Reference models in drawings

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Reference models in drawings

Reference models in drawings

Reference models can be shown in general arrangement, assembly and cast unit drawings. For example, you may want to use 3D plant models or architectural drawings as reference models. You can select whether to show a reference modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another model

A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.

For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model.

, and change the reference model appearance in the 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.

properties in an open drawing. You can select whether to show the reference model as outlines or as wireframe, set the hidden lines and own hidden lines options, and define the line color and type. Reinforcement in reference models is also shown.

The appearance options can also be modified in drawing properties before you create the drawing, but the visibility options only when a drawing is open.

For more information about reference models, see Reference models and compatible formats and Insert a reference model.

To show reference models in drawings and modify reference model properties:

  1. In an open drawing, double-click the drawing view framesolid frame around all the contents of a drawing view

    Drawing view frame can be used when modifying properties of a single drawing view. Drawing views can be dragged using the drawing view frame.

    to open the drawing view properties.

    In GA drawings, you can also adjust the visibility settings on drawing level by double-clicking the drawing background.

  2. Click Reference object in the options tree.

    The Content tab lists all the reference models included in the model.

  3. To show a reference model in the drawing, click the row of the reference model, and in the Visibility column, select Visible.
  4. Go to the Appearance tab and select the representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

    for the reference model:

    Wireframe : Shows the reference model as a wireframe. To open drawings quickly, use the wireframe.

    Outline : The reference model is drawn in the same way as Tekla Structures native parts. It shows the reference model outline. With this option, you have the Hidden lines and Own hidden lines options available.

    Hidden lines : Shows hidden lines in of the reference model that are hidden by other reference models or parts.

    Own hidden lines : Shows the hidden lines in the reference model that are hidden by the reference model itself.

  5. Modify the color and the type of Visible lines and Hidden lines.
  6. Click Modify to modify the reference model in the selected view with the new settings.

You can also change the visibility and appearance settings in an open drawing by double-clicking the reference model and changing the settings in the Reference Object Properties dialog.

Note that if you modify the reference model appearance on the object level, you can no longer modify the appearance on the view level.

Reference model representation examples

Below is an example of the Wireframe representation:

Below is an example of the Outline representation. Hidden lines and Own hidden lines are set Off :

Below is an example of the Outline representation. Hidden lines is set On , and shown in red.

Below is an example of the Outline representation. Hidden lines and Own hidden lines are both set On , and shown in red.

Below is an example of how the parts are shown with reference models. Reference model visible lines are shown in green, and hidden lines in red. The part visible lines are shown in blue, and the hidden lines in cyan.

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