6. Defining Views Per Component

Before creating the details on the drawings, users may prefer to see more than an
elevation view of each component or model view. The settings options allows for this.
An example where users may want to define more views would be where the Shear
Plate Simple (146) is used and the drawings need to show what side of the beam web
should be attached to the shear tab. To set a plan view and an elevation view in this
example click the settings icon.

This will launch the dialog box that allows users to add exceptions for certain

For example it may be necessary to create a top view of a shear tab component to
show which side of the beam the shear tab is positioned but a top view might be
unnecessary on an end plate connection.
To add a new rule click the
icon then type the name of the component in the
Component Name search field. Component Numbers or names can be searched here
in a similar method to the System Component Catalog.

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To add a custom setting for a component, click the

dialog where views can be set and saved.

icon. This launches another

Select which views are required. For Isometric views, define the view angle. This can
be read from the values in the View Properties Dialog Box of the Tekla Structures
model for Rotation around X and Rotation around Z shown below.

The View Settings is read from the General Arrangement Drawing View settings and
can be created there.
Slope to Follow is for situations where a skewed or sloped connection would result in
an unclear detail if drawn orthographically.
Note: To apply the settings, enter a name and click save and close the dialog box.
Then select the setting from the drop down list and click enter. Settings will not apply
until the enter key is pressed and the drop down arrow disappears from the field.


Once the setup is complete, views can be created easily by selecting the required
components in the model and clicking the Create Views from Model icon

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Multiple or single components can be selected. If multiple components are selected,

the Detail manager will automatically assign view numbers and place views onto
drawing up to the limit defined by the Maximum Number of Views Per Drawing setting.
At this point the Detail Manager will automatically create new sheets and start adding
more views until all views are created for the selected components in the model.

7.1. Creating Model Views

To create model views, first define the area extrema by clicking the Model Views icon.

For model views, the Detail Manager will then prompt users to select two points in the
model that define the limits of the extrema.

The resulting detail view will show all the parts contained within the shaded box.
The shaded box is automatically hidden from the drawings and will not appear on
reports or add weight to the model.

7.2. Creating Reference Views

Reference Views are simple 2D drawings that are not created in the model. These can
be brought directly onto the drawing or can be linked to to a specific location in the
To add a 2D reference object onto a detail sheet, select the drawing to receive the
detail then choose Create New From File option from the Create Drawings icon and
define the path to the 2D reference file. This can be a dxf, dwg or ddf file and multiple
2D reference files can be added at one time. This is particularly useful for adding the
many standard details that may be required on the drawings.
To link a specific 2D detail to a specific location in the model, click Create New
Reference View from the Create Views icon.

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The user will then be prompted to add a location in the model where the reference
detail occurs. Opening the properties of this shaded cube with then allow setting of a
path to the reference object.

The View Name and Connection Code settings work as described earlier. The dwg /
dxf settings can be defined in the dwg / dxf properties available in the drawing
interface. These control scaling, line types and colors of the file imported.


Mapping of Details
Each detail can be automatically identified and located on the General Arrangement
Drawings using a localized setting that shows labels for each detail created.

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To use this setting select DetailManager_Plan or DetailManager_Elevation from the

localized settings that will be installed along with the Detail Manager. This setting is
based on the standard Plan and Elevation settings with the exception that it will show
these Part Marks and Connection Marks.


Other Settings
DetailSheet: General Arrangement Drawing level setting that specifies the size of sheet
and layout to be used from the drawing that will receive the detail views.
Note that there is currently a known issue in the API restricting this capability to
automatically load this setting when the drawing is opened. Until this feature is added,
users will have to load this setting manually.
DetailView: This view level setting controls how the detail views look by default.
DetailView_Plan: This setting replicates the Part Mark and Connection Mark settings
defined at the General Arrangement drawing level at the corresponding view level
DetailView_Elevation: This setting is similar to the Detail View_Plan settings but
applies to General Arrangement Elevation type drawings
BlockMarkCube: This is an object group that control the additional parts that are added
to the model for Model Views and Reference Views requiring a specific location.
DrawingDetailCube: Object group that collects the shaded
DetailManager_ConnMark: Drawing setting that defines the source Drawing and View
Number shown on the Detail Sheet for System and Custom Components
DetailManager_PartMark: Similar to DetailManager_ConnMark but applies to Model
Views and Reference Views by pulling this information from the BlockMarkCube
Objects.inp: Adds two new CustomTypes to the default objects.inp in the background.
To customize these settings, locate the objects.inp objects_DetailManager.inp file
installed to the following folders
\\Program Data\environments\usimp\inp
\\Program Data\environments\usmet\inp
\\Program Data\environments\common\inp

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