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Create a contour plate

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

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Create a contour plate

Create a contour plate

When you create a contour platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

, the profile you select defines the thickness of the 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.

and the points you pick define the shape. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

  1. On the Steel tab, click.
  2. Pick the corner points of the contour plate.
  3. Click the middle mouse button.

    Tekla Structures creates the plate using the Contour plate properties 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.


Alternatively, you can start the command in the property pane.

  1. Ensure that you have nothing selected in the model.
  2. In the property pane, click the Object type list button and select Contour plate from the list.

    Tekla Structures starts the command and shows the properties in the property pane.

Create a round contour plate

  1. Create a square contour plate with four equal sides.
  2. Select the plate.
  3. Select the handles of the plate.

    To select all the handles at once, hold down the Alt key and drag the mouse from left to right, covering all the handles.

  4. Press Alt + Enter to display the Chamfer Properties dialog box.
  5. Select the round chamfer symbolfrom the list.
  6. Enter the chamfer radius in the x box.
    The radius must be equal to half of the side of the square.
  7. Click Modify.

Alternative way of creating a round plate

  1. Create a diamond-shaped plate with four equal sides.
  2. To round the corners, use the arc point chamfer type.

Modify contour plate properties

  1. If the property pane is not open, double-click the plate to open the Contour plate properties.
  2. Change the properties as needed.
  3. Click Modify to apply the changes.

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

Contour plate properties

Use the Contour plate properties in the property pane to view and modify the properties of a contour plate. To open the properties, double-click the contour plate. The file name extension of a contour plate 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.

is *.cpl.

If you have customized the property pane layout, the list of properties may be different.





User-definable name of the contour plate.

Tekla Structures uses part names in reports and in Document manager , and to identify parts of the same type.


Profile of the contour plate.


Material of the contour plate.


Type of finish.

Finish is user definable. It describes how the part surface has been treated, e.g. with anti-corrosive paint, hot galvanized, fire retardant coating, etc.


Use to group contour plates.

For example, you can display parts of different classes in different colors.

Numbering series

Part numbering

Part prefix and start number for the part position number.

Assembly numbering

Assembly prefix and start number the assembly position number.


At depth

Position depth of the contour plate. The position is always perpendicular to the work plane.

Custom properties


Click the More button to open the user-defined attributes (UDAs) of the part. UDAs provide additional information about the part.

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