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Filtering techniques

Last updated September 19, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019

Filtering techniques

Filtering techniques

By using conditions, brackets, and the And/Or options you can create filters that can be as complex as needed.

Conditions

Use conditions to define how filter criteria relate to one another. Note that when you create filters, you are always defining what should be shown (or be selectable) in the model or drawing. Therefore, if you enter "Component name does not contain gussetcomponent object that represents a plate that connects braces to a beam, column, or base plate

", you are telling Tekla Structures to show all components whose name does not contain the word "gusset". Tekla Structures then hides all components which have the word "gusset" in their name.

Condition

Description

Equals

Use this condition when the filter value must be matched exactly. For example, "Part name equals BEAM."

Does not equal

Filters out objects that contain the value you enter. For example, "Part profile does not equal BL200*20 " means that Tekla Structures will hide (or not select) the objects whose profile is BL200*20. The rest of the objects will be shown (or selected).

Begins with

Finds all objects that start with the value you enter. For example, "Component name begins with purlin."

Does not begin with

Filters out objects that start with the value you enter. For example, "Component name does not begin with shear " means that Tekla Structures will hide (or not select) the objects whose name begins with the word "shear". The rest of the objects will be shown (or selected).

Ends with

Finds all objects that end with the value you enter. For example, "Component name ends with plate."

Does not end with

Filters out objects that end with the value you enter. For example, "Component name does not end with angle " means that Tekla Structures will hide (or not select) the objects whose name ends with the word "angle". The rest of the objects will be shown or selected.

Contains

Finds all objects that include the value you enter. For example, "Component name contains plate " would find base plate and shear plate simple.

Does not contain

Filters out objects that include the value you enter. For example, "Component name does not contain gusset " means that Tekla Structures will hide (or not select) the objects whose name contains the word "gusset". The rest of the objects will be shown or selected.

Greater than

Finds all objects that exceed the value you enter. For example, "Template attribute LENGTH is greater than 5000."

This property can only be used with numerical data, such as the part start number, class, phase, or LENGTH.

Greater or equal

Finds all objects that match or exceed the value you enter.

This property can only be used with numerical data, such as the part start number, class, phase, or LENGTH.

Less than

Finds all objects that are less than the value you enter.

This property can only be used with numerical data, such as the part start number, class, phase, or LENGTH.

Less or equal

Finds all objects that match or are less than the value you enter.

This property can only be used with numerical data, such as the part start number, class, phase, or LENGTH.

Later than

Available for dates only. The date must be later than the one you have defined. For example, "Object's approval date later than 4/10/2017."

Later than or equal

Available for dates only. The date must be later than or equal to the one you have defined.

Earlier than

Available for dates only. The date must be earlier than the one you have defined. For example, "Object's approval date earlier than 2/18/2017."

Earlier than or equal

Available for dates only. The date must be earlier than or equal to the one you have defined.

And/Or options

Use the And/Or options when you create filter rules that consist of several rows.

Option

Description

And

Use to find objects that match both values.

When you create filter rules between objects whose Category settings differ, use the And option when possible to avoid potential problems with more complex rules.

Or

Use to find objects that match either value.

empty (= And)

Empty means the same as And.

Brackets

You can use single, double, and triple brackets to create more complex filter rules.

Example 1. Use the format "A and (B or C)" to find objects that match the first filter rule and either of the last two rules.

Example 2. Use the format "(A and B) or C" to find objects that match both of the first two rules or the third.

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