Create a new drawing layout, add table layouts and tables

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a new drawing layout, add table layouts and tables

Create a new drawing layout, add table layouts and tables

If none of the predefined drawing layouts meets your needs, you can create a new one from scratch or on the basis of an existing drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

. After creating the drawing layout, you can add table layouts in it, and then add the necessary tables in the table layouts.

Create a new drawing layout

The following workflow will take you through the steps of:

  • Creating a new drawing layout.

  • Adding table layouts in the new drawing layout. Here you also specify the margins between the outermost views and the drawing frame, and the spaces between two drawing views. In addition, you need to define fixed drawing sizes and calculated drawings sizes for the table layouts.

  • Adding tables in table layouts.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties > Drawing layout editor .
  2. Do one of the following in the Layout dialog box:
    • Create a new layout from scratch:
    1. Enter the name of the new layout in the box under the list of layouts.

    2. Click Add.

      The new layout is empty.

    • Create a new layout on the basis of an existing layout:
      1. Select a layout from the list.

      2. Enter a new name for the new layout in the box under the list of layouts.

      3. Click Add.

        The content of the new layout is the same as that of the layout you selected from the list.

    Below, a new drawing layout is created on the basis of an existing layout.

  3. Click Apply when done.

Add new table layouts

Now that you have created a new drawing layout, you can add table layouts in the drawing layout.

  1. In the Layout dialog box, select the desired drawing layout from the list.
  2. Click Table layout... to open the Table Layouts dialog box.
  3. Create a new layout by entering the name of the table layoutplan that defines the selection, placing, and scale of tables in a drawing

    and clicking Add.

    One drawing layout may have several table layouts. You can, for example, create one table layout for each paper size.

  4. Enter the margins between the drawing frame and the outermost views in the Width (distance to the side of the drawing frame) and Height (distance to the top of the drawing frame) boxes.
  5. Adjust the space between two drawing views in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes.

  6. Repeat steps 3 - 5 for each table layout.
  7. Click Update and OK.
  8. In the Layout dialog box, select the drawing layout, click Fixed sizes... , define fixed drawing sizes. Fixed sizes use specific drawing sizes.

    1. Select a fixed size from the list.

      To create a new size, enter its name and click Add.

    2. Enter the width and height of the fixed drawing size.
    3. Connect the fixed drawing size to a table layout by selecting the table layout the list.

  9. Click Update and OK when done.
  10. In the Layout dialog box, select the drawing layout, click Calculated sizes... and define the necessary drawing size calculations, and connect the drawing sizes to table layouts.

    Calculated sizes are rules that Tekla Structures follows when it automatically adjusts the drawing size.

    1. Use boxes under Increasing step to define the interval by which Tekla Structures increases the drawing size when it needs to.

      You can set this individually for drawing width and height.

    2. Use the boxes under Maximum size to define the maximum size of the drawing.

      If the drawing size exceeds the width or height limit you set here, Tekla Structures uses an oversize sheet with no table layout.

    3. You can connect a layout to drawings that meet one of the following size criteria:

      • Size A4 for drawings exactly this size

      • Size A3 for drawings exactly this size

      • Height = A3 for drawings having the same height as an A3 sheet (=297 mm)

      • Height > A3 for drawings with a larger height than A3.

        For each size, Tekla Structures makes the table layouts available depending on the layout you selected.

  11. Click OK when done.

Add tables to table layouts

When you have created the necessary table layouts, you can add tables in the created table layouts.

  1. In the Layout dialog box, select the desired drawing layout from the Layouts list and click Table layout....
  2. Select a table layout from the list.
  3. Click Tables... to open the Tables dialog box.
  4. Select the tables that you want to include in the table layout from the Available tables list and add them to the Chosen tables list using the right arrow.
  5. Select a table from the Chosen tables list and define its location in the table layout by selecting one of the table corners as its reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

    The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

    Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

    in the Table area, and by selecting the reference point of the reference object in the Reference area.
  6. Set the scale of the selected table.

    You can scale tables created with the Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

    and DWG/DXF files to different sizes. Each table and DWG/DXF file in a table layout can have its own scale. The values you enter determine the size of the scaled object relative to the original.

  7. Set the transparency of the selected table.

    A transparent table can overlap with another table, view, or drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

    . For example, if you use DWG/DXF drawing frames, you should make them transparent. Otherwise you will not be able to locate any other objects inside the frames.

  8. Define the horizontal and vertical distance of the selected table from the reference object.
  9. Click Update.
  10. Repeat the steps 5 - 9 for each table you add in the table layout.
  11. Click OK.

  12. Click Update and OK in the Table Layouts dialog box.
  13. Click OK in the Layout dialog box.

You have now created a new drawing layout to be used for creating drawings.

Now you can use the new layout in your drawings.

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