Metsec Side Rail Supports (28)

Software version: 2019

Last updated May 13, 2019 by Trimble Solutions UK

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Not environment-specific

Metsec Side Rail Supports (28)

The Metsec Side Rail Supports macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

can be used to define an arrangement of side rail supports between the rails of a bay. The macro can also provide the necessary connections between the top rail and an eaves beam.

Before and after

Tekla Structures model before adding Metsec Side Rail Supports (28) Tekla Structures model after adding Metsec Side Rail Supports (28)


  • Any modification of the selected parts will cause this macro to be updated.
  • Most of the data required for this macro is fixed by Metsec and stored in a series of data files supplied with Tekla Structures. Where standard data is not applicable, then certain items can be modified through the Parameters tab of the properties panel, but it is also possible to tailor the data files to individual requirements. This would require assistance from Tekla Structures support.
  • Where this Standard macro will not define all the supports required, e.g. around door or window openings, it may be necessary to use the Non-Standard Side Rail macro. It is possible to combine the two in one bay, by selecting smaller groups for which the Standard macro is suitable, and then using the Non-Standard macro to define additional supports individually where required.
  • Only one eaves beam may be selected for inclusion in the bay.
  • All rails in the bay must have the same section depth.
  • All rail lengths must be parallel.
  • Eaves beam must be parallel to rails and above the last rail.
  • The outside of the rails/eaves beams must align.
  • To add a packing plate(1) part that represents a flat structure

    (1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

    (2) plate that represents a steel structure

    (2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

    the Cleat Bolt Grade on the Parameters tab needs to be either 8.8CSK or 4.6CSK 

Selection order example

  1. Column
  2. Column
  3. As many rails as required and an eaves beam (if required)
  4. Click middle mouse button

The order to select Tekla Structures model when adding Metsec Side Rail Supports (28)

See also

Metsec cold rolled - Important information
Metsec Side Rail Supports (28) - Parts tab
Metsec Side Rail Supports (28) - Parameters tab

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