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Clone selected in drawings

Last updated March 14, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Clone selected in drawings

Clone selected in drawings

When editing GA drawings, you often need to add annotations, dimensioning and styles for building objects as a repetitive taskin the task manager, a representation of a piece of work that needs to be carried out in order to complete a project

. The new Clone selected featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation

clones existing annotation objects, drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

representations and styles from selected source objects to selected target objects in GA drawings. With this feature, you can reduce manual repetition considerably.

The Clone selected command allows you to clone(performed by Tekla Structures) to create a new drawing by using a cloning template

Cloning aims at using the drawing properties, view properties, and object properties from the cloning template in a new drawing.

Drawings can be cloned from the current model or another model.

Cloned drawings need some manual checking.

previously created annotation objects and drawing object representations among the assemblies or cast units with the same type and similar shape.

You can clone annotation objects and drawing object representations inside one drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

or among different drawing views.

Clone selected recognizes the following types of drawing content:

  • Associative and independent annotation objects: dimensions, marks, texts, symbols, text files, and DWG/DXF files

  • Sketch objects, such as circles, rectangles, and polygons

  • Object representations and styles: line colors, line types, hatches

The commands related to Clone selected are located on the Drawing tab in the drawing modemode that is used for editing the appearance and content of drawings

Tekla Structures switches to the drawing mode when the user opens any drawing.

. These commands are only active when you have a GA drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a project

General arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building.


  • Before you clone, you may want to define how and what to clone. To do this, select Cloning settings :

    • Merge : Overrides all annotation objects and building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or be closely related to it

      A building object is always created in a model, but it is also represented as a drawing object in a drawing in which its properties can be modified.

      properties in the cloning target by cloning matching content from the cloning source. This is the default mode.

    • Keep all : Keeps the existing annotation objects and building object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

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

      in the cloning target and only clones the missing ones from the cloning source.

    • Discard all : Discards all annotation objects and building object properties in the cloning target and clones all selected content from the cloning source.

    • Clone building object properties and styles : Clones building object properties such as line colors and types, hatching styles and other representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

      properties in the building object properties dialog box for parts, reinforcement, bolts and welds. This option is selected by default.

    • Place marks and associative notes according to protection settings : Automatically runs the Arrange drawing objects near current location command for all associative annotation objects except for level marks, weld marks, dimensions and independent annotation objects. This option positions the annotation objects in the target so that they do not overlap other objects. Objects located in a free location are not moved, and overlapping objects are moved as close to the current location as possible.

  • Before you clone, first modify the source object so that it contains the desired dimensions and annotations, and adjust the source object properties.
  • To clone, click Clone selected on the Drawing tab. Next, select the source objects by clicking the objects or using area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a model

    In addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected.

    . Press the middle mouse button to complete the selection. Next, select the target objects by clicking the objects or using area selection. Press Esc to stop the cloning.

    • You can also select the objects using Drawing content manager and selection filters. You can deselect objects by holding down Ctrl and clicking the selected object.

    • You can also clone from the source that you selected last. To do this, click Clone from last selected source on the Drawing tab.

    • When cloning dimensions, remember to set the dimension associativitydrawing property that represents the linking of drawing objects to model objects so that the former are updated according to changes made to the latter in the modeling mode

      In Tekla Structures, associativity only relates to one type of drawing objects, namely associative objects. These can be building objects and associative annotation objects.

      In Tekla Structures, the term associativity has traditionally been used when referring to the linking of drawing objects to model objects. In other modeling contexts, however, the term associativity may refer to any kind of linking between model objects or parts of a model by using dependencies.

      rules before cloning to avoid the situation where it is unclear which object a dimension pointpoint that Tekla Structures or the user has used for dimensioning

      is associated to. For more information, see Display dimension associativity.

Below on the left a detailed footing and on the right a similar footing that will be the target of cloning:

Below, the detailed footing on the left has been used as source for the target on the right. The details have been cloned to the target.


  • Some drawing objects cannot be used as source objects, such as gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

    In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

    It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

    lines, section viewdrawing view that shows a selected area as a cross section

    A section view can be created of the parts in a drawing view. A section view can be created manually or automatically.

    symbols, drawing view names, neighbor parts and neighbor reinforcement. These objects types will not be highlighted during/after area or single selection. Messages on the status bar indicate if an object cannot be selected.

  • Clone selected cannot be used with pour units.

  • To achieve accurate cloning results, all dimensions should be associated either to grid linesingle line that visualizes a single grid plane on a view plane

    intersection points or to intersections of building objects and grid lines.

    Dimension point associated to intersection of two perpendicular grid lines:

    Dimension point associated to intersection of part side and grid line:

    Note that all dimension points that are located in an arbitrary position along the grid lines in the source selection will be cloned to wrong coordinates in the target.

  • Clone selected cannot be used for cloning radial or curved dimensions.

  • Cloning of annotations to mirrored objects created with the Mirror command in the model does not produce accurate results.

  • Cloning modes do not affect cloning of independent annotation objects or sketch objects. Listed object types will be copied to target as many times as Clone selected is applied to the target objects.

  • Dimensions will not be cloned if the viewing directions of the source and target drawing views do not match. In this case, a message is shown on the status bar.

For more information about cloning selected annotations and object representations and styles, see Clone selected in drawings.

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