Create, modify, or delete a grid

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create, modify, or delete a grid

Create, modify, or delete a grid

When you create a new model, Tekla Structures automatically creates a gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

and a view according to the saved standard properties. If needed, you can create grids manually. You can modify an existing grid, or delete it. Use the Grid dialog box to view and modify the grid properties.

Create a grid

  1. On the Edit tab, click:

    The Grid dialog box opens.

  2. Pick a point in the model to indicate the origin of the grid.

    The coordinates of the picked point appear in the Grid dialog box as X0 , Y0 , and Z0. If you do not pick a point, Tekla Structures positions the origin according to the existing values.

  3. Enter the x and y coordinates in the Grid dialog box.

    You can either define the coordinates individually, or you can define several grid lines with equal spacing. Both of the following coordinate entries create three grid lines with the spacing of 4000:

    0 4000 4000

    0 2*4000

  4. Enter the z coordinates in the Grid dialog box.
  5. Enter the grid labels in the Grid dialog box.
  6. Modify the other grid properties if needed.
  7. If you move the grid linesingle line that visualizes a single grid plane on a view plane

    and want objects to follow, select the Magnetic grid plane check box.
  8. Click Create.

    When working with very large grids, always having the grid labels visible might slow down Tekla Structures. To hide the grid labels when you zoom in, use the advanced option XS_​ADJUST_​GRID_​LABELS.

Modify a grid

Double-click an existing grid to modify it.

  1. Ensure that theSelect grid selection switch is active.
  2. Double-click a grid line.
  3. Modify the grid properties.
  4. If you have attached additional grid lines to the grid and you want to preserve them, clear the check boxes next to the Coordinate boxes.

    Otherwise Tekla Structures deletes all single grid lines attached to the grid.

  5. Click Modify to save the changes.

Delete a grid

When you delete an entire grid, ensure that you do not have any other objects selected. Otherwise Tekla Structures only deletes the objects, not the grid.

  1. Ensure that only theSelect grid selection switch is active.
  2. Select the grid.
  3. Right-click and select Delete from the pop-up menu.
  4. Confirm that you want to delete the grid.

Grid properties

Use the Grid dialog box to view and modify the grid properties. The units depend on the settings in File menu > Settings > Options > Units and decimals .




Coordinates of the grid in the x, y, and z directions.

X : grid lines vertical to the work plane

Y : grid lines horizontal to the work plane

Z : elevations in the structure

You can enter a maximum of 1024 characters. Use a zero at the start to represent a grid on the 0,0 coordinate and spaces as separators for coordinates.

The x and y coordinates are relative, which means that the entries for x and y are always relative to the previous entry. The z coordinates are absolute, which means that entries for z are absolute distances from the work plane origin.


Names of the grid lines shown in views.

Names in the X box are associated with the grid lines parallel to the y axis and vice versa. The Z box is for the names of levels parallel to the work plane.

If you wish, you can leave the label boxes empty.

Line extensions

Define how far the grid lines extend in the directions Left/Below and Right/Above.


Coordinates of the grid origin in the x, y, and z directions. These values offset the grid from the work plane origin, not from the global model origin.

Magnetic grid plane

Select to bind objects to grid lines.

User-defined attributes

Click to access the user-defined properties of the grid.

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