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AutoConnection settings

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

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AutoConnection settings

AutoConnection settings

With AutoConnectiontool that creates connections with predefined properties in certain framing conditions

you can define groups of rules which Tekla Structures automatically applies when creating connections in a model. By using a rule group to select connections and connection properties you do not have to select each connection and define its properties separately. For example, you can create separate rules for different standards, projects, manufacturers, and even individual models.

To open the AutoConnection Setup dialog box, click File menu > Catalogs > AutoConnection settings.

Icon Setup level Description

Rule group You can use rule groups to organize connections and connection properties according to different standards, projects, manufacturers, and models. You can create, modify and delete rule groups.

Framing condition Framing conditions are predefined connection types that you cannot change. Tekla Structures creates the framing conditions automatically:
  • Beam to beam web
  • Beam to beam flange
  • Beam to column web
  • Beam to column flange
  • Beam splice
  • Column splice

Rule set You can use rule sets to define which connection to use in a certain situation. You can create additional rule sets.

Connection The connection to apply if the rule set criteria are met.

To apply a particular connection, the conditions in the model have to match all the rules in the branch that contains the connection.

Rules.zxt file

When you use AutoConnection, Tekla Structures saves the AutoConnection information in a zipped rules.zxt file in the \attributes folder under the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.


You can copy the rules.zxt file to the project or firm folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular organization

A Tekla Structures user can, for example, customize a company’s cloning templates and save them in a sub-folder located under the firm folder. After this, the customized cloning templates can be used in all projects carried out for the company.

to make it available in other models. Each time you modify the AutoConnection setup you need to recopy this file to the firm and project folders. To use the modified setup in other models, restart Tekla Structures.

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