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Framing Tools

Last updated November 6, 2019 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

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Framing Tools

Overview

Framing Tools is an extension package that helps you to create and modify: wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

panels, connection between wall panels, panel openings (windows/ doors), panels. Installing the Framing Tools package will install the Howick tools package also: Howick Connection, Howick Detail, Howick Export, Howick Extratool, Howick Floor Beam Connection, Howick Floor Cassette Creator, Howick Floor Creator, Howick Frame Checker and Howick Service Holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

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Installing Framing Tools

  1. Before you install the Framing Tools make sure that Howick tools are not already installed on Tekla Structures. Uninstall Howick tools.
  2. Download and install the Framing Tools installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.

General tools

You can find the Framing tools set in the Applications and components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

:

  • Framing Panel
  • Panel Opening
  • PaneltoPanelConnection

Framing Panel

This tool creates fully framed panels into the model using the start and the end points. You can copy the panels and then you can set each panel properties.
You can create multiple panels in one go and all the panels will connect to each other.

User inputs

                    Framing Panel Creation:

  1. In the Applications & Components catalog search forFraming Panel and click on it.
  2. In the model pick the first panel insertion point. As the selected points will be 3D points, the outside face of the panel will be to the right of the definition line.
  3. Hover the mouse on the panelcontextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

    The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

    and select the desired creation option:
    1. Create an open line of wall layouts
    2. Create a closed line of wall layouts
  4. Pick the points you want the panels go through.
  5. After you pick the last panel insertion point, click the middle mouse button to finish the Framing Panel creation.

                    Framing Panel Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the panel usingSelect components switch button to open the Framing Panel dialog window.
  2. In the Framing Panel dialog window set the desired panel properties.
  3. After you set the Framing Panel properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

User controls

Before creating each panel, the options below are either set for the individual panel or load it from a standard attribute file containing predefined settings. You can create wall panels in one go and all panels will connect to each other.
You can change the settings for more than one wall panel at the same time by following these steps:
  1. Double-click on the Framing Panel tool from the Applications and components catalog to open its dialog window.
  2. Select in the model the panels you want to change their properties.
  3. In the Framing Panel dialog window set the desired panel properties.
  4. After you set the Framing Panel properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

General tab

Field Description Default
(1) Extra studs distance - Defines the distance between the outer side stud flange inside the panel to the extra stud flange inside the panel. This option is available for both left and right sides of the panel. 42.00
(2) Defines the horizontal distance between the top bracing connection to the braced stud flange. 50.00
(3) Defines the panel height on the left side. 2700.00
(4) Defines the panel height on the right side. -
(5) Horizontal brace - Defines the horizontal brace placement position.
Options are:
- None - the panel will not have any horizontal bracing (noggin).
- Middle - creates a horizontal bracing (noggin) in the middle of the panel.
- Third points - creates two horizontal bracings (noggins) at equal distances from the top and from the bottom edge of the panel.
- User - creates horizontal bracings (noggins) at user defined distances. List multiple values to create more than one horizontal bracings. Each value will create a bracing relative to the bottom edge of the panel.
Note:
Horizontal brace will split at each panel openings, and it will connect to the jambs.
User
(6) Defines horizontal bracings (noggins) at user defined distances. List multiple values to create more than one horizontal bracings. Each value will create a bracing relative to the bottom edge of the panel. To enable set Horizontal brace to User option. 800.00 1600.00
(7) Defines the horizontal distance between the bottom bracing connection to the braced stud central axis. 50.00
(8) Panel position on plane - Defines the on plane wall panel position offset.
Options are:
- Front - the on plane panel position is set to the exterior panel side.
- Middle - the on plane panel position is set to the panel centerline.
- Behind - the on plane panel position is set to the interior panel side.
Front
(9) Stud spacings - Defines the spacing distances between the studs. The last input value is the spacing distance for the last studs of the panel, if any. List multiple values to create varying stud distances.
For example:
Space-separated input list 800 3*600 2*500 is the same with 800 600 600 600 500 500 input.
600.00
(10) Back to back stud - Defines the index number list of the studs which will be replaced with the two back-to-back studs. Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. -
(11) Brace to the left - Creates the brace on the left side of the defined list of index number(s) studs . Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. 4
(12) Brace to the right - Creates the brace on the right side of the defined list of index number(s) studs. Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. 8
(13) Panels length - Defines the maximum panel length. When distance between end and start point is longer than the defined maximum length, wall will split automatically into separate panels accordingly. List multiple values if you want maximum panel length to vary within multi-panel wall during panels creation. -
(14) Skipped panels - Defines the panels not to create and skip during multi-panel creation within the wall. List multiple numbers to skip certain panels when creating a wall along the whole floor perimeter, for example. This will allow you to have free space for positioning extra elements, for example concrete objects or hot rolled steel structure between framing systems. -

Parts tab

Options to set the Prefix, Start No and the Name for Panel assembly and the general properties for Studs, Top track, Bottom track, Horizontal brace and Bracing.

Service Holes tab

Field Description Default
(1) Vertical Service Holes Locations - Defines the service holes placement on the vertical elements of the panel. Placement distances are measured from the bottom edge of the panel to the hole center. 300.00 1900.00
(2) Horizontal Service Holes Locations - Defines the service holes placement on the horizontal elements of the panel. Placement distances are measured from the start point of the panel to the hole center. 500.00
(3) Hole type - List of the service hole types.
Options are:
- Standard - Allows you to create the service holes by choosing an bolt hole attribute file from the Hole size list.
- User - Allows you to create the service holes by setting their length and width from the User X Length and User Y length boxes.
User
(4) Hole size - List of the available bolt hole attribute files. -
(5) User X Length - Defines the service hole length for Hole Typelist set on User option. 10.00 20.00 10.00 20.00
(6) User Y Length - Defines the service hole width for Hole Typelist set on User option. 10.00 20.00 10.00 20.00
(7) Tool Name - Defines the service hole name. SERVICE_HOLE
(8) Inquire - Inquire service hole button -
(9) Standard location Holes Between Studs - Creates holes on the horizontal elements of the panel. The holes have default sizes already coded in. Horizontal position of the holes is in the midpoint of the stud spacings.
Options are:
- No - Creates no hole between studs.
- Yes - Creates holes in the distance midpoint between studs.
No

Connections tab

Field Description Default
(1) Defines the connection by selecting from the Applications and components catalog, for example HowickConnection.
Note:
Use Plugin or Custom component connections.
HowickConnection
(2) Loads the corresponding connection attribute file. standard, corner, Brace, middle

Direct manipulation - Wall panels

You can resize, reshape the panel boundary by using direct manipulation handles and the additional framing direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

toolbar.

                    Wall panel - direct modification:

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched on.
  2. Select the panel using Select components switch button
  3. To reshape or resize the panel, drag the point and line handles.
    For example:
    - You can drag the top track point handles to change the shape of the panel

    - You can drag the bottom track to change its vertical position.
    - You can drag the outer side studs to change their horizontal position.

                    Wall panel - additional framing direct modification:

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched on.
  2. Select the panel using Select components switch button
  3. Hover the mouse on the contextual toolbar and you will see the additional framing direct modification options:
    Field Description Default
    (1) Modify boundary and openings - Adjusts the wall panel and openings geometry button. Enabled
    (2) Modify wall points - Adjusts the wall panel start and end points button. Disabled
    (3) Modify stud spacing - Adjusts the stud spacings and adds new studs button. Add a new stud to a panel by dragging theicon to the desired placement position. Disabled
    (4) Modify panel lengths - Adjusts the multi-panels maximum lengths along the wall panel. Disabled
    (5) Add opening with two points - Add opening button by choosing two horizontal points. Disabled
    (6) Add rectangle opening - Add opening button by choosing two diagonal points. Disabled
    (7) Panel direction - Allows you to flip the wall panel to be facing either inner or outer building area.
    Options are:
    - Left to Right.
    - Right to Left.
    Left to Right

    For example:
    To modify the spacing between studs select the Modify studbolt element that represents a metal rod or pin that is used to transfer loads

    Studs and other bolt elements are listed in the bolt catalog.

    A stud can be secured with two or more nuts and have threading at both ends, or it can be welded to steel parts, for example.

    A stud is part of the bolt assembly.

    spacing
    button and drag the stud line handles to the desired placement position.

Panel Opening

This tool allows you to define any number of window/ door openings within a wall panel. All the studs, tracks, horizontal braces and connections will automatically update to accommodate the opening.
For door openings the tool will place local punches to the bottom track and to the door jambs, to aid removal of track below door onsite.

User inputs

                    Panel Opening Creation

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model use theSelect components switch to select the panel to which you want to add the openings.
  3. Hover the mouse on the panelcontextual toolbar to open the panel floating toolbar and select one of the two options to create the desired opening:
    1. Enable the Add opening with two points button:
      Field Description Default
      (1) Opening dimensions input alternative - Allows you to define the opening vertical position and the opening height. Click Opening dimensions input alternative button to cycle through the five different opening input options:




      -
      (2) Opening bottom edge height - Defines the vertical distance from the bottom edge of the panel to the top edge of the sill. 900.00
      (3) Opening height - Defines the vertical distance from the bottom edge of the panel to the top edge of the sill. 1200.00
    2. Enable the Add rectangle opening button:
  4. Pick the first and the second insertion point of the opening within the panel.
  5. Right-click and select Interrupt to finish the opening creation.

                    Panel Opening Settings

  1. Ensure that theDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening using Select components switch to select the panel that contains the opening.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. Right-click and select Properties to open the Panel Opening dialog window.
  5. In the Panel Opening dialog window set the desired opening properties.
  6. After you set the desired Panel Opening properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

General tab

Field Description Default
(1) Defines the vertical distance from the sill top edge to the lintel bottom edge. 1200.00
(2) Defines the vertical distance from the panel bottom edge to the top sill edge. 900.00
(3) Allows you to create studs above and/or below the opening.
Options are:
- Both - places studs above and below the opening.
- Above - places studs above the opening.
- Below - places studs below the opening.
Both

Lintel, Sill and Jambs tabs

In these tabs you can set the general properties for the Lintel, Sill and Jambs.

Direct manipulation - Openings

                    Opening - direct modification:

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening using Select components switch.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. To reposition drag the opening. To resize drag the line handles of the opening. The tool provides a graphical representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

    showing the changes to the physical location of the opening.
    For example:
    - You can drag the opening to change its position within the panel:

    - You can drag the line handles to change the opening size:

                    Opening - additional direct modification:

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening usingSelect components switch.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. Hover the mouse on thecontextual toolbar to open the floating toolbar and you will see the additional opening direct modification options:
  5. Field Description Default
    (1) Brace type - Creates braces to the opening.
    Options are:
    - None - Creates no brace to the opening.
    - Left - Creates the brace on the left side of the opening.
    - Right - Creates the brace on the right side of the opening.
    - Both - Creates two braces on the right and left side of the opening.
    None

    Note:
    The Panel Opening tool will automatically recognise the opening type and will display the appropriate modification options:

PaneltoPanelConnection

This tool connect one wall panel to another. All the studs, tracks, horizontal braces and connections inside the panel will automatically update to accommodate the opening if valid.

User inputs

                    PaneltoPanelConnection Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for PaneltoPanelConnection and click on it.
  2. In the model select the first panel to connect using Select components switch.
  3. Select the second panel to connect to finish the panels connection.
  4. Right-click and select Interrupt to finish the PaneltoPanelConnection creation

                    PaneltoPanelConnection Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on thePaneltoPanelConnection using Select components switch.
  2. PaneltoPanelConnection dialog window opens and you can set the desired connection properties.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(10) Connection Type - Defines the wall panel connection types.
Options are:
- Standard - Connects the first selected panel to the second selected panel:

- Reversed - Connects the second selected panel to the first selected panel:
Standard

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