Work with grids

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Work with grids

Work with grids

A gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of intersecting grid planes or intersecting grid planes and curved grid surfaces

The grid is defined by coordinates in 3D space. It is shown two-dimensionally on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. A grid can be rectangular or radial.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify how they are shown in the drawings.

represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes. The grid is shown on 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.

using dash-and-dot lines. You can create both rectangular and radial grids. Use grids as an aid in locating objects in a model. You can make rectangular grids and grid lines act magnetically so that the objects on the grid lines of a rectangular grid follow if you move the grid linesingle line that visualizes a grid plane or a curved grid surface on a view plane


Grid terminology

(1) Grid origin is the point where the zero points of each coordinate axis intersect

(2) Grid line extensions define how far the grid lines extend in each direction

(3) Grid labels are the names of the grid lines shown in views

Several grids in one model

You can have more than one grid in a model. You can create a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections. Create as many grids as needed, so that you can easily place objects in your model.

Single grid lines

You can create single grid lines and attach them to an existing grid.

Single grid lines have handles. If the Select grid line selection switch is active and you select a grid line, the handles appear in magenta. If you move the handles to make a skewed grid, you can do this only on the local XY plane of the grid.

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by Vincent Cardella

How can I connect separate grids in one model so they can all be recognized in the Organizer? I have six buildings in one project and each has its own grid but when I go into organizer it only recognizes the original grid.

by Tekla User Assistance

Hi Vincent, I checked with our product development, and it should be possible to select which grid to use with the building. Please see

However, the selection is possible only initially. If there are any sections or floors under the building already, it's disabled. And of course, if you have multiple buildings in a model, it's necessary to create multiple buildings in the Organizer as well.