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AutoDefaults example: Using iteration with connection check

Last updated August 26, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2016i

AutoDefaults example: Using iteration with connection check

AutoDefaults example: Using iteration with connection check

You can use the connection check result when using AutoDefaultspredefined properties that AutoConnection uses when creating connections

with iteration. If an iteration rule matches, but the connection does not pass the connection check and the connection symbol remains red, AutoDefaults continues testing other rules and properties until the connection symbol is green.

In this example, you will create iteration rules to set the number of bolts according to the result of the connection check. After this, you will use the rules group and connection check together for a connection. The example image below shows the rules in the AutoDefaults Setup dialog box.

To create iteration rules for use with connection check:

  1. On the File menu, click Catalogs > AutoDefaults settings.
  2. Right-click the tree and select New Rule Group.
  3. Click the new rule group and rename it to Iteration example.
  4. Browse the Iteration example tree to find End plate (144) , right-click it, and select Create Additional Rule Sets.
  5. Right-click the New rule setmaster drawing that contains model selection filters and where the properties and drawing settings vary based on the selected model objects

    and select Edit Rule Set.
  6. Change the rule set name to ITERATION.
  7. Set the Parameter file(s) selection in rule set option to Iterate until connection symbol is green.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Right-click the ITERATION rule set and select Create Additional Rule Sets.
  10. Right-click the New rule set and select Edit Rule Set.
  11. Change the rule set name to 2 bolts.
  12. Select the rule Secondary 1 depth and set the minimum and maximum depth values for two bolts.
  13. Set the Parameter file(s) selection in rule set option to Use combination of first parameters.
  14. Click OK.
  15. Right-click the connection properties file standard.j144 under 2 bolts and select Select Connection Parameters.
  16. Select a properties file for two bolts in the Attribute File List and click OK.
    Tip:

    If there is no suitable properties file, you can create a new file. Right-click the standard.j144 file and select Edit Connection Parameters. Save the needed properties and click Cancel to close the dialog box. The saved properties are now available in the Attribute File List.

  17. Click Apply to have the changes available in the connection dialog box.
  18. Repeat steps 9 to 16 for other rule sets.
  19. Open the End plate (144) dialog box.
  20. Select <Defaults> from the list next to the Load button and click Load.
  21. On the General tab, set the AutoDefaults rule group option to the Iteration example you created.
  22. On the Design type tab, set the Check connection option to Yes.
  23. Enter the load from secondary members in the Shear , Tension , and Moment options.
  24. Click OK.

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