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Export layout data from Layout manager

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Export layout data from Layout manager

Export layout data from Layout manager

You can use Layout manager to export layout data from your model to a layout device, such as Trimble® LM80.

Export layout data

You have two options when exporting:

  • Export the layout data from Layout manager to a file and move the file later to a layout device.
  • Export a file directly to a layout device. You can do this if you connect the layout device to your computer using a USB, or a Bluetooth connection.

Before you export, you can define the default export settings in Layout manager settings.

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. Check from the settingsthat the default export settings are as intended.
  3. Select the group that you want to export.

    The points in the group are exported according to the group local coordinate systemcoordinate system that reflects the current work plane or drawing view plane

    The local coordinate system is represented in a model by a symbol with three axes (x, y, and z). This symbol indicates the direction of the model. It is located in the lower right corner of the model view.

    In a drawing, the local coordinate system symbol has two axes.

    . The local coordinates of the points are shown in the export dialog box. The temporary 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.

    location will not affect the coordinates of the exported points.

  4. Clickand select the appropriate file type for the export.
    • Export point file (.txt) to export layout points.

    • Export job file (.cnx) to export all layout data in the model to Trimble® LM80.

    • Export Field Link file (.tfl) to export all layout data in the model to a field link device.

    Note that in addition to Trimble devices, other layout devices can also read in the .txt and .cnx file types.

    Note:

    The layout points that you create in the model are design points that you can export to a layout device.

    The maximum length of the layout pointpoint that can be exported to a layout device

    Layout point can be a reference point.

    name is 16 characters if you export layout data to .cnx and .tfl formats. When exporting to a text file, there is no limitation in the number of characters in the name. The maximum length of the description is 24 characters.

  5. Select the destination folder and enter a name for the export file.
  6. Select the coordinate system for the export from the Export local coordinate system list.
    • If you are exporting one group, the Export local coordinate system list shows 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.

      of the group. You can change the coordinates by selecting another option from the list.
    • If you are exporting more than one group and the groups do not have the same local coordinate system, the Export local coordinate system list shows the text: Local coordinate systems of groups. If you use this option in the export, each group uses the base point that has been defined for it.

      You can also use one base point for all the groups in the export by selecting the coordinate system from the Export local coordinate system list.

  7. If needed, select a drawing in Map file (.dxf).

    You can attach a layout drawing when exporting a job file ( .cnx ) and a field link file ( .tfl ). You can use the layout drawing with the layout point data in the layout device. To ensure that the drawing is exported correctly, you need to define the drawing scale.

  8. Click Export to export.

Define default export settings

You can define the default export settings for each export file type: point file ( .txt ), Trimble LM80 job file ( .cnx ), and Trimble Field Link ( .tfl ). The units depend on the settings in File menu > Settings > Options > Units and decimals .

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. Clickto open the settings.
  3. Click Point File to define the export settings for point files ( .txt ):
    1. Select the unit.
    2. Select the delimiter.
    3. Define the order of column headers in point files. Right-click a header in the list and select Move Up or Move Down.
  4. Click Trimble LM80 to define the export settings for Trimble® LM80 job files ( .cnx ):
    1. Select the Default directory.
    2. Select the default Length unit.

      You can select to export as meters, feet-inches, or survey feet.

    3. Select the plane Angle unit.

      The default angle unit is Degree.

    4. Select the Version of the Trimble® LM80 device.

      The default version is V4. Ensure that the setting matches the version of your layout device.

  5. Click Trimble Field Link to define the Trimble Field Link file default directory for field link files ( .tfl ).
  6. Click OK.

Define the drawing scale

You can include a drawing when exporting all layout data in a job file or a field link file from Layout manager by adding the drawing to the Map file (.dxf) box in the export dialog box. The drawing is exported in the .dxf or .dwg format. To ensure that the drawing is exported correctly, you need to define the drawing scale.

  1. Create a general arrangement (GA) drawing of your model.

    We recommend that you make the drawing as simple as possible, only include parts and grids to show the drawing correctly in a layout device. You might want to create a 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.

    especially intended to be used in Layout manager export.

  2. Open the drawing that you are going to use as a drawing layout.
  3. Double-click the drawing view framesolid frame around all the contents of a drawing view

    Drawing view frame can be used when modifying properties of a single drawing view. Drawing views can be dragged using the drawing view frame.

    to open View Properties.
  4. Copy the drawing scale.
  5. Close the drawing.
  6. On the Manage tab in the model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

    Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

    , click Layout manager.
  7. Click Drawing Scale Calculator.
  8. Enter the drawing scale in the Scale Denominator (e.g. 48, 128) box.
  9. Click Calculate.

    The drawing scale is shown in the Scale box.

  10. Copy the drawing scale from the Scale box and close the Drawing Scale Calculator dialog box.
  11. On the File menu, click Export > Drawings.

    Tekla Structures opens the Document manager dialog box and the Export drawings to DWG/DXF dialog box.

  12. In the Document manager dialog box, select the drawing that you want to export.
  13. In the Export drawings to DWG/DXF , do the following:
    1. In File location , select the export folder.
    2. Select the Drawing as snapshot to CAD model space check box.

      The Scale box is shown.

    3. Enter the drawing scale in the Scale box.
  14. Click Export.

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