Categories in Organizer

Last updated September 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance

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Categories in Organizer

Categories in Organizer

You can categorize your model in location categories and other type of categories that you can create based on your needs using for example object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

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


  • Using location categories, you can create a 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.

    and divide the model into projects, sites, buildings, sections and floors. A project contains all the objects of the models that are selected in the category properties, either the Tekla Structures model or reference models, or both. Within a project, a model objectobject that is represented in a model

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

    can belong to only one lowest level location categorycategory based on location rules in Organizer

    Location categories divide the model into projects, sites, buildings, sections, and floors. Location category can be defined automatically based on the boundary box or manually.

    at a time.

    Organizer always creates an uncategorized categorycategory where the model objects are automatically placed in Organizer if they are not inside a defined boundary box

    The uncategorized category shows that the location breakdown structure is incomplete. The model objects can be manually moved from the uncategorized category to a chosen location category, or boundary boxes can be changed to move the model objects to the wanted location category.

    in a project for objects that cannot be included in any other category based on the location definitions you have made. You can modify the definitions to include the objects to location categories.

  • Property categories allow you to add 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.

    ) to model objects. Within a property categorycategory in Organizer based on adding user-defined attributes to model objects

    Within a property category, a model object can belong to only one lowest level category at a time.

    , a model object can belong to only one lowest level category at a time.
  • Custom categories are created based on the rules that you define. Objects are added to the categories based on these rules. You can also create categories manually without rules.

An example of a default category set in Organizer :

When you have included objects in the categories:

  • The number of objects in a category is shown in parentheses for location categories and property categories, and for lowest level custom categories.

  • The number of objects in a category and the total number of objects included in the category and its subcategories is shown in parentheses for custom categories, as shown in the image below.

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