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Create project and firm folders

Last updated November 21, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017i

Create project and firm folders

Create project and firm folders

Use project and firm folders for customized files that you want to use in more than one project. These can be custom ribbons, drawing styles, profile and material catalogs, or any other settings you want to store for future use. You can use the same files in each project, without having to redefine the values each time you start a new model or install a new version of Tekla Structures. This also means you can easily revert back to the default settings, because you have not overwritten any of the system files. Place the project and firm folders in a shared directory on a network drive, so that everyone concerned can access them.

Use the project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project

for customized files that are only used in a particular project. For example, a project may consist of several models done by separate teams, all spread out in different locations. You can save project-specific files and settings in the project folder, so that everyone in the project can use them.

Use the 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.

to store customized files for the entire organization or company. These settings and files are meant to be used in all projects within the company.

For example, let's say you regularly work for a company that has specific drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

standards it expects you to use. Customize the drawing templates once for the company and save them in a sub-folder located under the firm folder. You can then use the customized drawing templates for all future projects for that company.

Create a project or firm folder

  1. Create an empty folder in a shared location, for example on a network drive.
  2. Name the folder appropriately.

    For example, Project or Firm , depending on which folder you are creating.

  3. Open the user.ini file in a text editor.

    The file is located in the ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Tekla Structures\<version>\UserSettings folder.

  4. Define the path to the project or firm folder you created in step 1.

    Modify either of the following lines in the user.ini file:

    set XS_FIRM=..firm folder path\

    set XS_PROJECT=..project folder path\

    Make sure you have included the name of the actual project or firm folder in the path. For example, set XS_FIRM=Z:\Firm\. Also make sure you have removed "rem" from the beginning of the line. Only the lines beginning with "set" are active and therefore used by Tekla Structures.

  5. Save the user.ini file.
  6. Restart Tekla Structures for the change to take effect.

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by Daniel Grubbs

As the XS_PROJECT folder may be used for some particular set of models, it may be expected that one will have multiple XS_PROJECT folders. How does one go about selecting which XS_PROJECT folder is used for which model?