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Input files in attribute import

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

Software version: 
2017

Input files in attribute import

Input files in attribute import

Input files used in the import of user-defined attributeobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

(UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

) values are text files, which are delimited by a comma, tab, semi-colon, space or a user-defined delimiter. The input files contain the names and values of the user-defined attributes to be imported to the Tekla Structures model.

In the input fileInput files are used for different purposes, for example, for defining the content and structure of a dialog box and for defining certain reinforcement-related settings.

Input files have the extension .inp, for example rebar_config.inp.

, the column headings must contain the names of properties and user-defined attributes in model objects and drawings. The remaining lines contain the values of the properties and user-defined attributes.

You must include at least one key field as a column heading. Key fields are drawing or model objectobject that is represented in a model

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

properties. Tekla Structures uses the key fields to identify the model objects or drawings to which the user-defined attributes are assigned.

The key fields for model objects are:

Key field

Example

Action

GUID

ID4FEAFC88-0000-0004-3133-343038303031

Tekla Structures assigns the user-defined attributes on this line in the input file to the model object that has a GUID value of ID4FEAFC88-0000-0004-3133-343038303031.

ASSEMBLY_POS

or

MARK

A3

Tekla Structures assigns the user-defined attributes on this line in the input file to the assembly that has an ASSEMBLY_POS value of A3.

Repeat this line for each assembly you want to include.

PHASE

2

Tekla Structures assigns the user-defined attributes on this line in the input file to the assembly that has a PHASE value of 2.

You must also use ASSEMBLY_POS as a key field with this option.

The key fields for drawing objects are:

Key field

Example

Action

TYPE NAME

A D4

Tekla Structures assigns the user-defined attributes on this line in the input file to the drawing that has a TYPE value of A and a MARK value of D4.

Use both key fields in the input file.

ID

134

Tekla Structures assigns the user-defined attributes in this line in the input file to the drawing object that has an ID value of 134.

If you want to use user-defined attributes of other value types than the string in the input file, you need to define them in the import_macro_data_types.dat file, located in the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\system folder.

Tip:

If you use Microsoft Excel to create the input file, save the file with the Save as command to Text (Tab-delimited) (*.txt) format.

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