Create a property template in Organizer

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a property template in Organizer

Create a property template in Organizer

You can create property templates in Organizer to view the properties of selected model objects in Object Browser. For example, you can create templates for different object types and object groups, and include the needed object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

in the template. You can group and sort the properties in the template. You can also modify existing templates.

  1. To open Organizer, click Manage on the ribbon and then click Organizer.
  2. Click in the upper-right corner of Organizer to open the Settings.
  3. If you want to create the new property templatedefinition of object property layout for the property table in object browser

    The property template is saved in an .xml file or in the Organizer database.

    based on a current template, select the template from the list of templates.

    You can modify an existing template by selecting it from the list of templates and changing the properties included in it.

  4. Click .
  5. Enter a unique name for the property template.

    Create is dimmed if you enter the name of an existing template.

  6. Select whether the template is created based on the current template or as a blank template.
  7. Click Create.

    Property templates are saved to the ProjOrg database in the \ProjectOrganizer folder in the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

    Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

    In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

    . The saved property templates are shown in the property template list.

  8. Do any of the following to define the properties that are included in the template:

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    Create a new property column.


    Enter a name for a new property column or rename a property column.


    Drag one or more object properties from the list of properties to a property column.

    The properties are read from the environment.db file in the model folder.

    If you need properties that are not available in the list, for example reference model object properties, you can create them in Organizer as custom properties.

    You can use the search box to easily find the relevant properties.

    In the Group list, you can select an option to show only certain properties, for example:

    • Select Recent to view the most recently used and created properties.
    • Select Custom to view imported properties and the properties you have created in Organizer.
    • Select Property templates to view the properties that are used in the property templates of your model.


    Click Ascending or Descending to change the sorting order in a property column.


    Drag a property column to the grouping row. The grouping icon is shown in the property column.


    Delete a property column.


    Select the property value shown in the sum row in Object Browser:

    • - (minus) does not show any value.
    • Single value shows a single property value. The single value is shown if all the objects have the same property value in the column.
    • Result shows the sum of all the property values in the column.


    Select the property values shown in combined rows in Object Browser:

    • Single value shows a single property value.
    • Result shows the sum of the property values.


    Click to set the unit and the precision of the unit for a property column.


    Select a color set for the template.

  9. Click Modify to save the properties to the template.
  10. To permanently save the template and the changes you have made to it, save the Tekla Structures model.

    You can save the property templates to a \ProjectOrganizerData system folder to make them automatically available in all models. For information on how to use the firm, project and system folders with Organizer, see Customized default setup for Organizer.

Example of using multiple object properties

It can be useful to have multiple object properties in one column. This way you can ensure that the relevant property value is found for different object types.

For example, you can include different name properties in the Name column. Object Browser shows NAME for parts, ASSEMBLY_NAME for assemblies, CAST_UNIT_NAME for cast units, and so on.

When searching for the properties, Object Browser uses the order, from left to right, in which the properties are shown in the column. Once a value is found, the rest of the properties in the column are ignored.

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