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Custom inquiry

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

Software version: 
2019

Custom inquiry

Custom inquiry

You can use the Custom inquiry command to display information about the selected model objectobject that is represented in a model

A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

in the side pane. You can define what information you want to display.

Use the Custom Inquiry tool

  1. Click the Custom Inquiry button in the side pane.

    Alternatively, you can click the down arrow next toon the ribbon, and then select Custom inquiry.

    The Custom Inquiry window opens in the side pane.

  2. In the Report type list, select the report templatetemplate that is used for creating a report

    you want to use for showing the object information.
  3. Select a model object.

    Tekla Structures displays the object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

    Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

    in the side pane.

    If you select several objects or object types, for example parts, bolts, and reinforcing bars, Tekla Structures displays the quantity of all the selected objects, regardless of the object types, or the report template used. For the object properties that differ, Tekla Structures shows Varies.

Define what information is shown by Custom Inquiry tool

You can define what information is displayed in the Custom Inquiry side pane window. You can add and modify report templates and the attributes in them.

  1. Click the Custom Inquiry button in the side pane.

    Alternatively, you can click the down arrow next toon the ribbon, and then select Custom inquiry.

    The Custom Inquiry window opens in the side pane.

  2. Click thebutton.

    The Manage contents dialog box appears.

    The Attributes list contains the attributes that are available by default. In the Calculated attributes area you can create your own attribute formulas. The Contents of Custom Inquiry list contains the attributes whose values will be displayed in the side pane.

  3. Define which report templates and attributes are available.
    • To modify an existing report template, select it from the top left-hand list in the Manage contents dialog box.

    • To create a new report template, enter a name in the box next to thebutton, and then click.

    • To modify the default attributes, edit the InquiryTool.config file.

    • To create or modify a calculated attribute, double-click a cell in the Calculated attributes area. In the first cell, type the name of the attribute. In the second cell, use attribute names and standard mathematical symbols (+, -, *, and /) to form equations.

  4. Define which attributes are shown in the Custom Inquiry side pane window.
    • To add more attributes to the side pane, select an attribute in the Attributes list and then click the button.

    • To remove attributes from the side pane, select an attribute in the Contents of Custom Inquiry list and then click the button.

    • To change the order of the attributes, use thebuttons.

    • To change the formularule stated in a mathematical language

      Formula is part of an equation.

      of an attribute, click the down arrow and select a different formula ( Sum , Average , Max , or Min ) from the list.

  5. Clickto save the changes.

Modify the default attributes in InquiryTool.config file

Use the InquiryTool.config file to control which attributes are shown as default attributes in the Manage contents dialog box in the Custom Inquiry tool.

Note:

This section is for advanced users.

Tekla Structures searches for the InquiryTool.config file in the following folders in the following order:

  1. \attributes folder in the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

    Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

    In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

  2. \CustomInquiry subfolder in the folder defined by XS_​PROJECT
  3. \CustomInquiry subfolder in the folder defined by XS_​FIRM
  4. \CustomInquiry subfolder in the folder defined by XS_​SYSTEM

If you specify several folders that have \CustomInquiry as a subfolder, Tekla Structures uses the first folder it finds.

To add new attributes to the InquiryTool.config file:

  1. Open the InquiryTool.config file in any standard text editor.
  2. Copy the entire contents of [ATTR_CONTENT_??] to the end of the file.
  3. Change the position numberidentifier that is assigned to all similar parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement

    Position number consists of a prefix, separator, and running number. The prefix is part of the position number, identifying a numbering series. The running number is part of the position number, and is the assigned number in the numbering series, based on the start number. The separator is an optional character, such as a slash, that separates the prefix and the running number.

    In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

    In the US, the term piece mark or ship mark is used to refer to a position number.

    of the new attribute.

    For example, change [ATTR_CONTENT_??] to [ATTR_CONTENT_66].

  4. Modify the NAME , DISPLAY_NAME , DATATYPE , UNIT , and DECIMAL values of the new attribute. Use the attribute names and definitions that are included in the contentattributes_global.lst or contentattributes_userdefined.lst file.
  5. Change the TOTAL_ATTR_CONTENT value to reflect the total number of attributes in the file.

    For example, change TOTAL_ATTR_CONTENT=65 to TOTAL_ATTR_CONTENT=66.

  6. Save the file.

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