Tekla Structures 2020 France Environment Release Notes

Last updated March 18, 2020 by Trimble Solutions France tekla.support.fr@trimble.com

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Tekla Structures 2020 France Environment Release Notes

Note for Tekla Structures Users: 
The change of Layout Editor in version 2020 involves changes to your layouts.
Please refer to the following articles to update your configurations.
Improved Layout editor - Customize drawing layouts easily


1. General Settings

1.1 ini Files for French environment

1.1.1 env_France.ini
1.1.2 role_Béton_Coulé_Sur_Site.ini
1.1.3 role_Complet.ini
1.1.4 role_Gestion_de_la_Construction.ini

1.2 Folder structure

1.3 Catalogs

1.3.1 Profile catalog
1.3.2 Rebar Shape Catalog
1.3.3 Material catalog
1.3.4 Item catalog

1.4 Organizer

1.5 Macros

1.5.1 Modeling
1.5.2 Drawings

1.6 Templates & Reports

1.6.1 Added
1.6.2 Modified

1.7 Objects.inp

2. Modeling settings

2.1 Steel role
2.2 Concrete role

3. Drawing settings

3.1 Common drawings

3.1.1 Master Drawing Catalog
3.1.2 Drawing Layout
3.1.3 GA Drawing
3.1.4 Document Manager

3.2 Drawings for steel role

3.2.1 Master Drawing Catalog
3.2.2 Drawing Layout

3.3 Drawings for concrete role

3.3.1 Modified view properties
3.3.2 Drawing settings
3.3.3 Drawing Layout

4. Tekla Warehouse 

4.1 Barcode
4.2 Bolt Manipulator
4.3 Extra reinforcement
4.4 Shape Manager

1. General Settings

1.1 ini files for French Environment

1.1.1 env_France.ini


/* Section 1 - Système */
/* --- 1 Général ------------------------------------------------*/
set XS_CAST_IN_PLACE=%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Cast-in-Place\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Cast-in-Place\drawing_filters\;
%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Cast-in-Place\model_settings\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Cast-in-Place\representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

set XS_CONCRETE=%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\component_attribute_files\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\drawing_filters\;
%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\model_settings\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\rebar_settings\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\france\Concrete\organizertool that is used for categorizing and managing model information, object properties and object property queries, and model object classification

Organizer consists of two tools, object browser and categories.



/* Section 6 - Drawing Properties - Propriétés dessins */
/* --- 6 Général ------------------------------------------------*/
/* --- 6 Controle vue dessin -------------------------------------*/
/* --- 6 Vues sections et détail dessin -------------------------*/



%XSDATADIR%\environments\common\system\CIPcast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position



set XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER=%XSDATADIR%\environments\common\components_sketches\concrete\Formwork\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\France\Concrete\components_sketches\Coffrage\

/*Mettez cette variable à TRUE pour afficher les arêtes cachées en pointillés dans les vues du modèle en rendu DX*/

1.1.3 role_Complet.ini




set XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER=%XSDATADIR%\environments\common\components_sketches\concrete\Formwork\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\France\Concrete\components_sketches\Coffrage\

1.1.4 role_Gestion_de_la_Construction.ini


/* --- 1 Général -------------------------------------------------*/


set XS_UEL_IMPORT_FOLDER=%XSDATADIR%\environments\common\components_sketches\concrete\Formwork\;%XSDATADIR%\environments\France\Concrete\components_sketches\Coffrage\
/*Mettez cette variable à TRUE pour afficher les arêtes cachées en pointillés dans les vues du modèle en rendu DX*/

Nota: Bypass.ini file was updated from 2019i to 2020.0. role_--Choix_du_rôle--.ini file

1.2 Folder Structure

New Formwork subfolder under .\Cast-in-Place\ folder. 

New Coffrage subfolder under .\Concrete\components_sketches\ folder. 

1.3 Catalogs

1.3.1    Profile Catalog

Provider profiles are now available in the Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla Online services.

and can be downloaded if needed.




JORIS IDE Full update (available on Tekla Warehouse):

Parametric profiles : TPVAR

Parametric profilepredefined profile whose cross section dimensions the user can change by using parametric variables

1.3.2 Rebar Shape Catalog

1.3.3 Material Catalogcatalog that displays material grades and information on them

By default, the material catalog contains standard, environment-specific materials. The user can add, modify, and delete material grades.

Added - new miscelaneous materials (available for TC Visualizertool that creates photorealistic renderings of the model or selected model objects and can be used for taking screenshots and creating animations that demonstrate the design and build options of the model

Trimble Connect Visualizer shows the model’s material types and sets it in a scene.


1.3.4 Item Catalog

                    New Formworks Items

                    New Handrails Items 


1.4 Organizer

New check category 

1.5 Macros

1.5.1 Modeling

Multi Report Generator
fix titles saves as and works with multiple paths for the XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY

1.5.2 Drawings

Updated :

Reservation Symbol
This plugincomponent that is developed using Tekla Open API

Plugin is a .dll file and loaded inside Tekla Structures process.

Plugins can be started from the applications and components catalog.

allows you to add reservation symbols on a drawing in Tekla Structures.
Offset for symbol
Yes/No for the filling
Axis creation


1.6 Templates & Reports

1.6.1 Added

  • E_liste boulonnerie.pdf.rpt
  • E_liste boulonnerie.rpt
  • E_liste boulonnerie.xls.rpt
  • ID_Contôle_Boulons.rpt
  • ID_trou_hors_piecebuilding object that is a basic element of a model and that can be modeled and detailed further

    The main concrete parts are: column, beam, polybeam, spiral beam, panel, slab, lofted slab, pad footing, strip footing, and item.

    The main steel parts are: column, beam, polybeam, curved beam, twin profile, orthogonal beam, spiral beam, contour plate, bent plate, lofted plate, and item.

    The term piece is sometimes used to refer to part.

  • E_pieces boulonnees.xls.rpt
  • TS_Report_Inquire_Cast_Unit.rpt
  • liste_réservations.tpl
  • liste_surcharges_planchers.tpl
  • tableau_treillis.tpl
  • Carnet_A3_Page[0>49].tpl
  • Carnet_Sommaire.tpl

1.6.2 Modified

  • A_liste appro bardage.pdf.rpt

  • A_liste appro bardage.rpt

  • A_liste appro bardage.xls.rpt
  • B_liste plats.pdf.rpt
  • B_liste plats.rpt
  • B_liste plats.xls.rpt
  • Q_liste béton.pdf.rpt
  • R_liste ferraillage par élément béton.pdf.rpt
  • R_liste ferraillage béton.pdf.rpt
  • liste_Ferraillage.tpl
  • Liste_Ferraillage_croquis.tpl
  • Liste_Ferraillage_croquis_colonnes.tpl

1.7 Objects.inp

new objects_Carnet.inp
available for GA drawings 2 new tabs for "Carnet de détails" 

new objects_Coffrage.inp

2. Modeling settings

2.1 Steel role 

         Modified filters for lofted plateplate that is created by using construction objects

Lofted plates can be used to model plates with complex shape, for example, rolled plates and plates with double-curved form.

2.2 Concrete role   

New component catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications


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.

CIP has been updated with new components "Ouverture" and "Chaînages". Drawings, task managertool that enables the linking of temporal data to a model

The task manager can be used to create, save, and manage tasks that are used to create a schedule.

Model objects can be added to the tasks. Organizer categories can be used to select the model objects that will be added to the tasks.

and pour units are also up to date. 


3. Drawing settings

3.1 Common drawings

3.1.1 Master Drawing Catalog

New logo and sample images changed for all icons


3.1.2 Drawing Layout

Modified layouts :
  • ensemble.lay
New layouts:
  • Carnet de détails.lay
  • ensemble_petit.lay
  • ensemble_expedition.lay
  • ensemble_implantation.lay
Removed layouts:
  • ens_exp_multi.lay

3.1.3 GA Drawing

New Carnet de détails Titles, Pages and Content list are manage by UDAs. Another option to create detail notebook.


3.1.4 Document Manager

New settings for filtering PDF / DWG / Reports / NC / DXF:


3.2. Drawings for steel role

3.2.1 Master Drawing Catalog

New rule added for lofted plates in "Tekla_Croquis_Auto"


3.2.2 Drawing Layout


Modified layouts :
  • assemblage.lay
  • debit.lay
  • echelle1.lay
New layouts:
  • assemblage_detail.lay
  • assemblage_detail_pliage.lay
  • assemblage_Sous_assemblage.lay
  • assemblage_vertical.lay
  • debit_portrait.lay
  • debit_vertical.lay

3.3. Drawings for concrete role

3.3.1 Modified view properties


3.3.2 Drawing settings


GA 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.

: Coffrage plancher.gd with slab bearing direction

3.3.3 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.


Modified layouts :

  • coffrage.lay
  • coffrageV.lay
  • ferraillage.lay
  • ferraillageV.lay
  • MCI.lay

New layouts:

  • ensemble_coffrage.lay
  • ensemble_coulage.lay
  • ensemble_coulage_jour.lay
  • ensemble_ferraillage.lay
  • ensemble_ferraillage_multicolonnes.lay
  • liste_armatures.lay

Removed layouts:

  • Ens_Coupleur.lay
  • multiple.lay
  • plan_béton_général.lay
  • Coulages.lay

4. Tekla Warehouse

4.1 Barcode

Updated: This extension allows the creation of various types of codes in drawings and lists.

Note: this extension replaces previous Qr Code and Datamatrix developped only for one type of code.

4.2 Bolt Manipulator

Updated Version 1.11 
1.11: Remove ticked nut on big holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

1.10: Diameter Big hole 32mm by default
1.9: Report on opposite face: fix the on plane offset mirroring issue.
1.8: Hole to bolt conversion : Keep 2 mm in tolerance, only Diameter change. Keep standard bolt information in hidden attribute from bolt to hole.

4.3 Extra Reinforcement

New extension :
- Automatic positioning regarding selected surface
- New user interface
- Surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.

for special formwork
- Orientation symbol in 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.

- Automatic calculation of side cover thickness according double wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

- Splicing
- Automatic calculation of anchoring/splicing length


4.4 Shape Manager

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