Tekla Structures 2021 Finland Environment Release Notes

Last updated March 25, 2021 by Area Finland Service tekla.support.fi@trimble.com

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Tekla Structures 2021 Finland Environment Release Notes

1. Environment initialization files


XS_MODEL_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY was removed as the folder does not exist any more. The Start Model Concrete template model was removed already from TS2020 and the components in it are now available in Tekla Warehouse.
Definition for XS_DEFAULT_BREP_PATH previously was incomplete. The path is now corrected to %XSDATADIR%\Environments\Finland\General\.

Role ini-files

Added new variables for each role to define the ribbon configurations to be used with the new license types Carbon, Graphite and Diamond. The new variables are XS_RIBBON_CONFIGURATION_CARBON, XS_RIBBON_CONFIGURATION_GRAPHITE and XS_RIBBON_CONFIGURATION_DIAMOND. You can use these new attributes to define the ribbons used with each role/configuration combinatios.

Role_ENU_Contractor.ini and role_FIN_Rakennusurakoitsija.ini: removed line for XS_USE_DASHED_HIDDEN_LINES since the option will from now on be available in File Menu > Settings > Switches.


Bypass.ini-file was updated with new lines for setting the license server host (on-premises server or online) and includes the new license types Carbon, Graphite and Diamond. The paths were also updated.


Corrected the path for images. The path previously led to a non-existing folder environments\finland\template\bitmaps. Images are now searched in folder Environments\Finland\bitmaps.

2. Modeling

User-defined attributes

Previously items and concrete items did not have the localized UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

tabs that other object types have (except workflow UDAs). Items and concrete items now have the same set of user-defined attributes as beams and concrete beams.

The FI-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.

 tab (FI-Numerointi) has now been ultimately removed from UDA dialogs. The contents were moved to other tabs already in TS2020 SP3.

BT Pileslender column or pole that is put into the ground to carry loads or to provide support

Pile may be made of precast or cast-in-place concrete, or steel.

tab (BT Paalutarketiedot) has now been converted to assembly levelassembly’s place in the assembly hierarchy

The assembly level is expressed as a number.

, so the tab is no more available for columns and beams, but it's available for steel- and precast concrete assemblies.

UDA PILE_NUMBER has been converted from integer (number) data type to string (text). This allows formats such as 101A to be assigned to the attribute.

UDAs ELEMENT_WEIGHT and UNIT_WEIGHT have been used for defining the calculation of element weights to differ from the standard formularule stated in a mathematical language

Formula is part of an equation.

of material density multiplied by volume, using a manually defined unit weight. However, the reports and templates have since evolved and do not use this unit weight anymore, and furthermore the UDA ELEMENT_WEIGHT was interfering with custom propertyobject property that the user can manually include in Organizer

Some properties are not automatically available in the Organizer, for example the properties of reference model objects.

CUSTOM.ELEMENT_WEIGHT in drawing part marks. For these reasons, UDAs ELEMENT_WEIGHT and UNIT_WEIGHT were removed.

Project UDA tab FI-Coordinate System Location (FI-Koordinaatiston sijainti) has been hidden from dialogs, and the details shall now be filled in the Base point dialog. The removed UDA fields did not affect the actual model, whereas Base pointpoint in a model that is used to define a starting point in surveying and that is used as an anchor point in coordinate and height transformations

A Tekla Structures project can have several base points but only one of them can be the project base point.

Base points allow the use of another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. Base points can also be used in drawings, and in reports and templates. Model origin is the default base point in Tekla Structures.

Base points are also called control points.

can be used for correcting model coordinates in exports etc. Coordinate system and level system should now be typed in Base point -dialog's Coordinate system -field (see picture below), separated by a semi-colon (;). The part before semi-colon is returned with attribute CUSTOM.COORDINATE_SYSTEM, and the part following the semi-colon can be fetched with attribute CUSTOM.LEVEL_SYSTEM. The complete documentation for the new custom properties will be updated in Finland environment custom properties page.

Batch editor

Environment-specific custom properties CUSTOM.SECTION and CUSTOM.FLOOR are included in listing of properties of the similar objects:

Shape catalog

The example shapes are organized in folders in the new Shape catalogcatalog that displays information of item shapes

The shapes are downloaded from Tekla Warehouse, are created using existing geometry and parts in the model, or are modeled using software other than Tekla Structures, for example SketchUp.


3. Templates & Reports

Pile list reports have been updated to handle assemblies instead of parts, and this has been reflected in the filenames too. The pile list report is now A_Pile_list.Excel.rpt and the Excel template for it is A_Pile_list.xls. The new report uses new custom properties, and it supports now also steel piles created with SSAB's Steel piles extension. The numbering, translating and rotation functions have been removed from the Excel template, and numbering of piles is recommended to be carried out with extension Assign Sequential UDAs, and translations and rotations of coordinates are to be handled with Base point featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation


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