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Tekla Structures 20.0 US environments Release Notes

Last updated March 22, 2015 by Tekla Support US tekla.support.us@trimble.com

Software version: 
20.0
Environment: 
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Tekla Structures 20.0 US environments Release Notes

Table of Contents

  1. Common to all US Roles
  2. Steel Detailing Role
  3. Engineering Role
  4. Precast Detailing Role
  5. Cast In Place Role
  6. Contractor Role
     

1   Common to all US Roles

1.1   Environment ini files

The following variables were added to, modified, or deleted from the USIMP and USMET environment ini files:

Added
  • XS_DEFAULT_BREP_PATH – required to support the new ITEM type.
  • XS_ASSEMBLY_POSITION_NUMBER_FORMAT_STRING – this variable is now set to %%ASSEMBLY_PREFIX%%%%ASSEMBLY_POS%% The way this variable was previously set resulting in a period in the Drawing Listlist of drawings that provides information about the drawings in a particular model and that is used for searching, managing, and printing the drawings

    In the drawing list, the user can, for example, search, open, update, freeze, lock, and delete drawings. The drawing list can also be used to display the associations between the drawings and the parts in the model.

    Drawing list is used in Tekla Structures until version 2018. See document manager.

    between the part positionposition number that is assigned to a part

    and start numberfirst number of a numbering series

    , for example B.1. This was confusing to many users because the actual mark was B1. By changing this variable to the above setting, the “.” no long appears in the Drawing List.
Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.
  • XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR – changed from 10 to 4. This will result is smoother chamfers/curved edges.
Obsolete
  • XS_INTELLIGENCE_DO_NOT_ASSOCIATE_VIEWS_TO_GRIDS

1.2   Folder Structure

The subfolders inp and macros under the construction folder contained the exact same contents as those under the castinplace folder. Therefore the duplicates under the construction folder were removed. The construction folder has been renamed to contractor and the contractor role ini file has been updated to use the inp and macros folders under the castinplace folder.


1.3   Catalogs

Profile Catalog

Det vs. Des Values

All the values for shapes defined in the AISC manual have been updated to include the detailing (det) values not the design (des) values when there was a choice. If working in USIMP with fractions you probably didn’t notice a problem with this since we have been using the detailing values for several years. However if you changed the output to decimal inches, you would have noticed that many of the values did not have the correct decimal inch value to correspond to the detailing values in the AISC manual. These values were off by a very small amount and have been updated to be spot on.

Added
  • Created a new Rule group under the Others group called Imported Sketches for the US sketches which are imported automatically when a new model is created. These sketches are used by various custom components available in the US environments.


  • A new clb file named TeklaInc.clb was created which defined seven new parametric profiles. These parametric profiles can be found under the Various shapes group and are used by some custom components and plug-ins.

  • Added Soft Metric Conversions of the Heavy Hex Nut profiles, the Hardened Round Washers and STUDbolt element that represents a metal rod or pin that is used to transfer loads

    Studs and other bolt elements are listed in the bolt catalog.

    A stud can be secured with two or more nuts and have threading at both ends, or it can be welded to steel parts, for example.

    A stud is part of the bolt assembly.

    profiles. USMET only
Modified
  • Renamed Washer group to Hardened Round Washers.
Removed
  • Heavy Hex Nut Profiles - removed heavy hex nuts that did not match the heavy hex nuts defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-19, 14th edition.
  • Washers - removed the USS Washers.
  • Washers - removed other washers that did not match the F436 circular washers defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-14, 14th edition.
  • A.S.C.E. Rails - removed
  • BETHLEHEM Rails - removed
  • TS - Tube Steel profiles - removed

Bolt Catalog

Added

  • Added a NONE standard for both Nut and Washer types which can be used in bolt assemblies that do not have a nut or washer in them.
Modified
  • EPOXY – modified anchors to include more diameters and lengths.
  • HEX – updated nuts to match hex nuts defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-19, 14th edition.
  • HEAVY HEX – updated nuts to match heavy hex nuts defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-19, 14th edition.
  • BEVEL – updated washers to match the F436 square washers defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-14, 14th edition.
  • PLAIN – updated washers to match the F436 circular washers defined in the AISC manual – Table 7-14, 14th edition.
Removed
  • Removed ADHESIVE, SCREEN and FLAT washers used in EPOXY_ANC assembly because it was too limited and caused confusion. 

Bolt Assembly Catalog

Modified
  • EPOXY_ANC - this bolt assemblyset of bolt elements that consists of a bolt, a stud, or a screw, and possibly the related washers and nuts

    was updated to be similar to a Hilti’s HAS-E threaded rods.
  • FL_HD_SLEEVE_ANC – set all nut and washer options to NONE since this assembly does not include them.
  • RD_HD_SLEEVE_ANC - set all nut and washer options to NONE since this assembly does not include them.
  • SLEEVE_ANC - set tip-side nut and washer options to NONE since this assembly does not include them.
  • WEDGE_ANC - set tip-side nut and washer options to NONE since this assembly does not include them.

Bolt Attributes

  • Epoxy_Anchor – modified to use the updated epoxy anchors mention above.
  • Epoxy_Anchor_with_Screen – removed this attribute because this method was too limited and caused confusion.

Material Catalog

Moved the Grating grades from the Steel group to the Miscellaneous group.

This allows users to create grating with the correctly named Profile. When Grating was under the Steel group, all grating in a model was affect by the variable XS_USE_NEW_PLATE(1) part that represents a flat structure

(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

(2) plate that represents a steel structure

(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

_DESIGNATION=FOR_STEEL_PARTS_ONLY which would switch the width and length in the plate profile string if the width was greater than the length. This new way will allow the length to be listed before the width; for example, GRTG1 1/2"X48" for a part that is 2’-0” long.

Printer Catalog

The printer cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

was updated to include four printer instances.

Printer instance number 1 is used on the Drawing Side when Drawing Color Mode (B key) is used to view the drawing in Color, Gray Scale or Black and White.

Notice in Black and White mode, the line weights are shown on the drawing. All roles have been carefully setup to take advance of the line weights defined in printer instance 1. The other three printer instances are setup up based on paper size. They can be easily taken into use by clicking the Browse button and selecting the desired printer on your end. In most cases there is no need to change the other options (paper size, print area, offset, etc) in the Printer Catalog for those printer instances. Please note: depending on the printer you are using, some adjustments may be required in your printer’s Print Preferences inside Windows.

1.4   Objects.inp

There are only a few minor changes to the objects.inp file used by all roles.

One new variable called Product weight has been added to the Parameters tab. This can be used to enter the weight of Bought Out Items or the new ITEM type objects.

The Pour Typeproperty of a pour object that uses a cast-in-place part name or a manually given value to describe the pour object

By default the part name is used for pour type. The part name used is the name of the part with the largest volume in the pour object.

variable located on the Pour Objectbuilding object that is formed of one or more cast-in-place concrete parts, or a part of a cast-in-place concrete part

The cast-in-place concrete parts are merged into one pour object if they have the same material grade and pour phase, and if they touch each other. Pour objects are visible in pour view.

tab has been changed from an option variable to a string variable.


This was done so that this variable would be more user-friendly when being using in the Organizertool that is used for categorizing and managing model information, object properties and object property queries, and model object classification

Organizer consists of two tools, object browser and categories.

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1.5   Macros

Modeling Macros

One new macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

has been added to the environment macros\modeling folder and one has been removed.

NEW
  • Hide All Reference Modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another model

    A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.

    For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model.

    s allows you to quickly hide all the reference models.

REMOVED
  • Show Drawing Viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

    A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

    A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

    Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

    in Model
    – this macro did not work so it was removed.

Drawing Macros

The Create Start End Symbols and Delete Start End Symbols macros have been moved to the usimp(usmet)/macros/drawings folder. Previously these resided in a few roles but now they are available in all roles.

Help Files

A new help file has been compiled for Macros available in the US environments. This help file can be opened from inside the Macros dialog by running the === OPEN MACRO HELP FILE === macro.

To navigate between the compiled Macro help files use the Previous, Home, and Next buttons at the top of each help page.



1.6   Reports

Three Inquire reports where updated as follows;

  • TS_Report_Inquire_Bolt – updated report so it filters out the new NONE nut and washer standards.
  • TS_Report_Inquire_Part – updated report to provide more detailed information about Angle, Pipe, and HSS profiles.
  • TS_Report_Inquire_Welding – updated report to include error codes and make it look cleaner.

1.7   Templates

Template Editor

The default background color in the Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

has been changed from white to gray.

Template Settings

The following contentattributes files have been updated.

  • Contentattributes_us_common.lst – updated to support new Product Weight udaobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

    User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

    and new Pour Breakbuilding object used to split a pour object into smaller pour objects

    /Object udas
  • Contentattributes_us_roles.lst – updated to support updated Finish tab udas

Model Template

A new model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.

named Full_Model was created for use with any role. This model template contains all the US Custom Components.


1.8   Custom Components

We had gone through every one of our custom components to make sure that each one of them works in both US Imperial and US Metric environments. So if you work in the US Metric environment you should no longer get any profile error messages.

Help Files

The Tekla Inc Custom Componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

help file’s HOME page has been updated to show which custom components have been UPDATED and if there are any NEW ones. See the Role chapters for more information about the new or updated Custom Components.

To navigate between these Custom Component help files use the Previous, Home, and Next buttons at the top of each help page not those in your browser.



2   Steel Detailing     

2.1   Steel Detailing Role

The Steel Detailing Role was created to include only the items needed to use Tekla Structures for Steel Detailing and Steel Fabrication. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\steel folders. The Role_Steel_Detailing.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.
  • XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST – updated to exclude a few more files not needed in this role.

By Pass ini

The SteelBypass ini file has been updated to reflect the v20 configuration changes.

2.2   Model Template

The Steel Detailing role’s model template has been updated to include the new, updated and fixed Custom Components mentioned in section 2.8 below.


2.3   Modeling

Concrete & Steel Parts

Column properties in all roles were reviewed and the bottom elevations were set to -24”. Pad Footingfooting that supports a single point of contact

Pad footing usually supports one column.

properties in all roles were reviewed and the top elevations were set to -24”. All part types Start Numbers have been set to 1. Some prefixes changed to be consistent within all the US roles. For more information about the default prefixes in the US environment check out the http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/en/support-articles/numbering-prefixes-us-environments article in the Tekla User Assistanceonline help and self-support service for Tekla Structures

Tekla User Assistance includes instructions, support articles, and instructional videos, and it offers a possibility for feedback.

Tekla User Assistance is one of the Tekla online services.

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Beam Properties

The following Beam attributes have been added, updated, or removed.
Pipe – NEW, can be useful when needing to model in pipe braces, beams, etc.
Rail – Rotation now set to Top so that the corresponding drawing views made sense. Previously this was set to Front.
Rod – changed the Part and Assemblies prefixes to m and M. Previously these were set to r and R.
Hip – removed. Feedback concluded that most users just start with standard or Beam attribute when they need to model in hip beams.
Rafter – removed. Feedback concluded that most users just start with standard or Beam attribute when they need to model in rafter beams.

2.4   Objects.inp

The objects.inp file was updated to support the improved TypeA_OnHoldInfo template which now outputs multiple RFIs. The label in the Project UDAs – Drawing Switches tab has been renamed Show RFI information and the picture was updated to show an example of the new template.

Same for the label in the Assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshop

Assembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views.

UDAs – Switches
tab; it has been renamed Show RFI information.

This switch works the same as before, it can be used to turn off this template in individual drawings.

2.5   Macros

Modeling Macros

Two new macros have been added to the steel role’s macros\modeling folder.

  • Show Basic Geometry of Selected Parts – Can be use to turn selected parts that have been turned to exact geometry back to basic.
  • Show Exact Geometry of Selected Parts – Can be use to turn selected parts to exact geometry.


           Basic Geometry                              Exact Geometry

Drawing Macros

As mentioned above in section 1.5, two macros have been moved from roles into the usimp (usmet) macros/drawings folder. This means that these two macros are now behind the Global radio button, not the Local radio button. In addition to this new location, these macros were renamed from those previously available in the Steel Detailing role.

  • Start Point-Checker – use the Create Start End Symbols macro
  • Start Point-Deleter – use the Delete Start End Symbols macro

2.6   Component Catalog

Collections

Separators have been added to the Component Catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

The term component catalog is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

to make it easier to understand and more user-friendly. If you create a model in the US environment without using a model template then you will only see the System and Environment collections. When you use an available model template to create a new model then you will all see the Role collections.

The Moment Connections and Published Attributes collections are new and available in the Steel Detailing role model templates.

Published Attributes

Many components are suitable for use in different situations. Through localization we have saved many attributes inside components for different scenarios. These attributes can be used but opening up the components dialog, loading the attribute, and applying it in your model. This can be done much simpler and more user-friendly by utilizing the Publish Attribute featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation

. We have organized many of the component attributes that we have localized into a Publish Attributes collection and folder.

     
    
These published attributes have a unique icon which includes the component number in the left top corner. The picture in the thumbnail shows an example of what the attribute does in a similar framing condition. To use these attributes you do NOT have to open up the component dialog, load the attribute and apply it to the model. Instead you simply just click the icon and apply it to your framing condition. It’s that simple. Publish attributes are preloaded with the corresponding attribute so they are much easier to use.

Of course these attributes are just a starting point. Once you apply them in the model you can open up the dialog and adjust the connection as needed. The main point of organizing these into a collection/folder was to illustrate all the different framing conditions that these components can be utilized.

System Components

The Connection Code in all system componentcomponent that is included in a Tekla Structures configuration and whose component objects and composition the user can modify within the limits of the component properties

attributes have been updated to include the system component number as a prefix in the code; for example: 60_HorzHSSBrace

  • LS Brace Col End Pl (24) – two new attributes for bracing; HSS_Brace and WF_Brace
  • Bracing Wrap Around (46) – two new attributes for bracing; Horizontal_Brace and Vertical_Brace
  • Bracing Wrap Around 2 (53) – two new attributes for bracing; Horizontal_Brace and Vertical_Brace
  • Brace Middle Simple (149) – one new attribute for bracing; HSS_Brace
  • Railings (S77)
    • Grab_Rail – was removed because it only worked on one side of the handrail system.
    • Grab_Rail_Up_LeftSide NEW, can be used to add Grab Rail to a handrail system on the left side if you are looking up/along the handrail system.
    • Grab_Rail_Up_RightSide - NEW, can be used to add Grab Rail to a handrail system on the left side if you are looking up/along the handrail system.
  • Stanchions (S76) – various attributes – if the rotation of the stanchion was previously set to Front, the attribute was updated to use Top rotation for the stanchions.
  • Railings (S77) – various attributes – if the rotation of the handrail was previously set to Front, the attribute was updated to use Top rotation for the handrails.
  • Base Plates (1004)(1014)(1016)(1042)(1047)(1052) – all attribute files beginning with AnchorType have been removed and replace with more descriptive attributes like; Corner_BP_wL_Rods.
  • Clip Anglecomponent object that represents a right angle that is made of a standard L-shaped profile and that connects parts

    (141)
    – several new attributes have been creating to support all the possible gages defined in the AISC manual; Gage=2.25_inches, Gage=2.75_inches, Gage=3-7.5-3_inches, Gage=5.5_inches, and Gage_7.5_inches. In the USMET environment, similar attributes have been created for millimeter gages.
  • Clip Angle (141) – two new attributes have been creating for use when the web of the secondary (supported) beam has a web thickness in a 16th of an inch increment; Offset=32nd and Setbackdistance between a part end and its reference point

    In Tekla Structures, knock-off dimensions are an example of setback distances.

    +Offset=32nd
    . USIMP only.
  • Bent Plate(1) part that is created from contour plates, or beams whose profile is a plate

    (1) Bent plates can be conical or cylindrical.

    Curved beams, spiral beams, or deformed parts cannot be used for creating a bent plate.

    (2) component object that represents an angle that is bent from a plate and that connects parts

    (151)
    – several new attributes have been creating to support all the possible gages defined in the AISC manual; Gage=2.25_inches, Gage=2.5_inches-1sided, Gage=2.75_inches, Gage=2.75_inches-1sided, Gage=3-7.5-3_inches, Gage=3-7.5-3_inches-1sided, Gage=5.5_inches-1sided, Gage_7.5_inches and Gage_7.5_inches-1sided. In the USMET environment, similar attributes have been created for millimeter gages.
  • Bent Plate (151) – renamed Knife_Connection to Bent_Knife_Connection.
  • Bolt Macro (41) – removed the Epoxy anchor attributes since that bolt assembly has been modified.

AutoDefaults

The Clip_Angles rule group has been modified to include more intelligence when used to connect beams to columns. The new attributes mentioned above in 141 and 151 have been added to this rule group. Now when you use this rule group during AutoConnectiontool that creates connections with predefined properties in certain framing conditions

, the correct gage will automatically be used.

Custom Components

A Custom Component folder has been created to organize all the custom components that are included in the Steel Detailing model template. This includes subfolders which make it easier to find custom components of certain types that you may need.



2.7   Object Groups

The available object groupmodel objects with settings that match the settings that the user has defined for a certain purpose

In Tekla Structures, an object group is used on the one hand to control the transparency and coloring of model objects in the views and on the other in project management. Object groups can also be used in filtering tools, for example in selection filter, to select all objects that match certain properties.

filters were reviewed and a few changes were made.

Object Group - Selection filters

Added - The following filters have been created for use in the Organizer.

Creating selection filters for these generic object types allows us to automatically categorize them from the model – See section 2.12 for more information.

  • Organizer_BoltFilter
  • Organizer_Component Filter
  • Organizer_WeldFilter

Removed - The following filters have been removed.

  • Steel_Hip
  • Steel_Rafter

Object Group - View filters

Removed - The following filters have been removed.

  • Steel_Hip
  • Steel_Rafter

Object Representation

The standard Object Representationrepresentation of a model object or an object group in a model view, such a representation being based on the color and transparency settings applied to the model object or the object group

attribute has been updated to include a new Object Group – Representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

attribute called Timber. Now whenever you model an object in the model with a material grade equal to one found in the Timber group of the material catalogcatalog that displays material grades and information on them

By default, the material catalog contains standard, environment-specific materials. The user can add, modify, and delete material grades.

it will be brownish in color, not its classpart property that groups parts according to identifiers given by the user

The identifiers of classes are usually numbers. Classes can be used for defining the color of parts in the model, for example. Class does not influence the numbering of model objects.

color.

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2.8   Custom Components

There are a few new Custom Components available in version 20.0 and a few others that have been enhanced.

New Custom Components

Anchor-Headed Bolt

This new custom components can be used to quickly add a headed anchor bolt in any model. It can also be used inside other custom components like the Beam Bearing Plate one.

Checkered Plate Tread

This new custom component must be used inside system component – Stairs (71). It creates one of four types of checkered plate tread types. More information about this component can be found in its help file.

Stringer-Base Connection
Stringer-Top Connection

These new custom components can be used to create drop-in style stringer connections between a stringer and its supporting beam.

US Stanchion Curved

This new custom component is used to create an elbow-style connection at the base of a stanchion to the web of the supporting beam. Unlike System Component (84) which adds the elbow and short horizontal piecebuilding object that is a basic element of a model and that can be modeled and detailed further

The main concrete parts are: column, beam, polybeam, spiral beam, panel, slab, pad footing, strip footing, and item.

The main steel parts are: column, beam, polybeam, curved beam, twin profile, orthogonal beam, spiral beam, contour plate, bent plate, and item.

The term piece is sometimes used to refer to part.

as attached parts, this custom component creates these two pieces as welded secondary parts. The elbow piece can be tagged in the dialog as a Bought Out Item if desired or left as a fabricated part.

Updated Custom Components

Outrigger (Angles) v2

This custom component has been updated to include a new option for the direction of the angles and control over the direction of the horizontal angle long leg.

Handrail Panel v2
Handrail Panel-Lower Bend v2
Handrail Panel-Returns v2
Handrail Panel-Sloping v2
Handrail Panel-Upper Bend v2

These custom components have been updated to support the corrected rotation of handrail which was mentioned above in the Modeling section.

Ornamental Picket Panel v2

This custom component has been updated to support the corrected rotation of handrail which was mentioned above in the Modeling section.

Rail Connector-Beveled Tee v2
Rail Connector-Tee v2

These custom components have been updated to support the corrected rotation of handrail which was mentioned above in the Modeling section.

Fixed Custom Components

Beam Bearing Plate v2

The part position and assembly positionposition number that is assigned to an assembly or a cast unit

fields did not work correctly. This has been fixed

Double Angle Components

User fields 1, 2 and 3 use to contain information about the angles which could be used in reports. These have been fixed. User Field 1 list the type; LLV, LLH or LLBB. User Field 2 lists the Assembly Prefix and Start Number. User Field 3 lists the text 2L then the profile then the type. For example; 2L L6X4X1/2 LLH.

Sag Rod v2

The inner nuts and washer did not get located correctly when an offset was required. This has been fixed.

2.9   Reports

New

Eight new reports have been added to the Steel role in version 20.0, they are;

  • 251   Weld Error list
  • 350   Advanced Bill.html *
  • 350   Assembly list BOM.html *
  • 350   Bolt list for Selected Bolts
  • 350   Bolt list.html *
  • 350   Loose Washer and Nut List
  • 350   Material list.html *
  • 650   Lottingprocess of creating lots and adding assemblies to them

    list.html *

* HTML reports – before you run these reports, make sure you change the Show report option to With associated viewer so the report will be displayed properly. By default Windows uses Internet Explorer as the default html viewer.


Updated
  • 250   Weld list (long) – updated report so that all weld types also output the name of the weld type; for example Bevel Groove.
  • 250   Weld list (short) – updated report so that all weld types also output the name of the weld type; for example Bevel Groove.
  • 350   Virtual Stud List – updated report to also include the Virtual Stud Note field.
Marked for Deletion
  • 950   Material list by Profile type – it has been concluded that this report is unreliable and therefore should be removed. It was moved (renumbered) from the Quantities (300 series) section to the Marked for Deletion (900 series) section.
Deleted

The following four reports have been in the Marked for Deletion section for several versions and now have been removed from the environment.

  • 950   Connection Code ID.csv
  • 950   Connection UDL Check
  • 950   Connection UDL
  • 950   Part check list

2.10   Templates

All the drawing templates have been updated to have the same font, font colors, and line colors so that all roles in the US environments have the same look and feel when it comes to the drawing templates.

Updated
  • TypeA_OnHoldInfo – this template has been updated to support multiple RFIs. So now if multiple RFIs exist on an assembly, they will be listed in the information table in the upper right hand corner of the assembly drawing.

  • TypeA_Gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

    In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

    It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

    – this template contained errors and was fixed so it output correctly.
  • TypeM_Phases – this template didn’t combine the bolt rows correctly. It has been fixed.
  • TypeAM_Handrail_TL_BOM – this template didn’t always output the correct number of bolts. This has been fixed.

2.11   Drawings

Layouts

The location of all layout file is now the same. Layout files no longer reside in the Role folders. They are located in the environment/system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

. So when you open up the Layout dialog you will see more layouts than before. This was done to avoid issues when working in multiple roles in the same model.

Assembly – Layout Properties

All Assembly drawing attributes ending in with_BOM have been update so they no longer use Autosize to determine the size of the drawing. Instead these attributes have been modified to output on 11x17 sheets; for example.

To help you change drawing sizes easily, these three Assembly – Layout Properties attributes have been created.

Assembly Drawings

The available Assembly Drawing attributes were all reviewed and a few changes were made. One change made in the Project Properties UDAs that affects Assembly Drawings is the Use stacked revision list switch is now set to Yes by default.

Renamed
  • USBeamFAB1 to USBeam
  • USChannel1 to USChannel
  • USColFAB1 to USColumn
  • USPurlin1 to USPurlin
Updated

As mentioned above in sections 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8, the rotation of Handrail in the model has been changed from Front to Top. These 2 Assembly Drawing attributes were updated to adapt to the rotation change. Previously these drawing attributes used the drawing view Top to get a look at the side (Front) of a Handrail assembly. Now that the model rotation is set the Front, the more logical and less confusing drawing view Front is used.

  • Handrail_with_BOM
  • US Handrail
Removed
  • Hip_with_BOM
  • Rafter_with_BOM
  • USBeamFAB2
  • USBeamCHK1
  • USBeamCHK2
  • USChannel2
  • USColFAB2
  • USColCHK1
  • USColCHK2
  • USHip1
  • USRafter1

Master Drawing Catalog

The Master Drawing Catalogcatalog that is used for creating drawings by using master drawings

Master drawing catalog can be used for searching for master drawings usually in the current model and saving the search results.

(MDC) has been updated to reflect the changes mentioned above. In addition to removing the drawing attributes mentioned above from the Master Drawing Catalog, old drawing wizards have been removed. The remaining Rule Sets, which were created several versions ago to replace the old wizards, have been updated to contain a small red star in its thumbnail. This makes it easier to locate and identify the Rule Sets from a regular drawing attribute.

Another small change in the MDC’s folder view is the addition of three new folders; Single Part Drawings with BOM, Single Part Drawings for Gather Sheets and Wizards. The Old Wizards folder was removed, so the New Wizards folder was renamed to Wizards.


Assembly – Dimension attributes

New attributes have been saved in the Assembly –Dimension Properties dialog. These attributes can be used to turn on and off the Exaggeration settings on the Advanced tab.

  • Exaggeration
  • No_ Exaggeration

Assembly – Dimensioning attributes

New attributes have been saved in the Assembly-Dimensioning Properties dialog. These attributes are recommended for use with Beam or Column drawings.

  • Checking_Dims_(RD_Assembly) – use this attribute to turn on Checker Dimensions and switch the starting location of the Running Dimensions (RD) to the end of the clip angles.
  • Checking_Dims_(RD_MainPart) - use this attribute to turn on Checker Dimensions and switch the starting location of the Running Dimensions (RD) to the end of the main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

    (1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

    (2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

    (2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

    .
  • Fab_Dims_(RD_Assembly) - use this attribute to turn on Fabrication Dimensions and switch the starting location of the Running Dimensions (RD) to the end of the clip angles.
  • Fab_Dims_(RD_MainPart) - use this attribute to turn on Fabrication Dimensions and switch the starting location of the Running Dimensions (RD) to the end of the main part.

2.12   Organizer

In v20.0 the Object Browsertool in Organizer used to inquire, view, and report model information based on selected model objects

and Model Organizer have been combined into a centralized user interface called the Organizer. The Organizer is broken into two panes – Categories and Object Browser. The predefined categories and templates available in the browser are tailored to each role.

Categories

The categories have been defined using selection filters that are available in the Steel Detailing role.
The first group is for overall assemblies, separated by main part type.
The second group is for secondary parts, separated by type.
Finally there are categories for bolt groups, welds, and components.
Upon opening the organizer, you are prompted to Synchronize with the model. This will automatically separate the model objects into their respective categories. If the model is modified, the synchronize button in the upper right can be clicked to refresh the list.

Selecting the categories will allow you to quickly highlight the objects in the model, which can then allow you to generate reports, drawings, NC filefile that contains information gathered from a model and exported to computer numerical controlled fabrication machinery

Tekla Structures produces NC files in several formats, for example, DSTV.

data, etc.

Object Browser

The Object Browser can quickly display the details of items selected in the model or through the categories.
The following browser templates have been added to the Steel Detailing role:

  • Assembly List
  • Bolt Groupgroup of bolts that forms a connecting building object between an assembly main part and secondary parts

    The number of bolts in a bolt group depends on the bolt group shape and the values of bolt distances.

    Check
  • Component List
  • Drawing Info
  • Erection
  • Part List
  • Weld List

When items are selected, the desired template can be chosen from the drop-down menu. Some of these templates have been assigned to different categories, so when one of them is selected an appropriate template will be used to display the data.
For example, highlighting the Bolt Groups category will display the bolts in the model using the Bolt Group Check template.

These reports can be grouped based on different column information, quickly give total quantities and weights, and this data can also be exported to excel spreadsheets. For more information, see the Tekla User Assistance - http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/200/en/rel_200_mod_new_tool_for_organizing_the_model

3   Engineering     

3.1   Engineering Role

The Engineering Role was created to include items an engineer needs to use Tekla Structures. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\engineering folders. The Role_Engineering.ini file, located in the usimp (usmet) folder, runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.
  • XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST – updated to exclude a few more files not needed in this role.

By Pass ini

The EngBypass ini file has been updated to reflect the v20 configuration changes.

3.2   Model Templates

Additional custom components have been added to the Engineering model templates.


3.3   Modeling

Concrete & Steel Parts

Column properties in all roles were reviewed and the bottom elevations were set to -24”. Pad Footing properties in all roles were reviewed and the top elevations were set to -24”. All part types Start Numbers have been set to 1. Some prefixes changed to be consistent within all the US roles. For more information about the default prefixes in the US environment check out the http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/en/support-articles/numbering-prefixes-us-environments article in the Tekla User Assistance.
The following attributes have been added, updated, or removed.

  • Cipcast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position

    _Spandrel
    – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

    In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

    In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

    – removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Wall_Keyway  - removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Shear_Wall – New Concrete Panel attributes
  • Hip – removed from available Beam attributes
  • Rafter – removed from available Beam attributes
  • Platework – removed from available Contour Platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

    The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

    attributes

3.4   Macros

Modeling Macros

Three new macros have been added to the engineering role’s macros\modeling folder.

  • Show Basic Geometry of Selected Parts – Can be use to turn selected parts that have been turned to exact geometry back to basic.
  • Show Exact Geometry of Selected Parts – Can be use to turn selected parts to exact geometry.
  • Show Rebar Center of Gravity – Creates a small dummy object at the COG located of selected rebar.

            
             Basic Geometry                              Exact Geometry                                      Rebar COG

Drawing Macros

As mentioned above in section 1.5, two macros have been moved from roles into the usimp (usmet) macros/drawings folder. This means that these two macros are now behind the Global radio button, not the Local radio button. In addition to this new location, these macros were renamed from those previously available in the Steel Detailing role.

  • Start Point-Checker – use the Create Start End Symbols macro
  • Start Point-Deleter – use the Delete Start End Symbols macro

3.5   Component Catalog

The separators have been added to the Component Catalog to make it easier to understand and more user-friendly. If you create a model in the US environment without using a model template then you will only see the System and Environment collections. When you use an available model template to create a new model then you will all see the Role collections.

The Wood Framing collection is new and available in the Engineering role model templates.

AutoConnection

The Default rule group has been modified to use component Fittingadjustment of a part end

(13)
instead of the other components that created secondary parts.

3.6   Object Groups

The available object group filters were reviewed and a few changes were made.

Object Group - Selection filters

  • CIP_Hardware - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • CIP_Spandrel - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains SPANDREL instead of equals
  • Field_Hardware - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • Organizer_Rebar - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize rebar from the model in the new Organizer – see section 3.11 for more information.
  • Precast_All - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • Precast_Spandrel - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part and to check if part NAME field contains SPANDREL instead of equals
  • Precast_Wall - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part and to check if part NAME field contains WALL instead of equals
  • Steel_Beam - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains BEAM instead of equals
  • Steel_Channel - modified filter to check if part NAME field Does not contain STAIR or STRINGER instead of Does not equal
  • Steel_Column - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains COLUMN instead of equals
  • Steel_Frame - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains FRAME instead of equals
  • Steel_Plate - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part

Object Group - View filters

  • Analysis_Frame - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • CIP_Hardware - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • Field_Hardware - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • NoDoubleTees - updated filter to also check if selected is the Precast Assembly
  • Precast_All - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part
  • Precast_NoTees - updated filter to also check if selected is the CIP Assembly and if selected object is a PART
  • Precast_Spandrel - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part and to check if part NAME field contains SPANDREL instead of equals
  • Precast_Wall - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part and to check if part NAME field contains WALL instead of equals
  • Steel_Beam - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains BEAM instead of equals
  • Steel_Channel - modified filter to check if part NAME field Does not contain STAIR or STRINGER instead of Does not equal
  • Steel_Column - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains COLUMN instead of equals
  • Steel_Frame - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains FRAME instead of equals
  • Steel_Plate - updated filter to also check if selected is the Primary part

Object Group - Representation

  • Miscellaneous_All - NEW
  • Steel_A500 - updated filter to catch all A500 grades.

Object Representation

  • Check IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperability

    IFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).

    Model can be exported into an IFC file.

    Entity Type
    - NEW


3.7   Custom Components

There are a few new Custom Components available in version 20.0 and a few others that have been enhanced.

New Custom Components

Anchor-Headed Bolt

This new custom components can be used to quickly add a headed anchor bolt in any model. It can also be used inside other custom components like the Beam Bearing Plate one.

Updated Custom Components

Metal Stud Frame
Metal Stud Frame wDoor
Metal Stud Frame wOpening

These custom components have been updated to provide an option to choose whether the frame is assembled or not.

Wood Stud Frame
Wood Stud Frame wDoor
Wood Stud Frame wOpening

These custom components have been updated to provide an option to choose whether the frame is assembled or not.

3.8   Reports

All regular reports (not html, csv or xls) were looked at for consistency within the US environment. Some of the reports in this role were modified cosmetically to include our standard header and footer if they didn’t already include them.

Updated
  • 175   Design Summary – updated report to also work for sloping columns.
Deleted

The following four reports have been in the Marked for Deletion section for several versions and now have been removed from the environment.

  • 950   Connection Code ID.csv
  • 950   Connection UDL Check
  • 950   Connection UDL
  • 950   Part check list

3.9   Templates

All the drawing templates have been updated to have the same font, font colors, and line colors so that all roles in the US environments have the same look and feel when it comes to the drawing templates.

New
  • Engr_24x36_Copyright_Note – this was separated from the EPC_border1 template, and will populate from the Engineer Team project UDA.
  • Engr_24x36_Prelim_Stamp – this was separated from the EPC_border1 template, and provides an example of controlling visibility of templates through UDA’s. Enter ‘prelim’ into the Drawing Other Info UDA to enable this in the drawing. Clear the field or put any other value to disable.
  • Engr_24x36Vertical – replaces EPC_border1, now displays data from project properties and project UDA’s.
  • Engr_24x36VRevision – provides an example of a horizontal stacking template for use with the vertical title block.
  • Engr_30x42Vertical – replaces Engr_30x42_A, now displays data from project properties and project UDA’s.
  • Engr_30x42VRevision – replaces Engr_Revisions_A, updated to work with new vertical titleblock.
  • Engr_30x42VSubmittal – added to display submittal information from drawing UDA’s. Works with vertical titleblock.
  • Engr_TitleBlock – this replaces the Engr_24x36 & Engr_30x42 templates to utilize Tekla drawing frames.
Deleted
  • Engr_24x36
  • Engr_30x42
  • Engr_30x42_A
  • Engr_30x42_Aframe
  • Engr_Revisions_A
  • EPC_border1
  • EPC_border1frame

3.10   Drawings

Layouts

The location of all layout file is now the same. Layout files no longer reside in the Role folders. They are located in the environment/system folder. So when you open up the Layout dialog you will see more layouts than before. This was done to avoid issues when working in multiple roles in the same model.
A new layout called Engineering has been created. This layout replaces the following layouts which have been removed.

  • -ENG_24x36
  • -ENG_30x42
  • -ENG_8.5X11

The new layout has been modified to more closely match other roles, templates have been split up, renamed for clarity, and they now have intelligent fields that populate from project properties.

3.11   Organizer

Categories

The categories have been defined using selection filters that are available in the Engineering role.
They group objects by Steel assemblies, Precast cast units, and Cast in Place cast units, respectively; and further break them down by main part type.
Finally there is a group for reinforcement that is found in the model.
Upon opening the organizer, you are prompted to Synchronize with the model. This will automatically separate the model objects into their respective categories. If the model is modified, the synchronize button in the upper right can be clicked to refresh the list.


Object Browser

The Object Browser can quickly display the details of items selected in the model or through the categories.
The following browser templates have been added to the Engineering role:

  • Concrete Design List
  • Design Reinforcing
  • Steel Design List

When items are selected, the desired template can be chosen from the drop-down menu. Some of these templates have been assigned to different categories, so when one of them is selected an appropriate template will be used to display the data.
For example, highlighting the Beams subcategory will display the beams in the model using the Steel Design List template.

These reports can be grouped based on different column information, quickly give total quantities and weights, and this data can also be exported to excel spreadsheets. For more information, see the Tekla User Assistance - http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/200/en/rel_200_mod_new_tool_for_organizing_the_model

4   Precast Detailing     

4.1   Precast Detailing Role

The Precast Detailing Role was created to include only the items needs to use Tekla Structures for Precast Detailing. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\precast folders. The Role_Precast_Detailing.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.

4.2   Model Template

Additional custom components have been added to the Precast model templates.


4.3   Modeling

Concrete & Steel Parts

Column properties in all roles were reviewed and the bottom elevations were set to -24”. Pad Footing properties in all roles were reviewed and the top elevations were set to -24”. All part types Start Numbers have been set to 1. Some prefixes changed to be consistent within all the US roles. For more information about the default prefixes in the US environment check out the http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/en/support-articles/numbering-prefixes-us-environments article in the Tekla User Assistance.
The following attributes have been added, updated, or removed.

  • Cip_Dropped_Slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

    – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Edge_Slab – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Joist – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Thickened_Slab – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Masonry_Bond_Beam – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Slab_On_Grade – New Concrete Slab attribute
  • Cip_VertWall – removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Wall  - removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Retaining_Wall – New Concrete Panel attributes
  • Hip – removed from available Beam attributes
  • Rafter – removed from available Beam attributes

4.4   Objects.inp

The Finish Information tab in the objects.inp file was updated to include more fields for concrete parts.


4.5   Macros

Modeling Macros

One new macro has been added to the precast role’s macros\modeling folder.

  • Show Rebar Center of Gravity – Creates a small dummy object at the COG located of selected rebar.


                 Rebar COG

Removed

The two FabTrol macros have been removed from this role.

Drawing Macros

As mentioned above in section 1.5, two macros have been moved from roles into the usimp (usmet) macros/drawings folder. This means that these two macros are now behind the Global radio button, not the Local radio button.

4.6   Component Catalog

A separator has been added to the Component Catalog to make it easier to understand and more user-friendly. If you create a model in the US environment without using a model template then you will only see the System and Environment collections.


AutoConnection

The Default rule group has been modified to use component Fitting (13) instead of the other components that created secondary parts.

4.7   Object Groups

The available object group filters were reviewed and a few changes were made.

Object Group - Selection filters

  • Cip_Pilecap - updated filter to check if part NAME field contains PILEslender column or pole that is put into the ground to carry loads or to provide support

    Pile may be made of precast or cast-in-place concrete, or steel.

    & CAP instead of PILECAP
  • Organizer_ComponentFilter - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize components from the model in the new Organizer – see section 4.12 for more information.
  • Organizer_Rebar - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize rebar from the model in the new Organizer – see section 4.12 for more information.
  • Rebar_EmbedBar - updated filter to check if Object Typedescription of a group of objects that share common characteristics

    The objects are grouped based on different characteristics in models and in drawings. Examples of model object types are beams and rebar sets. Examples of drawing object types are parts and marks.

    equals Reinforcing Barreinforcement that represents a steel bar used to reinforce a concrete structure

    The steel bars are usually ribbed and they are used to increase the tensile strength of concrete.

  • Rebar_UnknownShape - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains [?] instead of equals
  • Updated all Steel_filters to match those create in the Steel role.

Object Group - View filters

  • Rebar_EmbedBar - updated filter to check if Object Type equals Reinforcing Bar
  • Rebar_UnknownShape - modified filter to check if part NAME field contains [?] instead of equals
  • Updated all Steel_filters to match those create in the Steel role.

4.8   Custom Components

There is a new Custom Component available in version 20.0.

Anchor-Headed Bolt

This new custom component that can be used to quickly add a headed anchor bolt in any model. It can also be used inside other custom components like the Beam Bearing Plate one.

4.9   Reports

All regular reports (not html, csv or xls) were looked at for consistency within the US environment. Some of the reports in this role were modified cosmetically to include our standard header and footer if they didn’t already include them.

4.10   Templates

All the drawing templates have been updated to have the same font, font colors, and line colors so that all roles in the US environments have the same look and feel when it comes to the drawing templates.

Deleted

The following templates have not been included in any layouts so they have been removed to clean up the environment of unused files.

  • Full Rebar Schedule
  • PC_CastUnitSchedule
  • PC_Er_Drawing_24x36
  • PC_ER_Hardware_BOM
  • PC_Er_Hardware_Mtb
  • Rebar_Shape_Images2dStyle

4.11   Drawings

Layouts

The location of all layout file is now the same. Layout files no longer reside in the Role folders. They are located in the environment/system folder. So when you open up the Layout dialog you will see more layouts than before. This was done to avoid issues when working in multiple roles in the same model.

4.12   Organizer

Categories

The categories have been defined using selection filters that are available in the Precast Detailing role.
The first group is for overall precast cast units, broken down into subcategories of type.
The second group is for reinforcement, separated by type.
Finally, there are categories for Precast Hardware, Inserts, and Components.
Upon opening the organizer, you are prompted to Synchronize with the model. This will automatically separate the model objects into their respective categories. If the model is modified, the synchronize button in the upper right can be clicked to refresh the list.


Object Browser

The Object Browser can quickly display the details of items selected in the model or through the categories.
The following browser templates have been added to the Precast Detailing role:

  • Cast Unit List
  • Component List
  • Drawing Info
  • Embedbuilding object that represents an object that is to be cast into a concrete structure and that is used to connect structures or as an aid when constructing a structure

    For example, a cast-in socket is an embed that is placed in concrete structures to allow parts to be bolted together on site. In Tekla Structures, embeds are modeled as steel sub-assemblies that are inside a concrete nested assembly.

    List
  • Erection
  • Hollow Core Slab List

When items are selected, the desired template can be chosen from the drop-down menu. Some of these templates have been assigned to different categories, so when one of them is selected an appropriate template will be used to display the data.
For example, highlighting the Reinforcement category will display the bolts in the model using the Reinforcing template.
These reports can be grouped based on different column information, quickly give total quantities and weights, and this data can also be exported to excel spreadsheets. For more information, see the Tekla User Assistance - http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/200/en/rel_200_mod_new_tool_for_organizing_the_model

5   Cast In Place     

5.1   Cast In Place Role

The Cast In Place Role was created to include only the items needs to use Tekla Structures for Cast In Place projects. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\castinplace folders. The Role_Cast_In_Place.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.
  • XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST – updated to exclude a few more files not needed in this role.

5.2   Model Template

Additional custom components have been added to the Cast In Place model templates.


5.3   Modeling

Concrete & Steel Parts

Column properties in all roles were reviewed and the bottom elevations were set to -24”. Pad Footing properties in all roles were reviewed and the top elevations were set to -24”. All part types Start Numbers have been set to 1. Some prefixes changed to be consistent within all the US roles. For more information about the default prefixes in the US environment check out the http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/en/support-articles/numbering-prefixes-us-environments article in the Tekla User Assistance.
The following attributes have been added, updated, or removed.

  • Cip_Column – New Concrete Column attribute
  • Cip_Pier – New Concrete Column attribute
  • Beam - removed from available Concrete Beam attributes
  • Joist - removed from available Concrete Beam attributes
  • Cip_Beam - New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Dropped_Slab – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Edge_Slab – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Joist – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Spandrel – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Cip_Thickened_Slab – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Masonry_Bond_Beam – New Concrete Beam attribute
  • Elevated Slab - removed from available Concrete Slab attributes
  • On Grade - removed from available Concrete Slab attributes
  • Cip_Slab - New Concrete Slab attribute
  • Cip_Slab_On_Grade – New Concrete Slab attribute
  • Retaining Wall – removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Shear Wall  - removed from available Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Retaining_Wall – New Concrete Panel attributes
  • Cip_Shear_Wall – New Concrete Panel attributes
  • Hip – removed from available Beam attributes
  • Rafter – removed from available Beam attributes

5.4   Objects.inp

The Finish Information tab in the objects.inp file was updated to include more fields for concrete parts.



As mentioned in section 1.4 above, a new variable called Product weight has been added to the Parameters tab. However in this role this variable is located on the Buyout Management tab. This variable can be used to enter the weight of Bought Out Items or the new ITEM type objects.


5.5   Macros

Modeling Macros

Two new macros have been added to the cast in place role’s macros\modeling folder.

  • Continuous Beam Reinforcement – Launches the Continuous Beam Reinforcement Wizard.
  • Show Rebar Center of Gravity – Creates a small dummy object at the COG located of selected rebar.

    
                                   Continuous Beam                                                                   Rebar COG
                               Reinforcement Wizard

Removed

The two FabTrol macros have been removed from this role.

Drawing Macros

As mentioned above in section 1.5, two macros have been moved from roles into the usimp (usmet) macros/drawings folder. This means that these two macros are now behind the Global radio button, not the Local radio button.

5.6   Component Catalog

The separators have been added to the Component Catalog to make it easier to understand and user-friendlier. If you create a model in the US environment without using a model template then you will only see the System and Environment collections. When you use an available model template to create a new model then you will all see the Role collections.


AutoConnection

The Default rule group has been modified to use component Fitting (13) instead of the other components that created secondary parts.

5.7   Object Groups

The available object group filters were reviewed and a few changes were made.

Object Group - Selection filters

  • Cip_Pilecap - updated filter to check if part NAME field contains PILE & CAP instead of PILECAP
  • LayoutPoints - updated filter to check if part NAME field equals LAYOUT_POINT and if Object Type equals Part
  • Organizer_ComponentFilter - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize components from the model in the new Organizer.
  • Organizer_PourObjects - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize pour objects from the model in the new Organizer.
  • Organizer_Rebar - new filter to allow us to automatically categorize rebar from the model in the new Organizer.

See section 5.12 for more information on how these new filters work with the Organizer.

Object Group - View filters

  • LayoutPoints updated filter to check if part NAME field equals LAYOUT_POINT and if Object Type equals Part

5.8   Custom Components

There is a new Custom Component available in version 20.0 and a few others that have been enhanced.

New
  • Anchor-Headed Bolt

This new custom component can be used to quickly add a headed anchor bolt in any model. It can also be used inside other custom components like the Beam Bearing Plate one.

Updated
  • Metal Stud Frame
  • Metal Stud Frame wDoor
  • Metal Stud Frame wOpening

These custom components have been updated to provide an option to choose whether the frame is assembled or not.

5.9   Reports

All regular reports (not html, csv or xls) were looked at for consistency within the US environment. Some of the reports in this role were modified cosmetically to include our standard header and footer if they didn’t already include them.

5.10   Templates

All the drawing templates have been updated to have the same font, font colors, and line colors so that all roles in the US environments have the same look and feel when it comes to the drawing templates.

New
  • CS_BarList – replaces CS_BarList_FtIn
Deleted

The following templates have not been included in any layouts so they have been removed to clean up the environment of unused files.

  • CS_24x36Sheet_Pour
  • CS_BarList_FtIn
  • CS_BarList_FtIn_Step
  • CU_Properties
  • Full Rebar Schedule
  • TypeCU_RebarScheduleUS

5.11   Drawings

Layouts

The location of all layout file is now the same. Layout files no longer reside in the Role folders. They are located in the environment/system folder. So when you open up the Layout dialog you will see more layouts than before. This was done to avoid issues when working in multiple roles in the same model.

5.12   Organizer

Categories

The categories have been defined using selection filters that are available in the Cast In Place role.
The first group is for CIP Cast Units, separated by type.
There are also categories for Embeds, Pour Objects, Rebar, and Layout Points.
Upon opening the organizer, you are prompted to Synchronize with the model. This will automatically separate the model objects into their respective categories. If the model is modified, the synchronize button in the upper right can be clicked to refresh the list.


Object Browser

The Object Browser can quickly display the details of items selected in the model or through the categories.
The following browser templates have been added to the Precast Detailing role:

  • Drawing Info
  • Layout Points
  • Pours

When items are selected, the desired template can be chosen from the drop-down menu. Some of these templates have been assigned to different categories, so when one of them is selected an appropriate template will be used to display the data.
For example, highlighting the Beams subcategory will display the beams in the model using the Cast Unit List template.
These reports can be grouped based on different column information, quickly give total quantities and weights, and this data can also be exported to excel spreadsheets. For more information, see the Tekla User Assistance - http://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/200/en/rel_200_mod_new_tool_for_organizing_the_model

6   Contractor      

This role was previously named Construction Management but is now named Contractor.


6.1   Contractor Role

The Contractor Role was created to use attributes in the Contractor, Cast In Place and Precast roles. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\contractor, us_roles\castinplace folder, and us_roles\precast folders. The Role_Contractor.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

Modified
  • XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER – set this to import our US sketches from the custom_components\import folder. Now you will have these sketches in every model.
  • XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST – updated to exclude a few more files not needed in this role.
  • XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY – uses the same Local macros as Cast in Place role.
  • XS_SYSTEM – modified path to use same inp folder as Cast in Place role. Also updated path to use renamed contractor role folder. Remember this role also uses attributes in the system folders for both the Cast in Place and Precast roles.

6.2   Model Template

The CM_1st StepsWithTeklaStructures model template can be used as a training model in the Contractor role.


6.3   Modeling

This role also uses modeling attributes found in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the Modeling sections under those roles for Modeling changes that also affect this role.

6.4   Objects.inp

This role uses the objects.inp file found in the Cast in Place role so review the Objects.inp section under that role for Objects.inp file changes that also affect this role.

6.5   Macros

This role uses the macros found in the Cast in Place role so review the Macros section under that role for Macro changes that also affect this role.

6.6   Component Catalog

This role uses the component catalog files found in the Cast in Place role so review the Component Catalog section under that role for Component Catalog changes that also affect this role.

6.7   Object Groups

Remember this role also uses attributes find in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the corresponding Object Groups sections above for those roles.

Object Representation

  • Color by Pour Number - NEW


6.8   Reports

This role also uses attributes found in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the Reports sections under those roles for Report changes that also affect this role.

6.9   Templates

This role also uses attributes found in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the Templates sections under those roles for Template changes that also affect this role.

6.10   Drawings

This role also uses attributes found in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the Drawings sections under those roles for Drawing changes that also affect this role.

6.11   Organizer

This role also uses attributes found in both the Cast in Place and Precast roles so review the Organizer sections under those roles for Organizer changes that also affect this role.

7   Download Previous US Localization Notes     

If you missed what was done by your local technical team in previous versions (19.1 and earlier) you can download the at localization notes here.

This page is written for a legacy version of Tekla Structures

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