Creating a Master Drawing Catalog Rule Set

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Last updated January 25, 2013 by Trimble Solutions UK

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Creating a Master Drawing Catalog Rule Set

Creating a Master Drawing Catalog Rule Set

#Setting up filter settings
#Creating drawing settings
#Defining a rule set
#Adding the rule set to folder
#Creating drawings with the rule set

This document will guide you through creating a basic rule setmaster drawing that contains model selection filters and where the properties and drawing settings vary based on the selected model objects

which will create specific assembly and single part
drawings based on the names of the parts in the model.

The model used here consists of two columns with a beam between. They are named BEAM and COLUMN and
have baseplates and endplates named PLATE(1) part that represents a flat structure

(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

(2) plate that represents a steel structure

(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.


Before setting up a rule set in the Master Drawing Catalogcatalog that is used for creating drawings by using master drawings

Master drawing catalog can be used for searching for master drawings usually in the current model and saving the search results.

, we’ll need to have some saved drawing settingssettings that control what the drawing looks like and what it includes

Drawing settings can be defined in the modeling mode when creating a drawing, and they can be modified in the drawing mode.

The range of the objects and elements that drawing settings affect may vary.

and also
some selection filters to link the settings to the parts in the model.

Firstly we’ll create some selection filters. Open the selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

Selection filter chooses model objects or objects in drawings according to object properties.

Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

and create a new filter for the beams as shown below,
saving it as DRAWING_BEAM.

Then do the same for the columns and plates, saving them as DRAWING_COLUMN and DRAWING_PLATES.
These should then appear in the selection filter list.

Note: preceding the name of the filter with drg_ will remove the filter from this list. This is because the advanced option
XS_ATTRIBUTE_FILE_EXCLUDE_LIST is set to exclude any selection filters beginning with drg_. It will however
still be available in the Master Drawing Cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

. To modify a filter that has been removed from this list, simply remove
this prefix from the advanced option and reopen the model. The default filters will be in the role folder of which you are
working in. Any newly created filters and settings will be saved 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.

and will need to be copied into a
role/firm/project folderfolder that is used for storing Tekla Structures-related files customized for a particular project

to be used globally. As will the MasterCatalog.xml file.

Now we’ll create some drawing settings for the different parts. Open the assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshop

Assembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views.

settings from
Drawings & Reports > Drawing Settings > Assembly Drawing... and create some settings for a beam and a
column, saving the settings as DRAWING_BEAM and DRAWING_COLUMN

Now create some single part drawing settings called DRAWING_PLATES, DRAWING_BEAM_SHAFT and

Open the Master Drawing Catalog by selecting Drawings & Reports > Create Drawings from the drop down menu.

Right click in the top window and select Create new folder. This will be the folder which contains the rule set.

Now we’ll define a rule set. This is how we’ll link the filters to the drawing settings. Click the Define rule set icon.

 Choose both Single-part drawings and Assembly drawings to create and click Next.

On the next page add 3 new groups for single part drawings. Under Object groupmodel objects whose settings match the settings that the user has defined for a certain purpose

In Tekla Structures, an object group is defined by rules and conditions, for example, to control the transparency and coloring of model objects in the views. Object groups can also be used in filtering tools, for example in selection filter, to select all objects that match certain properties.

select the 3 saved filter filters and under
Master drawingcollection of properties and drawing settings that are used for creating a new drawing

select the 3 saved drawing settings.

On the next page add 2 new groups for beam and column assembly drawings.

On the next page give the rule set a name and description. You can also add keywords and a picture if necessary.


Now click Finish.

In the Master Drawing Catalog search for the newly created rule set, right click on the icon and add it to the new folder created earlier.

Now select the new folder and create some drawings using the new rule set.


This should create the drawings using the settings as shown below.

master drawing catalog
master drawing catalogue
rule set

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