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Different levels of setting up and modifying drawing properties

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

Software version: 
2019

Different levels of setting up and modifying drawing properties

Different levels of setting up and modifying drawing properties

In Tekla Structures , you can set up and change drawings and drawing properties on different levels, depending on how permanent and extensive changes are needed. You can change drawings on drawing, view and object level.

Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings

  • On the highest level, you can define drawing properties on drawing level :
    • The drawing-specific properties that you define in the Drawing properties dialog box apply to the whole drawing: user-defined attributes for the drawing, detail viewdrawing view that is created from an existing drawing view and that shows a selected area of that view in the same viewing direction

      Detail view is usually in a larger scale than the source view.

      The view plane of the detail view is the same as the view plane of the source view.

      start numberfirst number of a numbering series

      /letter, drawing-specific section viewdrawing view that shows a selected area as a cross section

      A section view can be created of the parts in a drawing view. A section view can be created manually or automatically.

      settings, some drawing-specific view attributes, drawing titles and drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

      Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

      settings.
    • On the drawing level, you can also select the views that you want to create, and set view, dimensioning, protection, building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or be closely related to it

      A building object is always created in a model, but it is also represented as a drawing object in a drawing in which its properties can be modified.

      and mark settings separately for each view by going further to the View properties dialog box for the selected view. For example, you can define that all marks have blue frame in the top viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the top direction

      Part’s top view is a view on part plane created of the part’s top plane.

      , or that model weld marks are shown in a front viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the front direction

      Part’s front view is a view on part plane created of the part’s front plane.

      . It is very important to save the view-level properties files in the View properties dialog box to be able to connect the desired view properties to the views that you are creating.
    • You can modify the drawing level properties before you create the drawing and also change them in the created drawing.
  • You can also change drawing properties in single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings on view level :
    • Double-click a view frame in an open drawing, which opens the View properties dialog box.
    • Change an object propertysingle characteristic associated with an object type

      For example, profile and material are object properties.

      . The change takes place only in the views that you have selected in an open drawing.
    • The object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

      Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

      change in all objects of the particular type in the selected views. For example, if you change the mark line color, the mark line changes in all marks in the selected views.
  • Finally, you can change drawing properties on object level :
    • Double-click an object in an open drawing, which opens an object-specific property dialog box.
    • Properties change for the selected object only. You can change select several objects and change the properties in all of them.
    • The properties changed on the object level are no longer affected by any property changes on higher levels.

General arrangement drawings

  • On the highest level, you can change 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.

    properties on drawing level Drawing properties dialog box and its subdialog boxes:
    • This way you can change the properties of all building objects, protected areas, marks, dimensions, and views in the drawing at the same time. For example, you can define that all marks have blue frame.
    • You can modify the drawing properties before you create the drawing and also change them in the created drawing.
    • The object properties change in all views and objects in that drawing, except for new views that you create after the drawing is created.
  • You can also change general arrangement drawing properties on view level :
    • Double-click a view frame in an open drawing, which opens the View properties dialog box.
    • The changes take place only in the views that you have selected in an open drawing.
    • The object properties change in all objects of the particular type in the selected views. For example, if you change the mark line color, the mark line changes in all marks in the selected views.
  • Finally, you can change drawing properties on object level :
    • Double-click an object in an open drawing, which opens an object-specific property dialog box.
    • Properties change for the selected object only.
    • The properties changed on the object level are no longer affected by any property changes on higher levels.

Detailed object level properties

By saving the object property settings and combining them with drawing or view filters and drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

types into detailed object level settingsdrawing settings that affect the representation of selected drawing objects

Object level settings can be defined when creating a new drawing or when modifying an open drawing.

Object level settings can be use in a drawing or in a drawing view in order to change the representation of the chosen drawing objects.

, you can also apply the object level properties on the drawing and view level. Note that detailed object levels properties on drawing level are available only in general arrangement drawings. Object level settings are a powerful tool: you can use the same property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

for creating drawings and quickly change a particular property before you create drawings, for example, reinforcement color or mark frame shape. The object level settings override the property settings in the view and drawing property dialog boxes. Changes in the object level settings applied on the drawing level are inherited to the view level if there are no object level settings defined on the view level. If you apply object level settings on the view level, they override the drawing level settingsdrawing settings that affect the properties of all building objects, marks, and dimensions in all drawing views

Drawing level settings are defined in the drawing properties dialog box.

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Recommended workflow

The recommended way of working is to work from top to bottom, from drawing level to object level:

  1. Set your drawing and automatic drawing viewdrawing view that Tekla Structures creates when it creates a drawing

    properties as close as possible to what you want by first attempting this on the drawing level.
  2. Then modify anything else that needs to be changed on the view level.
  3. Finally, if any further cleanup is necessary, you can make changes on the individual object level.

The modifications made on the drawing level remain when the drawing is recreated due to a model change.

Once you change properties on the view level you should not go to the drawing level properties and modify drawing properties there. This is because once you have changed a setting at one level, changing the same setting on the level above may for some settings negate the changes you have just made.

Example workflow in a general arrangement drawing

The following image illustrates the idea of the three property levels in a GA 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.

. The frame color and the shape of the mark are used as an example.

  1. You change the mark frame color and shape for the whole drawing on the drawing level. The changes propagate to the view level and to the object level.
  2. You change the mark frame color and shape in the selected views. The changes take place in the selected views only. The properties do not change in the whole drawing.

    Note that if you change the frame color and shape on the drawing level after changing them on the view level for some of the views, the drawing level changes override the view level changes in all views. View settings behave differently: they are not overridden, for example, the view scale stays as you have set it for individual views.

  3. You change the mark frame color and shape in the selected marks. The properties do not change anywhere else. If you try to change the mark frame color and shape on the view or drawing level, the properties do not change in the marks that you changed separately.

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