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Example workflow: Create automatic overall and hole dimensions on view level

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Example workflow: Create automatic overall and hole dimensions on view level

Example workflow: Create automatic overall and hole dimensions on view level

In this example workflow, you will create a cast unit 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.

panel drawing that contains

  • one front viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the front direction

    Part’s front view is a view on part plane created of the part’s front plane.

    with automatic overall and holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

    Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

    dimensions
  • one section viewdrawing view that shows a selected area as a cross section

    A section view can be created of the parts in a drawing view. A section view can be created manually or automatically.

    with overall dimensions

In overall and hole dimension rules you will apply the dimension properties that you have earlier created and saved manually in a cast unit drawingdrawing that displays information on concrete parts, including reinforcement, cast-in embeds, edge chamfers, and insulation, in a cast unit

Cast unit drawings are generally used either at the element factory or at the construction site.

. You will save the created dimensioning rule properties in view properties. Finally, you will save the created view properties in drawing properties and create a cast unit drawing.

Before starting, create manually in the object-level Dimension Properties dialog box in an open cast unit drawing a dimension properties file dim_font_5 , where the dimension text font size is 5.00 , and a dimension properties file dim_red , where the dimension color is red.

In this example, you are going to dimension the following cast unit wall panel in the model:

Define the views to be created

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties > Cast unit drawing .

  2. Load drawing properties that are as close to the ones you need as possible.
  3. Click View creation in the options tree.

  4. In the View creation panel, click Add row to add new views in your drawing.

    In this example, you want to add two views, one front view and one section view.

  5. Set the on/off setting to On for the views that you want to create.

If the list contains extra views, set them to Off or use the Delete row button to delete them.

Now you have defined the views that you want to create. Next, you need to define the dimensions that you want to have in the front view and section view.

Define front view dimensions

  1. Select a view in the View creation list.

    In this example, select one Front view.

  2. Click View properties and then click Dimensioning in the option tree to define the dimensions to be created in the front view.

  3. In the Dimensioning panel, use Add row to add two new dimension rules in the dimensioning rules list.

  4. Select Overall dimensions as the first rule and Hole dimensions as the second.

    The order of the rules in the list defines the order of the dimension lines in the drawing: the dimensions created by the first rule is placed closest to the dimensioned part.

    Leave Current assembly in the Filter column for both rules.

  5. To the define overall dimension rules, click the Overall dimensions row, and click Edit Rule.

  6. In the Dimensioning Rule Properties dialog box, define what to dimension, where and how to place the dimensions, and which dimension properties to use.

    • Select the check boxes above and on left side of the object, and also the check box in the upper-left corner to link the dimensions together.

    • Use default values in the Start point lists. The default values are left for the Horizontal and bottom for the Vertical dimension.

    • From the Dimension properties list, select a suitable set of saved dimension properties. In this example, select the dimension properties file dim_font_5 , which contains a definition for a larger font.

    • Give the dimensioning rule a unique name and click Save as.

      In this example, the name overall is used.

  7. Click Close.

  8. Next, define the hole dimensions. In the Dimensioning panel, select Hole dimensions from the dimensioning rules list and click Edit Rule.

  9. Create dimensioning rules for hole dimensions:

    • Select the check boxes above and on left side of the object, and also the check box in the upper-left corner to link the dimensions together.

    • Use the default values in the Start point lists.

    • In Close lines , select the setting that extends the dimension lines to the other end of the cast unit.

    • In Dimension to , select the setting that dimensions to both ends.

    • From the Dimension properties list, select a suitable set of saved dimension properties. In this example, select the dimension properties file dim_red containing a definition for red dimensions.

    • Give the hole dimensioning rule a unique name and click Save as.

      In this example, the name hole is used.

  10. Click Close.

  11. For the Overall dimensions rule, select overall properties, and for the Hole dimensions rule, select hole properties from the Properties column.

  12. In the View Properties dialog box, give the front view properties a unique name and click Save as.

    In this example, the front view properties are saved with the name CU_Front.

Now you have saved the view properties for the front view containing overall and hole dimensions. Leave the View Properties dialog box open for further modifications.

Define section view dimensions

A section view is also needed in the cast unit drawing, because you want to show the wall thickness. Next, you will create overall dimensions for the section view.

  1. In the View creation panel, select the Section views row and click View properties.

  2. Load the view properties file CU_Front.

    You can start creating new view properties on the basis of already existing view properties.

  3. Click Dimensioning in the options tree.

  4. In the Dimensioning panel, delete the unnecessary hole dimension rule by clicking the Hole dimensions row and Delete row.

    You will only need the overall dimensions in the section view.

  5. Click the Overall dimensions row and click Edit Rule.

  6. Create a dimensioning rule for the overall dimensions in the section view:

    • Select the check box below the object only, because you only want to show the thickness.

    • Select the same dimension properties as for the overall dimensions in the front view, because you want to show the dimension text with a little bit larger font: dim_font_5.

    • Give the rule a unique name and click Save as.

      In this example, the name thickness is used.

  7. Click Close.

  8. In the Dimensioning panel, select thickness in the Properties column as the property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

    Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

    User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

    for the overall dimensioning rule.

  9. Give a unique name for the section view properties and click Save as.

    In this example, the name CU_Section is used.

  10. Click OK.

    Now you have saved the view properties for the section view containing overall dimensions.

Connect view properties to views and save drawing properties

  1. In the View creation panel, select CU_Front for the front view and CU_Section for the section view .

  2. In the Drawing Properties dialog box, give the drawing properties a unique name and click Save.

    In this example, the name cu_wall_panel is used.

  3. Click OK and create the cast unit drawing.

Tekla Structures creates the cast unit drawing according your definitions in different properties files. The cast unit drawing contains a front view and a section view. The overall dimensions in both views have a little bit larger font, and the front view has red hole dimensions. Only the wall thickness is dimensioned in the section view.

You can use the drawing properties file cu_wall_panel later on when you need drawings with similar settings.

Tip:

You can still change the dimensioning settings in the views after creating the cast unit drawing:

  1. Double click the drawing view framesolid frame around all the contents of a drawing view

    Drawing view frame can be used when modifying properties of a single drawing view. Drawing views can be dragged using the drawing view frame.

    to open the view properties dialog box.

  2. Click Dimensioning in the options tree to open the Dimensioning panel where you can select and then edit the dimensioning rules.

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