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Set up groups in Layout manager

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

Software version: 
2018i

Set up groups in Layout manager

Set up groups in Layout manager

You can create groups in Layout manager to organize layout points and layout lines suitably.

Base points in Layout manager

You can use base points in Layout manager when defining the location of layout points. You can use the base points that have already been defined in the model, and you can define new base points in File > Project properties > Base points. Layout manager uses the Location in the model coordinates that you define for base points, and the East coordinate , North coordinate , and Elevation coordinates.

When you add, modify, or delete base points in File > Project properties > Base points , reopen or refresh Layout manager to ensure that 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.

data is up to date in Layout manager.

  • The base points that you add are shown in the Group local coordinate system list for the groups in Layout manager.
  • If you delete a base point that is linked to a group in Layout manager , Tekla Structures recreates that base point so that it can still be used in Layout manager.
  • If you modify a base point that is used in Layout manager , Tekla Structures shows a message about the base point use in Layout manager. You can either use the modified coordinates in Layout manager , or you can select not to use them. If you select not to use them, the coordinates of the base point will then be different in Tekla Structures and in Layout manager.

When you open an existing model in a Tekla Structures version where Layout manager uses the base point functionality, Layout manager creates base points based on the group local coordinate systems that are not in the model originglobal coordinate system point of origin used for the model

Model origin is the default project base point.

[(0,0,0) & no rotation]. The created base points are added to the groups in Layout manager and shown in the Group local coordinate system list. The base points are also shown in the list of base points in File > Project properties > Base points. The description text in the Base point dialog box shows that the base point has been created by Layout manager.

Define a default coordinate system for groups

You can define a default base point to set the default coordinate system for all the new groups that you create in Layout manager. You can use the groups in Layout manager to organize layout points and layout lines.

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. In Layout manager , select Layout Manager Object Group to show the available Group local coordinate system for new groups list.
  3. Select from the list the base point that you want to use, or the model origin.

The base points that have been defined in the model are available in the list. If you have added new base points to the model since you opened Layout manager , reopen or refresh Layout manager to make the new base points available in the list.

You can change the group default coordinate system at any time by selecting another option from the list. Note that the default coordinate system only applies to new groups. The existing groups are not changed.

Define numbering settings for groups

You can define that all groups in Layout manager have the same numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

settings. When you change the settings, the changed settings are used in all the groups that you create after the change. The settings in the existing groups are not changed.

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. Clickto open the settings and then click Group.
  3. Define the numbering settings.
    1. Enter the prefix in the Prefix box.
    2. Enter the starting numberfirst number of a numbering series

      in the Starting number box.
    3. Enter the maximum length of the number in the Number max length box.
    4. Enter a delimiter to separate the prefix and the number in the Delimiter box: a hyphen or an empty space.
    5. Select from the Fill leading space list whether the leading space in front of the number is filled with zeroes or not, for example, PFX 00001 or PFX 1.
  4. Click OK.
  5. To apply the numbering settings to the points and lines in a group, right-click the group and select Auto Naming.
Note:

You can modify the numbering settings of an individual group if you do not want to use the default settings. Select the group and change the settings. To restore the default settings, click Reset.

Create a group in Layout manager

  1. On the Manage tab, click Layout manager.
  2. Right-click Layout Manager Object Group and select Add Group.

    You may want to set up several groups so that you can organize the points and lines into groups as they are modeled.

  3. If needed, click the group to rename it.

    A group name can have 18 characters.

  4. Define the numbering settings for the group.
  5. Select the Group local coordinate system.

    The coordinates are immediately applied when selected.

    If you do not want to use the default base point, you can select some other suitable base point, or the model origin.

When you have selected a coordinate system for the group and added layout points to it, you can view the location coordinates of the points in Layout manager. Select the point in Layout manager to show the coordinates of the point in Layout manager.

  • Location in the model shows the point location compared to the model origin.
  • Location in the group shows the point location compared 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.

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  • East, North, Elevation shows the coordinates that represent the corresponding X, Y and Z coordinates.
Note:

Layout manager may show an Unassigned group in the tree structure. The Unassigned group shows layout points and layout lines that have inadequate group information. Such points and lines have usually been created in an earlier Layout manager version.

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