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Add tags to dimensions

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

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Add tags to dimensions

Add tags to dimensions

You can add dimension tags with the desired elements to single and combined dimensions in an open drawing. In addition to elements, you can include part count, or select a filter that removes the desired default content from the tag.

  • Rotation is not available for the middle dimension tags.

  • The dimension tags are automatically updated according to model changes, when you update the drawing. If you want to disable the automatic update, you can freezeto prevent Tekla Structures from updating annotation objects and certain drawing view properties in a drawing when it updates the drawing as the model changes

    When a drawing is frozen, only part geometry is updated when the model changes.

    the drawing or set the advanced option XS_​INTELLIGENT_​DRAWING_​ALLOWED to FALSE. This advanced option affects all drawings.

Add tags to dimensions

  1. Double-click the dimension.
  2. Go to the Tags tab and select the locations where you want to add dimension tags.

    You can add dimension tags above and below the dimension lineline that visualizes the distance between the defined dimension points

    Separate dimensions can be combined into a longer dimension line.

    to the left and right end of the line, to the dimension line ends, and in the middle of the dimension line below the line.

  3. Click the ... buttons to go to tag mark properties.

    You can also enter text directly in the A - G boxes.

  4. Select the tag rotation. Each tag has an independent rotation setting, so you can rotate some tags and leave others unrotated.
    • Parallel to dimension line does not rotate the tag. This is the default value.

    • Perpendicular to dimension line rotates the tag.

  5. Select the tag content typedetermination of which template attributes can be used in the template object value fields for a template component row

    Content types are mainly based on object types.

  6. Include the desired elements in the dimension tagpart of a dimension that displays additional information about the building object


    The available elements are the same as those of the part, pour objectbuilding object that is formed of one or more cast-in-place concrete parts, or parts of cast-in-place concrete parts

    The cast-in-place concrete parts are merged into one pour object if they have the same material grade and pour phase, and if they touch each other. Pour objects are visible in pour view.

    , bolt, reinforcement and surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

    The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

    The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.


  7. Select the element frame type and color and the text color, font, and height.
  8. Click OK.
  9. If you want to show the part count in the tag, select the desired tag positions in Include part count in the tag.
  10. Use Exclude parts according to filter and select a predefined filter to remove some of the automatically created tag content.

    In addition to the user-selectable elements, some of the dimension tag content is automatically created based on the dimension end point locations. If you want to exclude unnecessary tag content for parts that are located in the same location as the dimensioning point, create suitable drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

    A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

    A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

    Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.


  11. If you are adding tags to curved dimensions, you can select the tag type in Curved Dimension Tag Type.
  12. Click Modify.

Example: How to filter out dimension tag content

In this example, you will remove from a dimension tag some content that is added in the tag automatically based on the dimension end point locations. First you will create a drawing view filterfilter used for defining which objects are displayed in a model view or drawing view

View filter chooses objects according to object properties. The user can filter objects according to their profile or material, for example.

that you will use for removing the content.

The example below shows a tag that automatically contains the text "CORBELconcrete part representing a structure that projects from the face of a concrete part and that serves as a support for an overhanging part and connects the parts

". You will remove this text.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Double-click the view frame to open the View Properties dialog box.
  3. Click Filter.
  4. Click Add row and create a filter according to the example below so that you select Template as the category, and MATERIAL_TYPE as the property, and enter CONCRETE as the value.

  5. Enter concrete as the name of the filter in the box next to the Save button and click the button to save the filter.
  6. In the drawing, double-click the dimension that contains the content that you want to remove.
  7. In the Dimension Properties dialog box, go to the Tags page.
  8. In Exclude parts according to filter , select the concrete filter.
  9. Click Modify.

    Tekla Structures removes the text "CORBEL" from the dimension tag. The material type of corbel is concrete, and the concrete filter removes all concrete parts from the tag.

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