Show plates as flat bars in drawings and reports

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Show plates as flat bars in drawings and reports

Show plates as flat bars in drawings and reports

Tekla Structures can show plates as the equivalent flat bars for manufacturing. Tekla Structures displays the plates as flat bars in reports and drawings.

  1. Set the advanced option XS_​USE_​FLAT_​DESIGNATION to TRUE.
  2. Indicate the prefix you want to use for flat bars using the advanced option XS_​FLAT_​PREFIX.

    For example, XS_FLAT_PREFIX=FLAT.

  3. Set other platework-related 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.

    as required.
  4. Define materials, thickness, and width of available flat bars in the Fltprops.inp file.
  • To prevent Tekla Structures from displaying the profile in metric units in the US environment Imperial role, add the flat bar prefix to the profitab.inp file as a parametric profilepredefined profile whose cross section dimensions the user can change by using parametric variables


  • See also page Platework in the Advanced Options dialog box for information about advanced options related to platework.

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