Finland environment Release Notes

Last updated March 11, 2020 by Area Finland Service

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Finland environment Release Notes

1. General Settings

1.1 Environment initialization files

Role FIN_Rakennesuunnittelija and ENU_Contractor: disabled the new visualization setting for hidden lines on DirectX renderingprocess of making the model object faces visible

The rendered model object faces can be transparent or non-transparent

mode due to possible performance issues in specific cases with e.g. formwork items. In general, the setting increases performance, thus the option XS_USE_DASHED_HIDDEN_LINES is true on all other roles.

1.2 Model template removed

Model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.

"Start model concrete" has been removed from environment installation. The components that it contained have been transferred to Tekla Warehouse, where they can be downloaded as one collection or in smaller component groups.

1.3 Rebar & Mesh catalogs updated

Rebar grades were updated according to Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT. The added grades are B500A, B500C, B700A, B600XA, B600XB and B600XC. Grades B500S, B600KX, A700HW, B700K and B500C1 were removed from rebar catalogcatalog that displays reinforcing bar types with a predefined bending radius and hook dimensions

. A500HW and B500K were left to avoid problems with components using the old grades.
The minimum bending radiuses of the new grades (as well as B500B) were set according to national building code of Finland:

This only applies to ties and stirrups so for main bars the bending radii are the same they were for A500HW.
The updated grades can be distinguished by EC2 in Code-column (the old ones have B4):

For meshes, grades B500K and B600KX were replaced with B500A and B600XA, respectively.

1.4 Rebar shape rules reviewed

Rebar shape rules and the bending schedule fields were also reviewed. For instance, shape "W" rules were re-adjusted so that angles greater than 90º for u and v are also accepted, and new shape "Y" was added for bars with 3..5 legs that don't fit into any other shape category.

1.5 Layer prefixes for rebar sets

The layer prefixes for rebar sets were set to ap. (bottom level), yp. (top level), sp. (sides) and h. (links). These can be used e.g. in rebar marks to point out which surface the rebars are facing.

1.6 Custom properties

Custom properties have been updated. CUSTOM.ELEMENT_POS can now be determined to display only cast unit prefix or whole cast unit position, depending on the value in the cast unit's design status. New properties CUSTOM.BUILDING, CUSTOM.ACNuser-defined attribute of an assembly or a cast unit that identifies the assembly or cast unit main part

A control number does not affect numbering.

Control numbers are running numbers.

, CUSTOM.CAST_UNIT_NAME, CUSTOM.ELEMENT_POS.BY_DRAWING. The documentation of all custom properties in Finland environment will be published in TUA.

1.7 Floor layout settings

  • Part numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

    In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

    fields were emptied so that part prefix and start numberfirst number of a numbering series

  • Classes for automatic cutting around other parts were set according to environment defaults. 
  • Allowed opening dimensions on dialog were set based on national hollow core design instructions for slabs with five hollows.
  • Slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

    specific width zones and maximum lengths have been updated on FloorLayout.ini-file.

2 Drawings

2.1 Drawing layouts

Drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

size can now be changed from layout editortool that enables editing the table layout directly on a drawing

In the layout editor, it is possible select which tables are included in the table layout and where they are placed. The table scale, and rotation and overlapping with drawing views can be adjusted.

. For this, we have preset all the drawing sizes that were available as table layouts through the old drawing layout dialog.

2.2 Rebar dimensions

New features for rebar dimensioning: dimensioning settings dimension_mark.dim and tagged_dimension_mark.dim were replaced by rebar_dimension_line.dim and rebar_tagged_dimension_line.dim which correspond the original dimensioning types used on default options for rebar dimensions. The attribute names now better point out the usage of the attribute file.

Standard settings for Rebar groupgroup of reinforcing bars that are side by side and have identical properties, except the possible variation in bar lengths

dimensioning -tool was updated to add dimensions to the edges of the part.

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