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2018 Table of Contents

Add manual dimensions

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2018

Add manual dimensions

Add manual dimensions

In addition to automatic dimensions, you can add dimensions manually in an open drawing. Manual dimensions are not recommended to be used in 3D views.

  1. Hold down Shift and, on the Dimensioning tab, click one of the dimensioning buttons depending on the type of dimension you want to create:

    Horizontal : Create a dimension in the x direction by picking the points to be dimensioned. X depends on the current UCSlocal coordinate system defined by the user and used in a drawing view

    User coordinate system makes it easier to place drawing objects, because the user can place the drawing objects relative to a user-defined point of origin, or a base point in the drawing view.

    Tekla Structures displays the user coordinate system symbol in the current drawing view when the user creates, copies, moves, or modifies drawing objects.

    .

    Vertical : Create a dimension in the y direction by picking the points to be dimensioned. Y depends on the current UCS.

    Perpendicular : Create a dimension perpendicular to a line you define by picking two points to set the direction of the dimension lineline that visualizes the distance between the defined dimension points

    Separate dimensions can be combined into a longer dimension line.

    , and then picking the points to be dimensioned.

    Orthogonal : Create a dimension in either the x or y direction by picking the points to be dimensioned. Tekla Structures uses the direction of the larger overall distance. X and y depend on the current UCS.

    Curved dimension, orthogonal reference lines : Create curved dimension with 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.

    reference lines by picking three points to define the arc and then picking the points to be dimensioned. The dimension text on the line can be either a distance or an angle value.

    Curved dimension, radial reference lines : Create curved dimension with radial reference lines by picking three points to define the arc and then picking the points to be dimensioned. The dimension text on the line can be either a distance or an angle value.

    Free : Create a dimension parallel to a line between any two points you pick.

    COG : Indicate the location of the center of gravity (COG) in single-part, assembly, and cast unit drawings by creating COG dimensions and adding a COG symbol at the center of gravity. You can also create COG dimensions in section views.

    Parallel : Create a dimension parallel to a line you define by first picking two points to define the direction of the dimension line and then picking the points to be dimensioned.

    Radial : Create radial dimension by picking three points to define the arc and pick a position for the dimension.

    Angular : Create angular dimension by picking the vertex point and two points to define the angle. Pick the side to place the dimension.

  2. Modify the dimension properties in the properties dialog box.
  3. Add the desired elements in dimension marks and modify their properties.
  4. Add dimension tags with the desired elements as required, and set the dimension tagpart of a dimension that displays additional information about the building object

    rotation.

    You can also include part count to dimension tags and select a filter that removes the desired default content from the tag.

    The available dimension markpart of a dimension that displays the basic information about the building object measurements

    A dimension mark can consist of a prefix, numerical value, and postfix.

    and dimension tag mark elements are the same as those for the part, bolt, reinforcement and surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

    The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

    The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.

    marks.

  5. Click OK or Apply.
  6. Add the dimensions by following the instructions on the status bar.

    It is very important to use correct snap switches to get the dimensions correct. You can change the switch temporarily by right-clicking and selecting the switch that suits the best for your purpose.

    In dimension types where you click the middle mouse button to place the dimension line, the placement setting affects the result. If you have set Placing to fixed , the position you click will be the location of the dimension line. If you have set Placing to free , the middle mouse button click defines which side of the object the dimension line is located on, and Tekla Structures places the dimension line.

  7. Drag the dimensions to the desired locations.

    When you drag the dimensions, the Placing setting changes to fixed by default.

    You can also drag the dimension mark, and when you drag it, a leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

    is automatically created.

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