Work with model objects in Tekla Structures

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Work with model objects in Tekla Structures

Work with model objects in Tekla Structures

When you model in Tekla Structures , you create and work with different types of model objects. In most cases, a model objectobject that is represented in a model

A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

represents a building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or will 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.

that will exist in the real building or structure, or that will be closely related to it. A model object can also be a modeling aidobject that represents information that is only relevant in building a model

For example, grids, points, construction lines, construction circles, and reference models are modeling aids.

that represents information that is only relevant when you are creating the model. Model objects are either created in the model or imported to it.

You can create different types of model objects, such as parts and items, bolts, reinforcement, and cuts, by using the commands on the ribbon.

Some ribbon commands have a keyboard shortcut that speed up your modeling work. You can customize the keyboard shortcuts and assign your own shortcuts for the most used commands.

Alternatively, you can use Quick Launch or the property pane to start many of the commands that create model objects.

After you have created the model objects, you can view and modify the model object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

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

by using the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

The property pane can be customized by using the property pane editor.


Examples of model objects

Examples of model objects include:

Model objects may also be created by components.

To resize and reshape model objects, use the direct modification handles.

The following modeling aids in can be used in the model:

You can combine model objects to bigger entities by creating assemblies , cast units , and pour units.

You can manage model objects by using object groups , Organizer , and other planning tools.

Create or delete a model object

  1. Run a command that creates a model object, such as a part.
    • On the ribbon: click a command. For example, clickto create a steel beam.

    • By using Quick Launch : enter a search term. For example, type steel beam to find the Create steel beam command.

    • In the property pane: ensure that you have nothing selected in the model. Click the Object type list button and select from the list the object you want to create.

  2. Pick points to place the model object in the model.

    Tekla Structures creates the model object using the current propertiesproperties related to an object type and applied to new objects of this type

    In Tekla Structures, properties related to an object type are activated in the property pane or in the dialog box.

    of the object typedescription of a group of objects that share common characteristics

    The objects are grouped based on different characteristics in models and in drawings. Examples of model object types are beams and rebar sets. Examples of drawing object types are parts and marks.


  3. Follow the status bar messages to get instructions on how to proceed.
  4. To create more model objects with the same properties, pick more points.

    The command runs until you end it or start another command.

  5. If you want to delete a model object, select the object and press Delete.

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