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2018 Table of Contents

Merge marks

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

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2018

Merge marks

Merge marks

You can merge marks to reduce the number of marks in the drawing and to make the drawing clearer. A merged mark has a single leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

. You can merge marks automatically before creating a drawing, in drawing properties of and open drawing, and for some mark types also manually in the final drawing.

In a final drawing, you can merge weld marks and reinforcement marks manually , and part marks, reinforcement marks 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 by adjusting their drawing properties.

For more information about merging prerequisites and principles, see Merged part marks.

To activate merging through drawing properties:

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Double-click the drawing background to open the drawing properties dialog box.
  3. Do one of the following depending on the drawing type.
Drawing type Adjust mark visibility settings

Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings:

  1. Click View creation , select the view and the properties that you want to change, and click View properties.

    The merging needs to be set view by view separately.

  2. Click a mark type in the options tree. For example, click Part mark.

  3. Go to the General tab.

  4. In Merge marks , select On to merge part marks, or surface treatment marks.

  5. To merge reinforcement marks, click Reinforcement mark in the options tree and go to the Merging tab.

    Identical marks in same cast unit

    • One leader line to group creates one leader line for a group of reinforcing bars.

    • One leader line per row : Merges the marks and creates one leader line for a row of reinforcing bars.

    • Parallel leader lines : Merges the marks and creates parallel leader lines.

    • Leader lines to one point : Merges the marks and draws all leader lines to one point.

    • No merge : Marks are not merged, an individual leader line is created for each mark.

    • If you select No merge , you still need to define the mark content for the marks that Tekla Structures automatically merges on the Merging tab.

    Preferred direction of merge

    • If there are several possible merge directions, select Merge horizontal or Merge vertical.

    Available elements / Elements in mark :

    • Select the contents to be included in the merged reinforcement marks.

      To ensure that merged reinforcement marks appear in the drawing, always include Symbol separating blocks in mark as the last element in the reinforcement mark. To omit the separating symbol, leave this box blank, but still include the element in the mark.

  6. Click Save to save the changes in view properties, and then click Close to return to drawing properties.

  7. Click Modify.

General arrangement drawings:

  1. Click a mark type button in the drawing properties dialog box. For example, click Part mark....

  2. Go to the General tab.

  3. In Merge marks , select On to merge part marks, or surface treatment marks.

  4. To merge reinforcement marks, click Reinforcement marks... in the drawing properties dialog box and go to the Merging tab.

    Identical marks in same cast unit :

    • One leader line to group creates one leader line for a group of reinforcing bars.

    • One leader line per row : Merges the marks and creates one leader line for a row of reinforcing bars.

    • Parallel leader lines : Merges the marks and creates parallel leader lines.

    • Leader lines to one point : Merges the marks and draws all leader lines to one point.

    • No merge : Marks are not merged, an individual leader line is created for each mark.

    • If you select No merge , you still need to define the mark content for the marks that Tekla Structures automatically merges on the Merging tab.

    Preferred direction of merge :

    • If there are several possible merge directions, select Merge horizontal or Merge vertical.

    Available elements / Elements in mark :

    Available elements/Elements in mark :

    • Select the contents to be included in the merged reinforcement marks.

      To ensure that merged reinforcement marks appear in the drawing, always include Symbol separating blocks in mark as the last element in the reinforcement mark. To omit the separating symbol, leave this box blank, but still include the element in the mark.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Click Modify.

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