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Create new filters

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

Software version: 
2017i

Create new filters

Create new filters

You can create custom filters to define which objects are visible and selectable in the model and drawings. Add new filter rules, one on each row, to define which objects should be included or excluded.

Create a view filter

You can create your own custom filters to define which objects are visible in a model.

  1. Double-click the view to open the View Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Object group.

    The Object Group - View Filter dialog box opens, showing the currently active filter.

  3. Click New filter to create a new filter from scratch.
  4. Click Add row to add a new filter rule.
  5. In the Category list, select an object category.

    You have the following options:

    • Part
    • Component
    • Bolt
    • Weld
    • Reinforcing barreinforcement that represents a steel bar used to reinforce a concrete structure

      The steel bars are usually ribbed and they are used to increase the tensile strength of concrete.

    • Surface
    • Assembly
    • Load
    • Template
    • Reference assembly
    • Reference object
    • Location breakdown structurelogical subdivision of the model into work units based on the location of the model objects

      In Organizer, location breakdown structure forms a hierarchical tree-structure and it can be used to divide the model into projects, sites, buildings, sections and floors.

    • Taskin the task manager, a representation of a piece of work that needs to be carried out in order to complete a project

    • Object
  6. In the Property list, select a suitable object property.

    The options vary depending on the object category you chose in step 5.

  7. In the Condition list, select a suitable condition.
  8. In the value list, type a value.

    Alternatively, to use the current value of an existing object, click Select from model... and select the desired object from the model. For date values, also the Select date... option is available.

    Filter values can be complete strings, such as the profile name UC310*97. You can also use incomplete strings together with wildcards. For example, the value UC* will match with all parts whose profile name begins with the characters UC*. Empty values are matched to empty object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

    Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

    .

    If you use multiple values, separate the strings with blank spaces (for example, 12 5 ). If a value consists of multiple strings, enclose the entire value in quotation marks (for example, "custom panel" ), or use a question mark (for example, custom?panel ) to replace the space.

  9. Repeat steps 4–8 to create as many filter rules as needed.

    You can apply several filter rules at the same time.

  10. Use the And/Or options and brackets to define how the filter rules work together.
  11. Select the check boxes next to all filter rules that you want to enable.

    If the check box is selected, the filter rule is enabled and effective. For example:

    By default, each new rule is disabled.

  12. Define the filter type.
    1. Clickto display more settings.
    2. Select or clear the check boxes to define where the filter will be used.

      For example, the same filter may be used both as a view filterfilter used for defining which objects are displayed in a model view or drawing view

      View filter chooses objects according to object properties. The user can filter objects according to their profile or material, for example.

      and as a selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

      Selection filter chooses model objects 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.

      .

  13. Enter a unique name in the box next to the Save as button.
    Note:
    • Filters are case sensitive.
    • Do not use spaces in filter names.
    • We recommend that you use _ (underscores) in your naming convention.
    • To have the filter appear at the top of the list, right after the standard filter, use capital letters in the filter name.
  14. Click Save as to save the filter.
  15. To apply the filter to the current view, click Modify.

Create a selection filter

You can create your own custom filters to help you select objects in a model.

  1. On the Selecting toolbar, click to open the Object Group - Selection Filter dialog box.

  2. Follow the instructions above on how to create a view filter.

    The same instructions apply to selection filters.

Create a drawing filter

For general arrangement drawings, you can create drawing filters that affect the whole drawing, not just a specific view. Drawing filters select objects in the whole drawing.

You can use drawing filters together with saved object propertysingle characteristic associated with an object type

For example, profile and material are object properties.

files when you create and apply object level settingsdrawing settings that affect the representation of selected drawing objects

Object level settings can be defined when creating a new drawing or when modifying an open drawing.

Object level settings can be use in a drawing or in a drawing view in order to change the representation of the chosen drawing objects.

in the whole drawing. For example, you might create a filter that selects all beams, then save an object property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

that defines that the part color is blue, and then create and apply an object level settings file that changes all beams to blue in the whole drawing.

  1. On the Drawing tab, click Properties > Drawing.
  2. Click Filter.
  3. Follow the instructions above on how to create a view filter.

    The same instructions apply to drawing filters.

  4. When you are done, click cancel to close the filter properties dialog box.

Create a drawing view filter

You can create your own custom view filters to help you select a specific group of view objects in a drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

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You can use drawing view filters for changing the appearance of a certain object groupmodel objects with settings that match the settings that the user has defined for a certain purpose

In Tekla Structures, an object group is used on the one hand to control the transparency and coloring of model objects in the views and on the other in project management. Object groups can also be used in filtering tools, for example in selection filter, to select all objects that match certain properties.

, or for selecting which objects are hidden in a drawing view.

You can also use drawing view filters together with saved object property files when you create and apply object level settings in the selected view. For example, you might create a view filter that selects all columns in a view, then save an object property file that defines that the part color is red, and then create and apply an object level settings file that changes all columns to red in the selected view.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Double-click the view frame.
  3. Click Filter.
  4. Follow the instructions above on how to create a view filter.

    The same instructions apply to drawing view filters.

  5. When you are done, click cancel to close the filter properties dialog box.

Create a drawing selection filter

You can create your own custom filters to help you select objects in a drawing.

You can use selection filters in drawings if you want to hide certain parts from drawings or drawing views, or change the part color or representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

for certain parts.

Also, if you have some different looking part marks for different types of parts, you can select the specific parts using a selection filter and then only modify part marks for those parts.

  1. In an open drawing, on the Selecting toolbar, click ( Ctrl+G ).

    The Selection filter dialog box opens.

  2. Follow the instructions above on how to create a view filter.

    The same instructions apply to drawing selection filters.

  3. Click Apply or OK to select the parts according to the filter.

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