FabTrol XML files

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

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FabTrol XML files

FabTrol XML files

You can import fabrication status information for parts to a Tekla Structures model from an XML file written by FabTrol.

FabTrol is a Material Resource and Planning (MRP) system commonly used by steel fabricators to manage estimating, inventory and production. Data can be written to FabTrol via a KISS format export or directly via the text based reports from Tekla Structures for tracking of the assembly status through the project lifecycle. The tracking information entered in FabTrol can then be re-imported back to Tekla Structures via the FabTrol XML import for colorization of the model. This is performed by storing the data in a preset collection of user-defined attributes (UDAs). Import of the FabTrol XML is possible in all configurations of Tekla Structures (including Project Viewer) but data can only be saved into the UDAs in modeling or management configurations.

You need to have the XMLTrans.trn file in the system folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files that define default settings

defined by the advanced option XS_SYSTEM. This file maps the FabTrol XML names to Tekla Structures UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.


Import Fabtrik XML

  1. On the File menu, click Import > FabTrol XML .
  2. Click the ... button next to the Input file box to browse for the XML file.
  3. Select an appropriate option from the Create log file list:
    • Select Create to write a new log filefile that contains information related to changes, actions, and errors in the model or drawing

      Tekla Structures writes information in log files when the model is saved, numbered or checked for clashes, for example.

      and delete the previous log file each time you import the XML file.

    • Select Append to add the log file information at the end of the existing log file.

    • If you do not need a log file, select No.

  4. Select an appropriate option from the Display log file list:
    • If you do not want to display the log file, select No.

    • To display the log file, select On dialog.

  5. Click Create to import the status information.

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