2018 Table of Contents

Easier way to change work planes

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

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Easier way to change work planes

Easier way to change work planes

Tekla Structures 2018 contains a new Work plane handler toolbar.

Work plane handler

Use the work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

handler toolbar to select which work plane you currently have in use in the model. You can switch between the different saved work planes and base points.

Select the saved work plane or the base pointpoint in a model that is used to define a starting point in surveying and that is used as an anchor point in coordinate and height transformations

A Tekla Structures project can have several base points but only one of them can be the project base point.

Base points allow the use of another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. Base points can also be used in drawings, and in reports and templates. Model origin is the default base point in Tekla Structures.

Base points are also called control points.

on the list in the toolbar to activate it.

By default, the Work plane handler toolbar is located at the bottom of the screen. You can float and dock the toolbar. If you are unable to find the toolbar, see How to restore missing toolbars.

The work plane handler allows you to select among the following work planes:

  • Model originglobal coordinate system point of origin used for the model

    Model origin is the default project base point.

    (if project base pointbase point that sets the point of origin for a project if the model has several base points

    A project can have only one project base point.

    is set somewhere else)
  • Project base point
  • All base points
  • All work planes you have set and saved

The symbol for model origin is different if the project base point is to model origin, or if it has been set to a base point.

Save and add your own work plane to the toolbar

  1. Set a work plane in the model.
  2. Enter a name for the work plane in the Work plane handler toolbar box.
  3. Click thebutton to add the work plane to the list.

    If needed, you can rename your work plane by double-clicking it and entering a new name.

    To remove a work plane from the list, click thebutton.

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