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Load group properties

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Load group properties

Load group properties

Use the Load Groups dialog box to view, define, and modify the load groupset of loads and loadings that are caused by the same action and to which the user wants to refer collectively

Loads belonging to the same load group are treated alike during load combination.

properties and to work with load groups.




The @ character identifies the current load group.

When you create loads in the model, Tekla Structures adds them to the current load group. You can only define one load group as current.

To change the current load group, select a load group and click Set current.


Unique name of the load group.

Use load group names to define the visibility and selectability of loads. For example, you can select, modify, or hide loads based on their load group.


The type of a load group is the type of action that causes the loads.

Actions causing loads are building code specific and depend on the load modeling code selected in File menu > Settings > Options > Load modeling > Current code.

Most building codes use some or all of the following actions and load group types:

  • Permanent, dead, and/or prestressing loads

  • Live, imposed, traffic, and/or crane loads

  • Snow loads

  • Wind loads

  • Temperature loads

  • Accidental and/or earthquake loads

  • Imperfection loads


The direction of a load group is the global direction of the action that causes the loads. Individual loads in a load group retain their own magnitudes in the global or local x, y, and z directions.

The load group direction affects which loads Tekla Structures combines in a load combination:

  • z direction groups are combined with both x and y direction groups.

  • x or y direction groups are not combined with each other.


A number that identifies all the load groups that are compatible with each other.


A number that identifies all the load groups that are incompatible with each other.


The color that Tekla Structures uses to show the loads in the group.

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