Modify a construction object

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

Software version: 

Modify a construction object

Modify a construction object

You can modify construction points, lines, circles, and planes using direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.


Before you start:

  • Ensure that theDirect modification switch is active.
  • Select the construction objectmodeling aid that helps in creating and placing other objects

    Construction object can represent a point, line, arc, or plane, for example.


    Tekla Structures displays the handles and dimensions that you can use to modify the construction object.

    When you select a handle and move the mouse pointer over, Tekla Structures displays a toolbar with more modification options. The available options depend on the type of the construction object you are modifying.

To modify a construction object, do any of the following:

To Do this Available for
Set a reference point to move in one, two, or any direction
  1. Select the handle in the reference point.
  2. To define in which directions the handle can move, select an option from the list on the toolbar:

    You can also press Tab to cycle through the options.

  3. To move the handle in a certain plane only, clickand select the plane.
Construction points, lines, circle center points, planes
Move a point, a point on a line or circle, or a plane corner Drag the handle in the reference point to a new location. All construction objects
Move a circle Drag the handle in the center point to a new location. Construction circles
Move a line or a plane edge Drag the line handle to a new location. Construction lines, planes
Move a plane Drag the plane to a new location. Construction planes
Show or hide direct modification dimensions
  1. Select a handle.
  2. On the toolbar, click.
  3. Click the eye button to show or hide orthogonal and total dimensions:

Construction lines, planes
Change a dimension Drag a dimension arrowhead to a new location, or:
  1. Select the dimension arrowhead which you want to move.

    To change the dimension at both ends, select both arrowheads.

    To change the radius of a circle, select the outer arrowhead.

  2. Using the keyboard, enter the value with which you want the dimension to change.

    To start with the negative sign (-), use the numeric keypad.

    To enter an absolute value for the dimension, first enter $, then the value.

  3. Press Enter , or click OK in the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box.
Construction lines, circles, planes

To modify the line types of construction lines and circles, use the 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.


Quick feedback

The feedback you give here is not visible to other users. We use your comments to improve our content.
We use this to prevent automated spam submissions.
Content rating: 
No votes yet