Create anchor bolt plans using saved settings

Last updated November 8, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

Software version: 

Create anchor bolt plans using saved settings

Create anchor bolt plans using saved settings

Anchor bolt plans are general arrangement drawings showing the anchor bolt layout. You can create anchor bolt plans in Master Drawing Catalog or using ribbon or pop-up menu commands.

Tekla Structures selects the objects that are included in the anchor bolt plangeneral arrangement drawing that displays the anchor bolt layout

based on the following default rules:

  • The part is a column or an almost vertical beam.

  • The part is the main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

    (1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

    (2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

    (2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

    of an assembly.

  • A base platecomponent object that represents a plate welded to a column base

    Base plates are used to distribute the concentrated load of the column over a wider area.

    is included in the assembly, and it is located lower than the main part. If there is more than one part in the column assembly that fulfills the rules, the lowest part of them is considered to be the base 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.


  • Bolts are attached to the base plate.

  • The assembly is cut by the view planeplane in a space that defines the view

    In Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.

    View depth is defined starting from the view plane.


  • The boundary boxuser-defined box that defines which model objects are placed in the same location category in Organizer

    of the base plate in the xy-direction intersects the boundary box of the column.

Create anchor bolt plan

Below you will create an anchor bolt plan using the Master Drawing Catalog.

Before creating the anchor bolt plan, create a model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

that is in the XY-plane.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master drawing catalog.

  2. Double-click a saved settingsmaster drawing where the drawing settings are saved in a drawing property file and used when creating a new drawing of a specific drawing type

    master drawingcollection of properties and drawing settings that are used for creating a new drawing

    that has been created for anchor bolt plans, for example, anchor_bolt_plan.

  3. Open the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box by clicking Edit drawing properties....

  4. Click View

  5. On the Anchor bolt plan tab, ensure that the option Show as anchor bolt plan is set to Yes.

    Define the drawing as an anchor bolt plan when you are creating the drawing. You cannot convert a general arrangement 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.

    to an anchor bolt plan afterwards.

  6. Modify the enlarged part view scale, if necessary.

  7. If needed, set the Create detail views option to Yes to create separate detail views.

    If you select No , Tekla Structures dimensions the anchor bolts in the enlarged view. Tekla Structures groups similar detail views so that similar details are drawn only once.

  8. Set the Detail view scale.

  9. Click Save to save the changes in the saved settings file.

  10. Click OK to close the Master Drawing Properties dialog box.

  11. Click Create drawings.

  12. Select one view in the xy-plane.

    If you select some other type of view or several views, Tekla Structures displays a warning message and the anchor bolt plan is not created.

  13. Click Create.

    Tekla Structures creates the anchor bolt plan.

    Tekla Structures creates bolt dimensions in the anchor bolt plan in the directions of the bolt groupgroup of bolts that forms a connecting building object between an assembly main part and secondary parts

    The number of bolts in a bolt group depends on the bolt group shape and the values of bolt distances.

    coordinate system. If the angle between the bolt group and the view coordinate systems is not orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

    In orthogonal model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

    , Tekla Structures adds angle dimensions to the detail viewdrawing view that is created from an existing drawing view and that shows a selected area of that view in the same viewing direction

    Detail view is usually in a larger scale than the source view.

    The view plane of the detail view is the same as the view plane of the source view.

    . Use the advanced option XS_ANCHOR_BOLT_PLAN_USE_VIEW​​​​​​​​​​_COORDSYS_FOR_BOLT​​​​​​​​​​_​DIMENSIONS to create the dimensions in the x and y directions of the main viewdrawing view that shows all parts in an assembly, cast unit, or single-part drawing from the selected viewing direction

    Main view can be front view, top view, back view, or bottom view. The user can create several main views.


When details are compared, the following aspects are taken into account:

  • bolt dimensions

  • column profile

  • column orientation (coordinate system)

  • plate profile


In the created drawing, go to the File menu, click Settings and check that Ghost outline is selected and Drawing Color Mode is set to Color. In color drawings with white background, hidden objects are shown as ghost outlines, if this setting is selected. In gray scale and black and white drawings, hidden objects are not shown even if Ghost outline is selected.

Define anchor bolt plan parts using drawing filters

  1. Create the necessary general arrangement drawing filters in the Filter Properties subdialog box of the General Arrangement Drawing Properties dialog box.

  2. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced options and go to the Drawing Properties category.

  3. Enter the following values for the following advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.


If you do not use these advanced options, the default rules are used for determining the columns, base plates, and anchor bolts to be included in the anchor bolt plan.


Using these advanced options only affects the creation of new anchor bolt plan drawings, and has no affect on the existing anchor bolt plan drawings.

Include assemblies in anchor bolt plans

If you have anchor bolts at varying elevations, you can create a general arrangement drawing at the level of the top-most base plate/anchor bolt.

The anchor bolt plan view extrema looks downwards. If the lowest level anchor bolt is not shown, adjust the advanced option XS_ANCHOR_BOLT_PLAN_DRAWING_TOLERANCE.

To specify the tolerance:

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced options > Drawing Properties .
  2. Set a value for the advanced option XS_​ANCHOR_​BOLT_​PLAN_​DRAWING_​TOLERANCE.

    Define the distance in millimeters. The default value is 200 mm.

Quick feedback

The feedback you give here is not visible to other users. We use your comments to improve our content.
We use this to prevent automated spam submissions.
Content rating: 
No votes yet