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Added January 16, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Clone from Document manager

Clone from Document manager

In addition to cloning drawings using cloning templates in Master Drawing Catalog, you can clone(performed by Tekla Structures) to create a new drawing by using a cloning template

Cloning aims at using the drawing properties, view properties, and object properties from the cloning template in a new drawing.

Drawings can be cloned from the current model or another model.

Cloned drawings need some manual checking.

single-part, cast unit, assembly and general arrangement drawings from the Document manager.

  • When you clone drawings of assemblies or cast units, they must have the same type of 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.

    as the assembly or cast unit from which the original drawing was created. For example, the upper chords of the original and the cloned truss could be main parts.

  • In general arrangement drawings, one 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.

    , and section and detail views are cloned.

Before cloning, finalize, save, and close the drawing you want to use as a cloning templatemaster drawing where an existing drawing is used to copy the drawing settings for a new drawing

The new drawing has the same drawing settings as the original drawing.

The user creates a cloning template of a drawing typically after extensive manual modifications have been made in the drawing, in order to achieve the same appearance and contents in new drawings.

In the master drawing catalog, it is possible to create single-part, assembly, and cast unit drawings using cloning templates. It is also possible to add new cloning templates to the master drawing catalog from the document manager.


To clone a drawing from the Document manager:

  1. In the model, select what to include in the drawing:

    • If you are cloning a single-part drawings, cast unit drawingdrawing that displays information on concrete parts, including reinforcement, cast-in embeds, edge chamfers, and insulation, in a cast unit

      Cast unit drawings are generally used either at the element factory or at the construction site.

      or assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshop

      Assembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views.

      , select parts, assemblies or cast units.

    • If you are cloning 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.

      , select 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.

      . To do this, click the desired model view so that the view gets a yellow frame around it.

  2. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Document manager.

  3. In Document manager, select the drawing that you want to use as a cloning template.

  4. Click Clone

  5. In the Clone Drawing dialog box, select the drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

    types you want to clone into the new drawing, and the actions for each 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.


    • For Dimensions and Other marks (all building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or 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.

      marks), select whether you want to Clone them, recreate them automatically when you clone a drawing (Create) or Ignore them in cloning.

      Selecting Create in the Dimensions and Dimensions box is useful if cloning the dimensions or other marks does not produce satisfactory results. Using this option does not create any new views.

    • For other objects, select to Clone or Ignore them.

  6. Click Clone selected.

Tekla Structures clones the drawing. In the Document manager, cloned drawings are marked with the text Drawing was cloned in the Changes column.

For an example of cloning a general arrangement drawing, see Example: Clone a general arrangement drawing

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