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Examples of filters

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

Examples of filters

Examples of filters

Here are some examples of filters that you can create. The same filtering techniques can be used for view, selection, and drawing filters.

Filter parts based on their name

Create a filter that only shows parts with a certain name.

  1. Create a new view filter.
  2. Click Add row three times to add three filter rules.
  3. In the first filter rule, define that the 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.

    must be part:

    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Object type.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Part.
    5. In the And/Or list, select And.
  4. In the second and third filter rules, define that the part name must be BEAM or COLUMN:
    1. In the Category list, select Part.
    2. In the Property list, select Name.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value box, enter the part names, BEAM and COLUMN.
    5. In the And/Or list, select Or.
  5. Include the second and third filter rule in brackets. The filter is now looking for parts that are named either BEAM or COLUMN.
  6. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  7. Click Save as.

Filter main parts

Create a filter that selects the main parts only.

  1. Create a new selection filter.
  2. Click Add row twice to add two filter rules.
  3. In the first filter rule, define that the object type must be part:
    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Object type.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Part.
    5. In the And/Or list, select And.
  4. In the second filter rule, define that you only want to include main parts:
    1. In the Category list, select Part.
    2. In the Property list, select Primary part.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value box, enter 1.

      In this context, 1 means the main parts, and 0 would mean the secondary parts.

  5. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  6. Click Save as.

Filter bolts based on their size

Create a filter that only shows bolts of certain sizes.

  1. Create a new view filter.
  2. Click Add row twice to add two filter rules.
  3. In the first filter rule, define that the object type must be bolt:
    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Object type.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Bolt group.
    5. In the And/Or list, select And.
  4. In the second filter rule, define that the bolt size must be 12.00 or 16.00:
    1. In the Category list, select Bolt.
    2. In the Property list, select Size.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value box, enter the bolt sizes, 12.00 and 16.00.

      Separate the strings with a blank space.

  5. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  6. Click Save as.

Filter parts based on their assembly type

Create a filter based on assembly types. For example, you can create a filter that only shows cast-in-place and precast columns. Steel columns and any other columns or parts are hidden. The same filtering technique can be used for steel, concrete, timber, and miscellaneous parts.

  1. Create a new filter.
  2. Click Add row four times to add four filter rules.
  3. In the first filter rule, define that the object type must be part:
    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Object type.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Part.
    5. In the And/Or list, select And.
  4. In the second filter rule, define that the part name must be COLUMN:
    1. In the Category list, select Part.
    2. In the Property list, select Name.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value box, enter the part name, COLUMN.
    5. In the And/Or list, select And.
  5. Include the first and second filter rule in brackets.
  6. In the third and fourth filter rules, define that the assembly type must be precast or cast in place:
    1. In the Category list, select Assembly.
    2. In the Property list, select Assembly type.
    3. In the Value box, enter the assembly types, 0 and 1.

      Value

      Assembly type

      0

      precast

      1

      cast in place

      2

      steel

      3

      timber

      6

      miscellaneous

    4. In the And/Or list, select Or.
  7. Include the third and fourth filter rule in brackets. The filter is now looking for concrete parts that are named COLUMN.
  8. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  9. Click Save as.

Filter sub-assemblies

Create a filter that only selects parts that belong to a sub-assemblyassembly in a nested assembly that is subordinate to a parent assembly

.

  1. Create a selection filter.
  2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
  3. In the Category list, select Template.
  4. In the Property list, select ASSEMBLY.HIERARCHY_LEVEL.
  5. In the Condition list, select Does not equal.
  6. In the Value box, enter 0.

    In this context, 0 means that the part does not belong to any sub-assembly, and 1 would mean that the part does. The filter will show only those parts whose value is not 0.

  7. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  8. Click Save as.

Filter reference model objects

Create a filter based on reference model objectmodel object that is an individual part of an imported reference model

The user can define user-defined attributes for a reference model object.

The reference model objects can be moved to a model that is currently being worked on.

Information included in a reference model object can be saved in the model database.

properties.

  1. Create an empty view or selection filter.
  2. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
  3. In the Category list, select Template.
  4. In the Property list, select the desired template attributeattribute in a template object that Tekla Structures uses to calculate and display information from a model database

    Template attributes represent object properties.

    or enter one of your own.

    Tip:

    To find the attribute name used by the 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.

    , select a reference model objectobject that is represented in a model

    A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

    , right-click and select one of the Inquire commands. Find the property name in the Inquire Object dialog box and copy it.

  5. Add the prefix EXTERNAL. in front of the template attribute name.
  6. In the Condition list, select Equals.
  7. In the Value box, enter the desired value or click Select from model to select the object in the model.
  8. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  9. Click Save as.

Filter parts within component

Create a filter that selects all parts within a component.

  1. Create an empty selection filter.
  2. Click Add row twice to add two filter rules.
  3. In the first filter rule, define that the object must be a component:
    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Is component.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Yes.
  4. In the And/Or list, select And.
  5. In the second filter rule, define that the object type must be part:
    1. In the Category list, select Object.
    2. In the Property list, select Object type.
    3. In the Condition list, select Equals.
    4. In the Value list, select Part.
  6. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
  7. Click Save as.

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by Stephan Nawrot

Please make it possible to filter for grids. models with multiple grid become unhandy in model and drawing space. a grid should be added to a phase and its nessecary to filter that phase in model and drawing to have a better grid control.

by Stephan Nawrot

Please make it possible to filter for grids. models with multiple grid become unhandy in model and drawing space. a grid should be added to a phase and its nessecary to filter that phase in model and drawing to have a better grid control.

by Anna from User Assistance

Hi Stephan,

Thank you for your feedback about the filtering functionality. I have forwarded your request to our product development.

Best regards,
Anna