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Drawing North Symbol

Last updated August 8, 2017 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA solutions.us@tekla.com

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

Drawing North Symbol

Purpose and description

Creates new symbol on drawing and manages the rotation to match the project north settings.

System requirements

Environments:   US Imperial, US Metric
Languages:   English

Installing Draw North Symbol

To install the extension:

  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 and you will see:
(Up to v21.1) A new toolbar icon which will launch the tool should now be visible when a drawing is opened.

(v2016) A new thumbnail under Ungrouped items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.

Using Drawing North Symbol

To use the extension:

  1. From within a drawing, run the plugin from the new toolbar or double-click on the thumbnail in the Applications & components side pane.
  2. Select a point anywhere in the drawing or 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.

North Settings

Under the main Tekla Structures Menu for Tools > Options > Options: Orientation marks, set the North direction field to measure from the x-axis the degrees to point north for the project.

Symbol Setup

Import your north symbol into the symbol editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying symbols to be used in drawings, reports, and templates

The symbols are saved in symbol files.

and orientate so that north is up on screen, as shown below.

Drawing North Symbol settings

Create new symbol setting files that use the symbol filefile that contains symbols

The symbol file in use can be changed in the symbol files dialog box.

where the north graphic is located. You might want several new setting files if you have text as part of the symbol that needs to be positioned different relative to the symbol. In such cases, you might need multiple symbols in the same file, but different cell positions. You need these saved attribute files for symbols in order to be able to reference them in the plugincomponent that is developed using Tekla Open API

Plugin is a .dll file and loaded inside Tekla Structures process.

Plugins can be started from the applications and components catalog.


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