Create a steel column

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a steel column

Create a steel column

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

    Tekla Structures creates the column using the Steel 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 Steel column from the list.

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

Modify steel column properties

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

Steel column properties

Use the Steel column properties in the property pane to view and modify the properties of a steel column. To open the properties, double-click the steel column. The file name extension of a steel 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 *.clm.

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, for example, with anti-corrosive paint, hot galvanized, fire retardant coating, and so on.


Use to group columns.

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

Numbering series

Part numbering

Part prefix and start number for the part position number.

Assembly numbering

Assembly prefix and start number for the assembly position number.



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.



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.



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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