Detailing manager

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance

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Detailing manager

Detailing manager

Detailing manager is used to apply detailing components into any structure. With Detailing manager you can define rules to apply multiple components at one go to detail the structure of a cast unit or the entire model.

You can use selection filters to define detailing rules for automating repetitive detailing tasks. You can add custom details, extensions or system components with Detailing manager.

You have three options:

  • Use Detailing manager to have a part as input. All parts in the cast unit are examined and detailed by the set rules.
  • Use Detailing manager to have a cast unit as input. All parts in the cast unit are examined and detailed by the set rules.
  • Use Detailing manager to have a component as input, for example, tools such as Floor layout or Wall layout where the same tool creates multiple parts. All parts in the component are examined and detailed by the set rules.

The image below shows an example of Detailing manager. In the example, the Mesh bars component is created to the outside shell of the cast unit because it has the 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.

4 filter selected and there is a selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

Selection filter chooses model objects or objects in drawings according to object properties.

Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

for objects with class 4.


Option Description


Use the rules to define detailing settings.

The maximum number of rules is 10. Clickto add a new rule. You can rename a rule by right-clicking the rule tab.

You can also delete rules.


Clickto select the component that you want to use to detail a structure.

Double-click the component in the Applications & components catalog to add it to the Component box.


Select the attribute file for the component. If you do not select a file, the standard file is used.

Component input

Define the creation method of the selected component:
  • Part : Select the part to which you are creating the component.
  • Part + one point : Select the part and one additional point on the part. With this option, Detailing manager places the center of the object boundary box to that point.

    Use this setting with custom component details.

  • Part + two points : Select the part and two additional points on the part. With this option, Detailing manager uses the start and the end point of the part as insertion points.


Select which parts inside the selected cast unit or component get the selected component. The available selection filters are listed in the filter list.

You can also create new selection filters. You can use five selection filters if you want to create an intersection of the filters.

Create on selected objects

Detailing manager is created to selected parts, cast units or components. The rule settings that are currently set in the Detailing manager dialog box are used.

Create as

  • Detailing manager plug-in : Components are inserted as Detailing manager plug-ins and not as separate components.

    Select this option if you use a component as input.

  • Separate components : With this setting, the inserted components do not have any connection to Detailing manager.

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