Define automatic drawing settings

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

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Define automatic drawing settings

Define automatic drawing settings

Drawing settingssettings that control what the drawing looks like and what it includes

Drawing settings can be defined in the modeling mode when creating a drawing, and they can be modified in the drawing mode.

The range of the objects and elements that drawing settings affect may vary.

tell Tekla Structures what the drawing should look like and what it should include. Automatic drawing settings are defined before drawings are created.

Automatic drawing settings

Automatic drawing settings are settings that are defined through:

  • Drawing, view and object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

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

    in various drawing types. The properties are stored in property files. Properties can be defined separately for each drawing that you create, but it is advisable to save the most commonly used settings in property files for future use, for example, in Master Drawing Catalog. When creating a new drawing, always start by loading automatic drawing properties that you think contain the best settings for the drawing you are creating, and then adjust the settings as required before creating the drawing. Properties can be adjusted also after you have created the drawing.

    You can open the drawing properties dialog boxes for setting the automatic drawing properties by going to the Drawings & reports tab, selecting Drawing properties and then selecting the drawing type.

  • Drawing settings that are defined through various options and advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    in Options and Advanced Options dialog boxes.
  • Additional settings files, such as rebar_config.inp for setting reinforcement, and hatch_types1.pat for setting hatch patterns.

Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawing properties

These drawings contain two types of automatic properties: drawing-specific and view-specific. Drawing-specific properties apply to the whole drawing: coordinate system, coordinate system rotation, drawing titles, 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.

, user-defined properties, and some detail and section viewdrawing view that shows a selected area as a cross section

A section view can be created of the parts in a drawing view. A section view can be created manually or automatically.


View-specific properties are defined separately for each view that you select to create. For example, you might want to show marks in one view, dimensions in another, 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.

in the third one. You may also want to define different protection settings for each view. You can create as many views as you need.

To specify the drawing views to create and the properties to use, follow the path shown in the image below. First select the views to create and then select view properties to be used for the views. If you need to adjust view properties or create new ones, click View properties and adjust the view properties, including protection settings, dimensions, filters, marks and objects. Always use Save to save the view properties, otherwise your changes are not saved.

Drawing-level and view-level properties in single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings can be modified in an open drawing by double-clicking the drawing background or the view frame, respectively. The available properties are the same as in the dialog boxes shown above.

General arrangement drawing properties

Automatic drawing properties for general arrangement drawings can be defined on drawing level before creating the drawing. You can modify the drawing level properties in an open drawing by double-clicking the drawing background.

You can select the views that you want to create after starting the creation of a general arrangement drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a project

General arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building.

. You can adjust the view-level properties in an open drawing by double-clicking a view frame.

Individual view, protection, dimension, mark and object properties

You can modify the dimension, mark and object properties manually in an open drawing and save the changed properties in property files to be use later on for different purposes.

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