Show and modify drawing views in the model

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2020

Show and modify drawing views in the model

Show and modify drawing views in the model

You can show the drawing views of the selected drawings in any of the open model views to get a clearer understanding of exactly where a drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

is located in the 3D model, the view direction, and the 3D extents of that view. You can then modify the drawing views in the model and save your changes to the drawing.

Show and modify drawing views in the model

  1. In the modeling modemode that is used for creating and analyzing a model, and initiating the creation of a drawing and a report

    Custom component editor and sketch editor can be accessed in modeling mode.

    , click Drawings & reports > Document manager to open Document manager.
  2. Select one or more drawings in the document list.
  3. Click the Show drawing views in the model button in the top-right corner of the Document manager window.

    The button changes color:

    Tekla Structures shows the views of the selected drawings in the model.

    You can drag the drawing view edges, corners, or faces, or the view planeplane in a space that defines the view

    In Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.

    View depth is defined starting from the view plane.

    edges, and modify the views using direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

    Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

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    When Show drawing views in the model is active, and you select another drawing or set of drawings, Tekla Structures automatically updates the 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.

    and the drawing views in it. This way you can easily walk through a list of drawings, selecting one drawing at a time, and see the views of that drawing in the model.

  4. To show the name of a drawing view in the model, move the mouse pointer over an unselected view edge, or select the drawing view.

    Tekla Structures displays a view labelassociative annotation object that is displayed in an individual drawing view and that includes information about the view

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  5. To show the direct modification handles and dimensions of a drawing view, select the drawing view.

    Tekla Structures shows the view width and height, and depth above and below the view plane.

    The direction of the selected drawing view is shown by open arrows on the four edges of the view plane.

Work with drawing views in the model

Note that when working with the drawing views, you first need to select the desired drawing view in the model.

To Do this

Select a drawing view in the model

Click the drawing view in the model view, or select it from the list on the contextual toolbar.

When you select one drawing view, all other drawing views are hidden in the model.

Deselect a drawing view

Hold down Ctrl and click an edge of the selected view.

Increase or decrease the view extents

  • Drag the edges, corners, or faces of the drawing view, or the edges of the view plane.

  • Drag the direct modification handles, or view dimension arrows to change the view size.

  • You can also enter a new value in the dimension value box to change the view size.

Note that you can override the current snap switches by holding down Shift while dragging.

Create clip planes

On the contextual toolbar, click Clipping around selected view bounding box on/off.

Tekla Structures creates six clip planes that are aligned with the drawing view extents. The selected drawing view is isolated and highlighted and the rest of the model is hidden.

When you modify the drawing view, the clip planes are automatically adjusted to keep their alignment to the view extents.

You can also use drawing snapshot overlays with the Show drawing views in the model command and the clip planes mode to isolate the view.

Emphasize objects intersecting the view bounding box

On the contextual toolbar, click Emphasize objects intersecting the view bounding box on/off.

Every object that roughly intersects the drawing view is colored red, and every object that roughly does not intersect is made semi-transparent.

Create a temporary model view of the selected drawing view

On the contextual toolbar, click Display selected view as a new model view.

This creates a new temporary model view based on the properties of the current model view, and sets the camera direction of the new model view to match the camera direction of the selected drawing view.

Set the selected drawing view’s camera direction to match the camera direction of the current model view

On the contextual toolbar, click Change view angle in selected views to match current model view.

The view angle of the drawing view changes to match the view angle of the current model view.

Reverse the drawing view camera direction

On the contextual toolbar, click Reverse view direction.

The direction of the selected drawing view is shown by open arrows on the four edges of the view plane.

Move or rotate the drawing view

  1. On the contextual toolbar, click Show rotation handles to display direct modification rotation handles of the drawing view.

    The rotation handles are hidden by default.

  2. Move or rotate the drawing view using the direct modification axis and rotation handles.

Save any drawing view changes to the drawings

On the contextual toolbar, click Update drawing, or click the middle mouse button.

Drawing view changes are only saved when you click the Update drawing button or the middle mouse button. You can edit a drawing view, then select a different drawing view in the model and edit that, and keep going and then click Update drawing.

Discard any drawing view changes

On the contextual toolbar, click Discard changes.

Any drawing view changes that have not been saved are discarded.

Stop showing drawing views in the model

Press Esc or right-click and select Interrupt. If you have made changes but have not saved them, you are asked to save the changes or discard them.

Examples of drawing views in the model

A drawing view is selected in the model:

The Clipping around selected view bounding box on/off command has been used to isolate the view:

Clip planes have been created in the drawing view of a plan drawing:

Drawing snapshotimage of a drawing that shows the drawing as it was at a certain point in time

Drawing snapshots make it possible to have a quick look at any drawing without opening the drawing. Snapshots are used, for example, for finding a certain drawing edition. Snapshots can be viewed in Tekla Structures but they cannot be edited.

overlays are used with the Show drawing views in the model command and the clip planes mode to isolate the view:

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