Create a concrete column

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a concrete column

Create a concrete column

  1. On the Concrete tab, click Column .
  2. Pick a point.

    Tekla Structures creates the column using the Concrete column properties in the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

    The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

    The property pane can be customized by using the property pane editor.

    , and at the level defined in the properties.

Alternatively, you can start the command in the property pane.

  1. Ensure that you have nothing selected in the model.

  2. In the property pane, click the Object type list button and select Concrete column from the list.

    Tekla Structures starts the command and shows the properties in the property pane.

Modify concrete column properties

  1. If the property pane is not open, double-click the column to open the Concrete column properties.
  2. Change the properties as needed.
  3. Click Modify.

Concrete column properties

Use the Concrete column properties in the property pane to view and modify the properties of a concrete column. To open the properties, double-click the concrete column. The file name extension of a concrete column property fileobject type specific file that contains values of properties or settings used in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can create and modify property files and copy them to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes related to a specific object type are stored in a separate property file.

is *.ccl.

If you have customized the property pane layout, the list of properties may be different.





User-definable name of the column.

Tekla Structures uses part names in reports and in Document manager, and to identify parts of the same type.


Profile of the column.


Material of the column.


Type of finish.

Finish is user-definable. It describes how the part surface has been treated.


Use to group columns.

For example, you can display parts of different classes in different colors.



Vertical position of the column, relative to column's reference point.


Rotation of the column around its axis on the work plane.


Horizontal position of the column, relative to column's reference point.


Position of the second end of the column in the global z direction.


Position of the first end of the column in the global z direction.

Cast unit

Cast unit numbering

Part prefix and start number for the part position number.

Cast unit

Indicate whether the column is precast or cast-in-place.

Pour phase

Pour phase of the cast-in-place parts. Use to separate pour objects from one another.



Use to warp columns using deformation angles.


Use to pre-camber the column.


Use to shorten the column in the model. The true length of the column is decreased in the drawing.

Concrete covers for rebar sets

Coordinate system

Select whether the concrete cover thickness of the rebar sets in the part is defined in the global coordinate system, or in the part's local coordinate system.

The default global and local cover thickness values are defined in the Options dialog box.

If you select the empty option, Tekla Structures uses the global values.

Top, Bottom, Sides, Front , Back, Start, End

To override global or local default values from the Options dialog box, define the cover thickness at each required part face.



Click the User-defined attributes button to open the user-defined attributes (UDAs) of the part. UDAs provide additional information about the part.

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