Beam Marks

Last updated November 10, 2016 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA

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Not version-specific
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Beam Marks

Purpose and description

Beam Marks adds associative noteassociative annotation object that can include any additional information about the building object it is attached to

One building object can have several associative notes.

to 9 possible locations along the length of a beam. Intended to semi-automate the applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

of end forces to steel beams.

System requirements

Environments: US Imperial, US Metric
Languages: English

Installing Beam Marks

To install the application:

  1. Close Tekla Structures (if running)
  2. Download MSI Installer from Tekla Warehouse
  3. Install and run MSI Installer
  4. Start Tekla Structures
  5. Open an existing drawing
  6. Before version 2016:  A new toolbar icon which will launch the tool should now be visible when a drawing is opened. For 2016 version and newer: a new thumbnail under Ungrouped items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.

Using Beam Marks

The example below is for adding end forces to steel beams. However, the content in the associative notes can be whatever the user wishes it to be.  To use the application:

  1. Enter end force user-defined attributes to the steel beam End Conditions tab in the model. Properties that will be read are shown below.
  2. Set up associative note Content settings that you wish to use. The leader lineline that connects an annotation object to the related object or point

    type information is ignored here in the settings. Mark information can be template marks which are commonly used by customers for steel beam marks.
  1. Launch Beam Marks from the icon/thumbnail.
  1. Specify the Position on the beam axis where you wish to place the mark.
  2. Enter values in the Horizontal Offset and Vertical Offset fields. These represent offsets relative to the beam local axis. Positive horizontal values point towards the middle of the beam. Positive vertical values point away from the beam axis.
  3. Load the desired associative note setting.
  4. Load the desired drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

    A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

    A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

    Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

    filter. This filter will be applied in addition to what you select or not select in the model. For example if you fence select all objects on a drawing but you also set a selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

    Selection filter chooses model objects 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.

    , only the selected objects that pass that filter will receive the mark.
  5. Save attribute file away. It is given a suffix called *.BeamMarks.UI.DiaMain.xml. The user can place these default settings in their company FIRM folder if they wish.

Create marks by view

1.  Open tool.
2.  Load and set properties in dialog.
3.  Select Create.
4.  Pick any point within the view extrema.

Create marks by selection

1.  Open tool.
2.  Load and set properties in dialog.
3.  Select Create.
4.  Select beams in view. User can select objects in addition to using a Filter (see step 7 above).

Delete marks

1.  Select associative notes and delete like other associative notes.

Updating marks

Once a mark is placed on a location of the beam, it must be removed to replace it at a different location. But if edits need to be done to the mark content, the user can simply edit the associative note properties.


Additional information

  • There is a bug with associative notes where if the note is dragged using the SHIFT key, then when changes occur in the model, the marks erratically move around. This behavior occurs because the marks are placed in this same fashion as if they were moved by dragging them holding the SHIFT key. Contact Tekla to find out the status of fixing this bug.
  • Sometimes the beam marks do not work when drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

    -level settings are applied. Users might have to temporarily turn off those settings, apply the marks, then reapply the object-level settings.
  • Speed – on a large floor plan, it may take a few minutes to place all these marks in the drawing since they must be placed, then moved into place.
  • Though not a limitation, this tool applies a mark at one location at a time. The purpose of the tool is to provide a simple, low-level applicator of marks that provides a highly flexible, semi-automatic way to annotate plan drawings.

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