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Tekla Structures 2017i US environments Release Notes

Last updated September 21, 2017 by Tekla Support US tekla.support.us@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017i
Environment: 
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Tekla Structures 2017i US environments Release Notes

Table of Contents

  1. Common to all US Roles
  2. Steel Detailing Role
  3. Engineering Role
  4. Precast Detailing Role
  5. Cast In Place Role / Rebar Detailing Role

1   Common to all US Roles

1.1   Environment ini files

The following variables were removed from the US environment ini files:

- Removed
  • XS_DSTV_CHANGE_AK_BLOCK_RADIUS_SIGN - this variable was moved to the NC dialog a few versions ago and should have been removed at that time.
  • XS_DSTV_CHANGE_IK_BLOCK_RADIUS_SIGN - this variable was moved to the NC dialog a few versions ago and should have been removed at that time.
  • XS_RECREATE_DRAWING_IF_SETTING_NAME_CHANGES - this variable became obsolete a few versions ago and should have been removed a while back.

1.2   Catalogs

Profile Catalog

  • The new parametric profilepredefined profile whose cross section dimensions the user can change by using parametric variables

    (BENTZ) has been added for Z shapes.

 

  • Two parametric profiles (TRPBL and TRPBR) did not work correctly. The expression y3 did not work in these profiles. This has been fixed.
  • There was an issue where some plate(1) part that represents a flat structure

    (1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

    (2) plate that represents a steel structure

    (2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

    profiles did not show up in the cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    , even when the "show all profiles" option was checked. This has been fixed.

1.3   User-Defined Attributes

The following changes were made to the objects.inp file used by all roles. 

  • Spiral UDAs - The following 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.

    tabs have been included for use with the new spiral beams.

 

  • Product Website - this UDA has been added to the Product fields.

 

  • Numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

    In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

    Order -
    this UDA has been added to the Parameters tab of Concrete objects.

   

1.5   Macros

- New (click on the macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

name to learn more about it)

    

- Fixed (Click here for more information on these macros)
  • View Planeplane in a space that defines the view

    In Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.

    View depth is defined starting from the view plane.

    - Dimension X
  • View Plane - Dimension Y
  • View Plane - Orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

    In model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

    Dimension 

 

1.6   Components

System Components

Custom Components

- New

Holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

+ Custom Anchor - 
This custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

creates a hole in an object and includes an option to call in a custom anchor.
  

Anchor - Hook Rod - This custom component creates a hook-style anchor rod.
 

Reducing Studs - This custom component creates reducing studs on an object. 
 

Stair Layout components - These two custom components are useful when creating stairs with components S71 and S74.
 

Improved -

Anchor components - These custom components were updated to now include an option to create a fabricated plate under the standard washer.
 

Moment components -  These custom components were updated to now include slotted hole options for the flange platecomponent object that represents a plate that connects the flanges of a beam to a column

Flange plates are used in moment connections, for example.

holes.
  

Updated -

Embedbuilding object that represents an object that is to be cast into a concrete structure and that is used to connect structures or as an aid when constructing a structure

For example, a cast-in socket is an embed that is placed in concrete structures to allow parts to be bolted together on site. In Tekla Structures, embeds are modeled as steel sub-assemblies that are inside a concrete nested assembly.

Creator 
- The studs are now shop attached by default.
 

Studbolt element that represents a metal rod or pin that is used to transfer loads

Studs and other bolt elements are listed in the bolt catalog.

A stud can be secured with two or more nuts and have threading at both ends, or it can be welded to steel parts, for example.

A stud is part of the bolt assembly.

Flange v2
- This custom component can now be applied to WF webs.
 

Removed -

The following custom components have been removed from the US environment since there are new versions available.

  • Anchor-Bent Rod
  • Anchor-Epoxy
  • Anchor-Headed Bolt
  • Anchor-Straight Rod

1.7   Drawings

Layouts

A new layout named CIPcast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position

has been added. This layout includes several new table layouts (16 total) and it replaces the old layout (CastInPlace).

 

Pattern Lines - The following 30 pattern lines have been created and included in the US environments

 

2   Steel Detailing     

2.1   Steel Detailing Role

The Steel Detailing Role was created to include only the items needed to use Tekla Structures for Steel Detailing and Steel Fabrication. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\steel folders. The Role_Steel_Detailing.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run. 

2.2   Model Template

The Steel Detailing role’s model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.

has been updated to support the new/updated Custom Components.

2.3   User-Defined Attributes

A new project UDA has been added for standard project copes.

   

This UDA has been added to the Style 2 and 5 title blocks. 
       

Add this UDA to your title block and/or reports if you need it.

2.4   Reports

- Added

The following reports are now available in PDF format.

  • 350   Advanced Bill.pdf
  • 350   Assembly list BOM.pdf
  • 350   Bolt list.pdf
  • 350   Material list.pdf
  • 650   Lottingprocess of creating lots and adding assemblies to them

    list.pdf

2.5   Templates

- Added

To support the new double "in assembly list" in single part drawings, the following templates were created. See section 2.6 for more information. 

  • TypeW-Drg_DoubleInAssyGrid
  • TypeW-Drg_DoubleInAssyList
- Updated
  • TypeA-Drg_Revisions - this template did not work correctly when the drawing switch override was used. This has been fixed.
  • TypeA-Drg_TitleBlocks - this template was updated to support the new standard copes project UDA.
  • TypeAM-Drg_Handrail_TL_BOM - The border for this template did not close. This has been fixed.

2.6   Drawings

Layouts

The SinglePartDrawings layout was updated to include these two new table layouts. 

  • Single8.5x11_wDoubleInAssyList
  • Single11x17_wDoubleInAssyList

 
Use one of these table layouts when you have a single part that is attached to many assemblies and the "in assembly list" data does not fit on the drawing.


3   Engineering     

3.1   Engineering Role

The Engineering Role was created to include items an engineer needs to use Tekla Structures. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\engineering folders. The Role_Engineering.ini file, located in the usimp (usmet) folder, runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

The following variables were modified in this role’s ini file:

- Modified
  • XS_DEFAULT_MODEL_TEMPLATE - this variable was updated to use the new name of this role's default model template (Engineering).

3.2   Model Templates 

The Engineering role’s model template has been updated to support the new/updated Custom Components.

3.3   User-Defined Attributes

A new project UDA has been added for standard project copes. See section 2.3 above for more information. 

3.4   Reports

There are no role-specific Report changes that affect Engineering other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

3.5   Templates

There are no role-specific Template changes that affect Engineering other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

3.6   Drawings

2D Library

One new sample drawing detail has been added into the 2D Library.

 

4   Precast Detailing     

4.1   Precast Detailing Role

The Precast Detailing Role was created to include only the items needs to use Tekla Structures for Precast Detailing. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\precast folders. The Role_Precast_Detailing.ini file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

4.2   Model Template

The Precast Detailing role’s model template has been updated to support the new/updated Custom Components.

4.3   User-defined Attributes

A new project UDA has been added for standard project copes. See section 2.3 above for more information.

4.4   Reports

There are no role-specific Report changes that affect Precast Detailing other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

4.5   Templates

There are no role-specific Template changes that affect Precast Detailing other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

4.6   Drawings

There are no role-specific Drawing changes that affect Precast Detailing other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

5   Cast In Place / Rebar Detailing     

5.1   Cast In Place (or Rebar Detailing) Role

The Cast In Place (and Rebar Detailing) Role was created to include only the items needs to use Tekla Structures for Cast In Place / Rebar Detailing projects. This Role combines the contents of the environment folders with the contents of the us_roles\castinplace folders. The Role_Cast_In_Place.ini (or Role_Rebar_Detailing.ini) file located in the usimp (usmet) folder runs after the env_US_imperial.ini (env_US_metric.ini) file is run.

5.2   Model Template

The Cast In Place (and Rebar Detailing) role’s model template has been updated to support the new/updated Custom Components.

5.3   Modeling

There are no role specific Modeling changes that affect Cast in Place other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

5.4   User-defined Attributes

A new project UDA has been added for standard project copes. See section 2.3 above for more information. 

5.5   Reports

There are no role specific Report changes that affect Cast in Place other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

5.6   Templates

Several new templates have been included in v2017i and are used in the CIP layout.

  • CIP - Layout Schedule
  • CIP - Pad Ftg Schedule Type 1
  • CIP - Pad Ftg Schedule Type 2
  • CIP - Pier Schedule
  • CIP - Pileslender column or pole that is put into the ground to carry loads or to provide support

    Pile may be made of precast or cast-in-place concrete, or steel.

    Schedule
  • CIP - Pour Schedule Simple
  • CIP - Pour Schedule
  • CIP - Strip Ftg Schedule
  • Rebar Schedule - Pullout Pictures

5.7   Drawings

There are no role specific Drawing changes that affect Cast in Place other than those mentioned above in the Common section.

6   Download Previous US Localization Notes     

If you missed what was done by your local technical team in previous versions (2016i and earlier) you can download the at localization notes here.

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by Huy

I have a question:
For the wide flange beam, why in Tekla we had HxBxS = 105x102x6.35 while in ASTM A6, it said 106x103x7.1?