User-defined attributes (UDAs) in the objects.inp file
Many dialog boxes contain user-defined attributes (UDAs) for various objects, including beams, columns, bolts and drawings. Tekla Structures displays these fields when you click User-defined attributes in a dialog box. You can use the values of user-defined attributes in reports and drawings.
When you define new user-defined attributes
The user-defined attributes are managed in the objects.inp file. To define new user-defined attributes, create your own objects.inp file in the model, 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.
. After adding your own user-defined attributes, you need to run the Diagnose and change attribute definitions command to update the definitions in the model.
When you define new user-defined attribute , make the definition of the 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.
unique. This is because a user-defined attribute cannot have different definitions for different object types, such as beams and columns.
The object.inp files are merged so that if there are user-defined attributes in any of the files, they are displayed in the user interface. Tekla Structures merges the files in a way that eliminates duplicate attributes. If Tekla Structures encounters the same attribute name in different objects.inp files, the attribute from the first read objects.inp file will be used.
If you need to have several
objects.inp files in the same folder, you can use a suffix in the file name to use all the files. This enables having several
objects_<suffix>.inp files in the same folder. The file name could be
objects_precast.inp , for example.
Do not copy the objects.inp file in the ..\environments\common\inp\ folder. Copying the file creates unnecessary duplicates and later objects.inp updates by Tekla Structures can be lost.
Tekla Structures reads the objects.inp files from the following folders in the following order:
model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model
Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).
In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.
project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project
system folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files that define default settings