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Create a construction arc

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

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Create a construction arc

Create a construction arc

You can create construction arcs by picking three points in the 3D space in the model.

  1. On the Edit tab, click Construction object > Arc .
  2. On the contextual 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.

    that appears, click a button to specify which set of points you want to pick:

    • Click, and then pick three points: the center point, start point, and end point of the arc.

      You can also define the angle or the length of the arc.

    • Click, and then pick the start point, end point, and an optional point along the arc.
    • Click, and then pick a point to define a tangent, and two points along the arc.

    Tekla Structures creates the arc using the points you picked and using the current propertiesproperties related to an object type and applied to new objects of this type

    In Tekla Structures, properties related to an object type are activated in the property pane or the dialog box.

    . Tekla Structures also indicates the center point of the arc with an X in the model.

  3. To end the command, press Esc.
  4. To modify the construction arc properties, double-click the arc in the model.

    The arc properties are shown in the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

    The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.


    1. Select a color for the arc.
    2. Select a line type for the arc.
    3. Click Modify to apply the changes.

      Tekla Structures uses the new properties the next time you create an object of this type.

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