Define new surface treatment subtypes

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Define new surface treatment subtypes

Define new surface treatment subtypes

You can add new options to the Subtype list in the Surface treatment properties by editing the product_finishes.dat file.


This section is for advanced users.

  1. Copy the product_finishes.dat file to your firm, project, or 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.

    The file is located under the \ProgramData\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments folder. The exact file location may vary depending on the folder structure of your environment files.
  2. Open the copied file using any text editor.

    The first section of the file explains the available types of surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

    The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

    The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.

    . The surface treatment types are hard-coded, so do not modify this section:

  3. Go to the sections that define the options for each type of surface treatment:

  4. Add rows to define new options.
    1. Define the surface treatment type. For example, 1 for concrete finish.
    2. Define a code for the surface treatment option. For example, MF for Magnesium Float.
    3. Define the full name of the surface treatment option. For example, Magnesium Float. Remember to enclose the name in double quotes " ".
  5. Save the file.

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