Create general arrangement drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create general arrangement drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

Create general arrangement drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

You can create GA drawings in Master Drawing Catalog on the basis of saved settingsmaster drawing where the drawing settings are saved in a drawing property file and used when creating a new drawing of a specific drawing type


Before you create general arrangement drawings, create the model views that you need and ensure that the views are as you want them to be. The drawing views will have the same orientation and content as the model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

you select. Fit work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

using two points to select the area that you want to show in the general arrangement drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a project

General arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building.


  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master drawing catalog .
  2. Select the set of saved settings from the list at the top.
  3. If needed, modify the drawing properties by double-clicking the saved setting and clicking Edit drawing properties....

    Remember to save the changes in the properties file.

  4. Click Create drawings ( Alt+C ).
  5. In the Create General Arrangement Drawing dialog box, select the views that you want to create and the desired option from the Options list.

    If you select Empty drawing , you can create an empty drawing and add drawing views in it afterwards.

  6. Click Create to create the drawings.

Tekla Structures creates the drawings and adds them in Document manager. Click in the Master drawing catalog toolbar to open Document manager.


General arrangement drawings get overwritten if you recreate them. If you want to create another general arrangement drawing of the same model view, give another name to the new drawing in drawing properties.

For more information about creating cast in place general arrangement drawings, see Pours in drawings

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